Like Agent Smith inhabited Bane’s real body, the 998 cloaked the new Ducati testastretta in the familiar 916/996 package. This Virginia example is offered by the original dealer and looks excellent.
First introduced in the 996R, the early testastretta engine was seriously oversquare ( 104 mm bore x 58.8 mm stroke ) and cooked up 123 hp. The classic trellis frame was silver and a nice contrast with the metallic green bodywork. Gold accents on the Showa titanium nitrided forks, 320mm Brembo brakes and Öhlins monoshock showed off the premium components.
Evidently a franchise dealer back in the day, the seller is now an independent but has serviced the bike for its 12K-plus miles. Not sure there are any mods beside the Arrow exhaust, and the condition is immaculate. Comments from the eBay auction:
This wonderful example was sold new at our shop when we were a Ducati Dealer and has been a local bike ever since. The bike has just received a full and inclusive 12K Service including but not limited to; valve adjustment, throttle body synchronization, new belts, new fuel filter, all fluids, all critical fasteners checked, brake service, clean lube and adjust chain. Ready to Ride!!! Buy It Now price includes either black or original silver five spoke Marchesini Wheels.
The 998 won in WSBK and the dealerships, and was a memorable superbike when the 999 styling failed to impress fans. The Matrix Edition number just a few hundred and always attract attention. The ( ahem ) trinity of long time dealer service, super and collectible condition, and up-to-date maintenance should make for a winning combination.