In­vest in fast art

The Du­cati 916 is just beau­ti­ful. Enough said

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

This thing is au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing el­e­vated to high art, which is why there’s one in the San Fran­cisco Mu­seum of Modern Art.

Du­cati took the al­ready sen­sa­tional 888cc V-twin, en­larged it a frac­tion, gave it a new en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem and chas­sis, and clad it in body­work that is just erotic (even if some of the styling cues, like the twin nar­row head­lights, were robbed from the Honda NR750). Just look­ing won­der­ful wasn’t the whole story: the 916, and its de­riv­a­tives, won just about ev­ery race cat­e­gory they were en­tered in.

The Pani­gale notwith­stand­ing, Du­cati sim­ply hasn’t been able to pro­duce a suc­ces­sor with the same wow fac­tor. It’s been like Jaguar trying to fol­low the E-type: how you do you top that?

The older mod­els are be­ing pulled up by the soar­ing val­ues of all the var­i­ous race replica and lim­ited- edi­tion spe­cials. A few years ago, start­ing money for a 916 was about £2500. Right now, the cheap­est are the base model 996s, and their val­ues are be­ing pulled by the halo ef­fect from the spe­cial mod­els and the re­al­i­sa­tion there will never be any­thing like this again – ex­actly the same ef­fect that’s send­ing air-cooled Porsche 911s soar­ing.

You can spend £15k or more if you want, but for the best re­turn buy a 996 or 998, now that the early 916s are be­ing hunted down. A £1000 profit over 12 months is a 25% re­turn on in­vest­ment.

Even your granny will have heard of the glo­ri­ous 916

…and it’s a de­sign that’ll never look dated

Still the most al­lur­ing tank in bik­ing…

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