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Star-spangled Duc: 2002 Ducati 998S Ben Bostrom Edition

Ducati went all in on special editions in 2003 after Troy Bayliss took home the metal in the 2001 World Superbike Championship and American teammate Ben Bostrom followed him to third. They kicked out a special edition 2002 Ducati 998S for each man, wearing special carbon fairing pieces, Ohlins suspension, colored chromoly frames and Marchesini wheels, among other little tweaks.

2002 Ducati 998S for sale on eBay

Bayliss certainly had more to celebrate, but Ducati knew American riders would eat up a Star-Spangled Banner-adorned 998, and at the time they did not shy away from the opportunity to build a special edition. Aside from the paint and carbon bodywork, there wasn’t much to the Bostrom Edition that you couldn’t find on a 998R. The Tetrastretta v-twin kicked out close to 130 horsepower, the suspension was blue-chip stuff and the Massimo Tamburini-penned looks were in full effect.

This one has its share of knocks and bruises, especially for such a low mileage and rare bike, but overall it presents nicely. It wears what appear to be aftermarket rearsets and Termignoni cans.

From the eBay listing:

2002 998s Ducati Bostrom out of my little collection

-5726 miles
-Brand new tires
-Great condition but doesn’t have some blemishes. Please see the pictures and ask any questions you may have. The right side mirror has a rub mark, left fairing has a hairline crack, tail has slight spider webbing above “Superbike” and a little crack on the inside of the right fairing. All of these appear to be from bumps and none from the bike falling.
-Two piece side fairings, carbon belly, carbon under tray.
-This bike has several added carbon parts as well as other bits to add to the appearance.
-I am an avid fan of Ducati and added this Bostrom to my collection about three years ago. I have since found one with much lower miles and since I display my bikes, I bought the lower mileage and am now selling this one.
-The pictured bike stand IS NOT INCKUDED in the sale-it is for my other Bostrom.
-Bike has a service to include belts being done prior to my purchase. I added less than two miles during my ownership. It stayed displayed in my second story “bike cave”. The tires have 100% tread and all the little nuns are still visible. The bike does start and runs. While displayed, I started it at least once a month.

The bike is now downstairs and you are welcomed to have it inspected prior to auction ending.

Bike is located in the Dallas, Texas area. I will make myself available for inspections and to meet with a shipper for transport to you. However, inspection and shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. I have had numerous cars and motorcycles shipped to me so I can help answer questions.

Whether you dig the paint scheme or not, there is no denying the desirability of 998s, as they were the swansong of the awesome 916 line. Add a little rarity and scarce mileage, and you get a bike that a collector will drool over.


  • ‘Muricaaa!
    I’m going to someday look up, but very casually, to see how many special editions of 916/996/998 are out there. I’m guessing this one is the scream-est.

  • I’m sure it looks better in person, but in the pics it looks like a Hot Wheels toy with that paint and all the bling anodizing.

    I love it when guys put in pics of their over-the-top man caves because I can show them to my wife and say “See, his wife has it even worse than you do!”

  • There is nothing more badass than this paint scheme. Love it!

  • Well, at least it doesn’t have a ad for a copy machine on it!

  • you would prefer a formerly italian but now korean owned shoe company perhaps?

  • Ducati made 3 series of 155 of the Bostrom Rep, all 465 bikes looked alike. This is number 15 of the 155 destined for the USA. Another 155 were made for Europe and another 155 for the Rest of the World. Each series has it’s own number sequence plaque.The thing is, those for USA did not have the deep sump 136 hp SPS engine of the other 310 bikes, but the “normal” 123 (?) hp SPS engine. They certainly did not have the 998R engine as stated in the write up. The USA series did have a few more nice carbon pieces to compensate for the lack of power, but, like the previous 916 Senna, the USA series are show ponies. Still kind of interesting bikes, incredible Americana paint work, and always put a happy smile on my face the very few times I have seen them in the metal.

  • Ooops, just read my post and I am wrong about the engine type; not SPS but Testastretta. The USA (998S, Bostrom and Bayliss) bikes got the standard 998 Strada while the rest of the world bikes got the full 998cc testastretta from the previous 996R. Ducati branding was logic free and somewhat confusing…..Yes, the 996R was 998cc and the 998R was 999cc…..

  • Reserve not met at $10,955.00


  • Relisted with buy-it-now of $13,200. -dc

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