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Ugliest DUC? 2002 Ducati 998 Ben Bostrom edition

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Here is a 2002 Ducati 998 Bostrom replica, a bike which seems to be either a “love-it-or-hate-it” proposition for most RSBFS readers.  While the design graphics have always seemed a bit overdone, the base 998 (already a very good bike) was upgraded for the Bostrom edition with full carbon-fiber bodywork which resulted in a 24 pound weight loss over the standard 998.  The Bostrom edition also came with four-piston brembo brake calipers and upgraded suspensions consisting of Ohlins forks, shocks, and damper (instead of the original Showa’s).

The Bostrom is also a true limited edition.  A total of 310 Bostroms were built – 155 in the US and 155 in the UK.  Why 155? Because that’s the number Bostrom rode under on his 998S AMA racer.  NOTE:  Every single one was signed on the tank by Ben himself,

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2002 Ducati 998 – Bostrom edition for sale on ebay

This particular Bostrom is located in Norcross Georgia.  The pictures show its #2 in the USA series so there is only a .6 chance of an earlier edition coming up for sale.

The seller indicates that this bike is being sold for a collector.  Condition certainly looks excellent, with a lot of upgrades and some recent service, including the following:

  • New belts
  • Fresh oil filter
  • Fresh tires(Q2’s)
  • Harris Rear sets
  • Full FBF Forza Exhaust
  • FBF Clip-ons
  • Carbon rear hugger
  • Carbon Chain-guard
  • Carbon Air ducts
  • DID 520 kit
  • Power Commander
  • Front cover and clutch sprocket
  • Stainless steel clutch springs
  • New battery
  • Books and stand included

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Oh and did I mention the mileage is 2,243?

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So what is this 2002 Ducati 998 Bostrom edition worth?   Well prices have come down quite a lot from the initial MSRP of $22,695.  Previous posts of these on RSBFS seem to show a value of somewhere between 10,000-13,000 USD and I expect this bike bike to go for somewhere in that range.  Personally I think that price would be more than fair for what is essentially an upgraded 998 with some nice aftermarket add-ons, very low mileage and recent service.

One final thought – you can say what you will about the Bostrom editions but they certainly are true rare sportbikes.  I cant remember the last time I saw one at bike night and the last on of these we saw here on RSBFS was back in late 2013.  I think its safe to say any prospective buyer doesn’t have to be concerned with a better deal coming along in the near future.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

3 Comments

  • It is pretty bloody horrible

  • Ugliest Duc? You gotta be high. This thing is sick. Anyone who has wrung the throttle on a well-sorted 998 knows just how lively these bikes are and just how sweet the Bostrom replica is. I’d buy this in a heartbeat if there was a place for it in my stable.

  • I always liked Ben, good dude, good racer; and we all how precise the 916/9xx/9xx is.. If Duc and L&M decided to do a bike insted of this one these would be twice the asking price.. IMHO I thought this bike would be much better in that livery.. Nice bike none the less, a bit tacky but oh well.. Dont see any rearsets??

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