Style Passion and Power
All hail to the chief!
Ducati's flagship has reigned king
for numerous years on the track with a total of 81 wins on the 916
platform from '94-'99. It has a motor like a force of nature, with
the powerful midrange of the V-twin helping to launch the bike out
of corners. The 916's aggressive and futuristic styling secured
it as the the exotic-beauty of the Superbikes. Only recently has
the MV Agusta been able to offer any asthetic competition with its
design curves. The 916/996 has always been as much a piece of art
as uncompromising race machinery. Something we like to call "performance
art", the result of passionate and innovative engineers with
a prominent racing past. For '99 the displacement was bumped up
to 996cc to help it compete against its younger competition like
Yamaha's very impressive R1. Unlike the Power Ranger'esque R1 though,
it inspires a great deal of confidence in its riders and has that
unparalleled pure sex appeal.
Often refered to as the Ferrari of
motorcycles , its ownership also entails an aura of privilege (no
doubt also because of the $14K+ sticker price). And I must say that
I am very jealous of the lucky bastards that can boast
to be the proud owner of one. In full battle armor is the Ducati
996SPS: The ultimate street legal superbike, the 996 SPS is directly
derived from the factory corsa. Featuring additional high specification
componentry for enhanced performance, it is Ducati's most advanced
superbike. There is also the nimble high revving 748cc version which
has its own unique characteristics rather than just being a watered-down
996. Rather than come out with a new beast every year, Ducati choses
to continuously sharpen its trusty blade. Rest assured, the 916
has carved its name into history.
Here is a soundclip
of this sweet desmo.
Year 2000 996 Specifications
Here's some high quality desktop Eye-Candy. Just click
on the link to open up the pic. Right click on the loaded pic and select
"set as Wallpaper". Enjoy!
Wallpaper (1024x768): Red
Duc Outdoors , Silver
of these standing pictures are fantastic, after all, the 996 looks
like its going 100mph standing still. Nonetheless, this baby shines
on the track so come check out the racing section for pics of this
Superbike in action!
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Copyright © March 1999 Chris Creighton. All rights reserved