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Ducati 996

The Ducati 996 is an Italian street motorcycle manufactured by Ducati from 1999 to 2002. It was based upon the earlier 916.

996 SPS

The 996SPS suffix stood for ‘Sport Production Special’. The engine was the same as the one used in the 916SPS but the weight was cut down considerably. The 996SPS produced around 92.4 kW (124 bhp), more than the standard 996. The 996’s special SPS engine was much stronger than anything that Ducati or any other manufacturer at the time had produced for the track. To ensure a distance was held between the standard 996 and the 996SPS Ducati designed a much higher specification chassis for the SPS. The wheels were a five spoke design but were lighter than the standard three spoke design of the 916 and the early 996. In 1999 the rear shocks were made by high quality Swedish suspensions manufacturer, Öhlins with Showa front forks. In 2000 Öhlins forks were added. The adjustable steering head also allowed geometry changes to the steel tube trellis frame making it suitable for different riding styles or race tracks.

Manufacturer Ducati
Production 1999-2002
Predecessor Ducati 916
Successor Ducati 998
Class Sport bike
Engine 996 cc (61 cu in), L-twin, fuel injected 4 valve per cylinder desmodromic, liquid cooled
Bore x stroke: 98 mm x 66 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Top speed 259 km/h (161 mph)
Power 122 hp (82.3 kW) @ 8500 rpm
Torque 93 Nm (9.5 kg-m) @ 8000 rpm
Transmission 6 speed, chain drive
Frame type Tubular steel trellis frame
Suspension Front: Showa with TiN upside-down fork fully adjustable, 127 mm (5.0 in)wheel travel
Rear: Öhlins progressive cantilever linkage with adjustable monoshock, 130 mm (5.1 in) wheel travel
Brakes Front: 2 x 320 mm discs, 4 piston calipers
Rear: Single 220 mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Dimensions L 2,010 mm (79.1 in)
W 690 mm (27.2 in)
H 1,090 mm (42.9 in)
Seat height 790 mm (31.1 in)
Weight 198 kg (437 lb) (dry)
Fuel capacity 17 litres (4.5 US gal) (4 litres (1.1 US gal) reserve)