That's what I thought. Back up a few weeks I posted a pic of this bike and someone said that fairing design looked like 97, and the 98FE has it too. But the VIN and title puts it as 96. Maybe someone for some reason put 97 fairings on it at some point in it's history? Dunno.Are you sure that's a 96? I have a 96 and it does not have those duct openings in the middle back edge of the side fairings.
edit: I do like the look though!