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Ducati 996S 1996. AUCTION FINISHED
There are few motorcycle brands as powerful as Ducati, and few Ducati models as influential as the Ducati 916 and the motorcycles that came after it. The Ducati Monster is gorgeous, and has been credited with reviving Ducati’s business in the early 2000’s. After the 916 came numerous editions including the 996S seen here.
But it’s the Ducati superbikes that really get hearts and racers going. If I want to buy a Ducati, then to get anything other than a superbike is a compromise of kinds, and one you may regret.
The Ducati 996, the successor to the 916 and somehow Ducati seemed to improve on the original. It was released in 1999 and sold until 2002 where it was replaced with the Ducati 998.The Ducati 996 shares a lot with the Ducati 916. Both motors have fuel injection and water cooling, but no other electronics apart from that. The 996, too, has a raw, visceral feeling when you pump the throttle, and there’s nothing in between you and the road but an angry, roaring v-twin! This is due to the fact that it although it’s a little down on power it is up on torque in the midrange which makes it much more manageable and easier to ride.
This is the 996S version which also gets Ohlins shocks and Showa forks. All 2 996S receive the stunning Marchesini wheels.
The Ducati 996 will shock you with the narrow, precise line it’ll hold through curves, and the huge torque makes it easy to loft the front wheel into the air on exits, even though you’re perched right on top of it. The chassis was also modified. Lighter wheels were introduced along with improved calipers, discs and pads stronger compared to the 916. The suspension system was still the same Showa design but both the front and back were fully adjustable.
One of the most eye-catching movie trilogies was without a doubt "The Matrix". The first movie of the three-part series was released back in 1999, and it was an instant hit among enthusiasts of the sci-fi genre. It redefined how people saw reality, and it left many scratching their heads — for good reasons.
But if you ask any motorcycle aficionado about their favourite scene of the movie, there’s a big chance they will tell you about the part where Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) rides the Ducati 996 with The Keymaker on the pillion seat. During the life-threatening, wild speedway pursuit, she manages to dodge traffic in a breathtaking fashion.
This Ducati 996S is a stunning example presented in wonderful condition. Thanks to extensive use of lightweight and composite components, its dry weight is just 190kg. The odometer shows 8,124 miles from new.
First registered in May 2001, the bike has 5 previous registered keepers on the V5C log book and has evidently been well maintained.
Its carbon-fibre bodywork remains in superb order, finished in the original red and white livery.
It sits on five-spoke Marchesini alloy wheels, in size 3.50 x 17 at the front and 5.50 x 17 at the rear, which are in great shape.
All of the switchgear works perfectly, and the bike retains the original grips and has a ‘double bubble’ windscreen fitted. Each of the instrument dials reads clearly and functions as it should. The suede-trimmed seat is in superb condition, accented by red double stitching.
The bike has been in storage for sometime as part of a collection, so it will come with a fresh 12 months MOT before sale. The service history for the bike consist of 6 services from 2001 to 2018. The bikes has only covered 500 miles in the last years. The wheels are shod in Dunlop Sportmax tyres in size 120/70 ZR17 at the front and 190/55 ZR17 at the rear. The tyres remain in nearly as-new condition, and have not yet been fully scrubbed in.
Accompanying the bike is all of the original paperwork and literature, including the owner’s manual and service book. The factory-supplied paddock stand is also present, along with a bike cover.