Ducati has a habit of adding cosmetic packages to their “R” bikes (typically the top of the line) and making race reps out of them – like the Xerox, Bayliss, or Fila replicas. When they decided to commemorate their participation in AMA Superbike, they weirdly decided to use the 999S instead of the R as the base of the Team USA replica. Ducati released 150 examples at a MSRP of $19,999. Ducati shipped all the bikes to dealers without the tail sections, then had their AMA racers of the time (Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson) sign each of the tails before Ducati sent the new tail pieces to dealerships to be put on the limited editions.
Even though the actual Parts Unlimited bike had factory support and utilized R engines, this replica was mechanically identical to the S, and instead got custom graphics and a signature on the tail. Nitpicking about S vs. R aside, the S model still gets you some wonderful factory equipment, like Ohlins front and rear, more horsepower, radial brakes, and the $3,000 Termi exhaust. For more on this bike, check out this profile from the AMA.
This example has 1,334 miles and is claimed to be in excellent shape with no scratches. It’s up to date on services, has never been tracked, and it’s ready for someone to be mean to it. Find this Ducati 999S Team USA Replica for sale here on Craigslist for $14,350 near Arlington, Virginia.
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