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I'm familiar with most of the SBK designations, but was wondering about my 916. Its a 95 mono with the numbers 916 S on one frame sticker and the number/words 916 Strada on another. Were there S models like you would find in later model SBKs with the early 916? Did the word Strada mean anything? I was like on a treasure hunt, hoping to find the letters SPS somewhere. However, I knew it wasn't that, the bike isn't fast enough.
 

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my 97 748 says "748S" on the sticker on the left side of the frame above the counter shaft (front sprocket) i don't know what it means, but i have a biposto and it came stock.
 

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My 98' 748 also has a 748 S designation. I have been told its Strada/Standard, not to be confused with the current generation 49/99 S. For our models S was standard base model and SPS was the Sport Production Special, also RS was Race Special. Thats just what I have heard.

748S/916S = 749/99
748SPS/916SPS = 749S/99S
748RS/916RS = 749R/99R
 

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Sounds like it. Thanks
 

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There are enough variations to keep you busy for some time if you decide you want to know them all..

On the Tamburini bikes here are the most usual
BiP = Normal 916 or 748 or 996
E = Economica = base 748.. compares to todays 749 Dark
S = Special = Tuned (EU) and suspensioned 748 or 996. 996(eu) has SPS engine.
SP = Sport Production = tuned and suspensioned 748/916
SPS = Sports production Special = Tuned and suspensioned 748 or 916 or 996
R = Racing = Tuned and suspensioned 748 or 996 or 998 OR xx9 bike.

Thats the "big" deal. But there are TONS of variations
SPS/F= Factory homolgation 996sps model sold to the public in 1999. Street use.
RS = Race Special = Factory tuned racemodels NEVER sold for street use. Can be found from 996RS/748RS to todays 749/999RS models
F = Factory racespec = Even more tuned RS´s that have been developed and put together by Ducati Corse.
L = Limited = Limited edition 748 sold for street use. Had some odd bits and a silver paintjob.
Senna = Limited production 916 with Öhlins and paintjob. Collector´s love these. A tribute to Ayrton Senna.
SP3 = Sports Production 3 = The 916 SP in 1997 got the SP3 badge on the basis that it was 3:d generation SP since 1994. The idea came from the naming of the 888SP´s.

These are just a few off the top off my head.. There are even more speciels out there..

//amullo
 

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Ducati produced somme 916 "S". Strada frame/supension and SP engine.
Perhaps yours is one of them.
If there are no "desmo 4V" on the top of your heads, you have an SP engine.
 

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El_Gladiator said:
Ducati produced somme 916 "S". Strada frame/supension and SP engine.
Perhaps yours is one of them.
If there are no "desmo 4V" on the top of your heads, you have an SP engine.

I ran out to the garage when I read this to confirm what I suspected, the words "desmo 4V" was there, damit!
 
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