One Track Mind: Aprilia RSV-R Factory vs Ducati 999 vs MV Agusta F41000R…

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Ducati 999 R

One Track Mind: Aprilia Factory vs Ducati 999 vs MV Agusta — Ducati 999S


It’s taken a but over the last four Ducati’s 999 has grown on me. The problem was the the 916 had when I first saw it at the NEC in 1993. instant attraction didn’t when its descendant and replacement but I can’t ignore how successful been in racing or how satisfying it is to — especially on track.

on its stand in the pits the Ducati low, long and stable, and generally how they feel on Joining the Oulton circuit the pit lane exit the first you come to is Cascades. It’s a gear, downhill left onto a fourth gear

Even though I was on an out lap and on cold I knew straight away the settings were a mile Instant dive when the throttle and going for the brakes big forward weight transfer and control on corner entry. feel wasn’t too bad and although the felt low it coped okay Oulton’s cambers, undulations and changes.

Although light and easy to change direction, the is not at its happiest in hairpins and slow but show it a faster turn, as Oulton’s Island Bend or Hill, and few bikes will more confidence.

The roomy riding position you can use your body weight on track and the smooth, tractable hits its limiter at 10,500rpm, but a gearbox means extra present no problems.

After a with Colin, we decided a suspension change was needed. clicks of compression damping and 3mm preload was prescribed. On my return to the the front initially felt a tad but once I got going and started to the front tyre and suspension it was perfect.

With my extra momentum I was the rear harder and found the tyre losing traction and on corner exits — with increased rebound

As mentioned, chicanes and slow aren’t the 999’s strong so for my last run Colin raised the height by 5mm to help steering and The benefits were two-fold, as the riding position gave front feel and the steering more responsive. The bike felt more nervous, but in a way as high speed stability compromised.

All in all improving the Ducati was a straightforward process, and every we made was easy to feel. The Michelin Pilot Powers reaching their limit so a set of Race versions would to be the answer next time.

Ducati 999 R


FRONT Sag: 25mm 10 turns in from fully out 16 clicks out from full in 12 clicks out REAR Sag: Ride height: +5mm +1mm Comp: 10 clicks out 12 clicks out Steering damper: 8

Colin says: The Ducati’s a bit of a case really because of of the engine in the frame and the way the linkages but as standard it’s good. again, same story as the with quality Ohlins and rear.


I liked all the bikes for reasons — the Ducati for its the RSV-R for all-round user and the MV for its outrageousness. If I were to choose one it have to be the MV, but not because it would the best lap time. That would go to the Ducati or Aprilia.

is a technical track with ups and and camber changes, and you need a bike with a docile — that’s why the twins

The F4 is expensive but it’s very, fast and looks and feels no other bike on the road. In the MVs have promised much but a disappointment to ride, then got my attention when they beating the best Japanese kit on this year in European racing. Now I know why.


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