Thats frickin halarious!Before you even think of asking - NO - the bike has never been down - NO DAMAGE HISTORY whatsoever.
Then it isn't his bike
No doubt!I'm sure if you went through the whole bike and added up every single titanium bolt at full retail you would be in the $200K range but I'm sure the owner didn't pay retail for every single bolt. He is a friend of the owner of KC International Motorsports in San Antonio so I'm sure he got the hookup. I could see spending $20K - $25K on the bike but I would have a hard time justifying more than that
Very informative post, and accurate evaluation.While the bike is a nicely modified 998 streetbike, it is not a 998RS and has almost no visible 998RS Corse specification parts.
Frame: No, stock 998 streetbike frame
Swingarm: while it is magnesium, it is not 998RS. A 998RS has a large Corse spec. rear axle/hub/swing-arm
Forks: No, it has Ohlins R/T forks. A 998RS would have real Ohlins Superbike forks.
Triple clamps: No, it has mag.narrow-track non-adjustable triple clamps. A 998RS has wide-track triple clamps that are adjustable for offset.
Wheels: No, it has standard streetbike magnesium Marchesinis. A 998RS has a wide-track front wheel with a Corsa brake bolt pattern, and a large hub rear wheel.
Brakes: No, it has Brembo solid narrow-band front rotors and a standard rear brake rotor. A 998RS would have vented front brake rotors, and a floating rear brake rotor.
Exhaust system: No, it has maybe a 54mm Termignoni exhaust. A 998RS has a 60mm Termignoni system.
If you were to park this bike next to a real factory 998RS, the differences between the two would be very evident.
The other thing is what do you do with this bike? You can't ride it on the street, as it has no street equipment. It's no longer competitive as a racebike.
It has no real collector value, as it is not a real Corse bike, and Xaus never raced it. I guess that it is kind of a interesting track-bike, but you could get a 1098R for the same money and have something that works much better at the track.