For sale by auction on Saturday 20th May 2017 with Historics at the Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire.
Registration M797 SAU
Chassis Number ZDM9165001941
Engine Number 002069
Estimate £8,000 - £10,000
The first development of the 916 model family can be traced back to the development of the four-valve Ducati engine, the Desmoquattro, through the development and racing of the earlier Pantah models, to the road-going 851 and 888 models. Designed by Massimo Tamburini, Sergio Robbiano and their team at the Cagiva Research Centre in San Marino, the 916's water-cooled engine was a revision of that of its predecessor, the 888, with larger displacement and a new engine management system. The stylish single-sided swingarm was designed to make wheel changes faster during races. The underseat exhausts improve aerodynamic performance and resultantly gave very clean lines. This feature was initially introduced on the Honda NR, and although Ducati was not the first, it has remained one of the trademark features of 916 line. Journalist Kevin Ash suggested that the 916 was "one of the most influential machines of the last twenty years" and still is. This 'over the counter' bike won multiple world championships and won them easily. At 9,000rpm, the 114bhp told every road user that this bike was something special. Outstanding in power, performance and road holding every owner knew that this was and still is and outstanding motorcycle.
M797 SAU is very rare being one of only 199 916S specification ever built. It has ultra lightweight carbon fibre body panels most of which are quickly detachable. It has race specification Ohlin suspension and a re-mapped ECU as well as a sonorous, full length Termignoni exhaust system. The whole package makes for one of the greatest road going motorcycles ever made and a Ducati that is a classic in every sense. Presented in immaculate condition with helmet bag, bike cover, tool kit, fully stamped service book and complete set of MoT test certificates confirming the mileage, owner's manual and a current MoT test certificate valid until July 2017, this machine represents an incredibly rare and outstanding example of an absolute icon.