The best Ducati 916

I`m split between two models – the very first 916 Strada and the 998R. When it was launched in 1994 the 916 Strada bowled me over. I saw the back end of it in 1993 when I was at the Ducati factory but they wouldn`t let me near it so it wasn`t until the Milan Show later that year that I saw it properly.

My jaw dropped and I just gazed at it for half an hour; at the time, putting a bike as incredible as that on the road was amazing.

The 998R is the pinnacle of all the 916 range; it has everything – performance, style and exclusivity. I couldn`t pick one of these models over the other, I`d have to have them both, sat next to each other in my garage.

I own a 3000-mile, mint, 916 Strada that is totally original, but I don`t have the 998R. We`ve had some beauties passing through the shop. Now I wish I had kept one for myself.

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