2003 Ducati 999 — Motorcycle USA

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Ducati 999

2003 Ducati 999


Had 999 been the follow-up to, say, the RC51, we have no doubt it been an instant smash But instead it replaces the much and revered 916-998 series, widely considered to be the most of the past several decades.

But as as that series of bikes is to at, the legend wouldn’t have created if not for its high level of on both the track and the street.

performance is upped with the so there should be much Instead, Ducati has been by many who consider its new shape to be a and won’t take the bike because of it.

Well, all we can tell you is the 999 is probably the best streetbike has ever produced, and the whiny who poo-poo the new design are missing out on a Italian thoroughbred, cutting off collective noses to spite face.

I must admit I, too, was among that of naysayers who judged the 999 on the basis of its After all, Italy is the of design, and the Triple-Nine, while a stunning styling statement, is a departure from the clean, lines of its predecessors.

But as we found our the press introduction at Willow racetrack, the new Ducati superbike has to fear, functionally, from the old Several days riding on the (not to mention more work at a DP Safety School at Raceway and a bit of amateur drag have solidified our early and even increased them in ways.

First off, address some of the styling of this controversial design of African Pierre Terblanche. Its aren’t as sublimely harmonious as the bike, but there are many elements that please the The tiny fuel tank has an multi-faceted look that is by the minimal and sleek tailsection.

many positive comments made about how the rear can clearly be seen from the side underneath the rear of the tank, giving the bike of a mechanical presence.

The area the rear is gloriously unobstructed to the continued use of silencers set under the seat, except this the single muffler looks a big toaster. The single-sided swingarm we all loved from the old bike has replaced by a one-piece cast device that weighs the but is 8% more rigid torsionally. It is 15mm longer for better under braking plus traction from the rear

Its design also has the added benefits of not the rear ride height adjusting chain tension and it the wheel spacers in the same when changing tires so it back on with no fuss.

time was spent in the wind to hone the aerodynamics of the Ducati 999. The muffler is designed to fill the underseat area to be even slippery.

Functionally, these are all But there are certain styling that have little to do better performance, which can be most clearly in the 999’s features.

Ducati spent time wind-tunnel testing the new – including at Ferrari, Agusta and MIRA (Motor Industrial Association). This expensive RD resulted in finding out just how the old bike is aerodynamically.

Aerodynamics was a big for us (because the old bike was so good), Ducati’s chief testing Andrea Forni, at the press

The most obvious devotion to through the wind are the side air that owe their genesis to the on the front corners of big-rig Mounted on top of the leading edge of the fairings, this wing is to reduce drag by capturing the of air from the front wheel and keeping it tighter to the side This laminar airflow/boundary continues along the extended side fairings with the aerodynamically integrated into its (The air conveyors on the 999R, the version, are actually shaped little airfoils, wider at the making them even effective. The production bikes wings that are flat for effectiveness.)

The 998 was already a very motorcycle, so Ducati knew couldn’t get much of an aero by reducing the 999’s cross-section. much time was spent the optimum position for the rider. The tank gets a rider’s down further for a sleeker despite the slightly lower and the frame is made narrower in the so legs can get tucked in tighter with the slimmer fairing.

The of all this airflow management is a 1% reduction in drag with a on board, according to Ducati. Why a minimal improvement? Well, the headlights in the nose of the fairing flush-mounted, so they create of drag.

Ducati acknowledges are less aerodynamic, but they the nose of the bike an original and appearance. Granted, the racebikes be subjected to DOT-approved lighting and thus have a flush and better aerodynamics.

The other curious design is the slots in the nose fairing the intakes for the airbox. Forni they are there purely for reasons, but a different story was to journalists at the unveiling of the identical-looking 749 a few later. This time the says the slots are there to turbulence on a rider’s shoulders and

Hmmmm… Aero efficiency is lost by using a split fender that allows air to hit the oil behind it, whereas the 998 (and has a more streamlined, wrap-around

The slots parallel to the lower ram air into the new, larger airbox, while the upper are either cosmetic or smooth air on a shoulders, depending who you talk to at

One of the most clever features of the 999 is the tank-seat-tailsection that comes from the supplier. The monoposto version has provisions for moving the component fore and aft by 10mm way by removing just four At just over one inch of this distance may not sound but a rider can make up almost the weight of the bike itself so an can make a considerable difference.

distribution with the rider (at the seat’s middle position) is now to be 50/50 instead of the rearward 52% of the old bike.

Ease of production was goal of Ducati for the 999/749 The aforementioned pre-assembled bit is one reason why says it can produce 90 of the new bikes a day than the 70-bike maximum of the old Another key reason for quicker time is the new two-wire CAN (Computer Network).

Running from the ECU to the panel, CAN radically simplifies Overall weight of electrical has been reduced by an incredible 6.5 according to Ducati.

All 999s five-position footpegs, a telescopic rod on the plus fine adjustment of the toe pads for a more customized fit to rider.

Ducati says it has been working on incorporating handlebars, so we might expect more personal customization in the

The seat is wider, longer, to the bars and, at 10mm reduces the rider/bike center of Calling the seat foam is a bit generous. The wide saddle is way comfortable than it appears, in mind it looks like a from a 17th-century slave

And despite comfier ergos the 916-998 series, there’s no the 999 for a sport-tourer.

Providing sporting is the responsibility of the proven 998cc V-Twin that debuted year (Only the 999R the full-zoot 999cc engine in last year’s Superbikes). The changes are a larger, pressurized revised fuel-injection mapping and a exhaust system. While the on the old bike had identical lengths to the same backpressure, the 999’s cylinder has a shorter pipe.

A bore pipe fools the into thinking that the same length as the forward Spent gases are routed two catalytic converters. While the for the rear cylinder resides in the as you’d expect, the cat for the forward is in the lower exhaust pipe to entering the muffler.

A 15mm swingarm supposedly makes the 999 wheelie-prone, but the front end won’t down in first gear 998cc of V-Twin torque.

changes result is an inspiring punch that is synonymous Ducatis. Cranking the throttle on exiting a corner, the rider can the rear tire dig in with the power pulses. It may not have the lunge of a Gixxer Thou, but it has levels of torque at engine that are common during riding.

We took the 999 to our friends at Brothers for a few runs on their dyno. Low-end grunt is but power only begins its big around 5500 rpm, which the torque level dip below 60 ft.-lbs. until the rev cuts in. Torque peaks below 8000 rpm, at nearly 70 ft.-lbs. of twist are

Also at eight grand, is crossing the 100 mark, continuing to its peak at 9700 rpm.

the tuning still needs work, though. Our test would sometimes cough at low causing the engine to stall

A new battery and a check-up with a tech did nothing to solve annoyance, and this isn’t the report we’ve heard this condition. Otherwise, the is stellar, with just a of a flat spot at 7000

Maneuvering around the cages on streets proves to be easier on the old bike, as some clever has gone into providing greater range of steering-lock. may seem such a small that is hardly worthy of but anyone who has ridden the old series the hassle of the five-point turn to turn the bike around on a road.

The shape of the fluid reservoirs for the brake and hydraulic clutch to the handlebars are angled so the bars can over a greater sweep, and same shape can be seen in the and angular rear turn and brake light. Nicely

As with the 998, the 999 is geared ridiculously tall. Turning 4500 rpm in sixth gear on the equals 80 mph. In freeway at the same speed, it’s preferable to use fifth gear so the spinning at a punchier 5000 rpm for jump with a negligible penalty.

The gearbox shifts smoothness, although throws are a bit

Ducati 999

The upper fairing sweeps surprisingly close to the rider, better wind protection it may appear, and the narrow tank tucked-in legs to be protected the elements by the side fairing. The cell is so skinny that you can touch your knees it. The 1% aerodynamic improvement Ducati it has built into this new doesn’t explain the much wind protection than the

Instruments have loads of but it’s the hollowed-out triple that bystanders always to talk about. Steering can be reduced from 24.5 to 23.5 degrees by changing the head insert.

One thing hasn’t changed for the better are the mirrors. Attractive they but also virtually useless for rearward, as the entire reflector is with a rider’s arms. As Putter noted, they at make a perfect place to the nicely integrated turn

Instruments are contained in a tidy panel with the usual tach/digital speedo, plus a of other gadgets, including a lap and a gauge for measuring current consumption, which is fun to look at you rear-end that semi of you.

Suspension compliance the fully-adjustable inverted Showa is remarkably good over imperfections, in part due to the gold-colored coating on its sliders; TiN is less than chrome, so it has less stiction and greater sensitivity. suspension is also by Showa, and not talking about some of the suspenders used on some bikes. This damper is and has responsive damping adjusters.

the introduction to the bike at Willow we also had a chance to ride the 999 at Raceway, the track formerly as Sears Point located of San Francisco. This is a much environment than Willow, and the bike there underlined how more nimble the 999 is over its Even with the same geometry as the old bike (24.5-degree 97mm trail), the 999 proves to a much more nimble

The reason behind the quicker is the 15mm lower riding It not only moves the rider’s closer to the machine’s roll but it also allows arms a direct … on the clip-ons, a rider more leverage.

An we had along on the same day felt a heavy pig in comparison to the 999. It was slower turning even it was fitted with a 180-series tire rather than the 190 on the 999. Incidentally, the Duc doesn’t as neutral with the stock rear tire as it did on the 180s we at Willow.

It requires a varying of bar pressure is required through the axis so, as with the old series, recommend fitting a 180-series bun to your 999 once the OEM rubber is

Even with its newfound the 999 doesn’t give up any of its legendary This is quite a feat, as on one end of the equation usually pulls on the Regardless, the 999 remains as stable as a with an unwavering tenacity at its selected line — when leaned over on corners.

And when it does get the sloped tank offers of room to move around on top of the that is appreciated during gymnastics.

Power flows the V-Twin in a smooth, accessible giving a rider a wide rpm in which to lunch on lesser At 116 peak hp, the 999 isn’t going to an open-class four-cylinder, but it’s a satisfying motor.

The front that impressed on the racetrack are as stellar on the street, offering power with brilliant from the new 4-piston, 4-pad calipers. They make a Sssshhhhh! sound when reminding the rider of the power it to scrub off the kind of speeds bike is easily capable of Meanwhile, the rear brake is and lacks feel, but with binders this good we mind much.

There’s not a lot of from the hydraulic clutch, as I found out during our trip to a keen rider can do a fine job it to good effect. Clutch is a bit heavy, but it’s lighter the unit fitted to Aprilia’s big

Thus far, I’ve a fairly rosy picture of the but there are a few quibbles that are First off is the tiny fuel of that artfully sculpted Claimed capacity is a small 4.1 but even that might be On one street ride, we ran out of fuel topping up the tank with the upright. How many miles did we get on the tank?

Just 115. A calculation reveals what be a 28.0-mpg figure! Either the is smaller than what says or our bike was running than Bill Gates.

For the we usually got numbers in the mid-30-mpg so we may have been feeling frisky on that particular

Another gripe: When says you’ve got a hot bike, logically think he’s to the way it looks. Not necessarily so with the Heat radiating from the pipes that curl the seat can roast a rider’s legs and buns if conditions are During a day riding in slow traffic I saw 214 degrees on the temperature even though the ambient was in the low 60s.

Those in warmer will want to keep 999s up to speed and out of parades. is where they should be the 999, anyway. We all know who these bikes (wealthy, stylish) and who doesn’t (Iron Shriners), and for the first group the 999 is a ride.

It’s clearly a bike than the 998 in every respect.

So if you’ve always an exotic Italian superbike a 998 and can just now afford one, does that say about you if you buy one? Poser, most The kind of guy who wears the Foggy rep with unscuffed knee and/or has race-compound tires a one-inch wide chicken at their edges.

And the 999, if its styling may not be as evocative of rapturous as the previous generation, certainly dog-ugly.

So, how shallow are you?

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