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
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.
4 stroke 90 degree V Twin-cylinder
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, with toothed belt Desmodromic control
cooling - Closed circuit with bent radiator and mixing thermostat
3.5 L capacity
996 cc ( Bore - 98 mm x Stroke - 66 mm )
112 HP @ 8,500 RPM
69 ft. lbs. @ 8,000 RPM
Forced feed gear pump: Ducati, oil cooler in line 3.7 L capacity
Electronic I.A.W type
Champion RA 59 GC
Marelli electronic indirect type CPU 1.6;
2 injectors per cylinder
17.0 L / 4.6 gal. with 4 L / 1 gal. reserve
Dry, multiplate clutch, hydraulic control
6-speed w/straight cut primary gears
type constructed of "ALS 450" chrome moly steel alloy tubes
mm / 55.5 in.
(2 position adjustable), 23º30' - 24°30'
Coincides with rake; 91-97 mm / 3.6 - 3.8 in.
Travel: Showa upside-down fork, 43 mm steel tubes, fully adjustable
linkage with adjustable monoshock (Ohlins on S, Showa on 996 )
Shock travel - 71 mm, Wheel travel - 130 mm
Dual 320 mm stainless floating rotors with staggered diameter Brembo
Pump cylinder 16mm (PSC 16), Caliper cylinder 30-34 mm (P4.30-34)
mm Disc with hydraulic control. Pump cylinder 11 mm, Caliper cylinder
New 5-spoke light alloy MT 3.50 x 17" - 120/70-ZR17
New 5-spoke light alloy (for single-sided swing arm) with flexible
MT 5.50 x 17" - 190/50-ZR17
790 mm / 31.1 in. .
190 kg 198 kg