Update 2.19.2013: Previously listed and sold last July, the seller is relisting this sweet looking 996SPS for $11.5k buy-it-now which is a bit less than it sold for the last time. Seller's eBay description has more detail now too so make sure to check it out on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc
It would seem that the 916/996/998 is one of the favorite Ducati designs on the recent era. I would definitely agree with that as well. I would also agree that the SPS (sport Production Special) versions of the 916/996 takes it up a notch or two in performance and desirability. The 996SPS shares the same engine as the 916SPS, but still made about 10hp over the base model. The 1999 version also had a Showa front fork which latter gave way to an Ohlins unit in 2000. After that, the SPS moniker gave way to the now used ‘R’ designation.
Where the standard 996SPS wasn’t as dramatic over the standard model, the bike up for grabs here features a 1026 big bore kit to give it some more power. There are some modifications to the bike besides the big bore kit, but the seller says all of the stock parts are included. Add some maintenance to the bike and a chance to score a some fully carbon fiber fairings fro an extra $500 on top pf the auction, and you have one serious bike.
From the seller:
Bike has always been serviced at local Ducati dealership. It was serviced recently at the tune of almost $1900 dollars.
New Clutch Sprang
New Pressure Plate
New Clutch Plates (aftermarket, slips my mind brand)
New Clutch slave cylinder
All new fluids
Fresh brake pads and fluid flush
NewBattery(replaced again 3 months ago, faulty)
Everything the bike needed, the bike got! I've put a couple of hundred miles on it since I've gotten it back and maybe 8-900 miles total since I've owned it, it sat in climate controlled garage since I've owned it.
Mods: (+++ALL STOCK PARTS INCLUDED+++)
Fast by Ferracci 1026 Big bore kit
Terminiogni Full exhaust
Pazzo shorty gold levers
Gilles Rear sets
Open Clutch Cover
Fender Elimator kit
The bike seems well sorted and an excellent way to enjoy some back roads or the track. If riding this 2,900 mile bike at the limit inst you thing, then it would also make a nice addition to any collection. With Ducati ownership changing hands recently, these classic duc’s are sure to see some increase in value. Bidding is already active and this is sure to find a new owner as there is No Reserve and I see this going for over $11k easily. Check out the auction here for more photos and to bid on this Italian stallion!