2006 Ducati Superbike 999R Xerox
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– 2006 Ducati Superbike 999R Xerox
2006 Ducati Superbike 999R Xerox
A PERFECT COPY OF A PERFECT SUPERBIKE
The 999R Xerox is a special series motorcycle with a wide range of features that distinguish it from the standard 999R model, such as Ã–hlins forks with black sleeves, anodised black footpegs and top yoke, Ã–hlins ‘Racing’ rear suspension with double damping adjuster in compression, aluminium body, counter-spring and spring pre-load setting. The motorcycle is also fitted with radial-mounted front brake calipers with the red Brembo Racing logo, is decorated with “Xerox Replica” graphics and comes with a racing kit and extra adhesives.
The 150 hp at 9,750 rpm produced from the famously smooth Borgo Panigale twin-cylinder engine is the most power ever to appear in the legendary Ducati trellis frame. The large bore (104 mm) enables high revs as well as the use of larger-diameter valves to let the engine breathe freely. The main differences with respect to the other 999 models is found in the top end of the powerhouse where more extreme cam-timing guarantees top-notch performance, while the oversized titanium valves with reduced diameter stems work on bronze seats to ensure greater reliability.
But that is not all. The 999R also has titanium valve collets, 12-hole racing injectors, magnesium head covers, carbon covers for the timing belts with a built-in ventilation system and carbon heat shield for the silencer. Everything has been designed as if this were an actual racing bike to offer exceptionally low weight and high performance without compromising reliability.
The feathery overall weight of the 999R has been achieved by the use of several parts in magnesium, including the front headlight support and rear view mirror supports. The sculpted carbon fibre fairing has been shaped as a result of strict aerodynamic tests, carried out by applying the experience gained from hundreds of races all over the world. The tall plexiglas nose fairing, identical to that used in competition, provides protection even at top speed. The seat features a high grip covering that enhances rider feel of the bike for improved control.
Every single 999R is “signed” with a numbered silver plate on the top yoke, as well as a badge of authenticity supplied with the bike, both adding an extra touch of exclusivity to one of the most prestigious motorcycles currently available in the world.
2005 has been an exceptional year for Ducati Superbikes, the range having been completely revolutionised with a series of stylistic and functional refinements and, above all, with a general upward shift in terms of power ratings and performance in both engine displacements and all versions. The 749 and 999 machines have been made more aggressive, edging closer to the dividing line between the street bikes and the official machine used on the world’s racetracks.
For the Superbikes manufactured in Borgo Panigale, 2006 will be dedicated to digesting the generational shift, which has taken place just two years from the launch of the new series, with the numerous innovations and refinements introduced in 2005.
The decision to revolutionise the machines was driven by the return of Ducati to the North American AMA Superbike Championship, which has more stringent rules than European championships with regard to modifications to mechanical parts and chassis: the new model is a result of the efforts aimed at creating a machine that would be race-ready straight off the production line, with a large number of adjustments for attitude and riding position, while also being suitable for use on the road. The result is a superbly contemporary range that is highly sophisticated and able to meet the most demanding sports rider with the basic equipment of the 749 and 999, and gradually approaching the S and R versions in a series of evolutionary steps. This brings us to the current state of the art, with the top of the range position occupied by a 999R packing a massive 150 HP, proposed for 2006 also in a Xerox replica version, sporting the colours of the “official” SBK ridden by James Toseland and Regis Laconi.
The Ducati sports machines share aesthetics based on the concept of racing aerodynamics, with fairings that are highly effective also at extreme speeds. That’s the thinking behind the development of a new upper fairing, designed to protect the rider’s head and shoulders and eliminate air turbulence. The fairing, which is higher and wider than its predecessor to increase the level of protection, joining a tapered lower section of the body, equipped with a pair of sweeping wrap-around and highly effective deflectors. Protection of the rider is one of the key concepts of the latest generation of Ducati machines: the absence of air turbulence makes the cockpit more comfortable – an important factor when riding in traffic and offering significant benefits on the racetrack because stress and fatigue levels are reduced, allowing riders to achieve consistently fast lap times for longer. The unforgiving stopwatch has amply proved this theory.
The styling and aerodynamic strategies adopted are just two of the factors used to achieve the close relationship between competition and series production machines. The box-section swingarm – very light and with very high torsional strength – comes from the world championship experience in the Superbike class and is the most evolved solution for road riding and for the racetrack, apart from adding to the already mean appearance of the 749 and 999. Style and function are also reflected in the exhaust silencer, which is integrated into the rear fairing and protected by a black anodised aluminium cover, and also in the ergonomics of the machine and the multiple possibilities for adjusting rider position. Since their introduction in 2002, the current Ducati Superbikes have been characterised by the ability to modify the positions of the handlebar levers and footrests, and also the facility to adjust steering head rake to two positions, a feature that is unavailable on any other sports machine on the market.
There’s also one final detail worthy of note: fore-aft adjustment of the seat-tank unit on single-seater versions of the machines. These unique features make the 749 and 999 the production machines that, of all the bikes currently on the market, are the closest to the thoroughbred race versions.
The sports personality of these machines are also reflected in the engines, with the impressive twin cylinder engine bringing sheer performance prowess to all equipment versions. These results have been achieved while keeping a close watch on environmental concerns: all the twin cylinder engines, including the 150 HP mounted on the 999R, comply in full with stringent Euro2 regulations.
To celebrate the 2005 SBK season we have produced a replica version of the official machine, offered with the colours and graphics of the Ducati Xerox Team.
And the similarities with the official bike doesn’t stop with the graphics, because this special version also has black anodized steering head and footrests, plus the red Brembo Racing logo on the radial callipers and radial mounts. A substantial difference is further confirmed by the use of a rear Ohlins Racing suspension which features dual adjustment of compression damping for high and low speed and other suspension features include an aluminium body, hydraulic adjustment of spring preload, and a top-out spring.
And for diehard replica fans, we also supply a decals kit that includes the red adhesive trim for the wheel rims and specific decals for the upper fairing.
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Wheelbase 1420 mm / 55.9 in
Rake 23.5° – 24.5°
Front suspension Ã–hlins 43 mm upside-down fully adjustable fork with TiN surface treatment, for radial calipers
Front wheel travel 120 mm / 4.7 in
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad radial caliper
Front wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy forged 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ã–hlins monoshock
Rear wheel travel 128 mm / 5 in
Rear brake 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy forged 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 * 181 kg / 399 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
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Versions Single seat
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.
Type L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder Testastretta Desmodromic; liquid cooled
Displacement 999 cc
Bore x Stroke 104 x 58.8 mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power* 110 kw – 150 hp @ 9750 rpm
Torque* 11.9 kgm (86.1 lb-ft) @ 8000 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 54 mm throttle body
Exhaust Single steel muffler with catalytic converter
Emissions Euro 2
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