Posts by tag: Testastretta

Ducati February 11, 2019 posted by

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition

Ducati had hopes for a long successful WSBK career for Ben Bostrom, and rewarded his 6-win 2001 season with a splashy limited edition replica.  #133 of 155 is offered by a Miami dealer and has 5,875 miles.

2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

The Bostrom was graced with the 998S engine, the new testastretta with 104.0 mm bore and 58.8 mm stroke making way for 123 hp.  An Öhlins front fork and steering damper were added, as well as racier Brembo brakes with thinner ( lighter ) 320mm rotors.  Carbon was the major material for the bodywork, and since the Bayliss LE had scooped the race graphics, designers used Bostrom's helmet graphics as the inspiration for the love-it-or-hate-it livery.

No information about ownership, maintenance or damage history from the Florida dealer, but they do have a pretty high-end selection, not mention a polished white floor.  Miles are low, under 6,000, and while the FBF mufflers suggest a dyno tune, it appears factory otherwise.

2001 was a singular year for Ducati WSBK, beside Boz's 6 wins, Troy Bayliss had six, plus six 2nds to take the championship.  Beside the limited edition Bayliss and Bostrom 998's, there were also the R's, the Matrix, and the Final Edition.  Rarest of all might be a plain vanilla 998 !  Seriously though, loud ( graphics ) and fast for the road, the 998S Bostrom is eager to please a fan of the 916-era, pre-electronic wizardry superbikes.

-donn

BOZSBK – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom Edition
Ducati February 9, 2019 posted by

#388 of 400: 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Replica for Sale

Ducati's lineup of superbikes has long included three main tiers: the "entry-level" exotic standard version, the S-version that generally includes some trim and suspension updates, and the homologation R-version, that is sometimes a step up from the S, and sometimes an altogether different beast entirely... The most desirable bikes are most often the R-version, but when you make 400 examples of the Troy Bayliss replica 998S, you create something that combines the power and dynamics of the very best of the 916 era bikes with racing heritage.

The 998 was the end of the line for the iconic Tamburini-designed four-valve superbike that began with the 916, itself an evolution of the earlier 851 and 888. And although there is some parts interchangeability between the 916, 996, and 998, they represent a pretty significant evolution of the platform that's much more than skin-deep. Bodywork appears largely unchanged, although subtle massaging of the shape between generations is noticeable if you look closely. In the 998, it was redesigned to fit the new frame originally used in the 996R, and allow different airflow to the reworked cooling system.

Most significantly, the 998 saw the widespread introduction of the narrow-angle "Testastretta" engine originally seen in the 996R for a big boost to performance. "Narrow-angle" doesn't refer to the angle between the cylinders, which remained at Ducati's traditional 90° for perfect primary balance. Instead, the Testastretta engine featured new, more compact and efficient cylinder heads with a reduced included valve angle of 25°, down from 40°, along with bigger valves, larger pistons, more aggressive cams, and shower-type fuel injectors. The result was a claimed 123hp in the regular 998, up from 112 in the 996, with an increase to 136 for the 998S.

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Replica for Sale

Offered for sale is this stunning 2002 Ducati 998S Baylis #388 of only 400 made.

Built as a tribute to Troy Bayliss' 2001 WSB Championship, this 998S is in incredible condition and recently serviced.

Only 2200 miles!

Virtually stock with an Arrow exhaust, levers, Sargent seat, integrated turn signals and open carbon clutch cover with pressure plate.

A rare opportunity to own a classic. These 998's are as amazing in person as they looks in pictures.

Clean title as always.

Bayliss was a popular rider, but this particular race-replica graphics scheme is a bit bland to my eye, the kind of thing you could replicate on a box-stock 998 with Photoshop and a good quality printer. It's almost too authentic race-bike, in that it's a rolling billboard first and foremost. 916s and 996s have dipped pretty low in terms of values and seem to be on an upswing, but the 998 was never really very cheap. It was still being produced when the... controversial 999 was introduced, and many people seem to have been aware that they'd eventually be considered collectible. This one's $17,450 asking price is more in line with one of Ducati's R-model bikes, but extremely limited production and low miles make it a very desirable bike.

-tad

#388 of 400: 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss Replica for Sale
Ducati December 10, 2018 posted by

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

Examples of the Ducati 998S with zero miles have been popping up recently. No surprise that a few folks mothballed them in their original shipping crates, since Ducati kind of telegraphed their intent to discontinue the Tamburini-designed superbike with the whole "Final Edition" thing... I sometimes wonder just how long they could have continued to sell the bike without significant stylistic updates: it had certainly become familiar by the time the 998 was replaced in 2003 by the Terblanche-styled 999, but it's not like it's ever really looked all that dated. It's one of those few designs that skipped right from "cutting-edge" to "classic."

Under the wild new skin and ergonomic changes that made it almost luxurious by Italian superbike standards, the 999 that followed was more evolutionary than revolutionary. Aside from being pretty uncomfortable, there really wasn't anything inherently wrong with the 998, and most of the 999's performance improvements could have been applied to the earlier bike. Powered by the updated narrow-head "Testastretta" v-twin, the 998S produced a claimed 136hp, which sounds pretty tame by today's standards, but this was a very serious sportbike in the early 2000s. Keep in mind that traction-control on roadbikes wouldn't arrive even in its crudest form until the 2009 1098R.

The seller [famed Southern California Ducati dealer ProItalia] refers to it "considered to be the best of the bike that started with the 916" and that's an awkwardly-phrased, but accurate statement. The 916 was the original, but a gradual evolution meant that the 998 was the Ducati Superbike in its most powerful, most highly-developed form, and it's generally considered to be the best of the bunch from a rider's standpoint. Which makes this one's zero miles kind of tragic, really.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale

2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition. New. On MSO, never registered or prepped. Never has never had gasoline in the tank or a battery installed. Purchased originally by a collector in 2005 from Motobella in Coopersburg PA. It was left in the crate until last year when it was purchased by the Indy Car driver Graham Rahal as part of his changing collection. 

Factory Ohlins forks, steering damper, and rear shock. Considered the best of the bike that started with the 916 in 1994.

Comes with MSO, keys, tool kit, 2004 parts catalog. Unique. Came out of the crate only a year ago. We'll assist with shipping to your door. Trades welcomed. If buyer wants the motorcycle prepped for road use, our certified Ducati tech will make it happen.

Pro Italia has been serving Italian motorcycle enthusiasts since 1987 and has a reputation of honesty and transparency with our customers.  

Okay, so I'll admit my headline is a bit clickbait-y: this 998S is no longer New In Box, since it was recently removed from the shipping crate, but has never seen the road. Still, $25,000 is pretty huge money for any 916 variant, so anyone considering this had better either really want a box-fresh example of the breed or have a long-view of its investment potential. Sure, values will eventually get there, but it may be a while until the new owner can actually turn around and sell it for a profit...

-tad

New In Box: Zero Mile 2004 Ducati 998S FE for Sale
Ducati September 20, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale

Update 1.22.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati Monster was aptly named: it was the ultimate parts-bin special, with a frame from the 888, and the air and oil-cooled two-valve engine from the 900SS, along with some non-adjustable suspension and other bits Ducati had lying around: aside from the dash, tank, and seat, just about every part of the Monster was already sitting on a shelf. In fact, Ducati's intent was to use their liquid-cooled four-valve engine, but a warehouse full of unused 900SS engines and additional profit they promised sealed the deal. Which means that, when they finally slotted their superbike engine into the frame, everything had come full-circle for the Monster, and this Featured Listing S4RS can be seen as the ultimate incarnation of Galluzzi’s original vision, which was sketched over a photo of an 888 sans bodywork.

The two-valve Monster worked great at a time when there really was nothing else on the road like it, other than the retro-styled Triumph Speed Triple. Sure, there had been sporty nakeds previously, but in the era of the sportbike, the Ducati was something fresh and new from the Italian company, a practical exotic.

But by the 2000s, plenty of other manufacturers had jumped on the bandwagon and were making much faster, more modern bikes. So in went Ducati’s liquid-cooled four-valve, in this case, the 998cc Testastretta version, distinguished at a glance by the triangular oil-cooler beneath the radiator that adds a bespoke touch to a bike that otherwise remained true to its parts-bin roots.

The result was a huge bump in power: the original two-valve engine is rich in torque, but you’re really looking at 75hp at the wheel from a healthy example. In this application, the Testastretta made a honking 130 claimed horses, kept vaguely in check by the Öhlins suspension. Unfortunately, although the later Monsters actually used the frame from Ducati’s ST bikes that offered more stability than the original 888 part, the power really overwhelmed the chassis, and the riding position was not ideal for controlling what really was a pretty wild ride. It ended up being a bit less refined than bikes from Aprilia and KTM, but it's really no contest in terms of curb appeal and, while the dynamics are ultimately limited, it's great fun to hoon around on!

The bike is currently in Canada, and the listed 18,500 kilometers equates to 11,495 miles, so it’s certainly no garage queen, but has obviously been well cared-for. And while it’s not hard to find Ducatis with far fewer miles, the big question is, “would you want to?” If you plan to simply display your bike and wait for it to increase in value, sure, a 900 mile bike makes sense. But sitting or occasionally running doesn’t really count as exercise, and a bike with a few more miles under its belt might be better for those looking to ride as well as collect.

From the Seller: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale

Showroom condition. Needs nothing. Collector owned. Runs perfectly. #130 of 400. Eligible for BC Collector Plates in about 4 years. Arrow Full Carbon Fiber Exhaust (personal opinion- it sounds a million times better than the Termi that is more common. A fairly representative video link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md6dLOdTR0U ). Power Commander III Ohlins suspension Brembo brakes CRG levers tail tidy and bar end mirrors

OEM parts (exhaust, levers, etc) included in sale.

Originally a USA bike. I imported it 4 years ago. Currently plated in BC and bike is located in Victoria, BC.

No trades. If ad is up it's still available. Low balls will be ignored.

Thank you for looking.

The $15,500 CAD asking price equates to just a shade over $12,000 USD and occupies a bit of a middle-ground in terms of S4RS Tricolore pricing. Certainly you'd also have to consider shipping and all that if you plan to bring the bike back to the US, but I think it's a good bet that, down the road, this will be one of the most collectible Monsters.
-tad

Featured Listing: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for Sale
Ducati June 7, 2018 posted by

Eight Mile: Nearly New 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for Sale

By the time Ducati's 916 was retired, they'd wrung just about everything out of the bike there was to wring, and the sportbike world had moved on. From a stylistic perspective, the 998 was far too familiar after ten years and, while the design was still considered a classic, it was decidedly... classic. Of course Ducatisti felt the 999 that followed moved the style on a bit too far, but a significant mechanical overhaul was a good idea, and this 998S Final Edition represents the very end of the line for Tamburini's masterpiece of form and function.

The 998 looked pretty much like the original 916 with some updated graphics and wheels, was significantly evolved. Sure, some parts are interchangeable between the 916, 996, 998, and even the 748, but both the engine and frame changed significantly between the bike's introduction in 1994 and 2004, when the 998 was discontinued. The 998's frame was actually the same as the 996R, which allowed the 998 to use that bike's larger airbox and updated injectors for additional power: 123hp, up from the 996's 112. The new frame also allowed use of the 998cc Testastretta engine that was first used in the 996R, and bodywork was revised to wrap around the new frame and engine as well.

So while the 916 may be the original, the 998 is a much more thoroughly-developed package, with increased power and improved reliability from both the mechanical and electrical components. If you want to collect a Tamburini bike, you're probably looking at the original 916. If you're looking to ride your Ducati, the 998 is likely a better choice. Of course this 998S FE might be better left as a display bike: it has covered just 7.4 miles in total since it was built.

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for Sale

This is a new, never ridden 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition.
It has the Testastretta engine, Ohlins shocks, Termignoni exhaust, and carbon fiber underbody.
It has never been licensed. I bought it thinking I would ride it later, and now I have lost interest in riding it. It has always been kept indoors and covered.
It had 7 miles on it when I purchased it from the dealer, and I have not added any more.

If you missed buying the most refined version of Tamburini's superbike new, this is just about the closest thing you're going to find now. It isn't one of the high-performance homologation models like the R or SPS, but that insane mileage makes it one of the rarest Ducatis around. Honestly, this is a collector and not a rider, and would probably need some work after basically sitting for the past 14 years if you wanted to actually use it, but if you want a museum piece, this is your bike. The seller is asking an eye-watering $25,000 for this one, which is stiff money for a 998. But how many are there in existence like it at this point?

-tad

Eight Mile: Nearly New 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition for Sale
Ducati May 17, 2018 posted by

Clean, Low-Mileage, and Nearly Stock: 2006 Ducati 999R for Sale

After languishing in infamy for a few years, Ducati's 999 is finally getting a bit of respect for being the impressive machine it has always been. If the 999 had been built by anyone other than Ducati, and it had been the follow up to pretty much any bike but the 916, its praises would have been sung from every rooftop. But although the regular and S model bikes are finally getting a bit of respect, collectors were always on to the 999R.

The 999 was an improvement over the 916 in terms of power, reliability, and ergonomics, but the 999R stood head and shoulders above the more common versions, even though they don't look very special to the casual observer: Ducati's R bikes are always pretty subtle. A bit of a red frame here, a flash of gold from shock or fork tubes, a logo unpainted to let the carbon weave show through the paint...

The main changes are under the skin, since the R was created to allow the 999 to compete in various racing classes, including AMA Superbike racing. And we're not talking about some cams and a different fuel map. The 999R featured an entirely new cylinder head design, along with high-compression pistons, titanium rods and valves, all hidden within sand-cast engine cases. The result was much more oversquare than the stock bike for exactly 999cc, along with 134hp at the wheel.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati 999R for Sale

Immaculate 2 owner 2006 Ducati 999R. Only 1740 miles. I purchased from the original owner in 2010 and have accumulated a grand total of an additional 225 miles. Recently serviced and new battery. I added a slipper clutch but still have the original. Also added bar end mirrors. Never dropped, no dings, dents, no track. I am not comfortable riding the bike as can be seen by the mileage. Have the original owner's manual and service manual CD. Absolutely no disappointments with this bike. If you have read this far you know all about the 999R and that 2006 is most likely the best year. No trades.

Bidding is currently up to $12,300 and the Reserve is Not Yet Met. But since the Buy It Now price is set at $15,995 I expect that won't be a problem by the time the auction ends, since there's plenty of time left and there is lots of activity on this one already. That might be because the bike has very low miles and is mercifully unmolested: the awful original license plate holder even includes the stock reflectors! The bar-end mirrors look pretty silly and, depending on the position of the clip-ons, might be nearly useless, but should take all of five minutes to remove. The slipper clutch might not be original, but is a very practical addition in keeping with the bike's character, and can always be removed.

-tad

Clean, Low-Mileage, and Nearly Stock: 2006 Ducati 999R for Sale