First launched in 1994, the 748 was a smaller-capacity version of the 916 introduced the year before.The 748 was similar in many ways - the frame, suspension and brakes were largely identical to the larger bike. The maximum power output was not much less either, at 73kW (98bhp) compared to 81kW (109bhp) for the original 916. Perhaps surprisingly, the 748 felt markedly different on the road. The more highly tuned 748cc engine had to be revved higher for the same power output, and this rewy nature tended to make the rider feel more involved in the riding experience. Minor chassis differences - mostly different tyre sizes - give a different feel on the road, and many consider the 748 to be the better steering machine.