Massimo Tamburini’s private 916 now sits in Ducati’s museum flanked by a 900SS Superlight and a 851. Notice the magnesium wheels, magazine swingarm, and top-shelf Öhlins suspension that should’ve been added after the start of manufacturing in 1994. (Ducati/)
The Ducati 916 is considered one of the vital lovely bikes ever created, changing into an instantaneous icon when it was launched in 1994. Its stance and proportions are perfection, even 25 years after we had been first surprised by its Italian sexyness.
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Right here’s Tamburini along with his still-developing child. We by no means checked out single-sided swingarms and undertail exhausts the identical approach after we noticed the 916. (Ducati/)
The commemorated 916 ushered in a brand new period for Ducati, serving to remodel the model from a small participant into an organization that produces lust worthy sportbikes, akin maybe to the Ferrari of bikes. Superbike championships rapidly adopted, cementing the bike’s legendary standing.
This photograph seems to have been shot in August 1992, nonetheless a great distance from its autumn 1993 moto present debut. (Ducati/)
Now now we have an intriguing glimpse into an early chapter of the 916 story, the Ducati 916 used personally by Massimo Tamburini within the mannequin’s improvement. Tamburini (1943–2014) was the revered designer of the 916 in addition to a co-founder of Bimota, and he later went on to creator the attractive MV Agusta F4.
The 916 in these photographs is supposedly considered one of simply three prototypes Tamburini used to develop the bike on the roads round Ducati’s Borgo Panigale manufacturing unit, and the close by Mugello and Misano racetracks.
Right here’s one other angle from August 1992. Notice the 916 brand on the tail part that didn’t make it to manufacturing and the hand-welded exhaust pipes resulting in the underseat exhaust. The gas tank additionally seems bigger than the manufacturing tank. (Ducati/)
There are a number of elements on the bike that make it stand aside from manufacturing 916s. The gauges are notable for his or her absence of a speedometer, being fitted with solely a tachometer and a water temperature indicator. No flip indicators, both.
“The bike is nearly utterly product of fiberglass,” reads a Ducati press launch, “whereas the air conveyors, entrance mudguard, airbox, tailpipes and quantity plate holder are product of carbon fiber.”
The roads round Ducati’s Italian manufacturing unit are an exquisite testing floor for a sportbike, as Tamburini demonstrates. (Ducati/)
The bike additionally options a number of different trick bits. These tasty magnesium wheels and swingarm had been possible added after closing improvement, as had been the Öhlins fork and shock.
That’s Massimo Tamburini on the best, for some motive not trying particularly happy that his bike had earned a World Superbike championship. (Ducati/)
The 916’s fundamental design endured by 996 and 998 iterations till 2003. Eight years was an eternity in sportbike improvement on the time. The 999 that adopted, penned by Pierre Terblanche, was roundly criticized for being ugly compared to the gorgeous 916/998 despite the fact that it was truly a greater motorbike.
We will thank Tamburini for bringing the 916 into the motorbike lexicon, and it’s troublesome to think about our world with out the sultry 916 in it.