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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2017, 2:40 pm Thread Starter
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996S or 998

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I am looking to get into the 9XX series of bikes. I found a 2002 998 mono for ~$5200 and a 2001 996S mono for $7200. They have ~7k and ~9k miles respectively. I know the 998 has the better engine, but as for collector value, the 996S might have an edge. Right now I am leaning towards the 998 because they're pretty rare and easier to work with. Any thoughts/recommendations?
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Are you planning to ride it much? If yes, the 998 has the edge. If no, it's more for a collection, then the 996S has the edge. Me, I'd get the 998 and put 100K on it, and screw the collectors value. YMMV.

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It will definitely be ridden, but I have 2 other bikes so each will probably make ~1500 miles a year.
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Two words... flaking rockers. They are a concern in the Desmoquattro engines, in the Testastretta they're not. Other than that, it's purely a matter of whether or not you prefer the slab sided '02 fairings or the earlier vented ones. Personally, I don't feel that a 996s is all that collectible anyway, it's not like it's an SPS or a Varese built 916... I'd go with the 998.

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Testaretta engine is a clear improvement over the desmoquattro. If they were the same price I would say 998. Given that the asking price is much cheaper, assuming no surprises in condition I would say it is a no-brainer.

Buy the 998 and get a set of Ohlins forks for it for the same money as the 996S.
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Price on the S seems high to me, I've seen better examples in the 6-6.5k range. I spoke with the 998 owner and he said he just had the fuel pump replaced, but other than that it's mint, and at 5k it's a steal IMO.
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Not quite enough information to make a pick. All things being equal, the 998 does seem like the better choice, however given the age and mileage on both bikes maintenance has significant value.

Both bikes are at the age and mileage where if they have not had a valve and belt service or new tires within the past 5 years they should probably be serviced. Their mileage indicates that have sat quite a bit too, so looking inside the gas tanks and making sure they are clean and rust free is important too. The value of a valve and belt service, new tires and replacing an internally rusted gas tank can easily be in the $1500-2000 range. Given the costs of service and maintenance on Ducatis it is important to consider where bikes are in their service schedule when determining the value of a bike as well as their condition.
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998 all day, everyday.

With such low mileage and age, I would figure on another 1-2k for "surprises"; electrical gremlins, leaking forks, shock needing a rebuild etc... Ruber O-rings dry with age, not mileage. Even if they're not leaking now, after a couple thousand miles I would give the bike another once-over.

fyi; I would rather buy one that's ridden regularly with no more than 30k mileage wise.
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I forget to mention, I'm also not as enthused about the modifications to the 998 while the 996S looks very original and correct.

The 998 lacks mirrors, turn signals and may have a hack job rear fender eliminator. Is the CF airbox a real CF airbox or just CF airbox trim panels? V&H cans, meh. If it were my bike, I'd be compelled to fix it with proper parts and eliminate any faux parts.

All things being equal an unmolested Ducati is always nicer in my book than a tarted Ducati.
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996s I think has a better service history record, but the 998 is clean and was just serviced recently with a new fuel pump put in since it wasn't starting. He says it runs great now. I have factored in the 12k service belts etc.. I figured the 998 will be cheaper to service since it has the testastretta.
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