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New ( Zealand ) 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

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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.

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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.

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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

13 Comments

  • Very cool to see a time capsule bike like this but sadly it will probably sit in a showroom and never warm its soul.

    How does it get 2 miles on the odometer if it was never even fired up? Did they do a short test ride at the factory?

    I don’t think its possible to accumulate 2 miles just from pushing it around but i guess there would be times were you need to move it a decent distance and you have to do it somehow.

  • That’s the best snarky comment you can make? Nice. Let’s all nerd out about how it could have accumulated 2 miles…not…

  • He does raise a valid point

  • Somebody has a nasty case of The Grumpys

  • After more than 10 years it’s really not hard to accumulate 2 miles on an odometer. That pushing starts at the factory and in the dealership too.

    And this non-US spec version may have the R cams, but it’s still not a real 996R/998R, so why would I pay genuine R money? Because it’s “new”? Great–a new 2004 model that isn’t top spec and really isn’t historically significant.

  • I am lucky enough to own one that’s still in crate and shows 2miles, hopefully this helps resolve the mystery about the dash not showing 00. Is a shame these bikes are not ridden but there is a logical explanation behind preserving one new only a collector understands. If someone would like to ride it this is not the buy to buy, too expensive. One of the most beautiful Ducati ever.

  • Even less mileage as the speedo is in Km…

  • I have not been to this site in a while and now I remember why, it should be raned “Ducatis bought by old white guys and parked in the living”

    Good grief, who buys these things….

    • Well…..that’s no really true….but REALLY FUNNY THOUGH! lololololol

      I don’t quite understand the “Buy and Store” mentality. That being said…..I suppose it is your money to spend as you wish. I lost $12,000 on a new HD I barely drove, then sold, and it kills me a little each day.

      Personally, I love the site. Love the Facebook version even more.

  • WHAAAAAAAH! It has .02 miles on it, therefore, I declare FRAUD on the seller! What a bunch of fuckin” wanks… Back to the basement with you.

  • i thought this site is for the benefit of everybody ,a good place to advertise or find cool,rare motorcycles and i am so disappointed with some of the comments ,specially about this bike. god luck with the sale dor the seller and nothing but a happy life for all the haters.

  • its funny when people get upset over text written by random strangers on the internet. why so serious?

    • I am not upset and very indifferent to the random comments but sometimes is too much, free speech is everyone’s right and personal opinions everyone’s prerogative but I can’t stand when the language is disrespectful.Not Cool!

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