Here it is… the 996. The direct descendants of the legendary 916. L-Twin 2 Cyl-Desmo, DOHC, 996 cc. With max power of 112 hp @ 8500 rpm and 9.5 kg-m @ 8000 rpm of torque. World Superbike Rider Champion in 1998, 1999 and 2001. Used by Trinity in the famous freeway scene in the film The Matrix Reloaded and it is now in my garage.
The 996 design is exact replica of the 916 that was designed by the famous motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini. Tamburini design contrast sharply with the designs of the Japanese’s bike. Tamburini design is stunning and timeless, look at the current production of Cagiva Mito, that also restyled by Tamburini, has similiar lines and cunning similiarity in the front and rear fairings with the 996 (916). A testament of Tamburini timeless design.
Mine has 11,000 km on it, in rosso red with white decals on the wind shield. The fairing is still in good condition with DUCATI PERFORMANCE decals put nicely on it. The exhaust is still stock, but modified for free flow. The sound is unmistakebly Ducati. Loud and low, totally different with that of Harley, let alone the Jap inline 4.
The 996 comes with adjustable front and rear Showa forks. The previous owner also upgraded the steering dumper with Ohlins adjustable steering dumper. A big plus since the stock 996 uses non adjustable steering dumper. The clip-on was also upgraded. Hence the riding position is less agressive compare to the stock unit.
My first test ride was during the evening the 996 delivered. As I have predicted, the torque is immense. I think I can get 100 kph on its 1st gear with the 996. There are some twisty road in Lebak Bulus, took it there for a test ride.
The bike definetely need some tune up and thorough check up. Back fired several time and stalled. Other than that, it was a true sport bike. It accelerate like a sport bike, corner like a sport bike and stop like a sport bike. I ride several other Ducati’s bike before and I never felt power than the 996 delivered. Perhaps 999 or the current 1098 Superbike deliver more, but for my riding skills all superbike will not even near its true potential under my crouch.
So far I have been very sattisfied with the bike. At the time I write this blog, the bike is at the Ducati workshop for thorough check up and tunning. Look forward for a track day’s blast with this bike!
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