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Ducati 851



Year (of specifications) 1987 - 1991
Engine 851 cc, V-twin DOHC
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed 149 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 105 bhp @ 9000 rpm
Weight 180 kg, 397 lbs
Seat height -
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The Ducati 851 was created to bring Ducati up to speed with engine technology. Previous to the 851, Ducati had relied on a simple air-cooled two valve engine. Massimo Bordi, one of Ducati's engineers provided a solution.

The 851 cc engine had a cylinder head designed with the help of Cosworth (UK engine specialists), four valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection and liquid cooling. The 851 engine also used Ducati's desmodromic valve actuation system, meaning valve control was assured even at high rpms.

The Ducati 851 used a steel tube trellis frame coupled with high performance chassis components including, Marvic wheels, Brembo brakes and Marzocchi suspension.

Early Ducati 851 bikes (1987 - 1988) suffered from poor handling characteristics, however this problem was rectified with the introduction of larger 17 inch wheels and superior suspension.

In 1992 the engine size was increased to 888 cc and with the capacity change came a name change, the Ducati 888 was born.

In 1993 the capacity increased yet again to 916 cc, it is this engine which powers the Ducati 916 Superbike.


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