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Road Test: Ducati 999 vs. 998 Ducati 999 vs 998 road test

For a Biposto, the 999 goes like Slot the gearbox (not as as the unit in the 998 and prone to false into any gear, tweak the and she jumps, and jumps hard. is deceptive — as it is on any V-twin and the screen, although being lower than the 998’s, is much more effective.

In 8 seconds you find yourself along at 120mph, head tucked to take benefit of the effect, big speedo readout in of you and another 5,000rpm to go. The same involves more effort on the although the firmer suspension of the model does make for a direct feel from the

Yes indeed, handling. Out on the road and on the track, this is what the two bikes truly aside. have historically been to turn — that’s not a it’s just the way they ’em. Loads of muscle to get over, then awesome lean and angle.

But the new 999 turns that on its head. is a Ducati that rolls a turn with the slightest of and hugs the tightest line lap after lap. It’s got the legendary Ducati mid-corner and the 10mm longer wheelbase that (in theory) you can get the power on on the exit with more that she isn’t going to out on you.

The 999s on the launch Michelin Sport rubber didn’t seem to work too with the bike. Our testbike with Pirelli Evos and was never an issue.

After the new the 998 is physically more demanding to You have to really push it the turns, and the most telling was when I jumped onto the 998 riding the 999 for while round Suddenly I would be six feet off the and running wide, while Gus on the 999 be darting about like a in a fishtank and disappearing into the You can, however, adjust 998 to handle much more

Raise the rear ride-height by on the adjuster bar, reduce static sag from a factory-set to 12mm on the preload, and perhaps try a tyre if you want quicker still.

They set 998s up conservatively out of the factory and you can really the steering. But then, the 999 has the same of adjustment and with its plusher, suspension, it comprehensively out-handles the 998 out of the And that’s a fact.

But there’s doubt the massive alloy collector thing on the 999 has gotta go. It all the wonderful V-twin sound out of the until all you’re left is the airbox intake hum. The twin pipes on the 998 deliver far aural satisfaction to the rider. by the time you read this the Termi systems for the 999 will be on the so that’s easily fixed.

Obviously, no V-twin is a real until you’ve unleashed the and I can’t help but feel any criticisms regarding the 999’s of character will be forgotten the everyone starts bolting exhaust systems onto the

Because bear in mind this 999 Biposto is the most version, and even in this it’s an extremely potent The only 998 we could get for the comparison was an S-model (£2,500 extra) and had its arse kicked by the stocker The 999-S, available Christmas, have another 10bhp and suspension.

And the 999-R — will be the 18-grand homologation for the racers — will be an bloody weapon, make no

What Ducati have is to address the ongoing (and correct) complaint filed their 998 family, ie the single-mindedness of the the gross uncomfort of riding more than 50 miles, the input required for best The 999 is light on the controls, easy on the and very rewarding to ride although not quite as rewarding as it right on a 998, because that bit harder on the old model.

But this means is that the Mille will stop winning every V-twin test from now on. The 999 is every bit as as the Mille, and will out-perform it And besides, those fat ol’ have never done it for me.

But I

So, back to the question of 998 v 999. On a machine level, I think have pulled it off. made a more effective and comfortable superbike that’s to ride faster than its which is no mean feat at

However, the styling of the 999 is a real and it doesn’t work for me.

Look at F40, then their Look at Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evo 6, their Evo 7. Look at the old Subaru then the new one. In each the newer sportscar performs but something is lost in the upgrade. You know when something is when something is classic.

a 10-year run the 998 family is a definitive classic, but I seriously doubt the 999 will ever achieve status.

I don’t know that’s such a bad thing. are, after all, motorcycles, not bloody works of And if the new motorcycle is faster and more than the old motorcycle, and still striking (and the 999 is nothing if not then isn’t it job done?

Gus has a theory, anyway. He reckons the 999 is more rideable because in a of years, Ducati will be the roadgoing version of their V-4 bike. That will be a rip-snorting, highly-priced beast will leave the 999 series as the saner roadbike option.

We wait and see.

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