We all know that 916s revolutionized twin cylinder motorcycles, but the real kicker is that they look as gorgeous now as they did when they were introduced in 1994, and THAT is not something one can say about motorcycles in general.
When the history of 20th century motorcycling is written, I feel sure that the 916 will make the top 10 classic bikes and (in my estimation) be in the top three.
If it weren't for the iffy electronics and heat control problems on the early models, I'd buy a 1995 right now.
Beautiful bike.....I have a '95--As far as electrical problems go, I've replaced the wiring between the regulator all the way to the stator(took the cover off and went directly to the stator) w/ high quality 10ga wire, threw the motowheels battery cables on the bike, and, even with a 5 yr old battery haven't had an electrical problem since. IMO--go all red with the tail. Exposed carbon fiber is too played out, and one can never get enough of that beautiful Ducati red--especially on a classic like your bike........thanks guys, i've loved the 916 since they came out too, it took me too long to get one but it was so worth the wait. they do need a little work but if you're on a budget i'd say ferodo xrac pads, springs front and back, 27mm triples and steeper steering and you're pretty much there.
i'm on the lookout for another frame now to bolt all my old parts too, should make a nice piece for the loungeroom.
touch wood i've had no electrical problems with mine but i bought a new battery and a smart charger straight away knowing that ducati's like to have their electrics taken good care of. as well i took it in for a major service and they replaced the alternator wires.
yes my next dilema, i've just bought a c/f race tail and can't decide wether to go for the white plates again or just paint it all red. i might just bolt it on and ride with it a natural for a while.
sorry about the photos, i've had a look and i've got a couple from the same ride which are closer but they're blurry i"ll try for a proper photo session next weekend
Guess I should junk the magnesium swingarm I just bought...Sometimes, i forget just how beautiful the 916 was in its original color scheme. the headlights, the 916 script, the gold wheels... really nice. Shows that you don't have to do titanium frames and unobtanium wheels to make a really beautiful bike.