The 916 – Where it all Began!

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Ducati 916 Strada
Ducati 916 Strada

The 916 – Where it all Began!

The first 916 – the Strada version was only available in a single seat version with 114 HP at 9,000 RPM. So in 1994, the racing version came out. for the 1994 WSBK, the 916 SP: 955cc for 150 HP at 11,000, Ohlins suspension, a new airbox with 37 and 31 mm valves. The 916 won all the prizes that year, including Motorbike of the Year.

From the 916 onwards, through the 996 and the 998, Ducati campaigned very successfully in the SBK WC winning championships with Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, and Troy Bayliss. The street legal version was also a serious threat to Japanese rivals. Displacing 916 cc’s and boasting an impressive 11:1 compression ratio, it pumped 105 horsepower to the rear wheel.

Not that it was the most powerful bike in its class, but a combination of composite materials, compact design, and weight-saving engineering certainly made it one of the lightest at only 200 kgs (438 pounds) andit had a more even torque spread.

The 916’s water-cooled engine was essentially the same as its predecessor with an increased crankshaft stroke from 64mm to 66mm while retaining the 94mm bore. Okay, now if you think, it was beautiful, think about this – everything in the bike was built with a purpose.

The single-sided swingarm was beautiful, but designed to make wheel changes faster during races. (Did you ever think about that?) The underseat exhausts, which was initially introduced on Honda NR before Ducati popularized it, improves aerodynamic performance and resultantly gave very clean lines. (bet you thought it was a 916 trademark!) Now how hard is it to build something like an artist creation, like a free flowing paint brush, but with an objective beneath!Total production years remained 7 from 1993 to 1999, when it was replaced by the evn more stunning and advanced 996. Well then came the 998, the 999 to the present 1098, but what started it all?

Yes, the 916! To go a little further down the history lane and little bit of GK, the first twin engine from Ducati was the Pantah, introduced in 1979 designed by the Sicilain mastreo, Fabio Taglioni. All modern Ducati engines are derivatives of the Pantah, which uses a set of revolving cams to actuate the engine’s valves, called desmodromic valves. Ducati is the only motorcycle manufacturer which uses this type of valve gear.

DESMO is the official name of this system. The bike became an icon from the mid 90s improving Ducati’s stature both in WSBK and legal arenes by leaps and bounds. The iconic Ducati 916 was one of the most beautiful designs in the history of motorcycle development.

Specifications (Street Legal version)

Engine . 916 cc L-Twin, Desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder, Liquid cooled, DOCH

Transmission . Weber-Marelli electronic injection, single injector per cylinder, Wet sump forced lubrication, 15 plates, hydraulic actuated clutch 6-speed gearbox

Ducati 916 Strada
Ducati 916 Strada

Compression Ratio . 11:1

Max Power Torque . 114 Hp @ 9000 rpm 101 Nm @ 7000 rpm

Max Speed . 260 km/h ,

Inlet Exhaust Valves . 33 mm 29 mm

Chassis . Tubular Steel Trellis frame

Front Rear Suspension . 43mm Showa GD 051 upside-down Mono Showa GD052-007-02

Ducati 916 Strada
Ducati 916 Strada

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