With its 916cc, fuel injected, 4-valves-per-cylinder desmodromic, liquid-cooled, 90° V-twin, Ducati’s 916 was an instant classic as soon as it was shown to the world. Built for 5 years before evolving into the 996, this bike was one of Massimo Tamburini’s crowning achievements. Though it produced less horsepower than the Japanese competition, it was more torquey, and no bike from anywhere could compete on looks. In 1998, the Guggenheim featured an exhibit called “The Art of the Motorcycle” and the 916 was one of the few modern bikes to make the cut. To many enthusiasts around the world, the 916 was not simply the latest 'superbike', but the best there had ever been. Not only did it set new standards of performance, handling, and braking, but also topped the table in style and charisma.
Ayrton Senna was a personal friend of the Castiglioni family (partially, no doubt, because he was a repeat high-profile Ducati customer), and had actually personally agreed to the first run of 200 bikes named in his honour before his demise. Profits from these 'Sennas' went to the Senna Foundation, to provide Brazilian kids with free sports facilities, as long as they went to school. The first run arrived in 1995 – Black and Grey with red wheels, with a Strada-spec engine (minus the posh Pankl rods) with an SP chassis (Öhlins shock, cast-iron, fully-floating Brembo discs and braided brake hoses) and 300 were built. Two further runs of Senna II (Silver with Red wheels) and Senna IIIs (all Black) were produced in 1997 and late 1998 with all profits, similarly, going to the Senna Foundation.
Our 916 Senna Series 3 number 226 of the 300 was first registered on the 13th August 1999 and has just one previous owner from new. Most importantly, the bike has covered an incredible 1066 miles from new and been part of a connoisseur’s collection of historically important racing cars and motor bikes.
As one would expect, the condition of this 916 Senna is as new which reflects its ultra-low mileage and is complete with both ‘road’ and ‘sports’ spec Termignoni exhaust systems and all original books spare key etc as supplied when delivered new. Post sales preparations will include a fresh service by a Ducati main agent prior to handover.
Unique and unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a true collector's Motorcycle.