FastDates.com Pit Lane News – New Bikes: 2005Ducati 999 and 999S

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Ducati 999

The base model 999 and 999S get lots more power and a new, slighty wider front fairing design

now without the ugly upper air vents, just like the front of the new 999R05 introduced in July, and which first appeared on our 999S Fast Dates Project Bike over a year ago.

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2005 Ducati 999 and 999S Testastretta Superbike

September 6th, 2004 – In introduction, the current generation 999 Testastretta is the most advanced, highest performance Ducati Superbike yet. First unveiled in 2002 and introduced as a 2003 model, it was hailed by the press as the best V-twin ever built. The goal at Ducati in Bologna was to create a Superbike of stunning design and performance with improved rider ergonomics, simplified maintenance, reduced motorcycle complexity and boosted horsepower.

Aerodynamics, mechanical and electronic components, chassis and running gear were developed first,then styling followed (. and some say, got left behind. But it does grow on you). The resulting new generation 999 was quicker, slipperier and frankly, kinkier if not sexier than ever – a real race machine that epitomized the best of Ducati’s high performance tradition, but pushed that heritage fast into the future.

The new generation 999 was created based on Ducati’s winning Superbike formula that has dominated the sport for over a decade.

Two years after the launch of the current generation 999 models (and the smaller 749 Superbike sibling will sure to follow as always), Ducati has realized it was time to update its production big bore Superbike models with improved engine performance and less weight, all features the Japanase manufacturers had introduced in 2004 with their new 1000cc in-line 4 cylinder Superbikes. Ducati claims their new technological improvements were developed during racetrack testing, but in truth it was certainly the need to keep us with the showrrom competition. Either way, the performance improvements are welcomed.

The new base model 999 05 Mono-Posta (1 seater) Superbike in Red. Featuring the trick new stamped sheet aluminum swingarm and updated red frame from the new 999R05 model. Go BIGGER

999 and 999S Superbike Chassis Design Changes for 2005

Beginning in 2005 the 999 and 999S Superbike models will be much closer kissin’ cousins than the last 2 years, sharing a more similar specification, new higher tuned Testastretta engine. They will also share the same the same slightly revised R model frame, new lightweight forged Marchesini wheels, and the lighter weight R model stamped aluminum swingarm. The differences the mid-range model 999S will have over the base 999 is slightly more horsepowr. and in crate supplied 102 db race silenser for even more power, and the upgrade to higher cost and spec, base line Ohlins suspension, instead of the 999 model’s nearly as compentant Showa suspenders. While the top pf the Superbike line 999R05 model (no longer limited production) gets the higher spec Ohlins radial brake mount forks with higher spec Brembo race brakes, and a higher spec Ohlins rear shock

999 SBK 05: The price is $17,995 for the standard 999 in either Monoposto or Biposto for 2005 (the new 999 of course has some significant improvements over ’04 including the deep sump S engine making 140 HP in the base model!)

999S SBK 05 . 999S will retail for $22,995 for 2005 and included upgrades as well. The Ohlins suspension, radial brakes, 143 HP and a free 102 db exhaust in the crate with the bike (putting it to 147 HP with that exhaust installed).

999R SBK 05 . Retails for $29,995 for 2005 with 150 HP at 9750 rpm with the stock exhaust catalyatic muffler. Includes higher spec Ohlins suspension, carbon fibe bodywork, magnesium valve covers.

The newly updated 999 and 999S now features the innovative aluminium alloy two-sided box-section rear swing-arm, a replica of the onse used on the 999F Ducati Corse factory race bikes, and which just became available on the latest 749R and 999R models. This new welded, samped sheet aluminum swingarm is about a pound lighter than the cast aluminum arm it replaces, and handling is enhanced with a more favourable weight/rigidity ratio. Needless to say the new R-model owners are not going to be to happy that one of their bike’s trickest features, the alloy stamped sheet swingarm, just became a standard feature on all the 999 models.

The base model 999 05 Bi-Posta (2 seater) Superbike in Black.

Other key modifications include: a wider and higher nose fairing (upper air intakes have been sealed) that provides better rider aerodynamics and a raised Plexiglas windscreen for better wind protection. All-new Terblend NNG02 polymer plastic fairings lower overall weight by 1 Kg. The turn indicators have been incorporated into the mirrors, which are spaced further apart, to improve aerodynamics and complement the motorcycle’s clean lines.

Both the 999 and 999S 05 share a retuned Testastretta Long Stroke deep sump motor that puts out more

power than last year’s 999R04 model.

For 2005 the retuned and uprated 999 Testastretta engine produces incredible linear and tractable power delivery, now pumping out 140 HP at 9750 rpm and 11.1 kgm at 8000 RPM for the base 999 SBK model, and 143 HP for the 999S which is upgraded to 147 HP with the free with bike supplied 102db Termignoni Race Silencer! That’s up from 124 HP @ 9500 rpm on the previous (now old) base 999 model, and up from 136 HP @ 9750 rpm on the previous 999S. That’s even more than last year’s 999R04 which was rated at 139 hp @ 9750 with 11 kgm of torque at 8000 rpm.

This large power increase still comes with the same relatively low 11.4:1 compression ratio and the same bore and stroke of 100 mm x 63.5 mm. For comparison, the newly introduced 999R05 rated at 150hp @9750 rpm with Maximum Torque 11.9 kgm @ 8000 rpm, has a 12.45:1 compression and the shorter stroke homolgated race engine with a 104mm bore x 58.8mm stroke.

The killer deal with the new uprated 999 engine is that both the 2005 Superbike models, the 999 and 999S, will now share this exact same engine with the deep race sump oil pickup. Right out of the box you’re already making more power than last year’s 139hp 999R04. Bolt on an optional Ducati Performance Termignoni full race exhaust system for $3,200 (that’s also some 20 lbs, lighter than the stock catalyitac muffler) and you’re knocking on 999R05 power and weight territority for about $7,000 less!

Type L twin cylinder, 4 valve Testastretta Desmodromic, liquid cooled

Displacement 998 cc

Bore and stroke 100 x 63.5 mm

Compression Ratio 11.4:1

Power 103 kW – 140 HP @ 9750 rpm on the 999, 143 HP on the 999S

Torque 109 Nm – 11.1 Kgm @ 8000 rpm

Fuel injection Marelli Electronic Fuel Injection, 54 mm throttle body

Ducati 999

Ratio 1a 37/15, 2a 30/17, 3a 28/20, 4a 26/22,5a 24/23, 6a 23/24

Final Drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 36

Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control

Chassis Technical Specifications

The Superbike Brembo braking system consists of twin 320 mm steel front brake discs set in a more outward position for improved cooling and a steel 240 mm diameter rear brake disc. The front brake “triple bridge” calipers are rigid for incredible stopping power and feature four 34 mm pistons and four individual sintered brake pads. The radial front brake and clutch levers are adjustable for better ergonomics.

The 999 utilizes lightweight, five spoke, Y-shaped Brembo/Marchesini wheels.

The 999 features a fully adjustable suspension system. Upside-down 43 mm Showa forks with low friction TiN treatment and a Showa rear shock provide a smooth ride on all road and track conditions.

The 999 now features an innovative aluminium alloy two-sided box-section rear swing-arm, a true replica of the one used on the 999 Factory race bike.

The exhaust system’s innovative asymmetrical layout and the high-volume single-muffler result in significant torque at the middle of the rev range. The 999 complies with Euro 2 standards.

The 999’s highly advanced trellis frame, constructed of mitered and welded high-strength steel tubing, ensures precise handling and stability for a consistent and predictable ride.

Instrument Panel

The Ducati 999 utilizes an incredibly advanced instrumentation panel. Composed of a circular tachometer with a backlit, classic, white dial and LCD panel, it indicates engine coolant temperature, speed, odometer, battery voltage, air temperature, fuel consumption, code-based diagnostics and signals for 200 and 100 rpm before redline. The panel also indicates time, routine service interval and anti-theft system status.

The base model 999 05 Superbikegets naked. No more traditional Ducati Superbike Silver frames?

Bikes in Red get the color matched Red painted frame,just like new 999R05. Hopefully if the bike is offered

in Yellow again, it will get the Black frame

Ducati 2004 World Championship Winner

Ducati 999


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