Top 10 stunning homologation specials - page five

Track-ready production bikes to make you drool

2: Ducati 916/996/998

The Ducati 916 had a series of homologation special spin-offs. There was the 916SP, the 955SP, the (996cc) 916 SPS, the Foggy Replica (marketed as a tribute bike, but sneakily used to homologate a tweaked frame and airbox), the (998cc) 996R and the Testastretta-engined, 999cc 998R.

Between them, they took eight WSBK world titles, hot on the heels of three that had gone to the 916’s predecessor, the 888… We’re lumping them all together here because any Ducati 916/996/998 derivative has the same combination of style and desirability, and any limited-edition homologation version is even more drool-worthy.

1: Honda RC30

For the first three years of the WSBK championship, the Honda RC30 was the bike to be on. It won the title in 88, 89 and 90. It epitomised the idea of an off-the-shelf racer. Honda made more than the required 500 bikes, keeping the RC30 in production for three years and eventually churning out nearly 5000 of them.

That’s why, for a while, it seemed that every national championship, not to mention races like the TT, was packed with privateers on RC30s. The result was that the RC30’s racing heritage stretches far wider than WSBK alone, and even though a lot were made, the number of unmolested road bikes is still low and prices are sky-high.


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