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Ducati April 25, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada

Update 4.27.2019: Sold in just two days to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The Ducati 851 is the father of modern Ducatis, from the world-changing 916 to the astonishing Panigale V4R. Without this boxy, lithe very red machine, those bikes would not be. The 851 arrived in 1987, with a very hopped up version of Ducati’s venerated Pantah engine. The air-cooled 90-degree, two-valve twin in the Pantah was updated with liquid cooling, four-valve heads and fuel injection for the 851, and Ducati shot back to the top of racing leaderboards.

Spitting out 93 horsepower and gobs of torque in a 430-pound chassis, the 851 was a statement that Ducati could use its agricultural engine tech to devastating effect. In 1990, the bike took home the World Superbike title, among a raft of other accolades over its five-year run.

This 1992 Ducati 851 Strada is from the last year before the 888 broke cover, and it has been kept largely unridden in a climate-controlled storage facility. Though it hasn’t crossed 3,000 miles since it was purchased as a leftover in 1995, all the major services have been done on a strict interval. Aside from the Fast by Feracci carbon cans, it is a stock machine.

From the seller:

This is a rare find, super low miles, Ducati 851 Superbike. This bike was purchased used from Bellevue Suzuki Ducati in 1995, at the time it was under 1000 miles on the clock. It has not seen much more use by its current owner as it was purchased to round out the collection of Ducati Superbikes, the 851/888/916. All three bikes have remained in owners collection until recently when he let the 888 go up for sale. Now we have been asked to find proper homes for the 851 and 916 still in his possession. Both the 851 and 916 have been kept serviced and stored in a heated shop/garage space. Run from time to time, oil changed and belts replaced at regular intervals. Other than the ever popular Fast by Ferracci carbon exhaust and a tank protector this beauty is all original. Ducati 851’s rarely come up for sale as it is, let alone one as clean as this one. Hurry, it will not last long. We have it scheduled for complete safety inspection and a 2-year service which will include oil, filter, hydraulics, coolant along with new timing belts. The owner has kindly provided some service records as well. It does have a clear WA title, all original keys and manuals included.

Here is some of the early press about these;

Ducati came of age in the late 80s, using ideas that the Far East thought as antiquated and as such not worth pursuing, the Italians enjoyed staggering race successes, and with it many sales to the public, motorcycling hasn’t been quite the same since. Chris Pearson samples the bike at the beginning of it all

Based upon the 1978 Pantah bottom end, the design was the first real modern day Ducati Superbike and successfully bridged the gap until the arrival of the 916 some seven years later. The first sight of the all-new Ducati road bike was caught at the Milan show in the autumn of 1987 although the prototype race bikes had provided more than their fair share of clues and insights into what was waiting just around the corner. Developed as a direct descendant of the Daytona winning twin from 1987, the production version of the 851 differed little from that prototype race machine. Ducati’s intentions for the new model were clear from the outset being offered in both Strada (road going) and Kit (race track) specification, for those wishing to put their 851’s directly on to the track. 200 examples of the latter were hurriedly assembled to satisfy the homologation required for the inaugural 1988 World Superbike championship, a roadster based race series that Ducati were more than keen to be a part of.

The basis of the 1987 spec Ducati 851 lived on until the end of 1993, gradually growing in capacity up to the 888cc model of 1992, proving so dominant on the rack that the planned update, the iconic 916 series, was held over for more than a year finally making its debut towards the end of 93 ready for its full onslaught in 1994.

Credits cards accepted, up to $150.00 documentation charge may be added.

You’d be hard pressed to find another 1992 Ducati 851 in this kind of shape anywhere for any price. At $9,200, we have a low-mileage perfectly-preserved example of the superbike that put Ducati back in the conversation.

Featured Listing: 1992 Ducati 851 Strada
Sport Bikes For Sale April 18, 2019 posted by

Restored and preserved: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE

The seller of this 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE claims he’s got the nicest one around, and he might be right. According to the eBay auction, his dad, a former AMA mechanic, bought it in the mid-1990s from the original owner, bought a raft of NOS factory parts during a cosmetic restoration, and then mothballed it. It hasn’t been ridden since a brief trip in 1998, and still wears a set of 1996 Michelins that still have their whiskers.

1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE for sale on eBay

The seller says his dad decided the bike was too valuable to ride after a quick trip down the block, which for him is a shame, but is to the modern collector’s benefit. With dry clutches, lighter wheels, stouter suspension and healthier engines, the 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE was meant to have the plate and signals removed and ridden in anger at the track. They were a race kit and some expertise away from an AMA grid.

Suzuki built a few hundred of the LEs and stopped, so they’re scarce as hen’s teeth in any condition, let alone near perfect, as this one is.

From the eBay listing:

Significance

The 1986 Suzuki GSXR750R was a unique, limited-production homologation sportbike which featured many race-oriented options. Among them were a Yoshimura dry clutch, GSXR1100 forks and wheels, proprietary magnesium parts, a solo-occupant seat, remote reservoir shock and quick-release DZUS fasteners. The colors and graphic scheme were unique to the model, and ~200 examples were said to be released. My example is the most accurate, stock representation of the ’86 Limited offered on the market today.

History
This motorcycle was acquired by my father in March of 1995. He purchased it locally from its first owner, who was recalled to Active Military status to participate in the Bosnia peacekeeping operations. The motorcycle had cosmetic damage associated with its first owner. This consisted of scratches in the tank and bodywork.

My father, an AMA Superbike mechanic from 1980-1988 was very familiar with this generation GSXR, and its significance. He wanted a showroom-perfect example. Through our connections with a local Suzuki dealership, he ordered every piece possible for the bike: Tank, tailsection, chin fairing, turn signals, headlights, warning stickers, fairing, windscreen, fuel lines (anything that would dry-rot), etc. Anything that has been replaced on the GSXR was done so in 1996 with factory Suzuki parts. The replacement bodywork is NOS Suzuki. The sidepanels came from Suzuki unpainted, but were painted to exact replica specifications. The front fairing, lower fairing, tank and tail-section were painted from the factory as-is. Windscreen is a period-correct Lockhart Philips brand. Everything on the bike is the real deal, and it is entirely discontinued now. We were unable to secure a NOS set of original tires. Brand new (from ’96) Michelins are fitted.

We have done nothing but protect it and care for it since. It was registered in 1998 for road use, but my father drove it down our street, turned around, and rode back in. It was too valuable to ride.

Overall Condition

My bike in the enclosed pictures is arguably the best example of a US domestic market ’86 GSXR750R Limited Edition. Most examples have an aftermarket pipe, no airbox, non-standard turn signals, stickers, etc. This does not. It is OEM down to its vent hoses and grips. You’ll find all mechanical properties to be impressive, as in very low/no corrosion, and completely functioning.

Why Sell?

It’s no secret that this Limited stands to appreciate. In a decade it could easily be worth $40k. Unfortunately, our children’s education costs are increasing.

Please inquire with any questions!

At $21,500 buy-it-now, the seller has some idea what he’s got, and isn’t letting it go for a bargain. That said, it’s a beautiful example of an insanely rare and important bike, and will be a must-have for the right collector.

Restored and preserved: 1986 Suzuki GSXR750 LE
Ducati April 13, 2019 posted by

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition

The 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is the Italian way of quitting while you’re ahead. Have you developed the most-powerful twin-cylinder engine ever to be authorized for street use? Great! Number the top triple clamp, ’cause we’re only putting it in bikes for a year. But what a run of machines. The 1299R Final Edition managed to find 209 horsepower from two massive cylinders spinning at 11,000 RPM. The famed v-twin torque was at the party, too, with 104 lb-ft at 9,000 RPM.

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition for sale on eBay

In true Ducati style, the Final Edition was its own package; there were no options. You got full electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, yards and yards of carbon fiber, Brembo radial brakes, Pirelli Diablo Racing tires and Tricolore livery. If you thought the power figure was scary on its own, keep in mind this thing weighs 419 pounds with an almost full gas tank. Needless to say, the electronics are numerous and highly advanced.

As you can probably guess, this 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is extremely low mileage, and has a short list of aftermarket goodies, all of which are easily reversed. It has had its 600-mile service and appears to be ready to ride.

From the eBay listing:

2018 1299R Ducati final edition
Some Accessories include:
Ducati performance comfort seat
Ducati reservoir tanks
Philips diamond vision headlights
Carbon fiber rear seat cowel
Ducati performance bar ends (black)
MCM Racing break and clutch levers
Fender eliminator kit with smoked integrated taillights
Ducati Carbon fiber clutch cover

The bike has also had its 600 mile service.

This Ducati is in great condition with no problems or headaches. Always garage kept and only taken for short rides.

Any questions please feel free to ask!

Ducati sold these new for around $40,000, and they do not appear to have spiked in value since their launch. This one, number 179, is available in New Jersey for $35,000 buy-it-now.

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition
Aprilia March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup

Update 4.8.2019: Sold for full asking price! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We showcase a lot of two strokes, and we wax poetic about their knife-edge handling and peaky, unforgiving powerbands. Most of the time, we’re showing off nice but rider-quality machines that will make the new owners very happy on the track or in the canyons. Not today. Today we have a time capsule 2004 Aprilia RS250 that the seller couldn’t bring himself to tear up on the track. It’s so nice that he went to the length of sourcing another RS250 rather than ride this one in anger.

Instead, it sat, unmolested and unblemished in his basement on display. As such, it is as close as you’re going to get to perfect, and is original down to the scrub in on its first set of tires. It comes with all the factory documents and stickers and shows less than 400 miles on the odometer. Having been sold in or around New Hampshire originally, there’s little chance it’s ever going to see an American road. That’s all well and good, as it’s almost too cherry to tear up now.

The RS250s were powered by a version of the Suzuki RGV250 v-twin that Aprilia tweaked heavily for their purposes. With a lighter and more focused chassis and suspension than the RGV, the Italian became the mount of choice for up-and-coming racers including Loris Capirossi, Max Biaggi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista, all of whom went on to MotoGP fame. For a hammer-simple 70 horsepower two-stroke, that ain’t a bad CV.

From the seller:

If you are looking for a perfect, as new RS 250 for your collection, look no further this is your bike. Here’s the back story, I was looking for an RS 250 as a track bike ten years ago. I found this one and was amazed how nice it was. I purchased it then once it was home, concluded it was too nice to track as it needed to be preserved. So I bought another RS 250 for this purpose which I still have. As such this one has been in my climate controlled finished basement on a lighted display table ever since to be looked at and admired. This one is a time capsule that has less than 400 miles original miles on it, 100% stock including tires, no modifications and all of the idiot stickers that came on it. I’m a collector so selling this to fund a new addition to the herd. I know that peoples definition of condition varies greatly much to my chagrin in looking at other bikes, because of this I tend to understate the condition of things. I would rate this close to a 10 out of ten, no blemishes, never dropped, like new, perfect paint, just a pleasure to look at. As it was in my basement the paint is in great condition with no oxidation or sun damage. I just pulled it out to get it ready for sale, added a new battery and it’s on its way this week to Seacoast Aprilia – Ducati, which was the original dealer that sold it to change out the fluids and go through it to make sure there are no issues. It will be in perfect running condition for the lucky buyer with the original MSO. If you are serious I am sure I can arrange for you to speak with someone as Seacoast to get an unbiased second opinion. Like all two strokes RS 250’s are getting harder to come by, finding one in this condition is very rare as most have been flogged on the track and modified. Thanks for looking, $10,500 located in New Hampshire.

As either a display bike or a track day toy, you can’t say fairer than this little RS250.

Featured Listing: 2004 Aprilia RS250 Cup
Suzuki March 29, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE

update 4.1.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

We’ve gone on enough about how important and cool the first Gixxers are, so I’ll spare you more of that here. This 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 has been set up perfectly, and stands alone as a really cool old motorcycle that is made cooler by its pedigreed bloodline. It has been endowed with a wider rear wheel from its 1,100cc stablemate, as well as a raft of functional improvements but reversible mods.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 For Sale on eBay – NO RESERVE

The seller has added Race Tech Gold Valves, powder-coated wheels with modern rubber, Hayabusa master cylinders with modern levers, a beefier fork brace, stainless steel brake lines and less restrictive air filters and a pretty Yoshimura exhaust system, and a period correct Fox twin clicker. You won’t win a Concourse show, but who cares?

The seller has explained and detailed this very special bike below.

BEAUTIFUL 1986 GSX-R750

11,634 miles

Original, un-restored body in near Mint condition.
Functional upgrades with ALL Original Parts Included

THE 1st True Superbike that started it all.

One of the finest “surviving” examples you’ll find, of what is arguably THE most significant Sportbike ever. Simply put, the first Gen 750 STARTED the “race bike with blinkers” revolution of aluminum framed, race technology with comfort taking a back seat. And while the rare homologation specials like the RC30 and OWO1 of the era may have their technical advantages or collector value, they, and quite frankly everything that followed, were ALL in response to THIS motorcycle. There are very few “1st’s” in this world and this is one.

Anyone serious enough to be looking at this knows these Icons rarely come along in this kind of condition without a full restoration. This example is truly a testament to the Quality of Suzuki when cared for accordingly for 33 years. The Bike shows very minimal patina which only adds to the luster of “original”. Engine, Carbs, Frame, Body, Oil Cooler and Electrical ALL look closer to 3 than 33 years old. It’s safe to assume this bike has always been stored indoors and even question how much rain it’s seen. I am guessing that the windshield and both lowers must be new(er) as they are practically showroom. The only portion of the bodywork to receive any work is a fresh Clear-Coat on the tank and Solo Cowl, both professionally done and BEAUTIFUL ! Other than that, everything looks to be Original. Simply Amazing.

I have a small collection of stunning Sportbikes and this Bike is truly a Stand-Out. A “Best in Show” Trophy in 2018 says it all considering the modern era Customs it was competing with.

I have owned the bike for going on 6 years, give or take, and have put just over 500 miles total on it. Essentially a ride in the spring, 1 in the Summer and one in Fall.

Functional Upgrades:
Suspension, including Gold Valves up Front, Sprung for 200lb rider with new seals & Oil and a Gorgeous, Period Correct Fox Twin Clicker with an 1100 Lower Pivot link. Thicker Fork Brace. Lightweight Deltran LiFePO4 (not Lithium Ion) Battery. The Oil Stand pipe was converted to accept 1100 filter to allow Oil Changes without Removing the Headers.
Wider 1100 Rear Wheel upgrade for a wider tire.
Brand New Dunlops on White Wheels and Conti Attack CR’s on the OE Black Wheels.
Forward controls have been upgraded to Brand New, Late-Model Hayabusa Master Cylinders to incorporate Adjustable CRG Levers while retaining the original style. Stock Masters and Levers included and in Beautiful condition. Galfer Braided Lines and New Vesrah Pads all around. OE lines are also included. A 520 conversion with top of the line, EK 3D Chain and SuperSprox/Vortex components.

Repairs and Maintenance of note:
Complete Front Calipers Rebuild with Genuine Suzuki parts, Documented and Refinished along with Fork Adjusters.

Cosmetic enhancements:
Wheels with Fresh White Powder Coat and New Dunlops, Left Case Cover Refinished, 87 style Front Fender, Rear Fender Delete and Flushmounts.

Performance Upgrades:
K&N Pod Filters, DynoJet Kit, V&H Ignition Advance and a Beautiful, period correct, Yoshimura Full Exhaust. Dyno Tuned at 93 rwhp and has seen 147 on GPS. Laser Straight and Stable.

So, to be clear, this bike gets used (as it should) and meticulously maintained and cared for (as it deserves).

For the Purist and Collector
For any doubters regarding “originality”. This bike comes with ALL OE Partsincluding (but not limited to): 2 Original Keys, Near Mint Stock Exhaust, OE Black Wheels w/tires, Air Box and Filter, Shock, Pivot Link, front and rear Fenders, Near Mint Original Masters & Levers, Tool Kit, Blinkers, Mirrors, Grab-Bar and related brackets etc.. everything needed to return to stock and all in fantastic condition. Bike is currently set up as you see simply for personal preference and sold as is. I also typically remove the Mirrors whether on display or a ride, as this is a notoriously week area on the Fairing and it’s not worth the risk.

IF the buyer would prefer to have the bike returned to Original prior to delivery, I would be happy to facilitate for a reasonable consideration of time.

Patina
You’ll see the last 3 pics of minor blems/flaws. Small crack on the right upper fairing by the mirror mount. A small crack on the left mid by the front bolt hole which has been reinforced with Epoxy on the back side. Also, both “R” tank emblems have a hair-line crack trough them. These are common issues with the Slabby’s but have not gotten any worse while I’ve owned it.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer example of THE ORIGINAL that still sees the road on a regular basis.
This bike is ready for spirited trips through The Dragons Tail or the missing piece for your Collection OR BOTH.

Clear Title in hand.

PLEASE NOTE*
This bike will also be listed elsewhere and auction may end early, so get it while you can!!!

For Reference:
A Canadian Version 1985 750 Sold at Mecum Las Vegas for $18,700 on 1/25/19
https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0119-362253/1985-suzuki-gsxr-750/

Buyer will need to arrange pickup/shipping and I’ll assist however I can.

Thanks for looking and Good Luck 🙂

As the video shows, it has nothing to hide. As the photos show, the “patina” is negligible, making this the perfect choice for a rider/collector. The first-generation Gixxers are getting rarer and rarer, so the changes will no doubt be a little controversial, but the seller has stressed that ALL the stock parts are included, so an all-original restored bike is certainly possible with this one.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 – Now NO RESERVE
Kawasaki March 28, 2019 posted by

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

The boxy, purposeful 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica is one of those machines that elicits reverent guttural grunts from the most jaded superbike fans, connected as it is to American roadracing history. Before Lawson flew the flag on the 500cc World Championship stage, he won back-to-back AMA Superbike titles in ’81 and ’82 aboard a wild Kermit green and royal blue KZ1000.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

To celebrate, Kawasaki stuck some special parts and that iconic livery on around 750 street bikes, putting a crown on the KZ range and setting a benchmark for other superbikes to be measured by. At least for a couple model years until the mid-80s gave birth to the first “modern” sport bikes. The ELRs had a GPz1100 head on the 1,000cc mill, a 4-to-1 Kerker pipe and reservoir shocks to elevate them above their stablemates.

The bodywork was standard-looking 1982 GPz fare, but sported that gorgeous paint scheme, and a laurel graphic in front of the filler cap that announced the brand’s racing success.

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 ELR has covered fewer than 10,000 miles, and is food-grade clean. The seller says all he has changed are the tires, though the condition definitely belies the miles and the fact that it is unrestored beggars belief.

From the eBay listing:

A limited edition tribute to Eddie Lawson, just 750 examples of the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) were built between 1982 and 1983. , the press and the public loved this bike and how aggressively it was set up.
The 998cc inline four produced 83 horsepower in a bike that weighed 543 pounds. Top speed was just shy of 130, and none of those numbers matter to me because I think this is one of the definitive muscle bikes of all time.
Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Years produced: 1982-1983
Total production: 750
Claimed power: 83hp @ 8,500rpm
Top speed: 128mph (period test)
Engine type: 998cc double-overhead cam, air-cooled inline four
Weight (dry): 247kg (543.5lb)

Building the KZ1000R followed Kawasaki’s typically deliberate path. From the J-model came its 998cc, DOHC, two-valve, air-cooled four, with electronic ignition and strong roller-bearing crank assembly. It was a hammer of an engine, really, and the perfect starting point for hot-rodders already in love with the bulletproof Kawasaki fours. The conventional steel-tube frame was J-spec, too, with slightly lazier steering geometry and additional trail for the presumed higher-speed work the bike would see.
The ELR’s more memorable parts—the long, coffin-esque tank, swoopy tailpiece, and sporty cockpit fairing—came from the GPz1100, as did instruments, brakes, wheels, and its Dunlop K300s. Also added was a deep-dish saddle, more rear-set footpegs and controls, an oil cooler, a black Kerker 4-into-1 (which, by law, had to be installed by the dealer after the bike was uncrated), and a superbike-bend handlebar designed by Lawson himself. It was an impressive piece, visually and technically, with strong, near-GPz performance, reliability, and more than its share of chutzpah that took riders back to the famous Z-1.

This example came from the original owner, the only things i changes were the tires…..which are period correct the bike obviously was stored inside
this is is in extremely nice shape for a bike that has been ridden and not restored and everything appears original and correct !
all electrics work shifts through all gears ….seat is perfect exhaust looks fantastic bike comes with original owners manual tool kit , clear title and the original sales lit from dealer
this bike is a blast to ride ,and dont forget this a true collectible that will only gain in value !
bid high bid often bike is sold as is with no reserve!
questions….call paul 860 828 1771

With just a few days left in the auction and active bidding, the price is starting to snowball. We expect there will be plenty of bid sniping going on before the auction wraps.

Green Flash: 1983 Kawasaki 1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Honda March 25, 2019 posted by

Late-century modern: 1999 Honda CBR 900RR

This is what a sportbike should still look like, if you ask me. Loud, high-contrast, aggressive graphics wrapped around a stubby, purposeful chassis carrying more engine than makes sense. There are, of course, a ton of newer bikes that hit the right aesthetic notes, but none have the same Air Jordan vibe of the mid-late ’90s bikes. This 1999 Honda CBR900RR hits all those perfect notes, and is in excellent condition so the madness can be fully appreciated.

1999 Honda CBR900RR for sale on eBay

It has clearly been garaged and well cared for, and the seller says he recently checked the valves and made sure the carbs are clean. It has also apparently been lowered. It’s not a flawless bike after 20 years and 14,000 miles, but it’s an excellent rider that stands above most other CBR900RRs you’ll run across.

From the eBay listing:

This bike is probably the cleanest CBR900 you will see in awhile ,it is all stock except Yoshimura bolt on and braided steel brake lines…it has been lowered about an inch or two…it has a threaded adjuster bikes has a spot or two on fairings…small blemish….all who see it say its like new. Runs perfect as it should, valves were checked by me as were carburetors…I have over 30 years exp….has Yoshimura bolt on exhaust, braided steel brake lines ….any questions call 407-791-3584

By the time this bike was built, the model’s star had faded somewhat, as the Yamaha R1 had bowed the year before and managed to scare the pants off anyone with the brass to go near its limit. When the Honda CBR900RR debuted in 1992, it had landed with a similar seismic impact. It had the stature of a 600 but an engine that very closely approached the power of its rivals’ 1,000cc offerings. With less weight to pull around and snappy handling thanks in part to a 16-inch front wheel, the 900 made everything else seem a little flabby and out of touch.

The later CBR900s had a very slightly punched out engine, a stiffened chassis and bigger brakes than the original. An angular single headlight had replaced the original’s iconic round-eyed visage.

If you’re looking for a really nice now-classic sportbike to liven up your weekends, this thing looks like the ticket. Since it’s a later model, it might not approach the collectibilty of the originals, but it’ll stand out anywhere you take it.

Ducati March 20, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition

If you feel like snagging a patent-leather set of, um, leathers and flying around the Oakland freeways like Trinity did in The Matrix Reloaded, may we present your ride. The bike from the original Hollywood scene was a 2001 Ducati 996, but by the time the movie came out, Ducati’s 998 had reached dealers. So sci fi fans were treated to a 2004 Ducati 998 wearing a beautiful metallic green paintjob and some stickers bearing the title of the movie.

Under the skin, the bike was a standard 998, sporting an Ohlins fully-adjustable rear shock and adjustable Showa forks. The Tetrastretta twin pushed out somewhere around 120 horsepower in the final iteration of the iconic 916 body shape. As Ducati special editions from the mid-aughties go, this one is pretty light on special details, but its lineage is enough to make collectors drool.

Production numbers are hard to pin down. The seller says around 200 were built, while various Internet sources claim between 150 and 200, or just flat out admit they have no idea. Suffice to say, there aren’t a ton of these things kicking around.

Aside from a tear in the seat, as noted in the Craigslist posting, and aftermarket rearsets, this 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition is as it left the dealer. The seller notes that the bike has been displayed for the last few years on slicks and a non-op title. Before it was put to rest, it reportedly ran well, though it was apparently a lemon law buyback.

From the Craigslist post:

Rare Matrix edition, only about 200 units built. Collector’s bike.
This bike is prepped for display. Fluids and battery removed, slicks installed. It has been like that in my living room for the last 5 years. It was running well before.
Non operable, title in hand, says “lemon law buyback”.
No scratches, great condition. Small tear in rear seat as depicted. Everything original except for rear sets.
Rear stand included. Dog not included.

With 12,000 miles on the dial, we have to guess that whatever issues this bike had from the factory have been handled. And, at $7,000, it’s a semi-affordable way to own a rare Ducati in an iconic body style.

Featured Listing: 2004 Ducati 998 Matrix Edition