In this case the 998 got the updated frame from the 996R, allowing a larger, more efficient airbox and different injectors to be used for a significant increase in power compared to the 996: 123hp versus 112 from the earlier model. A good chunk of that performance can also be attributed to the use of the Testastretta narrow-head engine that was introduced in the 996R. That engine had more oversquare dimentions for a genuine 998cc of displacement, a rare moment of truth-in-advertising. Bodywork is also subtly different to wrap around the revised mechanicals.
Today’s example isn’t quite “new in box” but it’s just about as close as you’re likely to get. Take a look at the shot of the underside of the tail, and note that the original tires are included!
Regarded as one the most iconic motorcycle designs ever the Ducati 998 you see here is completely OEM just like it came off the showroom floor in 2002 with stock exhaust. I have kept the OEM tires on the bike just in case anyone wants them for collector status.Except for original tires this bike is turn key condition. It starts, idles, accelerates, shifts and brakes perfectly. All indicators work and no electrical problems what so ever. All gas lines have been replaced including quick disconnects with metal vs original plastic prone to cracking/leaking.All stock OEM stickers are in place including reflectors both front and rearOriginally sold by Fay Myers its a single owner bike! Never left outside always stored in doors. It is the definition of living a pampered life.ONLY 1,754 miles!We always use the words rare or limited but when’s the last time you saw a truly unmolested Ducati Superbike with no aftermarket anything?I’ve tried to show every angle of the bike its engine and bodywork. Nothing needs to be hidden the bike is in fantastic shape as would be expected with only 1,754 original miles.– Both Keys– Tool kit– New filter– Fresh oil– New battery– Clean & clear title
Of the 916-era Ducati superbikes, the 998 is generally considered to be the most fully-developed, and I’m sure that bikes like this will command the kind of money the seller is asking in the not-too-distant future. The question is: is the seller just jumping the gun a bit in terms of pricing? Does the fact that the 998 is often considered the best rider of the bunch mean make the low mileage and pristine condition irrelevant? Is it just too yellow?
There’s been no bidding activity yet so, although this bike is literally so clean you could eat off it and even includes the original tires, the $8,000 starting bid may just be a bit of a stretch.
Sometimes, a lack of interest simply means that a very niche machine hasn’t found the right audience, even though the price is appropriate. In this case, I think it indicates that the seller is aiming too high for the current market. It’s a very nice example and certainly valuable, just not yet $8,000-starting-bid valuable. Yet.