Posts by tag: 999R

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
Sport Bikes For Sale January 25, 2014 posted by

2004 Ducati 999R FILA in Chilly Michigan

2004 Ducati 999R Fila for sale

When the 999 came out as the replacement for the 916/996, a lot of people found the new styling by Pierre Terblanche (who also did the MH900e) too weird, too avant-garde... but the FILA package for the 999R certainly improved the looks. The FILA edition 999R was produced by Ducati in 2004 to celebrate its 200th win in the World Superbike Championship and was a limited edition production run of 200 special versions of the Ducati 999R in the official 2003 FILA livery.

2004 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay


This particular FILA edition is located in Detroit MI (brrrr!) and the seller seems to have made some upgrades including the full 57mm Termi system and new Michelin pilots. At $13,500 it is within $500 of KBB retail, so the seller seems to be reasonable. Maybe snap it up before springtime comes.



2004 Ducati 999R FILA in Chilly Michigan
Aprilia June 20, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: May 2013 Sales Report


Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 85 bikes in May and witnessed an all-time high of 29 of our picks getting sold. In fact our readers bought 23 bikes in May! Here is a review of 29 of the 85 posted, most having sold.

Lowest sale price: $1380
Highest sale price: $25099

Congratulations to May’s buyers and sellers!


In no particular order, we start with this 1995 Ducati 900 SS/SP with 2000 miles that sold for $3650:

Ducati 900 SS/SP

A highlight last month is this 1986 GSX-R 750 Limited Edition with less than 900 miles that sold for $22,400!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750R Limited

This 2001 Ducati 996SPS failed to sell after being bid to nearly $12k.

Ducati 996SPS

This very tidy but tiny Aprilia RS50 sold for a pint sized $2700 to one of our readers.

Aprilia RS50

This stock 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma sold for $12,400.

1985 Suzuki RG500

This heavily modified 1986 Suzuki RG500 in Lucky Strike livery failed to sell the first time at $10,500 but sold after one relist for $16,000!

1986 Suzuki RG500 Lucky Strike

This 1990 BMW K1 with just 4200 miles sold for $13450, McDonalds colors be damned!


This very clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 sold for $7000, even with 30k miles!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have been the bargain of the month selling at just $2550.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 750

This amazing low mileage and stunning 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $13100.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Someone scored on this 1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R Ninja that saw just 7400 miles. Sold for only $3750!

1986 Kawasaki ZX1000R

This 1991 Yamaha TZ 250 B racebike sold for $17500 but was relisted and sold again for $15500. Hopefully for good!

This well looked after 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 sold for $8200.

Moto Guzzi Daytona

This later 1997 Daytona 1100 with less than 7k miles failed to sell with bids reaching $9100.

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1100

Another great buy was this 1982 Honda CB 900F with 205 miles for only $6655. This won't be depreciating any time soon.

1982 Honda CB900F

Here's a nearly new 999R with less than 1k miles that failed to sell at $16100.

Ducati 999R

This restored 1988 Suzuki GSX-R sold for a mere $6100 to one of our readers.

This 1996 Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike was no reserve and sold for $7500.

Suzuki RGV250 Lucky Strike

Here's a Yamaha RZ500 that sold for a scant $6500.

Yamaha RZ500 RD500LC

This 1998 Yamaha R1 failed to sell at $8500 and has been relisted for $7500.

Yamaha YZF-R1 For Sale

This cool 1985 Yamaha FZ750 survivor sold for $3850.

1985 Yamaha FZ750

Here's a 1987 Suzuki GSX-R50 that sold to one of the RSBFS superfans for $1380.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R50

This 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo is one of several we posted recently and it sold for $5451.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

This 1994 Yamaha YZF-750R was also well bought at just $2200.

1994 Yamaha YZF-750R

This 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited sold for $12721.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Limited

A very striking 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE sold for $17000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

This spotless 1998 Aprilia RS250 set a new record selling for $9950.

1998 Aprilia RS250

This 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR failed to sell the first time at $8500 buy-it-now, but was relisted twice and sold for $6500.

1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

The top seller this month was this 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo for $25099.

1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 Turbo

This 1994 Bimota DB2 appears to have sold for good this time at $7400.

1994 Bimota DB2

The great pumpkin 1982 Laverda Jota sold for $20255!

1982 Laverda Jota

This 1993 Ducati Superlight failed to sell at $9499.

Ducati Superlight

This XN85 Turbo sold for just $4000.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

While we were having a little fun with this CBR1000RR trike, it did find a new home for $9900.

CBR1000RR Trike

This 1985 RZ500 failed to sell when bid to $9100 while wearing a $11800 buy-it-now.

Yamaha RZ500