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2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Coolness Factor = 78.7%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:40 pm

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The Ducati 749 Testastretta and 999 Testastretta are the most advanced, highest performance, twin-cylinder motorcycles ever produced at our Bologna, Italy factory. They epitomize the racing history of Ducati and represent the evolution of a formula that has dominated Superbike racing for over a decade. This year’s Superbike family includes seven models: the 749 Dark, 749, 749S, 749R, 999, 999S and 999R.

Two years after the launch of the latest Superbike models, Ducati decided the time had come to incorporate in our production models the features of our race machines that make them unbeatable on tracks around the world.


In motion even when others are at rest. Quicker and sexier than ever, these are real race machines that epitomize the best of Ducati’s high performance tradition.

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Engine/Drivetrain

Type L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder Testastretta Desmodromic; liquid cooled
Displacement 998 cc
BorexStroke 100 x 63.5 mm
Compression Ratio 11.4:1
Power 103 kw - 140 hp @ 9750 rpm
Torque 11.1 kgm @ 8000 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 54 mm throttle body
Exhaust Single steel muffler with catalytic converter
Emissions Euro2

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Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary drive Straight cut gears; ratio 1.84
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 36
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control




Chassis/Suspension

Frame Tubular steel trellis
Wheelbase 1420 mm / 55.9 in
Rake 23.5° - 24.5°
Front suspension Showa 43 mm upside-down fully adjustable fork with TiN surface treatment
Front wheel travel 125 mm / 4.9 in
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad caliper
Front wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock
Rear wheel travel 128 mm / 5 in
Rear brake 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre 190/50 ZR 17
Fuel tank capacity 15.5 L / 4.1 US gal (includes 3 L / 0.8 US gal reserve)
Weight * 186 kg / 410 lbs
Seat height 780 mm / 30.7 in
Instruments Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, turn signals, oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, neutral light, water temperature, immobilizer system, http://www.totalmotorcycle.com
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Tank Colours Red, glossy black (for two-seat only)
Frame and Wheel colours Red, black (for two-seat with yellow tank only)
Versions One or Two seats

* = The weight includes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.




Additional Features

New for 2004 Two years after the "red-volution", all the models in Ducati's Superbike family, in both engine sizes, have been dramatically improved. Updates have involved not just restyling but a series of major improvements to chassis and engine aimed at bringing the 749 and 999 closer still to Ducati's ultimate sports motorcycle concept, making them meaner, faster and more competitive than ever. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:41 pm

The LAST bike of 2014's Cool Wall (awards next) is brought to you by:

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:40 pm

The only sin this bike committed in the eyes of the buying public was following one of the most iconic bikes of the 20th century. It was a fantastic bike, and far more interesting to look at in person than in pictures. The internet age has made it difficult to implement change without the anti-change factions squealing and drumming up animosity against anything that looks remotely new. No, it is not a 916, but is a beautiful bike in it's own right and a damned successful one as well (on the track, if not in the showroom). I think that history will be kinder to this bike than what it experienced upon it's release.

Admittedly this will likely not be the popular opinion here.... :mrgreen:

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by ZRex » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:25 pm

I really loved this bike when it was new, unfortunately the only time I got to ride one was on the PS2 game Tourist Trophy. An easy Awesome for me.

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:34 pm

I have always loved this bike! Easily an awesome for me. :kicking: If I had room in the garage, I would be looking for a clean unmolested S model. :roll: When I first saw it in the flesh in 2003, I could not believe how awesome the bike looked in real life. Like High Side said, it looks much better in the flesh than in the photo. On the other hand, I never thought the 999's predecessor the 916-998 looked that great. I always thought it looked kinda bland, and even more so in real life. The 999 is about as original of a design as you could get while the 916-998 was basically a rip off of the iconic Honda NR750; and to my eyes, the Honda looks far more interesting than the bland 916-998.

Despite than the fact that I love the 999 and own a Hypermotard, I am not really a fan of Terblanche. I think his Supersport and Multistrada were super mfugly.
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:13 pm

Easy awesome, and I never got the hate for this bike either. I thought it was a truly innovative, distinctive design, including the aerodynamic vertical wings on the fairing, and even down to the faired-in sidestand. I think time has been kind to the 999, and compared to it, the succeeding 1098-1198 are pretty, but conservative derivatives of the 916-996.
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by faded sun » Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:28 pm

I have seen it in the flesh and it is a beautiful creation. Some day I would love to ride one. An awesome from me.
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:49 pm

HYPERR wrote:I have always loved this bike! Easily an awesome for me. :kicking: If I had room in the garage, I would be looking for a clean unmolested S model. :roll: When I first saw it in the flesh in 2003, I could not believe how awesome the bike looked in real life. Like High Side said, it looks much better in the flesh than in the photo. On the other hand, I never thought the 999's predecessor the 916-998 looked that great. I always thought it looked kinda bland, and even more so in real life. The 999 is about as original of a design as you could get while the 916-998 was basically a rip off of the iconic Honda NR750; and to my eyes, the Honda looks far more interesting than the bland 916-998.

Despite than the fact that I love the 999 and own a Hypermotard, I am not really a fan of Terblanche. I think his Supersport and Multistrada were super mfugly.
If you can believe it, the former official Ducati dealer in Calgary still has a brand new 999S on the floor. Bring money - it will cost you more than a Panigale. As for Terblanche, I actually liked his work - especially the Supermono and the later post-Ducati Guzzi concepts that he created during his short stay there. The world needs more visionaries like Terblanche and less fanboys of the NR750 (great bike but how about something new?) to help move us forward.

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:28 pm

High_Side wrote:
HYPERR wrote:I have always loved this bike! Easily an awesome for me. :kicking: If I had room in the garage, I would be looking for a clean unmolested S model. :roll: When I first saw it in the flesh in 2003, I could not believe how awesome the bike looked in real life. Like High Side said, it looks much better in the flesh than in the photo. On the other hand, I never thought the 999's predecessor the 916-998 looked that great. I always thought it looked kinda bland, and even more so in real life. The 999 is about as original of a design as you could get while the 916-998 was basically a rip off of the iconic Honda NR750; and to my eyes, the Honda looks far more interesting than the bland 916-998.

Despite than the fact that I love the 999 and own a Hypermotard, I am not really a fan of Terblanche. I think his Supersport and Multistrada were super mfugly.
If you can believe it, the former official Ducati dealer in Calgary still has a brand new 999S on the floor. Bring money - it will cost you more than a Panigale. As for Terblanche, I actually liked his work - especially the Supermono and the later post-Ducati Guzzi concepts that he created during his short stay there. The world needs more visionaries like Terblanche and less fanboys of the NR750 (great bike but how about something new?) to help move us forward.
Wow that's crazy! Why does he still have a brand new one??? What year is it? 2006?

As for Terblanche, I must have a love/hate relationship with his design. I love the 999, more than the 916-998; but I love the carbie Supersports, and hate the Terblanche Supersports. I think he did a nice job with the Sport Classics, swelling tank and High Side's bad experience notwithstanding. :ninja:
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:31 pm

HYPERR wrote:
High_Side wrote:
HYPERR wrote:I have always loved this bike! Easily an awesome for me. :kicking: If I had room in the garage, I would be looking for a clean unmolested S model. :roll: When I first saw it in the flesh in 2003, I could not believe how awesome the bike looked in real life. Like High Side said, it looks much better in the flesh than in the photo. On the other hand, I never thought the 999's predecessor the 916-998 looked that great. I always thought it looked kinda bland, and even more so in real life. The 999 is about as original of a design as you could get while the 916-998 was basically a rip off of the iconic Honda NR750; and to my eyes, the Honda looks far more interesting than the bland 916-998.

Despite than the fact that I love the 999 and own a Hypermotard, I am not really a fan of Terblanche. I think his Supersport and Multistrada were super mfugly.
If you can believe it, the former official Ducati dealer in Calgary still has a brand new 999S on the floor. Bring money - it will cost you more than a Panigale. As for Terblanche, I actually liked his work - especially the Supermono and the later post-Ducati Guzzi concepts that he created during his short stay there. The world needs more visionaries like Terblanche and less fanboys of the NR750 (great bike but how about something new?) to help move us forward.
Wow that's crazy! Why does he still have a brand new one??? What year is it? 2006?

As for Terblanche, I must have a love/hate relationship with his design. I love the 999, more than the 916-998; but I love the carbie Supersports, and hate the Terblanche Supersports. I think he did a nice job with the Sport Classics, swelling tank and High Side's bad experience notwithstanding. :ninja:
Well you got me there. The Sport Classics: Beautiful to look at - absolutely shite to ride.

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:36 pm

I went to take a look and they have two of them - but non-S models

http://www.sportcycle.ca/#!__motorcycles/new-pg-1

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Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:09 pm

High_Side wrote:I went to take a look and they have two of them - but non-S models

http://www.sportcycle.ca/#!__motorcycles/new-pg-1
It's bizzare that he has two of them still brand new; I wonder what the story behind it is... :boat:

Being that it's a base and not an S or an R, they're probably going to find it hard to get that kind of coin for it. Unlike say a BMW which are usually ridden hard and put away wet, many Ducs have pampered lives so it's not that difficult to find a pristine 999 anyways...
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Unread post by SamEdward » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:48 pm

I love it so I gave it 3 points

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:36 pm

Just noticed I am the only one who voted FAIL. Look, I know this is a Ducati and it was probably faster than heck and better than most everything else on the market at the time, but this bike was beaten by the ugly stick! I would almost rather ride a fugly Diavel than this one. The mirrors, headlight, squarish tank and huge wall of a fairing... FAIL!
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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:48 pm

I voted: Uncool.

But who voted Fail? Wow, that's harsh...LOL! :sofa:

Ducati has recently (in the past 10 years) had a very odd success relationship with their superbike lines. Fail/Success/Fail/Success/Fail kind of thing. 996 was great, then the 999 wasn't a great hit for sales or design, but the 1099 was, now the current 1199 Panigale isn't, which means the new 1299 Panigale should be successful.

Ducati really reaches for the stars when it comes to design and technology. I think it's more of an issue that the bike isn't "ready for today's tastes" but for tomorrows. With Ducati now owned by Audi (?) things will change, but what type of change is anyone's best guess. If the new Monster's and 1299 are any indication, we could be looking at the pro/con of more affordable Ducati's with less edge.

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Re: This Week: 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Vote Now

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2005 Ducati Superbike 999 - Coolness Factor = 78.7%
Featured: December 26th, 2014 - January 2nd, 2014
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Your Coolness Factor of the 2005 Ducati Superbike 999 is:

Awesome (3 points) 52% [ 13 ]
Cool (2 points) 36% [ 9 ]
Uncool (1 point) 8% [ 2 ]
Fail (0 point) 4% [ 1 ]

Total votes: 25

= a Coolwall Factor of 78.7%

NOTES: Wow, where do you start on a bike that is so varied in rider's eyes? Clearly our readers love it, it's a great bike that's aged very well, historically it wasn't and didn't sell well in it's day, but Ducati's superbikes have always been a hit/miss/hit/miss. So it's not surprising Ducati seems to be as confused on direction as rider's are. That said, Ducati continues to produce all good bikes, just some are better (and worse) than others, but that's what happens when you set the bar so high.

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