Post Sale Update: This Matrix Reloaded Edition sold for $7,600 after 30 bids.
The best scene of The Matrix Reloaded film was a chase scene featuring a Ducati 996, and the Italian firm created a limited edition of motorcycles as a tie-in with the movie. Only problem was, by the time the movie was released, the 998 was already on dealer floors. Close enough, right?
The chase scene was impressive from a technical standpoint – production crews built a 1.5 mile freeway on old runways of a decommissioned Naval Air Station. Near the end of the scene, the 996 is featured for some high-speed lane splitting:
Bonus Video: I’ve watched this scene a whole bunch of times but only just discovered this ‘behind the scenes’ clip from Fifth Gear, part of which covers the motorcycle shots. It’s worth a few minutes of your time:
The exact number of production is unclear, though I’ve seen a few rumors that 150 Matrix Editions were built. Changes were purely cosmetic – you got a dark green paint job to match the movie bike, and some decals that don’t match the movie bike.
This specific example (VIN: ZDM1SB5V74B022686) has 6,305 miles and it’s offered by the second owner. It spent the last five years in storage, but was just recently “reconditioned” by MSP Cycles in Atlanta, Georgia – they flushed all fluids and the seller states that it runs great. The sale includes the original tool kit, and rear wheel stand, and the exhaust is a Termignoni unit.
Find this Matrix Edition Ducati for sale in Gary, Indiana with bidding up to $6,200 here on eBay.