2005 Ducati 999R — Motorcycle USA

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Ducati 999 R

2005 Ducati 999R

flipping channels earlier week, a whacked-out guest of the Dr. Phil show was telling the about his financial problems. He and his had declared bankruptcy a couple of ago and were well on their way to it all again.

The motorcycle-related part of anecdote is that, despite poor sap’s near ruin, he was resolutely unwilling to his prized Ducati. No, you don’t he pleaded. It’s a Ducati .

if this dude ever a ride on Ducati’s stupendous new he’d be looking for a nice box to live in.

Yes, Ducatis the ability to turn once riders into slavishly snobs. Exotic, exclusive, stunning and with a rich heritage, the Italian brand is as something to aspire to beyond the rice rockets. And the 999R you see is the pinnacle of Ducati streetbike

The Borgo Paginale-based company has worldwide fame with its of victories and championships at the World level, garnering lustful from racer wannabees the globe. But in America, a highly market for Ducati. the red Superbikes had much racing in the past — they haven’t won an AMA since way back in 1994 Troy Corser exploded on the scene with the Fast By squad.

Hence the introduction of the new the striking platform on which will base its front-line this season. America the arrival of 300 units to meet requirements for the AMA Superbike class, Ducati’s dedication to performing on American racetracks; just 50 were sold here in

And just who is in the market for a $29,995 Aside from Eric and former SBK champ Neil who will ride hopped-up of these same machines, a rep told us there’s already about 200 well-heeled enthusiasts who purchased this limited-production of Italian exotica.

Well, exagerating here, but the 999R is a step up in performance from the 999S (inset) due largely to its motor that is unique to the R.

If wondering if the ultra-cool 999S we with its R-spec Ohlins and new-for-’05 radial-mount Brembo calipers, is pretty much the bike, think again. The $7000 the R commands is mostly due to an different and more exotic engine, actually displacing a 999cc instead of the 998cc of the and S versions. Yes, you read right, Ducati’s 999 and 999S have a 999cc engine. note: For ’05, the standard 999 the 2004 S model’s engine, it a decent boost of power in form.)

Instead of the 100 x 63.5mm bore and of the lesser 999s, the 999R has a bore (104mm) and shorter (58.8), as it did last year. remaining the same is the R’s crankcases that are sand-cast of being cast in a steel like the other 999s. But where the similarity to the ’04 ends.

The key change to the already engine is a completely new cylinder design. Revised ports larger valves, now made of titanium. Although the intakes are 2mm in diameter and exhausts gain 1mm in Ducati claims the valves are by a significant 36% and 39%, respectively; a valve stem also pare weight down. aggressive cams with lifts are fitted to the desmodromic system.

The fuel mixture is at a slightly higher compression by a new piston shape, pushed up and by more titanium, this in the form of Ti connecting rods. The crankshaft is another component has lost some weight a redesign, and its counterweights are now knife-edged for power loss as they through crankcase oil. the beast is a new set of 12-hole injectors in the Marelli throttle bodies atomize fuel better the old 4-holers.

What this in practice is the most potent V-Twin motor ever. We 134.1 horsepower on the Dynojet of our buddies at White Brothers. an impressive 14.6 ponies up on the we tested last year, a 11% gain.

Just as impressive is the torque production of the R, churning out lb-ft at 8000 rpm for an 11% bonus the S’s 67.8 figure. that’s right in the middle of the torque production figures by the current four-cylinder literbikes.

The are uncanny. Both are black and red and have two internal combustion to propel them. Each heavy usage of exotic like titanium and magnesium, and the wheels of both spend a lot of in the air.

But the way in which the Duc produces its twist is like that of the Fours. Its numbered triple clamps come up to greet you with a gentle twist from as low as rpm. Its deep well of is a bit surprising for such a highly oversquare motor like but the triple-nine-er defies physics by out more than 50 lb-ft of from as low as 2600 rpm! For keeping score, any 600 supersport less torque at their

It’s the kind of power launches a bike out of corners controlled ferocity, making the tire squirm as it digs the pavement in search of grip.

the 999R’s quick-turn throttle and letting it rev out results in a pull we’ve ever felt an engine with less four cylinders. Many riders are often disappointed by a less peaky power when they ride as they don’t quite up to the rush one gets from a hit; Twins are often described as sneaky fast, perhaps isn’t quite as But this is one Twin that the mold – there is nothing about the speed of the 999R.

We lucky enough to get the 999R out on the not once but twice, and it proved to be as much fun as a speed junkie can on two wheels—or any wheels, for that If you can’t go fast on this you simply can’t go fast.

We to Spring Mountain Motorsports in Pahrump, Nevada, as guests of our at SoCal Trackdays. An SCT event—held exclusively at Spring Mountain—is one of the ways to get maximum track under your belt. all other track days attended, SCT doesn’t split up into two or three groups on skill levels, so a rider is to head out as long and as often as desires.

Most bikes in are dedicated track bikes or with number-plates, and the majority of were both fast and This isn’t the best for track neophytes, but anyone a few trackdays under their will really value the flexibility and will end the day exhausted.

Spring Mountain doesn’t a lot of wide-open spaces to really the legs of a 999R, it does far more opportunities to stretch the cables than the street could. Power gently with a light touch on the grip, exhibiting none of the during re-application of throttle we hate on some other bikes. Twist harder and the stallion piles on speed force and grace as it runs up through the revs.

It was interesting to watch a racer on a Ducati 998 pass me in one of Spring corners, only to have the 999R reel him back in gap down the back straight. And not forget the R meets EPA and Euro 2 regs with its choked-down, exhaust.

With a strong 134 on top, it’s shocking Ducati was also able to get the race-bred engine to pull so right off the bottom. From the the throttle is cracked, it’s out more torque than a 600cc sportbike does at its

The power delivery is a definite above the other Twins we in 2004, said Editorial Ken Hutchison after his ride at I can’t believe how hard bike pulls.

We strapped on our Vbox data logger to just how fast the 999R is, and we away impressed and pumped adrenaline. It ran a best of 10.35 at 142 mph in the standing-start quarter-mile. CBR1000RR suffer the ignominy of not only a four-cylinder bike that more than a traditionally Twin, but also having a that runs a slower (10.43 secs).

On the Duc, 60 mph up in just 2.98 seconds to bountiful torque and a cooperative Keep it roaring for another 25 or so and it will max out at 167 mph (a figure that to 174 mph if corrected for barometric conditions), though its digital speedometer to display any reading after up to 174 mph.

As you might expect a championship-winning Superbike, this Duc has a chassis worthy of its stout Naturally, top-shelf Ohlins is used front and rear, and even better than The 43mm inverted fork has thoroughly tweaked: a new top-out makes the bike more under hard acceleration, and spring and damping rates with a new plastic spring that reduces internal

The Ohlins rear damper now has a valve in the rebound damping that isolate the effects of damping adjustments. The new aluminum is identical to that on the ’05 and is made from a cast section and pressed-aluminum sides, Ducati says is more It will suffice to say that likely never ride a suspended bike.

The 999R retains Ducati’s rake angle feature in a steering head eccentric can be to give either the standard rake and 97mm of trail or a 23.5-degree/91mm combo for quicker The standard (and more position is hard to beat, as it mid-corner stability as good as we’ve ever tested. Few are as serene with a knee – if it had a cupholder, I could have a sip of my latte while knee are scrubbing.

The 999R is so stable it rewards you by remaining planted and not being adversely affected by inputs or road imperfections usually unsettle lighter, radical bikes, says That stability opens up a that encourages the rider to go because it feels so planted.

The forged aluminum wheels on the make turn-in response quicker, even when the stellar Brembo brakes.

Ducati 999 R

In case, unshakable stability not compromise agility. The 999R forged aluminum Marchesini that are said to be a massive 7.1 lighter per pair than the hoops on the 999 and 999S. This reduction in rotating mass in steering that is noticeably than lesser 999s.

engineers achieved nearly a 4% reduction from the S model by the R with numerous pricey like titanium (valves, magnesium (head covers, support casting, mirror and, a Ducatisti favorite, fiber (fairing, cam belt chain guard, countershaft front fender and muffler The net effect is the reduction of the S’s tank-empty weight to just 425

With all these high-end it wouldn’t be right to fit brakes are anything less than and the 999R doesn’t disappoint. A master cylinder actuates the 4-piston, 4-pad radial-mount all top-line Brembo stuff, the 320mm front rotors are placed further outward year for an improvement in cooling They proved to be stunningly with strong retardation with just a short of the adjustable lever.

More once we went into a with more speed anticipated, and the 999R—which is very under braking—easily scrubbed off velocity to quell the puckering Our only caveat here is their aggressive initial can surprise the unwary.

Our bike was fitted with new Pilot Power tires, for the little-loved Pilot Sports. proved to be predictable, grippy and to warm, noticeably better the old Sports. On the 999R, a rider can the rear tire dig in satisfyingly as power pulses propel the forward.

The 999R proved to be a streetbike than we had expected such a high-strung animal. clutch lever pull is Ducati high-effort, modulating the dry friction zone is surprisingly When accelerating away a stop, a rider can almost lift the front wheel an inch or two off the ground and then use the throttle to easily adjust the of … as high or as low as he dares.

And if the front wheel is descending, is ample power to hoist it up again. One-wheel wackos enjoy how the front end can be pulled up at as high as 80 mph.

Launches on the are made easy by its cooperative and a wide powerband. It takes than 30 seconds to cover a stretch of road from a start.

Although the R is definitely not for touring or commuting, it’s how a top-line sportbike suspension can be so on the road. Botts dots underneath the Marchesinis, while big that might make a wince get swallowed with a whimper. It’s a magic ride on the freeway, with the Swedish suspension bits pavement imperfections like a servant clearing the path for royalty.

But spend too much on the highway and a 999 rider will be its track-oriented riding position, seat, and cursed mirrors, the making terrific turnsignal but lousy rearward viewers. will go numb after 30 freeway minutes, but that’s a of the clip-ons forcing an awkward angle more than any sort of engine vibration.

In with the motor’s lighter and rotating masses, this be the smoothest Desmos we’ve sampled, and it positively loafs at a lofty 85 mph (or higher). Our 999R also have had the nicest gearbox of any Ducati. Ergonomically, we the taller windscreen fitted to the not only does it offer a bit protection from the elements, its edge no longer obscures a view of the gauges.

Although the 999’s appearance has lambasted by some, it continues to on us, especially with the ’05 to its nose that fills in the slots above the actual air slots. It’s cleaner and looking. People seemed to appreciate the sight of the 999R we’re supposing, what it At one traffic light in particular, a guy in a Mustang fastback hung out his as he drove past to give the a thumbs-up.

Moments later, a guy out the side door of the armored car to me and implored me to pull a wheelie for his amusement.

As befits a pricey exotic, the 999R can be a bit temperamental. It on us twice during our street when re-applying throttle idle at a stoplight, a low-rpm causing a desultory cah-ugh the highly tuned Twin.

The turnsignal housings are cleverly for easy removal at trackdays by them just a quarter-turn, but we found out about this when we returned from a session one signal lighter; likely we inadvertently twisted it loading or unloading. We’d … about the riding that’s so brutal on the street, but so perfect on the track.

Finally, like to encourage Ducati to fit a sidestand; its shape neatly into the side fairing for aerodynamics and a clean look but much too short for this resulting in a grunt when the leaned-over bike up off its undersized

Oh, and then there’s that hurdle of its $30K price Okay, we admit this bit of kit is out of our financial leagues, and probably too. But for riders with fat this limited-production dream is worth every one of the 3 million it costs.

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