Posts by tag: Final Edition

Ducati July 13, 2017 posted by

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !

Ducati's own commemorative of 10 years manufacturing the 916-derived superbike, the special order 998 Final Edition had a plaque on the triple-clamp and the new testastretta under the fairings.  This monoposto shows just over 1K miles and is pictured in front of the proverbial barn.

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

Sporting the classic trellis frame and World Champion Superbike graphics on the tailcone, the FE has the powertrain and premium components to back it up.   The nicely oversquare testastretta knocks on silly power's door with 136hp at 10,200 rpm.  The standard Ducati rev counter doesn't show a redline, but many owners label 11,000 rpm with a "$$$" or "Bang!" as repair costs escalate exponentially.  As an -S, the FE should have the deep sump crankcase, though some claim differences between U.S. and Euro S/FE's.  Fully adjustable Öhlins are found front and rear, and Brembo four-piston front brakes and Marchesini alloys complete the picture.

Tucked away somewhere for most of its life, this 998 is a little dusty but unmarked, and appears factory original.  Most owners might have changed at least a couple of the brushed aluminum details to carbon if the bike was handy in their garage or foyer.  Most of the comments in the eBay auction are specifications and advertising, but there's also this -

1 of 112 Ducati 998 Final Edition Monoposto California's made. This bike was only available by special order, it was not available as a regular production model. Quite rare to say the least. I'd imagine this could be, the cleanest, lowest mile one in existence; as I have never seen a lower mileage 2004 998 FE pop up.

Check the pictures, flawless. Radiator is one of the a very reliable bellwether of use or lack there of: it looks almost brand new.  Colorado Title with original owner's name.

Since earth-shattering 999's were being prepared for shipment at the same time, one can imagine the misty eyes as the last few special-order 998's were wheeled out.  The tank decal recalls 8 championships and 115 race wins, a record deserving of a large number 1 in a wreath.  Rarity assured, as a final year edition of a beloved model, and barely used.  With 2-1/2 days to go, bidding is active but reserve is tbd.

-donn

2004 Ducati 998S FE With Just 1,164 Miles !
Ducati March 30, 2017 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

This is it. The end of the line. The last hurrah. The final countdown. The Ducati 900SS FE or "Final Edition." Well, not really: 1999 saw the introduction of a brand new-ish, fuel-injected, Pierre Terblanche-styled SuperSport that carried over most of this bike's strengths. But this is the very last of the old-school, carbureted SuperSports that carried Ducati through the Cagiva era and into the present: following a bit of a gap left after the Terblanche machine, Ducati is back with the introduction of a very Panigalesque SuperSport for for folks who want Ducati style and handling without the terrifying top-end power and chiropractor bills.

With slab-sided styling reminiscent of Ducati's earlier 851/888, the SS FE evoked an era of less frantic performance: Ducati couldn't hope to compete with the Japanese Big Four's never-ending cycle of restyles and cryptic performance acronyms, so they didn't bother. This is the sportbike distilled, with power accessible to mere mortals and superior handling. Built around Ducati's famous trellis frame and powered by their two-valve, air-cooled L-twin engine, the Final Edition was basically a 900SS/SP with silver paint and a solo tail, along with some carbon-fiber and other lightweight bits. While most modern sportbikes discourage actual passengers by limiting accommodations to a tiny cushion and a set of pegs designed more as tie-down mounts, older sportbikes that might otherwise make decent bikes for ferrying significant others simply got rid of the seat entirely to convey Maximum Sportiness. The solo tail and deleted passenger pegs on the Final Edition also allowed the use of a high-mount exhaust that provided additional cornering clearance for spirited riding or track days.

Straight-line performance was never this bike's strong suit: with a claimed 84hp pushing the bike's 424lb wet weight, an SS would get positively murdered by any Japanese inline four of the period. But the Ducati had charisma to spare, handling, comfort, and that glorious v-twin sound that only gets better with a set of carbon-fiber exhausts. Or, if you're on a budget, you can simply drill out the rivets on the standard exhaust, remove the stock guts, and presto: booming Ducati noise for the cost of a few screws! Luckily, this particular example comes with a quality set of carbon mufflers included so, unless you're a Termignoni snob, there's not much to add.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition, this bike has covered 12366 miles, fresh service at AMS Ducati Dallas which included oil change Motul 300V, fuel filter, hydraulics flushed, etc. Bike is in excellent cond with a small crack under the Michellin Man decal on the right hand lower fairing. Bridgestone tires have 1000 miles on them, upgraded clutch slave cylinder from Yoyodyne, Ducati Performance carbon mufflers, carbon tank protector. The 900 FE is limited edition and this bike is #193 of 300 bikes imported to USA in 1998. The carbon fibre fenders and clutch cover are all standard 900 FE parts. This was the last Supersport to have Mikuni carbs which have been re-jetted and matched to a K&N air filter. Bike makes 76 rear wheel horsepower on the AMS dyno. Selling bike to reduce collection. Spare key and owner's manual and toolkit included. Crating service available.

This bike's dyno'd 76hp is pretty much bang-on for a carbureted two-valve Ducati at the rear wheel and, unless you want to splurge on a set of 944cc pistons and some Keihin flat-slide carburetors, you're better off just enjoying the package, rather than chasing horsepower numbers that will still get creamed by anything remotely modern. The photos in the listing aren't the greatest, considering that the bike's silver color hides imperfections and dirt pretty well, although it's pretty obvious that some of the carbon is a bit faded, but that's nearly unavoidable at this point. The FE is a bit of a top-shelf parts-bin-special, but that's not necessarily a bad thing and these are very rare motorcycles, if collectibility is your bag. I personally prefer the half-faired model in scar-your-retinas yellow, but this FE is undoubtedly the classy choice.

-tad

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale
Ducati April 22, 2016 posted by

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side

The 90s iteration of Ducati's famous SuperSport wasn't exactly a fast bike, even by standards of the day. And by the time the Ducati 900SS "Final Edition" rolled around, it likely appealed mostly to die-hard Ducati fans and collectors. Which is a shame because, although the 900SS didn't offer cutting-edge performance, it did offer plenty of charisma, great handling, and accessible real-world performance.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side Fairing

The chase for abstract performance numbers has always obsessed the world of motorcycles and cars. But the truth is that peak horsepower numbers are often pointless. Since these machines are only fully exploited by .01% of riders, and what works in ad copy isn't always all that useful on the road, it's not always the most powerful bikes that make the most rewarding bikes to ride, especially on the road. Look at the endless praise heaped on the K5 GSX-R1000 by modern reviewers and see how this year's Brutale 800 actually produces less horsepower than the previous version to make it a better roadbike, and it becomes easier to see why this Ducati might win your heart, even if it won't win any bench-racing sessions...

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side Fairing

Powered by Ducati's long-lived two-valve Pantah engine, the FE featured a solo-seat tail that allowed upswept pipes for increased cornering clearance and some carbon-fiber parts ostensibly because of their light weight, although the savings on a front fender are probably negligible... With a claimed 80hp on tap and a big fat midrange these are very rewarding to ride stock and a huge range of aftermarket support means you can modify the bike to suit if that's more your thing.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

Here we have a 1998 Ducati 900ss FE.  #246 of 300 imported to North America.  The FE stands for 'Final Edition',  Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there's more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes were made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory. To further secure it's place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE is fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There is no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.

 

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Plaque

The 900SS was certainly dated when new, a nearly retro-performance machine before that was really even a thing. Certainly, it was intended to appeal to collectors and designed to shift the moribund hardware while a replacement was being prepared, but the package can provide plenty of smiles if you're more of a back-road rider than a track-day warrior. The seller is asking $8,999.00 for this sub-10,000 mile example which, although premium money for a 90s 900SS, seems pretty much on-par for an FE these days.

-tad

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side

Silver Bullet: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale
Ducati September 24, 2015 posted by

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

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.

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2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for sale on eBay

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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.

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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.

200150923 2004 ducati 998s final edition binnacle

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.

200150923 2004 ducati 998s final edition right shock detail

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...

-donn

New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition
Ducati August 26, 2015 posted by

End of the Line: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side Front

At some point, you may get to thinking, "These modern sport bikes are going to kill me." It's a pretty logical conclusion. It's bad enough we have to dodge car drivers on cell phones, off-leash dogs, deer, moose, apparently coyotes... We have to watch out for road debris, sand, rocks, wet leaves, and sometimes discarded tracksuit pants... But even the bikes themselves are trying to do us in, with insane horsepower figures available at screaming rpm and handling that doesn't feel right unless you're hanging off the bike at 80mph as you leave the Dairy Queen parking lot. But the Ducati 900SS is a bike that you can appreciate at any speed, regardless of what Hunter Thompson says.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side

Of course, the FE model was only the "Final Edition" of the first-generation belt-drive SS and there was a whole bit of shark-gilled weirdness to follow, although some would like to pretend Pierre Terblanche's 1999 version doesn't exist, like sci-fi film buffs who like to pretend "Alien 3" doesn't exist.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE Cockpit

And let's be real here: the FE was basically a 900SS with a Superlight-style solo-seat and upswept pipes, with very nice, very subtle silver paint and some carbon bits. And like the Superlight, it isn't particularly light, or all that super. But what it is an honest, good-handling sports motorcycle with a torquey, charismatic engine and classic looks. 80hp is plenty for most riding, and more is available if you want to swap in a set of flat-slide carbs or a big-bore kit. Handling isn't cutting-edge sharp, but there's plenty of grip and stability on tap if you want to hit the canyons on Sunday morning. The ergonomics are humane but still sporty, so you can stave off the purchase of a Barcalounger Harley or Goldwing.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Side Tail

So this is a motorcycle for aging gracefully out of knee-dragging cornering antics, one you can enjoy while taking it easy, but a bike that can still show the kids a thing or two when the situation demands. Or you come around the corner and find a deer standing in the middle of the road.

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale

The FE Stands for 'Final Edition', and the 900SS FE was a last special production run of the old carburetor-equipped SS before it was replaced in 1998. Based around the 900SS Superlight, the FE had special cosmetics, a tuned engine, and elegant chassis changes. The special silver single-seat bodywork was wrapped around a modified engine, with race-style high-level exhaust pipes. The front brakes have cast-iron racing discs and the black wheels are lightweight. A carbon-fibre clock surround, chainguard, mudguard and body panels complete the high spec. The FE's performance was only slightly improved over the standard bike, and it was really intended as a special celebration of the old model. Only 800 were produced. Limited to just 300 bikes in North America, the 900SS FE is the last of the 2nd generation SuperSports to be produced by the Bologna factory.Based on the 900SS SP, the FE comes dressed in elegant silver bodywork and black wheels, with carbon fiber rear fender, dashboard cover, and countershaft drive cover. A solo (monoposto) seat completes the stunning visual impression.

But there's more than just skin deep beauty in the FE.

To back up the race-bred look, a few additional changes have been made as well. The exhaust pipes have been raised to provide improved cornering clearances. New cast iron floating brake rotors have been fitted with remote reservoirs and adjustable levers. New cylinders, alternator, and voltage regulator have been added. The resulting combination will assure that the thrill of the ride matches the beauty of the machine. To further secure it's place in the DUCATI legacy, the top triple clamp of each FE will be fitted with a consecutively numbered commemorative plaque. There will be no doubt as to the special position the FE will assume in the heritage of the most sought after sport motorcycles in the world.

While most of the Pantah-engined 900's are very undervalued right now, the Superlight and FE represent a definite investment opportunity, at least in the short term. At some point, all those $3,500 900SS will go up in value, but for now, they're the dirt cheap way into Ducati sportbike ownership. But because they're so cheap, some have high miles or have been a bit abused. Although keep in mind that the Pantah engine is good for some serious mileage when properly maintained, so 10,000 miles on the engine means it's just nicely run-in.

1998 Ducati 900SS FE L Engine

The more exclusive models were pitched as collectibles from new, and many have been lovingly maintained. This example has reasonable mileage and looks very clean, with just that faded carbon and a bit of a tear in the seat, all of which could be easily fixed without destroying the originality or patina. Strangely enough though, while I've always thought the early Monsters look very classy in silver, the SS looks a bit bland. Purely an issue of personal taste, but I'll stick with a nice, yellow, half-faired SS-SP, thanks.

-tad

1998 Ducati 900SS FE R Side

End of the Line: 1998 Ducati 900SS FE for Sale
Ducati February 27, 2014 posted by

Changing of the Guard: 1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition

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One of many Ducati "Limited Edition" models, the 900 SS Final Edition is indeed something special as it represents the last generation of the Supersport model before Terblanche restyled the line-up. Offering up the same bullet-proof desmo two valve twin, the FE added new graphics and silver paint. There were only 800 Final Editions produced world-wide with 300 coming to North America.

1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1998 Ducati 900SS Final Edition in near new condition w/ the full service just done less than 500 miles ago. Paint is in great condition. Thousands of dollars spent in the last 4 months on all maintenance; new belts, valves adjusted, new Dunlop sportmax tires front and rear, new spark plugs, new battery with battery tender hook up, new fuel lines, new fuel filter, new oil, new oil filter, new brake fluids, new clutch fluid. Corbin seat, tool kit, owners manual, cockpit mount GPS holder, full floating cast iron front rotors, F1 slip ons which sound as nice as any Termignoni's. Needs nothing. Clear title in hand. NO RESERVE

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This is a No Reserve auction, and the bike is currently listed at $4,000 with light bidding. That is still below fair money for this bike, so it will be interesting to see where this auction ends up. The bike appears to be well cared for, lightly modified, and has just over 10,000 miles on its Veglia clocks. Check it out here, and then let us know if you prefer this or the next-gen Terblanche era Supersport design.

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Changing of the Guard: 1998 Ducati 900 Supersport Final Edition