The Ducati 916 series of Motorcycles, released in 1994, is considered by many to be one of Ducati’s most beautiful sportbikes. A perfect blend of streamlined good looks, brutal power, and superb handling. Ducati continually refined this already world-class bike through the 996 generation which was released in 1999. In 2002, they released the final variation of the platform in the way of the 998. The release of the 998 generation of motorcycle saw Ducati carry over the superb Tamburini design but beneath the sculpted bodywork sat the all-new Testastretta engine, first premiered in the 996R. Featuring redesigned cylinder heads, larger valves, and a redesigned cam profile, among other things, the new Testastretta engine now produced 123 horsepower versus the previous Desmoquattro engines 112 horsepower. The iconic desmodromic valve actuation was carried over to the new Testastretta engine as well. The 998 series of Ducatis saw much love and praise as both the 996 and the 916 before it had, but Ducati saw the need to redesign the platform at the end of 2004. As a parting gift, they gave Ducati aficionado’s the opportunity to purchase a special edition 998S they dubbed the Final Edition model. This Final Edition (or FE) model was produced in small quantities in 2004, with roughly 419 biposto and 562 monoposto examples being produced, and was only available as a special order item and was not a regular production model. Besides cosmetic markings pertaining to the Final Edition model, upgrades included the 136 horsepower version of the Testastretta engine, Brembo brakes, and fully adjustable Ohlins forks, shocks, and steering damper. It was the peak of Ducati technology wrapped in the exquisite and universally loved lines of the classic 916 generation, a perfect send off to an iconic line of bikes. Today, these Final Edition models remain highly collectible and are considered the penultimate of the 916/996/998 generation of Ducatis.
This particular 998S Final Edition, chassis number ZDM1SB5V44B023357, is a 2004 model year showing just 7,020 miles from new. It is 1 of approximately 562 Monoposto Final editions produced and remains in excellent condition. According to the included service records, it appears the bike has had 2 owners in its lifetime, with the first residing in Frenchtown, New Jersey. Service records are available starting in 2005 and they show this 998S FE being maintained regularly by industry Ducati Specialist Fast By Ferraci of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania as well as Rizzon Cycle of Middlesex, New Jersey. Shortly after purchasing the bike, in April of 2005, this Ducati was treated to a set of carbon fiber slip-ons, a power commander, and a performance air filter, all of which were installed by Fast By Ferraci. Given the low original mileage, service work is relegated to basic maintenance items such as oil changes and a 6,000-mile belt service completed in 2010. The current owner and consignor purchased the bike from the original owner about 5 years ago and it rode it sparingly. When we received the bike on consignment, we immediately took the bike to local marque specialist, The Spare Parts LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who completed a belt service, clutch/brake fluid flush and refill, replaced the battery, as well as completing a once-over inspection of the bike to make sure it was in top running condition. As it sits today, this 2004 Ducati 998S FE remains in excellent condition both mechanically as well as cosmetically. The paint across the bike is smooth and consistent and the bike presents exactly as you would expect from a collectible example with low mileage. There are some blemishes that come along with normal use, such as some minor stone chips on the lower fairing behind the front wheel, as well as a very minor hairline crack on the corner of the rider’s right side headlight. Mechanically this Ducati is in fantastic condition, providing smooth and powerful acceleration, quick and deliberate shifts, and controlled, issue free braking. The bike wears a set of Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires with a DOT code of the third week of 2008. While they still appear plenty adequate with ample tread life left, they will need to be replaced based on time. This 2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition represents the ultimate version of the iconic 998 generation of bikes. A true collector’s piece from its release, this version remains a fantastic addition to any Ducati aficionado’s garage.
Included with the sale of this Ducati are the factory books, tools, spare key still in the protective plastic sheath, as well as available service records dating back to 2005.
- Exterior Colour Red