Bob Cook's 2002 998R just made you want to ride it. Here's what the description card said:
463/700. Purchased new in 2002, this rare Ducati Superbike has received performance upgrades every year, transforming it into one of the finest examples of a modified 998R in the United States. Bruce Meyers (BCM) performed his "3 P magic" (pistons, ports, pipes) on the engine, which now produces over 150 rwhp and over 80 ft/lbs of torque. 60mm carbon fiber Termignoni's, assisted by a Corse carbon fiber crankcase breather box, produce a booming "Poom! Poom! Poom!" when this bike hits the track. A complete Corse magnesium swingarm (small axle) graces the rear, mated to an upgraded Ohlins shock. The swingarm, coupled with the steeper steering angle and 27mm offset triple clamps, provides superb handling at the track, ably assisted by the BST carbon fiber wheels. SBK/MotoGP spec Brembo pinless 2 pad radial monoblocks haul the 998R down from terminal velocity. A Kevlar fuel tank, along with numerous other lightweight upgrades, keeps the fully wet weight of this Superbike under 400 lbs. Bottom line: This is the finest, quickest, best handling motorcycle that I have ever ridden. Thank you, Massimo Tamburini!