The manufacture date on the frame my be a late '02 date on an '03 model year bike. That's my best guess. Ask him for a picture of the bike in question maybe?
As I recall, Europe and Asia [AU included] gets bikes sooner than the U.S., but I can't remember where I saw that. Seems to me Europe was reviewing the 999 in mid-2002 or somewhere around there.jr49erfan1 said:I have been looking to upgrade my stock steering damper on my 02 998, and I came across this Ohlins unit on eBay. Problem is, is that this guy claims its off a 02 999 (I didn't think they dropped until 03). I emailed the seller thinking maybe it was a typo, and explained to him my belief that if it came off of an 02 SBK, that it must have come off of a 748 or a 998. His response is quoted below.
(His response) "Well this was a 999 and a 02 model so they must have been released in 02 cause i have another mate of mine which has a 999 which is as well as an 02 model.. What you see is what you get in the photos which mount straight on to the bike....Thanks for your interest."
First, could he be correct, and second, would a steering damper from a 999 fit a 998. Thanks for any insight, Jason.
Here's a link to the damper in question:
Here are some pics I took at the Birmingham (UK) Bike Show in November 2002;RotoRooterGuy said:Some evidence that there was a "2002" 999.
By the way, you can research this stuff yourself rather than barking out commands to Duc-MS member from your armchairjr49erfan1 said:Alright, so assuming there was such a thing as a 2002 999, and designated as such (not an 03 released in late 02), would the steering dampers be interchangable (again between the 998 and 999)?
DukeDesmo said:Here are some pics I took at the Birmingham (UK) Bike Show in November 2002;
But to answer the question re Damper compatibility I think the dampers are different, having different strokes etc.
I resized it for the link, got a bigger version if you like..............RotoRooterGuy said:Back in 2002 I had a pic of that hen on the 999. Still have it. But not the one you posted. Yours is a much hotter pic.
Thanks for the diversion.