The original 916 Strada was superseded by the Biposto (two-seat) version and the higher-specification SP. The latter’s engine remained at 916cc but added twin fuel injectors and bigger valves to the package for increased power and torque. The SP reverted to a single seat unit (with white number boards) while gaining superior Öhlins rear suspension. Next came the ultra-exclusive 916SPS (Sport Production Special) derivative of which only 400 examples were made. Despite the name, the 916SPS enjoyed the advantages of an over-bored engine displacing 996cc and delivering a mighty 132bhp at the rear wheel. The cost new was an equally staggering £18,400.
For 1999 the 996 replaced the 916 and one again there was a higher-specification ‘SPS’ version topping the range, albeit with a slightly reduced maximum power output of 123bhp, 10 horsepower more than the base 996. 996SPS chassis upgrades included an Öhlins rear shock and lightweight five-spoke Marchesini wheels. Showa forks were fitted to the 1999 model but for 2000 the 996SPS received fully adjustable Öhlins forks incorporating titanium nitride coated stanchions. The 996SPS’s top speed was around 175mph and this exclusive model cost £18,650 in 1999, making it one of the world’s most expensive production motorcycles.
This stunning Ducati 996 SPS was first registered on 1st March 2000. It is No. 1034 and has covered 24,211 kms or 15,131 miles. The bikes was recently imported from Japan and has an MOT valid through 08/01/2018. Features include Ohlins front forks and rear shocks, a Brembo radial clutch and front brake master cylinder. These sport production specials are great collectors machines that will only improve in value.