This bike is number '177' from the original homologation run of only 200 916 SPS models produced for the 1997 season. The vendor was at the Isle of Man TT in 1997 when Gleve Engineering's Ducati 916 SPS crashed at Union Mills in the production race. Their bike was a mess but repairable. Gleve were clearly out of the TT, but a friend told the vendor that they were thinking of selling their spare SPS (new and still in its original shipping crate) to raise funds for the rest of the season. The vendor jumped at the chance to get hold of one of these all but unobtainable machines.
After collection from Gleve, the Ducati sat in its crate for a while, but in March 1998 was registered, unpacked, fuelled, fitted with the carbon race exhausts (which came with it) and taken to a local Ducati dealer for PDI. Since then it has covered around 1,800 dry miles and remains in mint condition; it even has the original tyres. 'R12 SPS' has been maintained by the vendor's local Ducati specialist, Louigi Moto, and has recently had a major service (receipts available) and is ready to go. The original road exhausts, crate-stand and a side panel from the Ducati packing crate are included in the sale.