The new 916 was a nice pinnacle and was available in mono and biposto editions. This early single seater has some mods normally only seen on the SP, and though not without miles it appears to be in special condition.
Ducati set the sportbike world on its ear in 1994, but it was a team effort. With Massimo Tamburini leading from the Cagiva Research Center, suppliers like Weber tuned up their fuel injection game, helping the 916 pull 114 hp. Showa refined their 43mm inverted forks, and Brembo delivered 4-piston calipers for 320mm rotors ( superceded on this example ). At the core was an 18 lbs. trellis frame with a single-sided swingarm which allowed racers quick wheel changes, and made it easier for everyone.
The long term second owner doesn’t say, but perhaps the original owner had race connections. The Öhlins shock and steering damper, numerous carbon bits, number plated bodywork are one thing, but DP clutch and AP Lockheed racing brake setup indicate friends in the business. Not enough pictures, but overall condition seems excellent. Comments from the eBay auction:
Bike has been well cared for NO track days. I am the 2nd owner for over 22 years now. Bike comes with Marchesini Magnesium race wheels 94/95 race team only issued AP RACING 6 POT FULL TITANIUM FLOATING BRAKES. Ohlins rear shock and dampener DUCATI RACING airbox and intakes. Ferracci Eprom /stator/starter up grade billet clutch basket. Casoli carbon fender vented. Termignoni carbon oval canisters. The stock air box front fender and tail lower chin all red factory parts take offs come with bike Stand and Cover.
Though minor by international manufacturing standards, the 916 was instantly successful with a few thousand sold each year. Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser won four Superbike World Championships in five seasons, and the introduction made superbikes and Ducati globally popular. Special early models are extremely rare, and this one appears to fill the bill even without the pedigree.