Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Michigan, Michigan, USA
1996 916 SPA / 955 SP, engine #13
Recently acquired this 1996 916 SPA (aka 955 SP) from its original owner…it’s 1 of the 54 original SPA’s sold. The SPA’s did not have plaques and the last digits of the VIN didn’t start at 0001, so for reference this bike has engine # 13. The SPA was born out of the desire to homologate the 955 engine for AMA with Ducati needing to sell at least 50 bikes to meet the homologation requirement. My understanding is that this effort was spearheaded by Ferracci and I had previously thought that Ferracci sold all of the SPA’s when they were new, but this bike was originally sold by a dealer (which no longer exists) in Georgia.
The bike has ~8,000+ km’s and is mostly original. Modifications include Marchesini magnesium wheels (that were put on a number of years ago, but have only seen a few hundred miles as the bike wasn’t ridden much in recent years), Ohlins steering damper, aftermarket clutch slave cylinder, and fender eliminator bracket. Luckily the prior owner kept all of the original parts, so I have those along with the bike.
A recent dyno run shows that the bike is running too lean in the mid rev levels. It’s also low on compression and producing lower than expected horsepower, but this isn’t deemed to be a mixture issue as the mixture is good at high rpm where peak horsepower is being made. The bike has an aftermarket Ferracci chip and the original chip is missing in action, so we are going to start with using the oem chip from my other SPA and see how it does on the dyno. One challenge is that none of the ecu controllers currently available (e.g. Power Commander, etc) are compatible with the P8 ecu, so it will take some customization to get one of these installed/connected to this bike.
The bike is currently with Mark Sutton at the Ducshop in Atlanta and he is going to handle all of the engine matters. Once I receive the bike from Mark I will handle the balance of the needs which are largely cosmetic along with the normal wear and tear items. It will take some time to work through this, but I’ll post updates/pics in this thread along the way.
CURRENTLY: 1993 888 SPO, 1995 Varese 916, 1995 916 Corsa, 1996 916 SPA (x2), 1997 916 SPS #13, 2000 748RS Race, 2001 748/853S Race, 2001 996R, 2002 998RS ex-Picotte, 2005 999R
IN SEARCH OF: 1997 748, 748R, 916 SP/SP2/SP3, 996RS and another: 916/955/996 Corsa/Racing, 998RS, 1997 916 SPS
Last edited by XLR8R; Jun 24th, 2016 at 11:03 am.