Posts by tag: 999R

Ducati October 24, 2015 posted by

Red ‘n’ Ready – 2003 Ducati 999R

Ducati was ready for a fresh approach to styling after the 916/996/998 successes, and while they got their wish in Pierre Terblanche's 999, the new look was always controversial.  Though the WSBK team had a great many wins and three championships, after four years the factory returned to a more reminiscent design for the 1098.  The 999 look was a short interlude in Ducati design but the performance of the bikes, especially the -R editions, cannot be denied.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Peculiar to the 999R's, the seriously oversquare 999 cc engine ( 104mm bore x 58.8mm stroke ) rates 146 hp, thanks in part to titanium valve gear and forged pistons.  The bike tested at a 10.6 second quarter-mile and damn near 175 mph.  The two-into-one exhaust has an angular canister muffler under the seat.  Fully adjustable Ohlins are at both ends.  Brakes are Brembo 320mm front ( 4-piston with radial mounting ) and 240mm rear.

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Stacking the headlights allowed the fairing a little more height, and a mid-size rider can tuck into the bike and escape some the wind.  In the case of the 999R, the full fairings are carbon fiber, as are the number-plated seat fairing and fender.  Typical adjustments to the handlebars and footpegs are augmented by the ability to move the seat / tank console to accommodate the rider.

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As ready as the 999R came for the track, this particular bike has had more preparation.  Upgrades to the engine, exhaust, suspension, clutch and brakes have all been completed, and a full set of track-day bodywork is available.  From the eBay auction:

Like other R models, the 999 comes with a more powerful modified engine design that includes numerous upgrades including titanium valves, conrods, lightened crank and forged pistons. The frame was modified to meet homologation requirements for World Superbike. It comes from the factory with a stock exhaust canister and an off-road canister for track use. The R model also includes fully adjustable Ohlin shock and forks, forged aluminum Marchesini wheels and a complete OEM carbon fiber body in red.
Upgrades included with the sale of this bike: a full titanium Termignoni exhaust kit (lighter, large diameter header) including air filter and ECU, upgraded Ohlins factory valves for shock and forks, Surflex slipper clutch, Ducati Performance rear-sets, and Braketech floating rotors.
Great cosmetic and mechanical condition. The bike shows minor wear typical of age and mileage. The stock body was removed and put in storage and the bike wore the gunmetal race body for most of the mileage. Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires are near new with less than 500 miles. Major service including valve adjustment and belt replacement was performed ahead of schedule. Chain, sprockets, battery all recently replaced.

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Ludicrously speedy for the road, this machine would seem to demand a track club membership or maybe a dry summer at Bonneville.  Not unused with 9,000 miles, it looks well cared for.  Hard to say what the bidders will say since the 999 doesn't always produce reverent Ducatisti, but this is a quite rare machine well prepared for some very high performance endeavors...


Red ‘n’ Ready – 2003 Ducati 999R
Ducati June 11, 2015 posted by

Under the Skin: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

2005 Ducati 999R L Side

Enough ink has been spilled complaining about the design of the Ducati 999, but two things are clear: it is a far more practical, useable motorcycle than the classic 916, with ergonomics that at least took actual human physiology into account and the controversial looks of the bike are aging well. To be honest, as much as people fawn over the 1098 as "the bike that should have followed the 916," I find its styling way too derivative. I love the headlamps and nose, but overall, it just looks like a bike designed by someone terrified to screw up, rather than a bold new statement. The 999 may never be considered beautiful in the way that the 916 was, but function has a beauty all its own, and you'd never mistake it for anything else.

2005 Ducati 999R R Side Naked

But beauty is more than skin deep, and while a 999S is really just a 999 with some bells and whistles, the 999R is another beast entirely and was intended to meet requirements for Ducati's assault on the AMA Supberbike class. Internally, the R shares little with its less-aggressive stablemates: it features a completely different bore and stroke, 104mm × 58.8mm vs.100mm × 63.5mm. The 999R actually displaces exactly 999cc, whereas the regular 999 has 998...

2005 Ducati 999R Fairing

With 12.5:1 compression, titanium rods and valves and a knife-edged crankshaft spinning in sand-cast cases, the R was good for a legitimate 150hp at the crank, a big number for a twin in an era before all the electronic trickery found on today's top-tier sportbikes.

2005 Ducati 999R Tank Detail

Today's example shows just why it's so great to be bike fan shopping for a used Ducati: extremely low mileage, fastidious care by an enthusiast owner, and only the best quality components thrown at it. And while the price won't be cheap, the 999R is certainly one of the most desirable models of the period.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

VERY RARE Ducati 999R, unlike NO other! sold to me as a trophy bike by eBay seller "lambo19752009" Bought as an investment not to ride. However, as a Ducatista she called me to ride. Current milage is 4758- I will stop before 4999. I have had a 999 before, the 999R is a different world! Research the 999R. Condition is excellent. Minor road wear is now visible. Nothing has happened in my care other than ADULT driven 434 miles so far. Tires tell the story no abuse. Why sell? I have another Duc and need to free up loss your gain. From the photos to reality you will see pegs & kickstand paint wear plus a spot of gold 3M wrinkled on the engine cover. Otherwise drop dead gorgeous. Handle bars just adjusted by Dunbar Ducati, will not go to lock but are perfect alignment. Grips are black not gold as in some photos.

2005 Ducati 999R L Front

Pop on over to eBay if you want to see the laundry list of bolt-on moto-bling that's been thrown at this bike. Honestly, I'd sell off half of it and get the bike back a little closer to stock-looking: I love Rizoma as much as the next guy, but these things start to look like they've got some gold-anodized skin condition when people throw the whole catalog at them. And apparently, other people are using the term "Rizoma'd" as well. I met a guy over the weekend who was mourning the loss of his 848 Streetfighter that was "all Rizoma'd out."

In any event, this is a very low mileage, apparently pampered bike that'd be easy to get back to stock condition if you prefer. And while some Special Edition Ducatis are just "paint and tape" jobs with some upmarket suspension that offers questionable improvement over the stock setup, the 999R is the real deal: a true homologation special.


2005 Ducati 999R R Side

Under the Skin: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale
Ducati January 25, 2015 posted by

It’s gRRRReat! 2005 Ducati 999R


The 999 model is a Ducati that folks either love or hate. Being somewhat bi-polar I love it AND hate it. I love it that it is instantly recognizable as a 999. Truthfully, the 748/916/996/998 series can all run together, and the occasionally MV Agusta may even slip in there without notice at times. This is as much a testament to Massimo Tamburini's enduring design eye as it is his re-use of design elements. Pierre Terblanche had big shoes to fill when he took over Ducati design, and he was merciless in stripping out Tamburini from the canvas. To be fair, Terblance was not a design noob in the motorcycle arena. Anyone who has drooled over a Supermono has witnessed his genius. In the end, Terblance was successful in eradicating the ghost of Tamburini, and in doing so has often been vilified for his design.


2005 Ducati 999R in California on eBay


Design elements aside, the 999 was a huge step forward in terms of performance and - wait for it - comfort! No longer the torture rack of the earlier geometry bike, the 999 pushed the rider more upright while still providing advancements in power, suspension and weight. As with previous models, the "R" spec contains the most potent equipment available from the likes of Brembo and Ohlins. And as expected, carbon fiber body panels, mudguard, front tire hugger, heel guards, heat shields and ancillary bits are all part of the package. This particular model also includes and aftermarket NCR titanium clutch cover.


From the seller:
I am the 2nd owner of this adult owned and excellent condition Ducati. The only blemish is on the carbon heel guard next to the ceramic coated exhaust, which gets a little warm. This bike has minor cosmetic touches such as titanium covers on the brake/clutch reservoirs, an NCR open clutch cover, and carbon bits throughout. The Pirelli Diablos have approx 75% tread life left. I recently installed a new battery and had the front fork seals replaced as it appeared that they were seeping a little bit. I also have both black keys, the red key, code card, and the owners manual. This bike runs excellent, always turns heads, and will not disappoint.


The 999R is a value offering in R spec Ducati models. Perhaps because it is perceived as a bit of an ugly duckling among the Ducati faithful, prices are not as dear as the previous generation machines. Make no mistake; the 999 series is very potent on the street or on the track. And up close, the detail on these models is quite striking when simply parked outside of your favorite hangout. Check it out here and share your thoughts - love it or hate it? Good Luck!!



It’s gRRRReat! 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati October 1, 2014 posted by

Rare Red Racer: 2003 Ducati 999r with only 125 miles


It doesn't matter if you are a coach, CEO or motorcycle designer, following a highly successful predecessor is tough, especially if you are tasked with going in a new direction.  When the Ducati 999 was introduced most Ducati fans had one response;  WTF?   Where the predecessor 998 had kept the classic design of the 916, the 999 was a step in a new direction.  Penned by designer Pierre Terblance, the 999 was mechanically superior from its predecessor but its oddball/rounded front fairing and exposed rear seemed a bit disjointed.

But the point of the 999 wasnt just to go into a new look/design direction. Ducati wanted to win AMA superbike in the USA, which it hadn't done sine Troy Corser in 1994.  While the 1st generation base 999 and 999s had the same engine as the predecessor 998, the 999R and 2nd generation 999 models came with a new engine with a completely new cylinder head design, with revised ports feeding larger valves made of lightweight titanium, larger intakes and exhausts, more aggressive cams, etc.  A detailed explanation of the differences in the engine can be found here.


2003 Ducati 999R with 125 miles

The 999R was a typical homologation bike; lots of stuff that was good for the track including the bonkers new engine and carbon fiber bodywork, not so great as a daily commuter and a high price tag with only 300 units. 

As the folks at motorcycle usa wrote

Hands will go numb after about 30 freeway minutes, but that's a fault of the clip-ons forcing an awkward wrist angle more than from any sort of engine vibration. In fact, with the motor's lighter reciprocating and rotating masses, this might be the smoothest Desmos we've ever sampled, and it positively loafs along at a lofty 85 mph (or higher). Our 999R might also have had the nicest shifting gearbox of any Ducati. Ergonomically, we appreciated the taller windscreen fitted to the 999R; not only does it offer a bit more protection from the elements, its upper edge no longer obscures a rider's view of the gauges.


So whats it worth?  Well this particular 999r appears to be basically new with only 125 miles but it is almost 10 years old so some servicing could be required (including the infamous Ducati belts).   The 999R was originally offered for right around 30k but recent auctions/posts on RSBFS seem to have prices ranging from 13k to 18k but those were higher mileage bikes.  The opening bid price of 15k and Buy It Now price of 23k would seem to indicate an actual reserve somewhere in the middle, maybe around 18-19k which is right in line with previous auction prices.

NOTE: The seller is not showing a clear picture of the mileage so this should probably be verified before purchase


Rare Red Racer:  2003 Ducati 999r with only 125 miles
Ducati May 3, 2014 posted by

Double Triple Play: 2005 Ducati 999R times two!

The Ducati Triple 9 series launch was a bifurcating event. Designed by Terblanche as a radical departure from the iconic 916/996/998 series of bikes, the 999 was instantly vilified as ugly and lacking design focus. The intervening years have been kinder to the design approach, however, and the 999 now stands out as a unique performance machine that does not adhere to the traditional cookie cutter Ducati appearance. These two R-spec machines represent the highest spec Ducati available during this era.

1. 2005 Ducati 999R with 4,290 miles

From the seller:
I have owned this 999R for 4 years. I am thinning out my collection, so this along with a couple others is up for sale. Stored in a fully conditioned building, covered, and ridden very lightly by a 52 year old not interested in killing himself on his many motorcycles. I do all maint. like clockwork- change oil with Motul every season regardless of mileage. This bike starts, runs and looks perfect. Battery replaced with Shorai superlight. Rubber is Pirelli Diablos. Plenty of tread left. If you are reading this, you know about the R series, and their collectibility. Hard to miss with a Ducati R series bike.

This particular example looks great - and with a price of $14,800 OBO is the lower priced of the two bikes listed here. Could be worth a look.

2. 2005 Ducati 999R with 3,880 miles

From the seller:
Up for sale I think one of the last unmolested Ducati 999R,with only 3880 miles on the dash,2005 model, excellent condition,easy ridden,never abused and disrespected in any way ,very well taken care.There are no stories of falling over in the garage, parking lot or on the grass.It is in perfect condition mechanically and esthetically,never been ridden hard or in rain,always stored in a climate controlled garage hocked up to a battery tender.The bike it was previously owned by 63 years old guy..I think is one of the cleanest Ducati 999R out there.There are a lot of upgrades installed on the bike,almost $ 45.000 invested,of course price of the bike included .Feel free to check out the pictures:Practically the bike is like new condition with some of the original stickers still on it.Here is your chance to purchase this gem for a fraction of the new price.

The seller claims "unmolested" status, yet the bike has an impressive list of upgrades: Termignoni exhaust, EVR slipper clutch, upgraded bars, bar ends, master cylinders and levers, lots of carbon additions, gold colored wheels and much much more. Check out the auction for all the details on this one. Asking price: $17,800 or best offer.

These two 999R machines represent nice examples of the breed. Compare, contrast and drool as you see fit. This particular design is perhaps not the best loved among the Ducati faithful, but with heady performance and striking looks there is no denying that this bike makes a statement. Does one belong in your garage?


Double Triple Play:  2005 Ducati 999R times two!
Sport Bikes For Sale April 13, 2014 posted by

Weekend Auction Updates: OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R

Yamaha OW01 FZR750R for sale

The Automania OW01 is back on eBay. This one has been relisted twice since we first posted it and failed to sell with a high bid of $26,500 on the last auction. This time it wears a $28k buy-it-now, which is $2k less than the listing price on their website.

Yamaha RZ350 for sale

This RZ350 is one of our Featured Listings, which failed to sell in it's first auction with a high bid of $5800. The current bid is $5100 with about 5 days remaining.

Honda NS400R for sale

We first noticed this Honda NS400R on eBay in February and it's been relisted a few times but no takers at $6500 no reserve, which frankly surprises me. Here is the original post.

Honda NSR250 MC21 for sale

Speaking of surprises, this NSR250R MC21 we posted on Thursday has since had a buy-it-now added of $8500, which seems strong to me. Current high bid is $4100 with 3 days remaining.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale

Last but not least, this 2005 Ducati 999R was posted in our classifieds and is now on eBay for the same price of $17800.


Weekend Auction Updates:  OW01, RZ350, NS400R, MC21, 999R