984 Miles – 1998 Ducati 916 SPS

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Post Sale Update: This SPS sold for $19,100 after 46 bids on eBay.


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 like Ohlins rear shocks and Showa front forks, it was designed to be the ultimate 916.

Ducati 916 SPS - Plaque

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 - Tail

This specific Ducati 916 SPS (VIN: ZDM3SB5V7WB000649) is number 405 of 1058 and it comes with one key and tool kit – the owners manual has been lost. More importantly, it comes with the 50mm Termignoni race exhaust.

Ducati 916 SPS - Right Side

Find this Ducati 916 SPS for sale in Beverly Hills, California with bidding up to $7,600 and the reserve not yet met

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