1998 Ducati 916 SPS

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Post-Sale Update: This Ducati 916 SPS sold for the BIN price of $13,000.

A limited edition of one of the prettiest motorcycles ever made, the Ducati 916 SPS (Sport Production Special) was an uprated version that featured a modified engine and chassis. Nearly all the specifications were improved, with lighter 5-spoke wheels, Ohlins rear shocks and Showa front forks, it was designed to be the ultimate 916.

Ducati 916 SPS - Tail

Released to homologate the new 996cc engine for Superbike competition, the 916 SPS introduced reinforced crankcases, new barrels and heads, and a 11.5:1 compression ratio. The SPS struggled to idle, like a dragster – reviewers all over the country said their test bikes stalled at idle. The transmission became a close-ratio unit, and plenty of other extras added up to a bike that was expensive (an MSRP of $24,000 back when it was new), though well-worth it, according to reviewers. The Termi pipes sounded like nothing else people had heard at the time, and reviewers were terrified of the power delivery. Here’s the key: this was the best Ducati you could buy in 1998 – and only 1058 were sold that year. The best part of the whole story? The SPS was only road legal in Europe. Ducati didn’t conform to EPA regulations, so they sold it as a ‘track-only’ bike and made buyers sign a waiver saying that you wouldn’t register it for road use. As you might imagine, pretty much everyone ignored the waiver, as the bike came with a VIN, lights, a title, and everything needed to register the bike. Want to learn more? Check out this excellent two-part article from Odd Bike about the special editions (particularly the SPS) of the world-changing 916.

Ducati 916 SPS - Gauges

This specific Ducati 916 SPS (VIN: ZDM3SB5V1WB000646) has just 1,940 miles and has no known issues. It had the belts done 2 years ago, but that’s pretty much the extent of the history we get from the seller.

Ducati 916 SPS - Left Side

Find this Ducati 916 SPS for sale in Auburn Hills, Michigan with a BIN of $13,000 or best offer

Ducati 916 SPS - Rear

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