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Longer Ranger – 1999 Ducati 996S Monoposto

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Not every day you see a 996S with miles worthy of a touring bike, but today’s 996S has been around the world a couple of times plus.  Sporting a comprehensive rebuild, this 996S looks excellent and has some nicer updates.

1999 Ducati 996S for sale on eBay

The first year of the 996 engine update was a 4mm overbore, and a passel of new ponies from under the minimal trellis chassis.  The cooling system still required extra care, but a re-designed charging system made for better reliability.  Better dampers accompanied the S-variant, and a 190mm width rear tire seems to have been a bit of spec-sheet engineering.  Now traditional, the dry clutch reviewed as requiring a strong pull, with a healthy slip to launch thanks to high gearing.  On the monoposto, no extraneous footpegs spoil the lines of the rear.

Almost no matter the manufacturer, a V-twin superbike with so many miles is expected to have an engine rebuild,  and after 2,500-ish miles it should be past any infant mortality.  Though most 996S’s would presume to have a numbered plaque, Öhlins forks plus carbon side covers and mudguards, this example looks the part in every way.  Liking the polished exhaust and many 996’s have had the second pair of fuel injectors disabled to improve everyday riding.  Comfy though they are, pink grips might have to go.  Notes from the eBay auction –

Beautiful and iconic 1999 Ducati 996s Monoposto Superbike. One of the nicest 996’s for sale anywhere. Ready to enjoy. 2,500 miles on complete rebuilt and balanced motor with modern mods, lightened flywheel, Carrillo rods, balanced bottom end, new belts, valves set to spec, single injector mod etc… No leaks or issues.

Most running gear parts are new as of 2,500 miles. All electronics work. Polished stainless Termi full exhaust. Ohlins suspension in the rear and steering stabilizer, gold Showa front forks, Corbin leather seat, Mad Duc rear sets, Titanium axle nuts. New EBC Wave rotors and pads, Magura master brake cylinder, recent service, brand new tires, new chain and slider, brand new Lithium battery, LED tail light with stop light flash.

Bike runs, looks and handles great. Clean CA title with current registration. This bike needs nothing and is in excellent shape. It has had meticulous maintenance and babied it’s whole life. Bid with confidence on this epic beastie.

With its new lease on life, this might be just the icon for someone who’d like the 996S experience without too many collectible worries, plus the only un-red 996S in the neighborhood.  The auction appears not to have a reserve, just a minimum bid that doesn’t seem out of line.  Four days to see if it’s a success.


  1. Philip Pointer Philip Pointer

    Those rotors may look pretty, but they are very functional. For me, they were the difference between brake fade on a 95F track day or not. Worth double the money, IMHO.

  2. Vincent Ochs Vincent Ochs

    Those grips are certainly…….’interesting’.

  3. Michael J Michael J

    Very handsome bike. Ecept for the pinkies any way. Easy fix. A tempting offering for a rider.

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