After chalking up numerous victories on racetracks around the world, the 1994 Ducati 916 motorcycle set out to make its mark on the street.
Though its engine spotted two cylinders and 100 cc's to most liter-class competitors, the 916 was a serious threat to Japanese rivals. Displacing 916 cc's and boasting an 11:1 compression ratio, Ducati's traditional V-twin with unique desmodromic valve actuation pumped 105 horsepower to the rear
While that hardly made the 916 the most powerful bike in its class, a combination of composite materials, compact design, and weight-saving engineering certainly made it one of the lightest; at 438 pounds, the 916 could best be described as svelte.
Since just 400 were planned to be exported to the United States, the 916 became an instant collectible. But those fortunate enough to snare one were also rewarded with a graceful and exotic expression of a state-of-the-art superbike -- Italian style.
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The 916 broke with Ducati tradition in having its V-twin water cooled, but carried the company's unique desmodromic valvetrain along with four-valve heads and fuel injection.