Location: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Here’s a rare and interesting Ducati. Rare because of the limited production (#354) and interesting because of numerical designation of the bike. It’s called a 916 but what lurks underneath the fairing is a 996. Outside of that little anomaly, what you get is one beautiful Italian 90 degree L-twin homologated race bike with lots of tasty carbon fiber and fully adjustable suspension and a stellar race pedigree.
This one is not without some modification however. From the seller:
1998 916SPS – one of 1058 made worldwide and one of 100 imported into the USA. It is number 0354 and sold new for $21,250.00. It runs excellent, corners like it is on rails and the engines pulls strong through the entire RPM range. It has never been dropped, although there is the normal road wear on the fairings. I have meticulously taken care of this bike. The bike has about 10,600 miles, I did the maintenance on it. I flushed and replaced clutch, front and rear brake fluid and the radiator. I also checked the valve clearances, they are to specs. The current belts where replace just prior to my purchase in 2009. The tires are Pirelli Diablo with 400 miles on them. The oil has also just been changed.
The bike is mostly stock. The upgrades are: a AFAM quick change carrier (I am running 15 X 38 sprockets), a power commander, a 1098 clutch (weights 2 lbs less than the stock SPS clutch), tapered head bearings and carbon fiber air runners. I had the MS Production carbon fiber clear coated; fender, v-cowl, air box sides, chain guard, license plate holder and the exhaust heat shield. That really improved the looks of the bike. The battery mount has been upgraded to fit a maintenance free battery. I also updated regulator by running 12 gauge wires (to match the size from the regulator) from the stator to the new weather proof regulator connectors. free battery. I also updated regulator by running 12 gauge wires (to match the size from the regulator) from the stator to the new weather proof regulator connectors.
Although not many of these will come available everyday, this one does appear to be at a reasonable price considering what it is and what it cost new. Modifications on bikes like these tend to be frowned upon unless they are common to the bike and generally considered an upgrade. These mods appear to fit the bill but you will have to make your own call on what you think in this case.