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Ducati February 7, 2018 posted by

Improving Perfection: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

Many people assume that whatever dusty, badly-lit, low-resolution photographs they’ve taken will be enough sell their valuable motorcycles and include almost no additional information. But it’s easy to head in the other direction and go full-on used car salesman, which the listing for this Ducati 999R has done, going so far as to describe it as being “built like a MotoGP bike…” Hyperbole is fine: I obviously indulge in stylistic excess regularly. But comparing an homologation superbike to a pure prototype racing machine suggests someone who is more of a salesman than a knowledgeable enthusiast.

Considering that the 999R has basically little in common with a MotoGP machine other than the Ducati name and the fact that it has two wheels and an engine, "built like a WSBK bike" would be much more accurate, and much closer to the original point. So if the 999R, even a “custom” one, is really nothing like a MotoGP race bike, what exactly is it?

Well unlike the 999S that was basically a spiffed-up version of the standard 999 with nicer suspension and some carbon-fiber farkles for "weight savings," the 999R was intended to homologate the bike for competition, AMA Superbike racing in particular. Titanium rods and valves meant less reciprocating mass, a completely new cylinder head design meant better breathing, and bore and stroke were completely different than the standard bike, much more oversquare, to increase the bike's appetite for revs: 104mm × 58.8mm versus 100mm × 63.5mm for a displacement of exactly 999cc, instead of the 999's 998cc... Compression was higher and the crank knife-edged where it lived behind the sand-cast engine cases, all of which added up to 134 rear wheel horses and 76.6 lb-ft of torque.

The seller suggests that this customized 999R is even more desirable than a completely original bike, and lists everything that's gone into it. The main issue here is that in hyping up changes that supposedly make the bike "more bad-ass," he's missing the real point of the 999R’s value. Originality is often critical in establishing the desirability of limited-production bikes like this and, as the listing describes the “custom” touches, I’m imagining the value dropping in the minds of potential buyers. That’s not to say that the changes are bad, mind you, and the modified engine definitely could prove to be enticing to buyers who actually plan to use their purchase for track or fast road work. But I'd definitely want someone other than the person who wrote the listing to tell me about the build in more detail.

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


THIS IS IT! The Ducati 999R - Motorcycle History. If you are looking for one the baddest bikes ever made - this is it. Pure Ducati. Period!

When owning one of the rarest bikes in the world is not enough we invite you to take a look at our custom 2005 Ducati 999R. This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of motorcycle history. This bike is in perfect condition with very low miles. Truly breathtaking! This 999R is highly upgraded:

- $10k Engine Rebuilt with Lighter Titanium Rods by Ducati Race Technician
- BST Carbon Fiber Rims
- NCR Rear Sets Custom Made
- Brembo Brakes and Master Cylinders
- Custom Seat
- NCR Race Gas Cover
- STM Dry Clutch
- EVR Cylinder
- Dark Upgrade Windshield
- New Rear Brake and Turn Signal
- 6112 Miles on Bike Overall (After Engine Rebuild Less than 1000 miles)
- Garage Kept
- Bike Has Never Been Down

There’s no other way to describe the Ducati 999R than as a race bike with lights; it really is that close to the real thing.

Breathtaking quickness—0 to 60 mph comes in less than three seconds—is matched by the bike’s Brembo brakes. The Ducati 999R is built like a MotoGP bike so it’s dripping with exotic parts. The Desmodromic motor is packed with titanium, specially coated alloys and magnesium. Many carbon fiber parts and the exhaust heat shield is from a carbon/ceramic composite.

Mileage is pretty low and the bike does look very sharp, helped by some high-quality, professional photography. Of course, all of the 999 models had dry clutches, so the listing is probably referring to an STM slipper clutch [and cool slotted housing], and I'm pretty sure the bike had Brembo brake and clutch masters originally, just not the radial units seen here. Also, when did "Dark Upgrade Windshield" become a selling-point for a rare and collectible superbike? Are the original parts, especially the wheels, included? At least any missing peripherals can likely be cheaply sourced at the moment to get it closer to stock condition. The $19,880 Buy It Now is on the higher end for an original R, but the question remains: do the changes made to this particular bike increase or decrease the value?


Improving Perfection: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale
Ducati September 7, 2017 posted by

Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale

Since the 916 series, Ducati superbike ownership has been about tiers. There's generally a "base" model for the hoi polloi, although those still feature adjustable suspension front and rear and a fire-breathing four-valve v-twin. Above that is generally the "S" version, with some bolt-on carbon that saves a few ounces on a 400lb-plus machine, a couple additional horses, and some bling-y suspension that likely offers minimal improvement in handling for the thousands extra it costs. But if you're serious about your Ducatis, it's the "R" model you generally want, at least post-SP5, SPO, and SPS, and the reasons for that are abundantly clear when you look closely at bikes like today's 999R.

Designed to compete in production-based AMA Superbike racing, the 999R was blessed with high-performance titanium valves and connecting rods, along with an entirely new cylinder head design. The internal dimensions are completely different compared to the standard and S models, with a bore and stroke of 104mm × 58.8mm versus the regular 999's 100mm × 63.5mm. Interestingly, the 999R actually displaces exactly 999cc, whereas the regular 999 makes do with just 998...

A 12.5:1 compression ratio, titanium rods and valves and a knife-edged crankshaft inside sand-cast cases meant the R was good for 134hp measured at the rear wheel, with 76.6 lb-ft of torque to punch the bike out of corners. Keep in mind: in some cases, a bike with wildly different and very rare engine internals might require shorter maintenance intervals e and parts could prove to be much more expensive as well, so keep that in mind if you plan to actually pile the miles on your bit of Italian exotica.

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

(Multiple collectors are interested but I'm looking for the best deal.)

Wikipedia regarding the 999S:  "2005 Ducati 999S won the Maxisport category for the prestigious international Masterbike 2005 ... received critical acclaim ... MCN ... 'simply the best V-Twin on the planet'..., ... 'the most desirable, most exciting roadbike on the planet' in 2004. ... 'stupendous' ... 'the epitome of V-Twin power.' Motorcyclist Online: "The 2005 Ducati 999, in particular, would represent the nameplate's height of critical acclaim."

This is not the 999S.  This is the superior, racing version, the 999R.

This is a piece of Motorcycle history.  Considered by some to be the finest bike EVER made.

The 2005 999R had a production run of 200 units.  That means there are only 200 of these bikes on the planet!  (The minimum number required to qualify the bike for use in production superbike races.)  This one has been kept in excellent condition by an experienced motorcycle enthusiast with multiple Ducatis.

The 999R model of the 2005 Ducati 999 has the most powerful Testastretta engine. It pumps out 150 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque; and it has larger intake valves, longer bore and shorter stroke. Each engine on the 2005 Ducati 999 is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission. Due to its racing orientation, it is lighter than the other two models: 11 lbs. lighter, to be more precise. Each 2005 Triple Nine has a fuel tank that can hold up to 4.1 gallons (15.5 liters) with a 0.8-gallon (3-liter) reserve. With the 999S or 999R variants, the 2005 999 can go from zero to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under 3 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of over 170 mph.

The 999R uses titanium valves both on intake and exhaust, as well as titanium connecting rods, and requiring Ducati to use special valve seats and guides.  This saves considerable weight.  Numerous changes have been made to every part of the bike making this model lighter, faster, and more powerful.  Forged aluminum alloy wheels, more sophisticated engine ECU, and much more.  From Ducati's press manual: "The Testastretta engine of the 999R ['05 because of the lighter weight]... MEP value... exceeds 14 bar.  Information is available for Serious Buyers."

My 75 yr old father who can no longer ride it after surgery says "this model is a lot revvier because of the titanium, and shortly after this year, Ducati started increasing the engine displacement of their superbikes, so this is one of the last of the 1000cc series."

I'm sure someone does consider the 999R the "finest bike EVER made" but that's a very crowded field. Hey, there's plenty of competition even if we're just talking about the finest Ducati ever made. Hyperbole aside, the R is a pretty trick piece of kit, and after languishing in the suberbike bargain basement for years, values for the 999 are rising across the board. Have they risen to the point where the seller's $24,000 asking price makes sense? We'll have to wait and see if the bike actually sells. The style may be polarizing, but the 999 is an excellent motorcycle, and an improvement in almost every way over the 998 that preceded it.


Top Tier: 2005 Ducati 999R for Sale
Ducati February 29, 2016 posted by

Stacked – 2003 Ducati 999R

Delivered with a level of performance and finish that left owners and aftermarket folks scratching their heads, Ducati 999R's often return to the market with just a few miles and not many mods.  999's were made 2003-06, and there were R-models in each year except 2004 for SuperBike racing homologation.  Though there are more sensible, even more fun bikes for the street, if you have access to some long rural sweepers this would be an inspiring ride.

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2003 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

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Somewhat more oversquare than a standard 999 and ready for more revs, the 999 cc testastretta makes 139 hp.  Heads and cams were also new for the -R.  The silver trestle frame is hung with top-line Öhlins at both ends, and car-sized Brembo radially mounted brakes.  Wheels were also new, Y-spoke forgings from Marchesini.  The fairing is primarily carbon fiber, and is slightly taller overall, with stacked headlights accommodating the barely more upright riding position.

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Appearing to be a two-owner bike, this 999R looks mint and has had recent major maintenance.  Not much in the way of farkles except the open clutch cover, the owner states the Termignoni exhaust is an add-on, though -R's were shipped with street and race exhausts, maybe the previous owner sold one and the current owner upgraded.  From the eBay auction:

Thinning my collection and selling my beautiful 999R. Original year and design. 03 was the only year to have the full carbon fiber bodywork, following years changed the rear seating section to plastic. This year is also serial numbered, #186. 1885 miles. Title is clear but want to be open that the bike was dropped by previous owner, probably after a few hundred miles, at slow speed in the rain (so I was told) and the left side fairing was replaced (not repaired or repainted) by motocorsa to the tune of $4500. Nothing else other than the bodywork was damaged.
Mostly stock aside from Speedymoto clutch cover and Termis. Has been ridden sparingly over the last couple of years and was last serviced by Ducati dealer about a 100 miles ago with all new fluids and belts etc. Has Shorai lithium battery. Pictures describe its condition best. Small scratch on swingarm but thats about it as far as flaws. Very nice R model 999.

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Though still a future classic among fans, the 999R's sheaf of enthusiastic reviews and 3 WSBK titles can't be ignored.  This is an amazingly well-designed and built road bike, of course for an experienced rider and wide open spaces, or the race course.  2003 seems a good vintage with a numbered edition of 500 and the carbon seat fairing.  Not without its faults, the starting and  cooling systems were frail and wouldn't be updated until the 1098.  The incident damage is a question that would have to settled by an inspection, but the new cam belts are reassuring.  Quite a few bids with three days yet to run...


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Stacked – 2003 Ducati 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