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Check with EX Import motorcycles in Texas. They have a 998R and I believe a 996SPS.

Find a 998R? Good Luck.
 

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Finding a pristine 998R is HARD. They only made them as -02´s and they are REALLY hard to find.

Good luck on finding one.. most of them have been snapped up by collectors.
 

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foggy123 said:
A guy up in seattle has one in his shop with Euro spec. No oil, coolant or battery ever. LMK if you need info.,
Wouldn't there be a good chance that a 4 year old bike that hasn't had oil or coolant is rusting away right now?
 

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foggy123 said:
If they internals were fogged with oil, it should store forever. Last I checked Al doesn't rust. Rubber seals may have some issues though.
http://www.redlabelmoto.com/details.asp?srID=81

AAMOF, Al *does* oxidize, a process which when occuring in ferrous metals is known as rust. Oxidization of the internals of an aluminum cooling system occurs quickly once aluminum is exposed to the atmosphere and can significantly inhibit heat transfer. This process is fairly easily undone but should not be ignored. Unless the effects of an overheated motor are not a concern.

You may have some other issues with a motor that has been sitting so long. All Ducati motors have been started at one time, regardless of what anyone tells you. This is standard procedure at the factory. Therefore, it is likely some moisture has entered the motor and it's certainly possible some condensation has formed on internal parts during the shut-off process after the initial run. Moisture will also collect in a motor during storage as temperatures change and air expands and contracts, leaving moisture in its wake. Today's oils and lubricants have excellent cling properties, but this is a four to five year old motor. There's no telling what surfaces still remain coated and which have been exposed to the atmosphere, moisture or pressurized fuel seeping past a seal. Belts are five years old, seals are five years old... The normal aging/drying process and contact with the atmosphere do have their effects.
 
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