With a light update to the relatively new Testastretta engine, but a comprehensive re-design to the frame and fairing, the Ducati 999 turned a lot of heads. Styling was radical after the 916/996/998 years, and though the fairing did a great job of protecting the rider, some Ducatisti weren’t able to look back until the 1098 arrived in 2007. But the 999 went out and won the WSBK crown in 2003, ’04, and ’06, and this Pierre Terblanche-designed bike has been treated to some nice updates.
Under the controversial bodywork, the trellis frame has 43mm Showa forks up front and fully adjustable monoshock out back ( though these have been updated to Ohlins ). The radial mounted Brembos are some of the best brakes in the business, 320mm fronts and 245mm rear. Beside the 140 hp from the desmoquattro, the 999 is notable for adjustable levers, footpegs, and steering head, as well as the seat console being movable forward and back. The underseat exhaust ends in a canister catalyst / muffler which also generated some unfavorable comments for not being so racey.
The red fairing on this 999 has been updated with carbon lowers, side scoops, and trim panels, and looks great for its 8,300 miles. Factory Showa dampers have been updated, performance clutch, and the exhaust is now Termignoni. Spares include an ECM, mirrors, and a full set of bodywork. From the eBay auction:
Red with half carbon fiber fairings, full titanium termignoni exhaust, öhlins suspensions (front & rear), brembo brakes (front & rear), lots of carbon fiber trim pieces, exposed dry primary clutch, well maintained (second owner), tires in good condition, always stored under cover in garage.Comes with everything shown in photos.
- front & rear wheel stands
- custom Ducati 999 cover
- repair manual
- spare ECM
- second full set of fairings
- extra set of mirrors
- spare rear spring for riders over 200lbs
- spare passenger seat (red)
- two black keys, one red key
And that spare bodywork might be a clue to how this special superbike found its way to eBay. While it’s a blast to update a fun bike and personalize it, unless you’re an expert rider or doing a follow the leader day ( sometimes even then ), the track is a scary place to take your creation. Maybe the owner thought better and is looking for something that won’t be gut-wrenching when the inevitable happens…