Additional photos of this 2002 Ducati 998R are available here for your perusal.

In 2002, the 998R was Ducati’s halo sportbike. The Italian firm released just 700 examples of the model, which ended up being the last variant of the 916 lineage before the 999 took over in 2003. Cosmetic changes over the 998 were minimal but the Testastretta motor put out much more power – up to 139 ponies. MSRP was a hefty $29,000, but it came with WSBK championship pedigree.

This example (VIN: ZDM3H99V52B014707) is #468 out of 700.

The seller acquired this machine 4 years ago and has put 750 miles on it himself. The odometer currently shows 2,261 miles.

Per the seller, this 998R is completely turn key with a fresh service that included fluids, belts, and shocks at Ducati Indianapolis. In addition, both the front forks and rear shock were refreshed with new seals and fluid. “All services are up to date with complete paper documentation since sold new in 2002.”

It has newly installed tires and shows little to no wear. No corrosion, no bulbs out, all brake lights and turn signals work perfectly.” It is ready to ride as is.

It is completely stock except for a lightweight lithium battery, sticker on the windscreen, and a Ducati Performance carbon fuel cap.

The original fuel cap is included, as are both keys, some pamphlets, manuals, receipts, OEM bike cover, Ducati R model rear stand, and the red jewel box with a metallic plaque which verifies the model/VIN and guarantees this machine’s authenticity.

The sole known cosmetic issue is a minor rock chip on the front of the lower left fairing. The seller estimates that it’s the size of a pencil lead.

The seller is letting this 998R go as “it’s time for someone else to enjoy. I’ve done my part and kept it perfect and in good running order. It’s on to the next collector.” Will that be you?