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2002 Ducati 998R


  • Low mileage example of the limited production run 998R
  • Presenting in a fabulous condition with excellent service history
  • Supplied original 998R accessories

The Appeal

Released in 2002, the 998R was an exotic and powerful superbike produced in limited numbers by Ducati for the purposes of race homologation.

Powered by a roadgoing version of the 2nd generation of Testastretta engine, the 998R powerplant  featured a larger bore and shorter stroke compared to its lesser 998 siblings,  giving it a total displacement of 999cc and a power bump to an impressive 139 BHP.

Built around Ducati’s trademark steel-tube trellis chassis design and featuring their iconic single-sided rear swing arm, the 998R was also a significantly lighter proposition than the standard bikes due to the extensive of use carbon fibre in its body panels.

Bristling with exotic componentry usually only found on the very highest performing race bikes, the 998R also successfully combines the very best of suspension and braking technology, ultimately producing a bike of almost unrivalled ability.

Offered here for auction is a stunning example of a 2002 998R which comes from a cherished superbike collection under its current ownership for the past 5 years. Having covered just over 5000 miles in the past 20 years, this 998R presents in a really lovely condition and shows only the lightest possible signs of use.

A limited run model of only 700 units and coming complete with its original accessories and plaque, this 998R would certainly make a fabulous addition to any enthusiast’s collection.

The History and Paperwork

  • V5 present 
  • MOT expired 9/3/2022 - with no advisories listed on last test 
  • Currently SORN’d
  • Full set of original owner’s documentation and manuals
  • Service booklet with stamps for 2002, 2009, 2017, 2018
  • Letter from Ducati UK confirming specification and build date
  • Invoice relating to full service undertaken by Ducati dealer W M Snell July 2017
  • Predelivery inspection report confirming oil and belt change September 2018
  • Photographic record of included 998R accessories - Cover, standard exhaust, race exhausts and EPROM, plaque and presentation case
  • 2 keys

The Condition

  • Presenting in an all-round fantastic condition commensurate with low mileage
  • Under current ownership has benefited from garaged storage as part of a collection
  • Documentation supporting previous maintenance work undertaken

Given this particular 998R’s low mileage and current ownership as part of an exceptionally well maintained collection, it’s no surprise to that it presents in a truly excellent condition.

A continuation of the beautiful lineage of bikes first designed by the legendary Massimo Tamburini, the 998R features subtle changes in detail but does not stray from the original elegance of 1994’s 916. With its shape formed by the superb Ducati steel-tube trellis chassis, the 998R is a perfect example of beautiful form following exceptional function.

Presented here in a stunning shade of gleaming rich red paint in a fabulous condition with exposed carbon fibre elements, the 998R truly is a handsome machine and one that is clearly defined by its sole purpose of covering ground quicker than any of its peers.

Differentiating itself from its lesser siblings, the 998R model also features body panels entirely crafted out of carbon fibre, serving to further reduce the bike’s overall weight and aid that constant pursuit for improved performance.

Finishing the intoxicating package and contrasting pleasingly against the red bodywork are a stunning set of 998R-specific lightweight Marchesini wheels, also presenting in a beautiful unmarked condition paired with a set of fully floating front brakes.

The Mechanics

  • Upgraded 998R engine with increased displacement of 999cc delivering an impressive 139 BHP
  • Superb Öhlins race suspension setup front and rear
  • Powerful Brembo brakes capable of delivering ample stopping power

Featuring a chassis and body which make every possible concession to lightness, it should come as no surprise that this 998R homologation special features engine, suspension and braking technology which represented the bleeding edge of technology and engineering back in 2002. 

With its increased capacity 2nd generation Testastretta engine delivering an impressive 132 BHP, the Ducati 998R could reach 60 from 0 in an incredible 3.3 seconds and keep going all the way to a mighty top speed of 174 MPH.

With that kind of power excellent suspension and handling are essential and here the 998R yet again does not disappoint. 

Fitted  with top of the range and fully adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear the 998R can be set up to perfection and, when the need arises to scrub off some of that considerable speed, the powerful Brembo units are more than up to the task.


Number 160 of a limited run of only 700 ever made, the 998R is a truly special homologation bike for the road which allowed Ducati to continue its domination of the World Superbike Championships. 

Presented in fabulous condition and a tremendously impressive machine, this 998R is sure to make a superb addition to the garage of any biker looking for the very best.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2002
  • Make Ducati
  • Model 998R
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 5,305 Miles
  • Engine size 999
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Usk
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom

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