IIRC, that's just the V4 Multistrada , the V4 Panigale still uses Desmos.The Ducati V4 now uses conventional valve springs. I think their other engines still use the desmodromic valve arrangement.
Yeah, lots of dealers took advantage of the 916 series. I recall in '96, we only charged $400 or $450 for a 916. We had guys bringing bikes from 2 or 3 hours away.In '96 or so I had a hard on for a 916. I was seriously considering one until the dealer told me it needed a valve adjustment every 4000 miles and it cost $800. I damn near shit myself.