A Retro Look at the Ducati 916 – The 90s was a glorious time for many reasons, including the arrival of a motorcycle that revolutionized the market and trends of the moment: The Ducati 916. It was exactly in 1994 when this bike stunned all Japanese designs. The design of this marvel was made by Massimo Tamburini. As we saw, it was influenced by certain aspects of the 1992 Honda NR. This influence can be clearly seen in certain details such as the single-arm and double exhaust under the seat. Then later, there were models that followed this trend.
As expected, it had a desmodromic engine evolution seen in the Ducati 888 that yielded 114 HP of power at 9,000 rpm and 90 Nm of maximum torque at 7,000 laps. But it wasn’t very light, weighing 195 kilos. This was a motorcycle designed for competition because of its excellent performance on the road and corners. Only a disadvantage for some riders and it was the driving posture needed. It featured showa suspensions as standard and the Brembo brake calipers (already with 320 mm discs in front).
This great machine showed us its unbeaten record on the road along with the good use that riders like Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser gave to this marvel with three world-wide ones of the first (1994,1995,1998) and one the second (1996). Between 1994 and 2001 Ducati added seven world titles.
After a glorious time, the Ducati 916 left us an indelible legacy giving us other limited editions like the Ducati 916 Senna being shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York as a representative of the ‘Motorcycle Art‘.
But this is not the only proof of the art of this motorcycle, but also came to the big screen, showing splendid faces in such films as “Speed 2”, “Matrix Reloaded” “Taxi”, and others. There is no doubt that this model has an impressive legacy, but the most important legacy is the fact that this motorcycle is certainly in the minds and hearts of many, as much for the good things, their innovation, performance as for its defects.