With only 400 worldwide, the 998S Troy Bayliss commemorative in InfoStrada livery is a pretty rare sight. This California example sports just 825 miles and includes all manner of swag.
The last in a long line of 916 derivatives, the 998 has the classic lines, but the more modern narrow-head engine. 136 hp are available, made almost usable for the road by Marelli electronic fuel injection. Gold anodized forks, monoshock and steering damper are all by Öhlins, and lighter 4.5mm thick brakes by Brembo. Not shouting about it under the red paint, the fairings are carbon fiber. The steel tank has Troy’s autograph and the monoposto seat shows race number 21.
Viewed in the back room at Marin Speed Shop, this 998S looks stunning and stock. On display since almost new, no mention of maintenance is made, presuming a continuing duty in a collector’s diorama. Goodies include the authenticating plaque. From the eBay auction:
2002 Ducati Bayless replica all stock unmolested! only 825 miles included is the cover, original tool kit, shirt, jacket and plaque! Bike is number 310 out of 400 produced.
For whatever reason, WSBK machines suited Troy Bayliss better than his stint on the factory Ducati MotoGP mount, and he returned to SuperBikes to win championships in 2006 and 2008. Though in 2006, he became the first rider to win WSBK and MotoGP races in the same year, replacing injured Sete Gibernau at the final GP in Valencia, after the end of the WSBK season. Likely bidding will go stratospheric over the next week, even then no guarantee it will meet the reserve.