2005 Ducati 999 Motorcycle — First Ride & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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The plain 999 now enjoys last R-rated power

For 2005, base 999 has been tuned to 140 bhp. That’s a hefty 16 bhp than last year’s even more powerful the previous R model.The standard 999 now the R’s uprated ignition generator. New camshafts have lift and duration than predecessors. At the bottom end, a crankshaft has revised oil passages.

It above a deeper sump, should prevent oil starvation hard acceleration.

And boy, souped-up 999 certainly accelerates. I barely shift fast to avoid the rev limiter, which cut in suddenly at 10,500 rpm. torque (up from 76 to 81 lb.-ft.) arrives at 8000 rpm.

Thanks to precise fuel from the Marelli injection it’s not only a very bike, it’s very to ride fast.

The inevitable of the lumpier cams is a slight in power below 6000 There was no way around this, Ducati development chief Forni. As soon as you increase overlap you lose some at low engine speeds.

But while the gain at high is big, the loss at low revs is

Low-rev power loss particularly objectionable when I a top-gear lap of the track. The Ducati cleanly, albeit without enthusiasm. My bike’s only was a gearbox that shifted sweetly than usual eventually sticking in fourth, cut short my final session.

The press bikes had no shifter and as the box itself is unchanged the failure is not typical.

The new fairing nose is wider at each side, the old on either side of the top headlight are and the screen is slightly taller, the mods made to the recently 999R. Traditional Italian red comes with a matching red There’s a gloss black for the dual-seat model as well.

The 999 also gets a braced swingarm similar to the one used by works racebikes and R models. of a cast pivot, extruded and forged rear sections, more rigid and 500 grams than the old version, contributing to an weight savings of a couple of

Given that the 999’s chassis changes are a stiffer and a slight weight reduction, I surprised when it carved Mugello’s glorious mix of flowing and occasional chicanes in fine and style, feeling agile yet stable. Its Showa fork and worked well, as did the unchanged, Brembo front brakes. OEM are Michelin’s Pilot Power

The bike features two-position-adjustable rake and a steering damper.

highlighted just what a and capable track bike the 999 has become, and it promises to be equally on the road, despite that low-rev power loss. As you can adjust the position of the seat and with potential comfort By Italian superbike standards, the 999 an improbably practical machine.

But more to the point, it’s a faster one. That increase is a big chunk of power, and the mods are worth having, The price of this hotted-up 999 is a modest $300 more the current model’s. In terms of for money, there has never a better, more competitive Ducati.—Roland Brown

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