Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ducati 916

Ducati 916

Rarely do motorcycle stylists serve up a bone fide 'game-changer' - one that not only raises the bar, but alters its very characteristics.  The Ducati 916 was one such - taking two-wheeled visuals to another level.  It was no coincidence that its designer was Massimo Tamburini.  He had been a co-founder of Bimota - specialist builders extraordinaire!

The Tamburini 'trademark' is all over the 916. All the way from its seductive snub nose - through the curves of its bodywork - to its tail-piece and silencers.  It is so slim, it is scary!  That tubular steel frame is not one jot wider than required.  The 916 nudged the scales at 429lb - absurdly light for a bike of its size!

In other ways, too, the 916 scaled new heights.  Its torque-laden V-twin gave 160mph.  Its chassis 'absorbed' corners!  Lean it over as far as you dared ... you would not find its limits!  The trick-looking single-side swing-arm said it all - technically, and aesthetically.  As you would expect, such a classy package was a success, sales-wise.  The Ducati 916 broke the motorcycle design mold!

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