Please note that this running video is from 4 months ago, when Iconic Motorbike briefly had this Ducati in our possession before it went to the current owner:
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The 1198R is the rarest of the Testsastretta engined bikes: several sources quote Ducati official info that only 70 were built worldwide. Due to the financial crisis of 2008-09, a number of 1098R Bayliss were left unsold and so in 2009, US dealers didn’t want to sign up for the 1198R. By the time the bike was first shown, and dealers saw that unpainted aluminum tank and the Corse livery, demand was high, but it was too late to order more and Ducati refused to relent.
General consensus is that only 7 were ordered by dealers in the US. However it appears that up to 17, including press bikes, made it over, but fewer than that were actually sold and remained in the US. This bike is #10.
As with most other Ducati special editions, only the US bikes are numbered on the top triple. It has a 17 digit VIN (ZDM1XBHW0AB027276), which confirms its not a bike originally built to be supplied to a race team. Since it was originally old new and registered in CA, there should be no issue registering it there again.
It was bought new from GP Motorcycles in San Diego by the first owner, who traded in a 1949 Vincent for it (original bill of sale is included, showing the details and a trade in value for the Vincent of $20,000) in June of 2010. He kept it for four years and put only 279 miles on it, selling it in July 2014 to a well known Ducati enthusiast in LA who had it serviced (including new belts) at Pro Italia in Los Angeles. While it was in the shop, he also had some tasteful mods fitted – CRG carbon levers, CNC clutch cover and rearsets, fender eliminator, EVR clutch slave cylinder, and Ducabike frame plugs.
He rode it around LA very occasionally over the next 5 years, along with all the other bikes in his collection including a Desmosedici. The seller acquired the bike this fall with 871 miles on the odo. I had the belts changed by the head tech at Pro Italia before taking delivery, as they were 5 years old.
This bike has never been dropped or tracked. And of course it’s still running well. It still has the original tires fitted. I have ridden it just 14 miles (for a total of 885) and it runs and rides perfectly as would be expected.
Per the seller, “there are no visible marks, dings or paint chips anywhere on the bike. No visible flaws that I can find (and I am very picky). The original take-off parts were not present with the bike when I bought it but it does include the tool kit, both keys and the key code card. Clean and clear Michigan title. This likely is the lowest mileage and most gently treated 1198R left on the planet.”