The summum of the Italian art at making dream machines. This bike is getting oldish now, yet still stirs a lot of feelings when a non biker / rider looks at her.
The flowing design mixed with racing details make a fantastic looking bike.
The fact the racing versions of the 996 kept the exact same look, gives the road bike even more value. The engine is to my knowledge not as enjoyable as the 916's was, because of the change from carbs to fuel injection. While gaining progressivity and manners, the V-twin lost a bit of its "kick up the arse" behaviour it had previously. The tubing design for the chassis gives an extreme rigidity to the bike (hence making the bike twitchy when not on a perfectly laid road) and the handling is just out of this world. Brembo calipers deal with stopping distances...if u know what I mean.
The Duke's sound is so distinctive it is patented !!!! 
A fantastic bike altogether.



Engine Type: 4 stroke 90 degree V Twin-cylinder
Valve Control: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, with toothed belt Desmodromic control
Cooling System: Liquid cooling - Closed circuit with bent radiator and mixing thermostat  3.5 L capacity
Displacement: 996 cc  ( Bore - 98 mm x Stroke - 66 mm )
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Crank Horsepower: 112 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Crank Torque: 69 ft. lbs. @ 8,000 RPM
Max. Engine Speed: 10,000 RPM
Lubrication: Forced feed gear pump: Ducati, oil cooler in line  3.7 L capacity
Ignition: Electronic I.A.W type
Spark Plug: Champion RA 59 GC
Fuel System: Marelli electronic indirect type CPU 1.6;
2 injectors per cylinder
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.0 L / 4.6 gal. with 4 L / 1 gal. reserve
Clutch: Dry, multiplate clutch, hydraulic control
Transmission: 6-speed w/straight cut primary gears
Frame: Trestle type constructed of "ALS 450" chrome moly steel alloy tubes
Wheelbase: 1410 mm / 55.5 in.
Rake: (2 position adjustable), 2330' - 2430'
Trail: Coincides with rake; 91-97 mm / 3.6 - 3.8 in.
Front Suspension: Wheel Travel: Showa upside-down fork, 43 mm steel tubes, fully adjustable
127 mm
Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable monoshock (Ohlins on S, Showa on 996 )
Shock travel - 71 mm, Wheel travel - 130 mm
Front Brake: Dual 320 mm stainless floating rotors with staggered diameter Brembo 4-piston calipers
Pump cylinder 16mm (PSC 16), Caliper cylinder 30-34 mm (P4.30-34)
Rear Brake: 220 mm Disc with hydraulic control. Pump cylinder 11 mm, Caliper cylinder 32 mm
Front Wheel/Tire: New 5-spoke light alloy MT 3.50 x 17" - 120/70-ZR17
Rear Wheel/Tire: New 5-spoke light alloy (for single-sided swing arm) with flexible coupling
MT 5.50 x 17" - 190/50-ZR17
Seat Height: 790 mm / 31.1 in. .
Dry Weight: 190 kg 198 kg