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Ducati August 29, 2017 posted by

Rare Original: 1995 Ducati 916 “Varese”

Update 9.19.2017: We've been contacted by the new owner to note this bike has been sold to a collector in Minnesota. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati rocked the motorcycle world with the introduction of the 916 in 1994. Here was a machine that revolutionized the idea of how sharp a street-going motorcycle could be; it offered stunning performance with supermodel good looks. From every angle and by every measure, the 916 redefined the top tier of sport bikes. No longer an evolution of the 851/888 line, the 916 was essentially all new and was an instant hit for Ducati, leading to a huge rise in sales and a fine collection of WSBK trophies.

In case you have lived in a cave for the last 20+ and have not kept tabs on any major motorcycling milestones, allow me to fill you in. The vaunted 916 essentially made its way to the top of the "best sport bike of 1995" article from every single motorcycle publication. Maybe it was the allure of the flowing bodywork. Perhaps it was the statement made by the single-sided swingarm, laying the back wheel bare to the world. Maybe it was the under-seat exhaust, tucked away for cornering clearance and aerodynamics. Perhaps it was the 90 degree L-twin, the 4-valve heads, desmo valve actuation, fuel injected and liquid cooling. But most likely it was the total package, tipping the scales at just over 420 lbs, narrow and svelte like a 600, but pushing 114 HP at the rear wheel with enough torque to loft the front end handily. Handling was unmatched, braking was a similar affair. There was no single element that made the 916 revolutionary, but the complete collection of bits was unlike anything the world had seen.

There is an interesting wrinkle to the 916 story, and one that makes this bike even more special. In 1994 Ducati was ramping production of the 916 to meet with unprecedented demand (most 1995 bikes were build in the latter part of 1994) - the rumor is that every first-year 916 in the US was spoken for before it ever left Italy. The factory in Bologna was running at full song. But a tragic fire (which started in the paint shop) shut down the production line at an inopportune time. Scrambling to continue building the most important motorcycle in Ducati's history, manufacturing was relocated to the Cagiva-owned MV Agusta factory in the city of Varese. Here, approximately 2,663 Ducati 916s were assembled (predominantly by hand) to keep the dream alive. The Bologna factory returned online in 1995, and production was reestablished there for the remainder of the builds. In addition to the base 916 model, approximately 310 SP spec bikes were also assembled in Varese.

From the seller:
A beautiful Ducati 916 in fantastic condition and extremely low miles. One of the closest to OE you can find. Comes with lots of extras, including carbon fiber bodywork and exhaust system. Minor imperfections include a vertical scratch on the right side of the tail (pictured) and very small scratches on the front of the lower left fairing.

Already one of the more rare and iconic Ducati motorcycles, this bike is one of the 2,663 916's to be hand built in the Varese factory due to a fire at the assembly line in Bologna. The 916 led Ducati to 4 World Superbike Championship victories in '94, '95, '96 and '98

Although Varese-built machines do not differ from any other 1995 model year 916, they are considered a bit special because of the circumstances involved. Some believe that a Varese 916 is build a bit better, having been more "hand made." The truth is that Varese 916s are indistinguishable from their Bologna counterparts, but for the 11th digit of the VIN; 916s assembled in Varese during this period have a "V" in that position rather than the traditional "B." Otherwise, all other parts and components are completely interchangeable with Bologna 916s of the same model year. Does that make them more collectable?

1995 Ducati 916 Varese for sale on eBay

Putting the Varese complication aside, the 1995 model year 916 is an aspiring classic. This is perhaps one of the most recognizable motorcycles in the world. 20+ years later, this bike still looks fresh and new. Massimo Tamburini's masterpiece was a shot across the bow of all other manufacturers; Ducati was in the game to win. Sure, the Honda RC30 offered a single-sided swing arm years previous, and the oval-piston NR750 sported both that and the under tail exhaust - but neither bike was a mainstream build. The 916 took those elements and owned them for good. And today, these early 916s are gaining popularity - with prices following. This particular US-based Varese 916 has been on eBay for a bit, and is listed with a $18,590 Buy It Now. That is a bit higher than a clean 916 might bring, but the scant 2,265 miles, the claimed originality (although I spy with my little eye a non-OEM Evoluzione clutch slave cylinder), the impressive collection of spares, the FBF exhaust cans, the overall condition and the Varese connection might make this one worth it. Be sure to check it out, as the seller is open to offers. This is your chance to own what many consider to be "the most beautiful motorcycle in the world." Good Luck!!

MI

Rare Original: 1995 Ducati 916 “Varese”
Ducati August 14, 2017 posted by

Recovered Racer – 1998 Ducati 916

After an 18-month refurbishment, this 916 has a fresh carbon fairings and race engine.  While a detail here or there might need attention, it has a long list of mods resulting in a nicely presented and special 916.

1998 Ducati 916 for sale on eBay

Relieving the 888, the 916 started a new dynasty and made a lot of 1994 best bike lists.  Much of the machine was derived from Ducati racebikes - trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, dry clutch, underseat exhaust, and instantaneous access to the engine.  The folded headlight fairing was designed by Massimo Tamburini and became a sportbike icon.  In the five years from 1994-98, the torquey 916 won four Superbike World Championships.

This is an ex-privateer's racebike, and for all the fun of turning a road bike into a racer, bringing a race machine back to the street can be tougher.  The owner answered the challenge of integrating all the great mods and beautifying the lot.  This bike has had some updates for the track, and some on the way back to the street.  With a built race engine, 1098 front end and race dash, the owner added a full carbon fiber body, including the fuel tank.  Here's one paragraph from the long description in the eBay auction:

This build was year and a half effort; acquiring the right mix of parts to make a Duc that I’ve never seen. This bike’s been to many events, and it is an original.  It has carbon fiber Ducati performance bodywork, fuel tank, air intakes, airbox, front fender, rear fender, foot guards, chain guard and Arrow exhaust.  The only major part that isn’t carbon fiber is the wheels; they are Marchesini 10 spoke forged magnesium wheels (3.50" x 17" Front and 5.50" x 17" Rear).  The Marchesini 10 spoke wheel weights with bearings front 6.04lbs, and rear 7.76lbs, very light, so I stayed with the 10 spokes.  The inside of the fuel tank has been coated with Caswell epoxy gas tank sealer to prevent leaks and protect the carbon fiber.

With this 916 coming up on 20 years old, a reliability comparison between stock and modified would be more of a pain management exercise.  This build might suit a tinkerer or an owner with access to a good repair shop, as when service is required, it won't quite be covered by the maintenance manual.  In return, the new owner will have a one-of-a-kind 916, race-engined with classic looks but many more modern components.  Located in a north Dallas suburb, arranging an in-person inspection by a friend or a shop might be a way to start...

- donn

 

Recovered Racer – 1998 Ducati 916
Ducati August 5, 2017 posted by

Ready-to-ride redhead: 1997 Ducati 916 Strada

Here is a Ducati 916 that is in good condition but probably won't appreciate in value as a collectors item.  It fact, it seems more likely this lovely redhead would be a fun acquisition for someone who missed out on the 916/996/998 experience or perhaps a way for a prior 916 owner to relive a bit of their youth.

1997 Ducati 916 Strada on ebay

There have been numerous previous posts on RSBFS that have explored the impact the 916 had on motorcycling, both when it was launched in 1994 and the subsequent SP, SPS, 996 and 998 models.  Rather than repeat this info again, I would suggest anyone who is curious click the link above and browse these past posts, leaving the remainder of this post as an analysis of this particular 916, focusing on the model, components, conditions, service history and best guess at a price.

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MODEL:
This listing appears to be for a standard 1997 strada/"street" version and not the higher end SP, despite the white tail piece.  For anyone not familiar with the differences between the two models, the strada was the base/street version while the SP was the more track oriented edition.   All 916's offered incredibly well balanced handling compared to the competition of the day but none had great power below 5000 rpm and only really started to get "on the boil" @ around 7000 rpm.  The SP (and susequent SPS) were much more track oriented machines with more powerful engines and track componenets but were actually worse on the street than the strada due to their engine setup;  the SP/SPS didn't really exceed the performance of the strada until you got them over 8000 rpm which made them much harder to ride on the street.

Summary:  Good way to experience the 916.  Not as collectible as a SP or SPS but easier to live with if the intent is to ride it on the street. 

COMPONENTS:
While the 916 was by design one of the finest handling machines of its time, two areas that came up as points of improvement where the rear suspension and the brake lines.   This particular 916 appears to be equipped with an Ohlin's rear shock which is good because it  was a big improvement over the standard Showa unit and helped to improve the ride quite a bit.  However the seller does not make any mention of the brake lines which were upgraded to braided steel in later versions so this might a question mark for this bike.

SUMMARY:  Looks good but might need to spend a few dollars to upgrade the brake lines.  Come to think of it, a full brake refresh would be a good idea.

CONDITION:
Mileage is shown as 13626 miles which is less than 1000 a year, although I would be the majority of that came more than 10 years ago. The seller does note some scuffs and a few cracks but I don't see any evidence of the bike having been down and replacements are available via ebay.   Parts look to be mostly OEM with the exception of the exhaust, the SP style rear fairing and perhaps a tail tidy/license plate unit.

SUMMARY:
If not having perfect bodywork bothers you, prepare to spend money or look for a different bike.  Overall nothing that looks to impact performance.

SERVICE:
The seller indicates fresh rubber and belts which has is good but also mentions a new clutch which might be an indication of more serious problems. The only issue I saw as the color of the fluid in the front brake fluid reservoir, although that might just be due to the lighting in the picture.

Here is what the seller has to say.

  • 12 k service done, new cam belt and plugs
  • new clutch EVR 12 tooth housing and plates.
  • new fuel pump
  • new Michelin Pilot tires
  • new factory air filters
  • New fuel tank release valves  
  • Recall 99v-360 rear axle spindle replacement done
  • Services done at Ducati dealer (have invoices) at 11,500 miles

SUMMARY:   Sounds good but a few questions, also it would be good to see the receipts.

PRICE:
As stated at the beginning of this post, given the year, model and condition this 916 is probably going to appeal more to someone who wants to ride it than to a collector.  Recent prices for these have ranged from $4,000 USD to $6,500 USD, although an under 2000 mile first year unit went for almost $19,000.   Based on the condition of this one, I would expect a price smack in the middle and this seems to be born out by the current bidding which is just a smidge under $5,000 USD with 3 days to go.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

I think this is a good opportunity for someone who never got to experience the Ducati 916 to see what all the fuss was about.  It could also be a fun toy for a somewhat older rider to relive a bit of their youth.   While it won't appreciate in value dramatically, it will probably hold its current value at least which is a a tribute to Massimo Tamburini's design.  And yes, it still looks great so bringing it to bike night will still be fun...not many 20 year old bikes that can be said about.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Ready-to-ride redhead:  1997 Ducati 916 Strada
Ducati July 5, 2017 posted by

The Original: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

Considering it's one of the most iconic motorcycles of the modern era, prices of Ducati's 916/996/998 are almost shockingly reasonable, although there are plenty of dogs and ex-race bikes out there that should be avoided unless you're handy with a wrench or have lots of room on your credit card. There's something for everybody, from higher-mileage riders to low-mileage garage queens and everything in between. The later bikes obviously offer more performance and even better handling, but it all started here, with Ducati's 916.

Under the skin, the 916 was an evolution of Ducati's successful 851/888 machines. The skin, however, was pretty much sex on wheels, with a slim waist, underseat exhaust pipes, and a distinctive single-sided swingarm that added weight but looked trick and made for easy wheel changes for anyone endurance-racing their bike... The 114 claimed horses seem pretty modest today considering a new Yamaha R6 is supposedly packing 122, but the Bolognese Bullet produces much more torque and makes all the expected Italian exotic noises.

Today's example is one of the nicest, most original bikes you're likely to find and is claimed to have been hand-built in Varese as a result of a fire at the Bologna facility that caused production to be temporarily shifted. I've no idea if that really makes it worth all that much over a Bologna-built bike, but the fact that it's a low-mile, original machine certainly makes it one for collectors, although the asking price is steep. I happen to like the older graphics as seen here, compared to the very plain font used on the 996 and 998 that followed.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale

A beautiful Ducati 916 in fantastic condition and extremely low miles. One of the closest to OE you can find. Comes with lots of extras, including carbon fiber bodywork and exhaust system. Minor imperfections include a vertical scratch on the right side of the tail (pictured) and very small scratches on the front of the lower left fairing.

Already one of the more rare and iconic Ducati motorcycles, this bike is one of the 2,663 916's to be hand built in the Varese factory due to a fire at the assembly line in Bologna. The 916 led Ducati to 4 World Superbike Championship victories in '94, '95, '96 and '98

While prices for the 916 have been relatively low for the past decade or so, that obviously can't continue indefinitely, and prices for pristine, low-mileage, or historically significant examples have been on the rise. How long will it take for values to reach the $18,590 Buy It Now this seller is asking? Hard to say, but I can bet that, at some point, folks are going to be wishing they'd picked up a nice example and put it on display in their living room...

-tad

The Original: 1995 Ducati 916 for Sale
Ducati December 1, 2016 posted by

Nearly New: 1998 Ducati 916 With Just 245 Miles for Sale

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Much ink has been spilled waxing poetic about Massimo Tamburini's masterpiece, the Ducati 916. The bike was such a common sight throughout the 90s as the two-wheeled incarnation of lust, it's become a bit... familiar, and it's easy to forget just how shockingly sexy this bike was when it was introduced: the incredibly slim waist, the single-sided swingarm, the undertail exhausts, and those huge side-panels, bare of graphics except for simple Ducati logos.

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Under the curvy new skin, the mechanicals were an evolution of Ducati's 888: a liquid-cooled, four-valve 90° v-twin displacing 916cc and producing 114hp, backed by a six-speed gearbox and a traditional, rattly dry clutch. That powerplant was housed in a stiff, lightweight steel trellis frame that helped define Ducati superbikes until the nearly frameless Panigale came along.

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The 916 was impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive both to buy and to maintain. But it was also impossibly desirable and undeniably fast. If you're looking for one now, prices have become very reasonable, at least in terms of the initial purchase: they're still expensive to maintain and require regular attention. And that combination of "uncomfortable" and "expensive to buy and maintain" means that there are plenty running around in excellent condition and with very low miles. But ones with just a couple hundred miles on the odometer like this one are few and far between.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 916 for Sale

Yes this beautiful Superbike has 245 miles on it.  It would have had less but I had to drive it to see Frankie Chili the Superbike star to sign the tank.  I bought from a guy who owned a huge plumbing company who bought it at Sotheby's charity auction in 2002 brand new in Vegas after being signed by Ben Bostrom. Several other amazing guys signed tank but unfortunately while sitting in my office got cleaned by a cleaning person and ruined the signatures.   Bike is in my storage next to Jet Tunning, one of the Premier Motorcycle tuners in all of CA.  Bike has not been started since 2006.  Battery disconnected and fuel drained.  Bike is 100% original, never dropped or scratched. Clean Title as expected.  I bought this bike as art.  It was enjoyed by 1000s of folks who loved the fact that this was the body style that put Ducati back on the map in the 1990s.  Office building sold and now in warehouse covered.  Needs a good home where someone can hang it over a bar, or put in a collection, or maybe just rode hard for the first time in its life.  Thanks for looking.

1998-ducati-916-r-side

The $7,500 asking price is high for a bog-standard 916, or it would be, if it wasn't virtually brand-new. As it is, that seems like a decent price for such a pristine machine, although I'd be tempted to just clean the badly-smudged signatures off the tank for a dead-stock look. It's a shame, since they'd be a very cool addition for a display bike if they were in good condition... And honestly, "display" is probably what will happen to this bike: there are plenty of nice, well-maintained bikes around if you're looking for one to ride, and this bike would probably need a comprehensive service if you wanted to actually ride it.

You'd also probably want to remove those "916" decals from the side panels: earlier 916s with the older graphics had the displacement displayed but, when Ducati switched to their new corporate logo, it was dropped until the introduction of the updated 996. Not a good aesthetic choice, but very easy to fix.

-tad

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Nearly New: 1998 Ducati 916 With Just 245 Miles for Sale
Ducati September 14, 2016 posted by

Red Head, Tamburini Style: 1995 Ducati 916 with 3300 (ish) miles

We seem to be on a bit of a Ducati theme here at RSBFS of late but before we move off, here is one more...a lovely Ducati 916.  For those of a certain age, it was proably the first bike that ever caused feelings of motorcycle-based lust without any knowledge of performance or racing heritage. Today's example is the standard/strada version with a mere 3310 miles as of this post and best of all, fresh maintenance.

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When the Massimo Tamburini designed 916 arrived in America in 1995 it was a sensation, with quite a few young fans drawn by the lithe proportions that made other bikes of the era look bloated (I'm looking at you, Honda CBR1000).  Best of all the 916 sinuous form was matched by function; it really did handle and go well.  It was smaller and more powerful than the preceding 888 model, and while power was less than some of the Japanese competition of the day, at 114 bhp it was no slouch (NOTE: And anyone who wanted a bit more power, there was the SP model which looked the same but a more powerful engine).

Downsides?  Well the riding position was kind of brutal, and required belt maintenance was very pricey...but the design was so iconic it continued on in the 996 and 998 and still appears in lists of important designs in motorcycle history by authorities like the Guggenheim Museum.

As Motorcyclist magazine wrote in their recap of the 1990's - "1994: Ducati 916 debuts. Did anything else happen that year?"

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1995 Ducati 916 with 3300 miles on eBay

Condition of the this 916 strada looks to be very good and pretty much all OEM.  There is an odd crack in the upper fairing and some small paint chips and I am not sure if the exhaust is the Termignoni without stickers or something else but other than that it looks really really good.

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916-damange

Here is what the seller has to say:

The bike was gone through top-to-bottom by MCC in Villa Park on 7/5/2016 and had the following done (see picture of receipt for all the specifics):

  • Oil Change
  • Brake Fluid Change
  • Coolant Change
  • Michelin Pilot Power Tires (F&R)
  • Chain Replaced
  • Belts Replaced
  • Rear Brake Pump
  • Voltage Regulator Replaced
  • Upper & Lower Chain Sliding Shoes

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So is this low mileage, Massimo Tamburini penned red head worth the current asking price of $7,499 USD?   If it was one of the top shelf/unobtainum SP versions maybe but given that this is the strada version, I would say probably not.  Even though Massimo Tamburini passed away back in April of 2014 and some of his creations are already climbing in value, I don't think this 916 strada will appreciate much over time.

The last few of these on ebay seem to have gone for between around $5,700, + 500.  Given the condition of this one together with the low mileage and recent service and I would think a fair price would be between $6,000 and $6,400.  It might make a nice addition to anyone building a Tamburini inspired collection, perhaps parked between the Bimota SB2 and the MV Agusta 750 SP-01.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Red Head, Tamburini Style:  1995 Ducati 916 with 3300 (ish) miles

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