916

The 916 is balanced, elegant and rational, without any concession to the superfluous, as well as being incredibly exciting and effective in driving.

In 1994, the evolution of Ducati DNA reached final consolidation. Massimo Tamburini designs his masterpiece, the 916, which in 2014 is described by Motorcycle News magazine as "the most beautiful bike of the last 50 years."

It represents the very essence of Ducati DNA: for the first time the concepts of Style, Sophystication and Performance are perfectly fused in a single iconic motorcycle. The 916 has everything that can be found on every Ducati designed and built since the mid-1990s.

Like a true work of art, the 916 is balanced, elegant and rational, without any concession to the superfluous, as well as being incredibly exciting and effective in riding. In addition to its unmistakabledesign, it also has innovative technical features that make it win the "Motorcycle of the Year" award in almost every specialized magazines of the time. The 916 undoubtedly represents a model of great success.

With it, Tamburini goes for perfection down to the last detail even drawing the heads of some of the screws. Nothing was to be left to chance.

The 916 is undoubtedly a true masterpiece of design, but it is also the perfect synthesis of the three values that still distinguish the brand today. And this is precisely what the dedicated installation aims to emphasize, which recalling the double helix of DNA, becomes a physical representation of Style, Sophistication and Performance, genetic traits of Ducati motorcycles.

Displacement
916 cc
Maximum power
114 hp at 9000 rpm
Maximum speed

260 Km/h

Dry weight
195 Kg

Displacement
916 cc
Maximum power
114 hp at 9000 rpm
Maximum speed

260 Km/h

Dry weight
195 Kg
The sculptures of Massimo Tamburini

Regarded by many as a kind of sculptor who models his own motorcycles to perfection, Tamburini designs the 916 following exactly the same philosophy.

Each time the prototype evolves, instead of testing it in a wind tunnel, Tamburini takes the bike and rides the roads between San Marino and Rimini during rainy days. In this way, in fact, he can observe the tracks left by water drops along the superstructures, evaluating the aerodynamic behavior of each element and obtaining the information needed to optimize its design.

And that is how, step by step, the masterpiece takes shape.

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