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Ducati 916 SPS

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Here we are the ultimate showdown of yin versus good versus evil, versus cats, two-cylinder multi-cylinder sportbikes. The contenders in moto-madness, hack-and-slash duel for None other than already legendary 916SPS full race version, measures in at 996cc) and Yamaha’s YZF-R1.

Just as the NFC held over the AFC for over a decade, every Superbowl for 14 years in a Japanese inline fours uncontested for decades until released the original 851.

other bikes produced power, Ducati has since all comers with its incredibly handling at all speeds. Light built for speed, replete Ohlins shock (for the version only) and stellar brakes, Ducati was so confident whup … again year, they actually us one from Italy in August, So we felt, well, not so nerdy for a

While it didn’t take for the Japanese to meet this with their own twins, ultimately came up short. fours, after all, are bread-and-butter, and while Honda and worked on twins, Yamaha developed the YZF-R1.

Lighter and than other open-classers, yet and comfortable as well, the R1 was a watershed that declared to the motorcycle that inline fours ready for the dust bin just

Like the Ducati, the R1 is a looker. it isn’t quite the fashion that the Ducati is, it is not the slab-sided, yawner we’ve come to from Japan.

It’s refreshing to see Japanese take a break from every last ounce of possible and put some styling a bike. Ducati, on the other has made great looking for years, and they finally got the right in ’94. Since the race SPS has grown from to 955cc, eventually topping out at a 996cc titanium-rodded, dual-injected hot

It may only make 113 horsepower, but it Hard.

As the ultimate expressions for respective configurations, the R1 and SPS will not V-twin fans love an four or vice versa. just here for the pure for those of you who can appreciate the charms of In the end, we were all torn the two and the choice came down to had the least niggles.

The Ducati was master of track and turning lap times about a faster for racers and journalists, but it at idle and slow-roasted your at any speed.

The R1 was the hooligan’s choice, to ride and ride fast, untold power from the to redline, and few niggles of which to In the end it was lack of quirks and a really worry-free fun-factor that Yamaha’s YZF-R1 triumphant.

Ducati 916 SPS
Ducati 916 SPS

that we said? You read it — the R1 is the king of kings, at for 1998. On The Track We ran BotB3 in with Part Two and we fitted Race 3 tires to the bikes for stick

The Ducati 916SPS has the edge at the

The SPS circled the track an average of 0.8 faster with the racers Whomever was on the Duck would ahead and stay there. were some notable Small-bore two-… racer Elmo Hammel didn’t with the 916.

He found it too much effort to ride, one big problem being the narrowness of the which require a lot of muscle to AMA 250 Grand Prix Champion Sands also found the difficult to ride, but extremely I got to admit, I never got a good lap on bike, said Sands, I felt as if I were f$%#ing up and it have anything to do with the

We had a lively debate over the Some dubbed it the ultimate weapon, while others the tightness of the package. The detractors themselves beat up and tired riding the aggressive and precise SPS not to mention the mental fatigue worrying about spilling a bike — while the enjoyed its absolute precision and handling.

Loved by all, not as fast on the track, the Yamaha was a joy to ride but not as tight a package as the e.g. the front end shimmied aggressively powering out of corners.

While very good, bike didn’t hit its marks as as the SPS. The big advantages enjoyed by the R1 its effortless steering and awesome

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