I wish I'd even known about the 998R back in 2002. That IS the bike that I lust after the most, followed very closely by the Desmosedici.I was thinking of putting in a bid when they listed it already but clearly there is no shortage of people who think it’s worth more than I do.
That doesn’t make me right, by the way.
This speaks to what I’ve been saying for a while: nice examples of the ‘97 and ‘98 916SPS, 2001 996R, and 2002 998R should be $50k to $75k bikes.
I did have a chance to buy one in 2002. My local dealer had one and it was $31k, which might as well have been a million dollars. To put it in perspective, it cost more than twice what I paid for my new 2002 998 monoposto which I could barely afford at the time.I wish I'd even known about the 998R back in 2002. That IS the bike that I lust after the most, followed very closely by the Desmosedici.
”Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt.It was like being at the Ferrari dealer to buy a 328 GTB and seeing an F40 in the showroom. I knew about it and had the chance to buy it and take it home. I just didn’t have the ability to buy it and take it home.
Funny. I said that very thing in a talk I did last week.”Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
Never a truer word said, methinks. Whether you’re buying s used ‘04 Monster or a new V4R just enjoy it, there’s always something better…and always something worse.
Would seem that the super clean 996/998R bikes would be 30-40, but you think with this early 916 and only 50ish examples in existence, wouldn’t command a premium on top? I’ve only been tracking the value of these for a little while, but i wasn’t really surprised. I figured 50k at least. And there was a commenter who has one with 0 miles wondering if he should sell!Sold for $60K ($63K with the buyer's premium)... I would have thought the market would be about $30K and high would have been $40K, but $60K is pretty crazy in my opinion. On top of this the bike was bought by Iconic Motorbike Auctions for one of their clients which means the ultiimate owner will pay more than $63K in the end. With the market for 9X6 bikes this hot, the undervalued bikes to buy right now are the 999R and 1098R.