For some the ultimate Ducati sportbike, the 916 launched a million dreams ( and posters ). After a 10-year run, the 998S Final Edition was the last 916-based model, and this one was tucked away right after delivery.
998's were produced only in 2002-03, and by special order in 2004, the 998S FE was a transition from the 916 era to the 999. The Testastretta deep-sump engine generates 130 hp and will carry the next Superbike generation, though the classic dual-headlight fairing recalls the 996. Ohlins suspension at both ends are state of the art. Brakes are 320mm with Brembo four-piston calipers in front, 220mm rear.
Though not a numbered edition, the Final Edition has a plaque on the steering head. The Italian Tri-colore emblazons the seat fairing. Dual Termignoni mufflers exit under the seat. Steering is stabilized also by Ohlins.
Hidden away when new, this 998S shows only 2 miles and looks perfect. Never electrified or fueled, as the owner says in the eBay auction:
A unique & rare opportunity to purchase, what is possibly the only brand new 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition in the world, that's right this bike has never been started, never had a battery or fuel in it.
A unique chance to acquire what might be considered the ultimate 916, with forward looking engine and eclectic appearance. A bit of a boat ride unless you hail from Oceania, and likely some work to replace some rubber bits, but a singular moment in Ducati history, and never ridden. Possibly a collection starter...