This naked superbike appeared recently and expired without a bid. When it was re-listed, it seemed worthy of a closer look. An bikini-faired 998 Superbike, the numbered edition Tri-Colore was only available in 2008 and shares a lot of the go-fast engineering from the faired 998’s.
With 130hp pushing a sub-400 lb machine, the S4RS has mountains of power. With modern fuel injection and water cooling it’s still rideable around town ( even more so if you add a tooth to the rear sprocket ). Very easy on the eyes, the gold trellis frame complements the forks and exhaust, and makes the tri-colore tank sing. All the beauty hidden on the Superbike is shown – the curved water and oil radiators with little carbon bumpers, the carbon cam belt covers, single-sided swingarm, and the spindly cast brackets for the radial disk calipers.
Appearing on the lot of a powersports dealer in North Carolina, this S4RS looks excellent and has just a few mods, a slightly larger windscreen, Arrow mufflers, and left saddlebag. From the eBay auction:
Some of the most sought after Ducati models are the striking ´Tricolore´ versions. Produced in limited quantities, this bike represents the best-of-the-best and can now enjoy legendary status!
This bike is pre-owned, with only 13,828 miles. Maturely owned, this bike also includes a record of service, owner’s manual as well as Service and Parts catalogue on CD. Both keys are included as well as the code card that has the electronic and mechanical codes needed for service. For added traveling convenience, a saddle bag is also included; genuine Ducati product!
Though the subsquent 1100 had more displacement, the S4RS was a very special Monster, one of two 4-valves and the most powerful naked bike in the Ducati line until the 1200 arrived last year. Perhaps not as much cachet as the 2001 Carl Fogarty championship commemorative, but the tri-colores also have a special place in Ducati history…