Caught in its own time-warp, the 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Reloaded Edition actually commemorated a 996 used in the movie shoot. The post-production delay benefited the bike, with new testastretta engine and 123 hp. This example has under 2,500 miles and has been carefully kept.
Probably the ultimate development of the 916 family without resorting to -R or -SPS spending, the 998 transitioned the desmoquattro to the narrow-head engine, with its reduced valve angles and longer maintenance intervals. Power and torque are a little beyond what's fun on the road, but suspension and brakes are nicely spec'ed, with Showa fork, Öhlins monoshock, and 320mm Brembo brakes. Looks are classic superbike, though in a strange green paint.
Spotless and un-farkeled except for the Remus exhaust and clutch cover, this Matrix is ready for its close-up. The owner sticks to the facts in the eBay auction:
Ducati 998 matrix edition 1 of only 500 made. Special edition final year of the 998 which is one the best bikes Ducati ever made.
Tires like new
Original owner with clean title in hand. In excellent condition never dropped or abused. Garaged and parked inside.
Reviewed as a ride to look forward to every single time, the 998 could also be finicky and used an older cooling system design. But at or above highway speeds, pressure on the handgrips lightens up and miles reel off. This owner has set the buy-it-now right up there, but graciously provided the "make offer" button. In a rare event, new and newer superbikes shared the 2004 showroom, the 999 waiting in the wings and the seas just about to change. But this 998 might be just the thing for the back-to-basics, special edition, or anything-but-red fan ...