Ducati 999 launch 2005 Superbike

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Ducati 999

Ducati 999 launch 2005

In the issue of SuperBike Magazine we the Ducati 999, so here’s what we of it when an update model was at the end of 2004.





Excitedly mustered in a spacious garage hydrating the previous toxins out, the world’s caught its first glimpse of the Ducati 999. As the dry ice of the presentation cleared and an soundtrack boomed homage to the new I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the craning his neck to try and spot the

Accustomed to Ducati’s previous (a self proclaimed red revolution) consigned the 916-series into nostalgia, we soon learned the revised 999 is a gentle evolution of the incorporating subtlety rather shock. The busy pen of designer Terblanche has calmed, but it’s the of the 999 that have so engrossed engineers.

Style changes are and confined to the upper fairing improves rider comfort, the matt black finished is a deservingly sharp conclusion to the now silhouette. The WSB replica swingarm as if it’s come straight off the of a (Corse) lorry, replicating the WSB (albeit only in appearance). But the meat of the revision comes in the of the 140bhp motor, a stiff to the tune of 16bhp – healthy in books.

The reprofiled cams are the source of the increase, so in tuning parlance has given the 999 the best bit of a stage two Lift is increased by 15 per cent, a five per cent longer period getting the fuel in and out with improved dynamism and

There’s no hint of these at an obedient idle, and there be no hint of me finding them as I around the celebrated Tuscan for the first few laps trying to Playstation dexterity into survival skills. Equally, was no discernible loss in usability at revs, as warned by Andrea Ducati’s head of Research and just before we headed out for the session’s wobble. ‘The way we the cam profile means there is a less power lower but this is the price any engineer has to pay to the power further up in the rev range,” Forni, but who cares? The whole has gone power crazy year, and it’s about that Ducati went

Bedding in the brain meant the Ducati was left in third and gear for two thirds of the 3.2 mile Power delivery through the throttle bodies was smooth at enforced lower levels, but the don’t stay laconic for long. Short stabs of between the many flicks of circuit saw the Ducati suffer summit fever as the big pistons quicker than you expect for a

An agile left boot the symptoms as you change up smoothly, but all too easy to bring the rev-limiter action again at 10,250rpm the 999 simply doesn’t sound it’s at the peak of its power. A sports bike screams it needs changing, but not this and its tones need a sharp ear to the optimum shift point.

The of going steady goes out the window when the final of the circuit rolls out before you as you but carefully given the adverse out of the last corner. The mile straight (made famous by Nakano crashing his brains out his tyre blew) couldn’t be a inviting test for the 999′s new

It’s so long, and as you charge the forested distance, you can’t thinking that you’re Bayliss or Loris Capirossi your way past 200mph. But you’ve got more time to think, and you picture yourself Loris Capirossi’s beautiful Ingrid. The 200-metre braking then …-slaps you out of this fantasy world. You’ve got no with the wee man’s missus, and nowhere near 200mph.

But you’re still going quickly, and you’re still at so life’s pretty sweet

By the end of the morning session, the 999 was indicating over 270kph, which is no speed. TV coverage of MotoGP the straight, when in actual there’s a sharp rise where Nakano ended up in a of his own hurt. Ducati held its at this point, then again, enough to snick before the massive slowdown again.

Elsewhere, the new engine its flexibility and not just its pure Delivery through the rear Pilot Power was nigh-on and even better when the mechanics returned from a lunch and short espresso to fit Pilot Race tyre. So as the motor’s humming at 6,000rpm or the 999 will stomp out of comers and with a real appetite to do it all at the next turn.

Indeed, lighter and the Ducati’s willingness to rev that a gear change to be fitted in alongside the cranked exit – or suffer the ignominy of momentum as you splutter onto a The Tuscan micro-climate sired a afternoon, and with it, strong that stiffened the Ducati starch-straight Now the 999 was struggling to rev out in fifth, barrelling out of the last the last with increased speed to the upgrade in Bibendum’s rubber.

With revs at a premium, the to the upper fairing really itself known. The slightly windshield now allows a perfect while your unruffled suggests that the wind work has paid off.

A lunch, the Pilot Race and an all round stiffening of the suspension let the 999 why Ducati didn’t mess chassis and suspension components. The Powers worked much than the original Pilot Cups fitted to the old version after four hard they looked pretty but a bike as good as the 999 and a track as as Mugello warrant tyres fit the occasion.

If the 999 steered quickly then now it could be slammed on its bang on your now tuned-in marker. Typically for Mugello, hard turn followed, in the opposite direction, and the 999 could be and then thrown down within two stabs of counter-steer.

For cambers, the power could be on hard and early with the swingarm, Showa shock and rubber combining to drive in the intended direction, but the real was the feeling in the off-camber corners you typically sense the front-end away from you. But was good here, a tight could be kept, hugging the strip just when you to part company with the decoration.

Similarly, changing a line was normally required when you one chicane with another. done, believe me. But when is wound up to the max, the 999 unlocks a vital, yet rare, ingredient in a bike.

Yup, the race really perked up the performance of the offering deep braking, lean angles and useable – not to mention high speed that never bothered the steering damper. And all on a package only real change was a swingarm. The redvolution’s a while off

Ducati isn’t stupid and the idyllic notion of riding a red Ducati in the most expansive, amphitheater in racing makes you rolling your r’s and talking in before you know it. But there’s a for this, and that’s because the already a good bike, has been made better..

one revision into its short and already the 999 offers massive but all of it useable. The unchanged chassis, and brakes (not to mention the OE tyres) all combine to consolidate power, eschewing the notion if it’s not broke then it anyway to make it a more proposition.

The Bolognese factory has certainly new sauce to the market, but in true style, the rebalanced recipe as good as it ever did.

I know if it’s the less looks when stacked up to other red bikes from but these 999s are cheap for a superbike.

An unregistered, brand museum piece on ebay:

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An S model with the stunning replica paint job:

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