Could be wrong, but I believe the S is the suffix for the entry/base model, so a regular 996 should be an S. The base should come with Showas, not Ohlins. Example: I have a 748L, but the frame says S. This is because the Neiman-Marcus bikes were built off the basic 748 biposto, only with Mercury Silver paint and carbon fiber bits and what-nots.Bike in a dealership, from a collector. triple says 996s, as does tail, but side fairings have just 996, no S. Also front forks are Showa. Is this legit on a 2000 model year 996s? Also, cans look like CF Termi's, but no sticker.
Tail is white and has S badging. Front fairing Red without white plate. I was mostly expecting S badging on the sides. after doing a lot of image searching, looks like this was the norm, so I'm less worried. Personally, I'm not concerend, but I know myself, and if I buy, I'll probably get the itch to sell it in 5 years, and then the things that don't bother me will suddenly become a problem for someone else...I have always wondered how to tell the difference in these 996 bikes between S models and non. Swapping of the fairings have become so prevalent it’s confusing, does any of the body work have identifying marking to tell? Just wondering
This.if you have the vin enter it here.it verifies my 2k 996 is an S model.Showa forks,Ohlins steering dampner,Ohlins rear shock,numbered upper fork tag,with carbon-f.fender,undertail,tail light mounting,airbox,lower fairing "V".2001 "S" came with Ohlin forks. no "S" on the side fairing only on the seat.believe only 200 sold in the US for 1999 & 2000. Ducati VIN Decoder, Lookup and Ducati VIN Check