At this point the tides are turning on the 999 range of Ducati. No longer is every article covering the bike obligated to make a derogatory comment about the looks. Those comments are old hat as many agree the 999 has aged very well over the years. One could say confidently that it was far ahead of the times when launched. Now the focus is on the amazing performance these bikes offer.
As collectors start looking to add a 999 to the garage, they obviously flock to the R and special edition models. The hunt is on for the rarest, lowest mileage and cleanest examples. This example is number 299 of 300 released in the Xerox livery. Underneath the stickers is the ultra desirable 999R. With liberal use of carbon fiber and magnesium there is a lot to like.
With any limited edition bike it is important to look at the details. This bike appears to be correct with the addition of a few choice upgrades. At some point a few extra stickers were added to the livery, but the exposed carbon sections confirm the fairings to be OEM. Can see that in aftermarket fairings the stickers are ever so slightly different, and the material is not carbon. Front rotors are upgraded over stock, as are the rearsets. The clutch cover looks like a Ducati Performance vented option and the grips are rental. The next owner will have to decide if they want to keep these parts as is and enjoy the bike on the road, or to source the correct replacements.
Estate sale, clear title, one owner, purchased new for $33,000, never tracked, garage kept and serviced annually. Service order from January 2022 listed an estimated total of $2500.00 in needed servicing to include hydraulic service, hose kit, fork and shock rebuild, tire and battery replacement. The service was not performed as the owner passed away.
The bike is listed as part of an estate sale, and details are limited. The seller does make mention of regular service and it sounds like the bike was recently inspected for needs. One can assume that the $2500 estimate covers almost anything the bike could need to be put back on the road. A decent DIY mechanic should not fear doing the service themselves for about half the cost.
Having only covered 652 miles since 2006 this bike offers a great opportunity for a collector buy one of the most desirable versions of the 999 for an asking price of $19,000