Ducati 916 – The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Ever Made

Ducati 916 – The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Ever Made


there’s a thing about beauty. It’s
subjective. But how could you not think the ducati 916 was beautiful.
It’s simply breathtaking. From every angle. It’s one of the few bikes even non
bikers recognize, appreciate, and lust after. The 916’s designer,
Massimo Tamburini, said it was shaped like a lady. The front is the bust
followed by a slim waistline and a bit of a big back end. For bikers in the 90s
the Ducati 916 was the ultimate supermodel. But was the beauty more than skin-deep? These bikes are amazing to ride in any
case but this one is an SPS, released to homologate the forthcoming 996 engine
and has got a whole host of other goodies and bits and pieces and it all
makes it an even more exciting beast to ride. The v-twin motor gives you a long linear
surge of power from nothing right up to the top. That certainly doesn’t feel
short of grunt even today, and that’s 20 years later The handling feels perfect to me and
even hitting substantial lumps and bumps in the road it has enough compliancy to
soak them all up and still keep everything in control. Some of the latest
super bikes are a lot more powerful and quicker but compromised for the road as
a result. So hit these same bumps and you’re going to be out of your seat. The big Brembo brakes looked amazing in the day and they work as good as they look. These engines have a dry clutch hanging
off the side of the gearbox as opposed to the more usual wet clutch, which is
packaged inside the cases and spinning in oil like a normal bike’s.
The most notable difference is the Ducati engine sounds like a coffee grinder at idle when the clutch is out. Once under way the racket turns to the hefty
distinctive crescendo you’d expect from two finely honed 500cc cylinders thumping up and down. When I first laid eyes on the Ducati
916 like pretty much everybody else I was knocked out by its looks. It
was lithe, beautiful but it’s meaningful at the same time. Quite
frankly it was the most exotic and gorgeous even remotely attainable
motorcycle that was available. But it wasn’t just a looker. In the hands of
Foggy and Corser etc it absolutely dominated World Superbikes and it went
on to take four world championship titles. To be honest even if I couldn’t
ride it I’d be happy to just look at it because, it’s a piece of art There’s actually Ducati 916 at the Museum of
Modern Art in San Francisco. But it makes much more of an impact when it’s out on
the road. Part of that is thanks to the homologation special 996 CC engine. It
was initially claimed to be good for 134 horsepower then later revised down to
124, which was still plenty. This came from reinforced crank cases new heads
and barrels with bigger combustion chambers and valves and various
lightweight components made of titanium and carbon fiber. Even though the later
996 looked virtually identical to the 916 SPS it was different under the
skin. It produced 112 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and was built with a new air intake
system with two injectors per cylinder as well as a new air box design. Under
seat exhaust pipes improved aerodynamic performance and allow for clean
minimalistic lines and although Tamburini said he saw the concept first
on a Honda NR 750 it soon became a Ducati trademark feature. As tested by an
Italian motorcycle magazine in April 1997 the 906 SPS achieved a top speed of
275 km/h with the optional Termingnoni mufflers and alternative EPROM. With
only around 400 produced for the 1997 model year it was as rare as it was fast. Interestingly the SPS was Road legal in
Europe but not in the United States buyers over there had to sign a
disclaimer promising that they wouldn’t register it for the road. It probably
shouldn’t come as much of a surprise however that almost every single SPS
imported into the US was registered making it the ultimate piece of
forbidden fruit. The Ducati 916 is the ultimate Superbike of the 1990s
and it was as explosive as watching the other supermodels of the time Cindy
Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington danced around in David
Fincher’s music video for George Michael’s freedom. Like those girls on
the cover of Vogue the 916 defined an era and it did nothing less
than set the motorcycling world on fire. if you enjoyed this video support us by
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  1. The first time i saw it i was in Vienna it was the most beautiful bike i ever laid my eyes on and that was in 97

  2. These gorgeous beautiful ladies aren’t available these days , even my search engine has failed me a thousand times and to own one it will cost you a forever dime , so expensive , I guess I have to stick with the new generation chicks the 1098R and 848 evo (because they have styling ques that represents the 90’s era so much just more stronger ) many say move on buy the panigales , no hate there but those look ugly to my eyes (just my opinion I may be wrong but I’m not a fanboy) when compared to these ladies , plus you know what today’s every bit of bikes is 3D modelled unlike old days I guess I have to stick with that as a bike designer I worked with many bike companies but I start different , see most of youth start to draw on their paper I draw and go with the flow of working on the bike directly , it takes me almost 6 months to create a project but that project is always a one of its kind like the old and golden era , I think it’s the feel that’s missing these days😭😭😭❤️

  3. Easily one of the most boring looking and performing superbikes, this is old geezer weirdos favorite bike. Sad

  4. Back in the day I played video games which has the 916 and I was stunned how Beauty this bike was / is. Lovely vid !

  5. Own the yellow 996 I love it a bit temperamental at times. but for a vintage bike . I don't think even the newer Ducatis are as beautiful as the 916 or 996 design it's time less

  6. Clear case of nostalgia polluting reality, and jacking market value. Let's tell the truth. It has a nice side profile, but the front and tail views are really dated, and unattractive. The front fairing has shrunken head syndrome and should extend further forward over the fender. Compared to my Panigale and any modern liter bike, it's a an absolute pig to turn-in and flick. The green clocks are hideous, and the ride is punishing. As for most beautiful bike, the monsters of that era are prettier bikes with more consistent proportions from any angle. 916 is a great bike, but let's not get carried away and end up turning them into the next Miura or original 57 Fender Strat.. God help us.

  7. thats a Bike that have to be buying and keep .This is the Design of All Times and yes it can be in future a Bike with the price go up.

  8. imagine how it was when this Bike commes on the Market 25 Years before.I Mean eaven Today looks sooo fucking fresh.In a time where Bikes looks like a fridge Ducati commes with a Beauty of All Times 👍👍👍👍

  9. Very nice, but the Honda RC30 I prefer myself. For an 80's bike, it still looks stunning today. I am biased because I have ridden one too!

  10. Like most beautiful things, especially women , the novelty wears off when the maintenance you have to provide proves untenable . I was on a group ride and one rider had a Ducati. I suggested I'd like to buy one. He said " noooooooo don't you dare" Enough said.

  11. Beautiful…yes, but is a torture rack….heats up fast in city driving….its a track bike…unless you can keep it in motion….i had the 748….

  12. On a track day yesterday. Two 916's there. Iconic, race pedigree and beautiful. Probably the best motorcycle ever (sparking a debate)……

  13. I bought a 916 that is almost identical to the one in the video in 1996. I got it in San Francisco. I took it to Napa Valley wine country the first day. I got into a corner way to fast and was staring directly into the grill of a full sized Chevy pickup at about 50 mph, I had 2 split second decisions, die now or throw the bike to the right and try to lay it down without killing myself. I threw all of my weight to the right while holding on for dear life. I couldn't believe what happened next, probably an act of God, but also good frame and suspension engineering. Even with that wild last second desperate jerk of the handle bars and sliding off the seat close to the ground the bike tracked perfectly thru the corner like it was on rails. It saved my life…and it from being turned into large dusty pile of twisted parts. I have had over 40 bikes and this one I will NEVER FORGET

  14. Yes! It's the most beautiful bike ever, i've always tried to say it's not, but i have to admit it now. The time when it came out, the shape frame swingarm engine everything, the way it shocked the world, YES even today it's not been beaten!

  15. Beautiful maybe,
    Opinions are like arseholes,
    Everybody's got one.
    With 20000 mile life expectancy,
    It's the proof that you can polish a turd.

  16. How does this video not have 10M views? Great video quality, great audio quality. One of the best Ducati videos on youtube.

  17. I own a 996, when i first bought it i wondered why the brake and clutch cylinders had Ducati sweat bands around them! being new to ducati i thought it must be a trend thing!!! how wrong I was, have you ever pushed a 996 for three miles in the middle of july lol??? this thing of mine has come back in the back of a van than i have ridden it!!! Hats off to the italians, they must be the only country in the world that can build a bike say their great but break down alot??? figure that one out!!! i guess its their revenge because they lost the war LOL " well done italy" there is no denying it, the bike is beautiful to look at, they really are like a supermodel, but just has a super model !look but dont touch" and for the love of god dont take one out or its going to cost you a fortune lol !!!!!!!!!!

  18. It's a beauty no doubt, however in my personal opinion, the most beautiful Sport Bike Title would go to the 1993 Bimota Tesi

  19. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOTORCYCLE EVER MADE? IN WHAT THE HELL WORLD OF DRUGS YOU SHOULD LIVE TO BELIVE THAT, THERE ARE A LOT OF BIKES MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THIS SQUARE ON WHEELS FROM THE END OF THE 90'S AND PLEASE FELLOWS DON'T MISSUNDERSTOOD ME I AM A DUCATISTA I LOVE DUCATI BUT THIS ISN'T TIMELEES DESIGN THE PROBLEM WITH THE BEAUTY IS THAT IS A RELATIVE SUBJECTIVE INTANGIBLE THING AND DEPEND ON EACH BEING TO APRECIATE IT AND DESING CHANGE TROUGH THE YEARS EVOLVING AND DEVELOPING LEADING TO NEW AND MORE SOFISTICATED ICONS OF BIKE WORLD
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  20. This is a very difficult — and ultimately subjective — call, especially for an older motorcycle aficionado like myself. Is the 916 really more beautiful than a 1970s Ducati 900SS or a 1960s Triumph Bonneville? I would also put forward the 1950s-60s 500cc Manx Norton racer and the 750cc Norton Commando Roadster.

  21. My friend had one from new.
    I bought 999 in 2003.
    He offered me his 916 for 4k
    I stupidly went for 999,that's long gone.
    At least I got to ride a 916.

  22. Happy owner of a cagiva mito ev, the ducati 916 little sister, and they just look soooooo good! They look amazing

  23. Hi I just would like to ask you.. who told you that the Ducati 916 has two 500 cc pistons thumping up and down.. that's not how it works it actually has two 900 cc pistons in each cyclinder head.

  24. Italian design at it's best… Pure joy for the ears and the eyes. There is nothing more beautiful than an 916/996/998. Proud of it.

  25. ahh a roundcase green frame is what you should be describing as beautiful,or a 750 sport …my Ducati was a styling exercise flop…the roundcase marque was by far the most stylish and classy

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