1994 – DUCATI 916 – 900
Styled by Massimo Tamburini, the 916 and its subsequent evolutions established Ducati as one of the world’s foremost brand names.
Universally recognized as icons of automotive art, Ducati motorcycles have been exhibited in some of the world’s foremost museums, including the Guggenheim in New York and the Museun of Art in San Francisco.
In developing the original 851, engineer Massimo Bordi created one of the finest motorcycle power plants ever built. By the mid-1980s, Ducati’s existing air-cooled 4-valve twins were approaching the end of the developement, so Bordi started with a clean sheet in creating their water-cooled, 8-valve, fuel injected successor. Ducati’s trademark desmodromic valve actuation system was retained as was the 90-degree angle between the cylinders. Wrapped around this outstanding engine was a frame, consisting of an intricate trellis of straight tubes, whose design has since become standardised throughout the Ducati range.
The integration of all these elements was the key to the 916’s success; that and a brilliant on-road performance that eclipsed just about everything else around at the time.
The Ducati 916 won the World Superbike Championship in its 1994 debut season and its evolutions three times after that.
Production: 9.307 (1.451 monoposto first series)
Design: Massimo Tamburini
Provenience: CMM Collezione Motociclistica Milanese