The Massimo Tamburini designed Ducati 916 is probably the most influential motorcycle design of the last 30 years, it was a game changer in so many ways, not least because of the thumping 1000cc V twin engine but for the simply beautiful design, stunning from evety angle.
The original ‘Strada’ version introduced in 1994 was quickly followed by a succession of different models and eventually the factory ‘Sport production’ (SP) each with a minor engine tweak but with the same basic DNA.
The 916 SP1 kept it’s original engine capacity but added twin fuel injectors, titanium con-rods and bigger valves for increased power and torque. It reverted to a single seat racing style seat and had far superior Öhlins rear suspension. The final version produced from 1996, the SP3, featuring revised crankcases. Just 497 examples were produced and according the to the UK DVLA this is one of only three bikes currently registered.
This particular example has had an extensive nut and bolt rebuild, striped down to the frame, sympathetically cleaned, tinkered and reassembled. It was completed by the renowned and acclaimed Ducati specialist Richard Llewelyn of Louigi Moto in Bristol who has authenticated this bike as matching engine / chassis number example, the cost of this restoration is said to have been approximately £9,000.
Currently showing 28,699 km it is supplied with the UKV5 two keys, old MoT’s and various bills along with some photos of the rebuild. A superb opportunity to acquire a rare example of Ducati’s legendary 916.