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Ducati September 19, 2022 posted by

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R

Before its recent resurgence as a classic, even a 999R could come under the customizer’s gaze.  The air and eye flow more easily over this ultimate Ducati offering from 2005, beautifully presented by a leading northwest dealer.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Quite a bit more than the sum of its parts, the 999R was a portfolio of red and carbon, exquisite drivetrain engineering and special components.  The R is set apart from the rest of the line by the even more oversquare engine, with titanium rods and valves plus knife-edged crank.  The chassis has an adjustable headstock, and the beside hand and foot control adjustments, the seat console can be moved a little closer or further from the bars.  Glitter from Öhlins, Brembo and Marchesini were ti-coated, radially mounted, and forged.  2005 brought a revised swingarm but deleted the number plate on the triple tree.

No info on ownership history, maintenance, or how the modified nose came about, but the rest of the bike looks excellent for its reported 11,135 miles.  The fairings and other carbon bits appear complete and undamaged, with other mods including a bar-end mirror, streamlined turn signals, fuel filler and stripes that are somewhere between the Xerox or Desmosedici.  The exhaust looks to have been coated, and the tail-ectomy deserves a closer look since the brake light can be a tricky detail.  Evidently paying by the word in the eBay auction –

Superbike with solo headlight fairing, Termignoni exhaust, and just 11K miles on the odometer.

Most collectors would take off points ( and dollars ) for almost every change from the factory original, but this 999R is asking over $20K so we’ll have to see how it goes.  The overall condition doesn’t seem like a totaled bike could’ve been the catalyst for the nose job, but that question is going to come up eventually.  The single headlight solution holds together well, and might lead the next owner to blast out even more miles.

-donn

Polyphemus – 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati August 13, 2022 posted by

No Longer The Ugly Duckling: 2005 Ducati 999R

The Pierre Terblanche era of Ducati will likely go down in history as the most misunderstood times in terms of design.  When new they were widely rejected, but as time has marched on they have aged amazingly well and are catching the eyes of more than just collectors.  These bikes look at feel thoroughly modern out on the roads today.  To say the design was ahead of the times when new would be a massive understatement.  The evolution of the acceptance of these bikes as the collectors pieces that they are has been amazing to watch in the market.

While the 916 will always be remembered as the belle of the ball, the 999 bikes will be remembered for dominated the racing world like few other bikes have.  With over 60 WSBK race wings and multiple work championships to the name, there is little doubt that the 999R earned its place on the mantle.  All of these improvements translated to a great road bike.  More powerful and comfortable than the previous generation these bikes appealed to a wider range of buyers, racers and riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

999RClean and well cared for. Making room in garage because I dont have time to ride it. OEM Carbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street and race exhausts with cluster matched ECUs(second set of OEM carbon fiber fairings may be available separately for right price)New clutch, sprocket (Superlight RSX steel, 15/41), chain (520 ZVMX), fuel pump with harness. Tires 2014, but soft rubber, minimal miles, garaged. Original Ducati printed manual for 999R (color). Both ECUs programed to cluster and keys (2 x black and 1 x red) by SOS Diagnostics. Belts done 5 years ago, but only 300 miles since. Service by local experienced Ducati repair shop. Complete, sorted and reliable. Includes some misc parts: filters, gp shift, long side stand, ventilated clutch cover, spare fuel pump, carbon chain guard (without fender for use with race exhaust) and spare front CF fender. Most recent images show the OEM painted CF winglets and clear windscreen that are now reinstalled.panigale bayliss hodgson xaus

This example shows just over 4k miles and is offered with a Buy It Now price of $17,000.  While not a budget bike by any means, there is an undeniable value for entry into the exclusive world of R Ducati.   Tires are dated for most hard core riders and while the last belt change might only have been 300 miles ago, most new owners will want to change them based on time.  Lucky for the new owner the service is not nearly as expensive as some corners of the internet will have you believe.  Belts and service items direct from Ducati should cost well under $500, and one can budget for a couple of hours labor to install.  In the USA there is a slight debate on what year 999R is the most desirable.  The 2005 bikes got an improved swingarm, a beautiful red frame and a few other choice bits.  But these bikes departed from the 2003 in that they did not come with a number plaque on the triple tree.

No Longer The Ugly Duckling:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati July 12, 2022 posted by

Like A Fine Aged Wine: 2005 Ducati 999R

Top tier Ducati R models have always been in high demand.  The connection to the factory race bikes means collectors and riders alike lust after them.  It is unlikely that these rare beasts ever fall into the hands of owners that would treat them as basic used motorcycles, meaning they are often well cared for and loved.  Often all of this doting translates into stratospheric pricing.  Many are left on the sidelines only to watch desirable machines endlessly bringing eye watering results at sales and auctions.  Well there is a glimmer of hope in the 999R.  In the last couple of years there has been a large shift in pricing for the once cast aside 999 generation and it might time to grab a 999R at the bottom of the depreciation curve.

Full carbon fiber fairings, shower fuel injection, forged light weight wheels, radial Brembo calipers, magnesium castings for the headlights and engine covers as well as fully adjustable Ohlins suspension round out the amazing list of performance parts that go into creating the 999R

The piece to take note of is the relative movement of the R versions.  The example today has a Buy It Now price of $15,000 and when the S models are routinely cresting the five figure mark it seems that the premium to step up to the R is money well spent.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

This is the very rare, very fast, homologation-built Ducati 999R – The last of the breed of serious max performance liter bikes.

– This bike produces over 150HP easily, with upgraded exhaust,
– a Power Commander should the next owner want even MORE HP. (this bike currently has the OE tune on the CPU).
– The forks seals have been replaced recently by a certified Ducati dealership service department.
– The sprockets and chain are brand new
– Comes with a new, OE tail, should the next owner prefer total originality versus the rear signals removed.
– has aftermarket clutch basket cover as well.
When the Ducati 999 was released in 2003 the world wasn’t ready for the huge design change from the superbike’s predecessors.

However, now the 999 is being viewed as the leap in V twin Ducati superbike design that it really was.

The all new Ducati 999 featured a different new line from the 916 which was largely created by a double sided swingarm and boxy, bulkier bodywork.

Powered by the revered 90° V Twin Testastretta Desmodromic engine, by 2005 all 3 models received upgrades with the 999R in particular benefiting from an additional 11 horses and 6lb more torque. – That’s 145 HP and 88 lb/ft in BASE TRIM. This bike is easily upward of that to the wheel.

The homologation Ducati 999R was released in 2004 and was Ducati’s premium offering of the model. It was equipped with carbon fiber parts and the engine was remapped to offer the most power possible. At the time it was the closest race-like machine you could get without forking out for a custom built bike.

Technically the machine was exceptional and the detail incorporated is really what makes the Ducati 999 stand out. Built and designed for both excellent technical performance and riding position comfort.

Here are some of the key design features:

Super aerodynamic fairing
Ellipsoidal headlamps
Turn signals into mirrors which were also quick release
Adjustable ergonomics
Adjustable levers and controls
Turbulence reducing forward air vents
The rider ergonomics of the Ducati 999 were later incorporated into the GP bikes as they proved superior over previous designs. The steering angle was also increased which made low speed manoeuvres easier.

On top of all this Terblanche knew the importance of improving the new motorcycle over and above the Ducati 916 so he sought to improve the ease of maintenance, increase maintenance intervals, and improve power and torque curves.

Terblanche and his team used CAD and extensive computer technology to test the bikes design, leading to a simplified machine layout and simplified electrical system. The Ducati 999 was a bike built for function over form, styling came second. Ducati knew the performance of the bike was second to none and therefore felt the risk on the aesthetics was worth it.

The Ducati 999 only remained in production until 2006.

However, the bike made its mark on both the track and the street.

The Ducati 999 won three Superbike titles with riders Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss riding to victory in 2003, 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The new Ducati split enthusiasts with its styling but there was no denying its improved riding performance over the 916. While it was a slow burn for the Ducati 999, its wins on the track led the way for the masses to appreciate the superbike.

When it comes to buying a Ducati 999 buyers need to be aware that there is a significant difference in price between the various models with the standard 999 sitting at around $7,000 in the US and the 999R going for upwards of $17000 on average, and climbing! Hagerty valuations confirm this.

This seller’s listing does have a few inaccuracies from a historic prospective, and they even might be accused of embellishing some of the folklore surrounding the bike, but that does not take away from what appears to be a very clean example of a great bike.  The 2005 came with an upgraded swing arm when compared to the first year bikes.  They also have the striking red frame and revised front nose bodywork.  Would be nice to know if the bike has a service history, or some details on when the belts were last changed, but truth be told these are not major issues.  Service costs are not as inflated as some on the internet would have you think.  These bikes are undervalued in the market and really offer a great opportunity for someone to jump into the world of R Ducati at an affordable price point.

Like A Fine Aged Wine:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati June 13, 2022 posted by

Changing Of The Guard: 2005 Ducati 999R

The one constant in the universe is time.  It endlessly marches forward.  Some say it heals all wounds, others claim it creates new perspectives.  Time has clearly helped the 999 generation of Ducati.  Once hailed as a ugly duckling and not worthy to follow the beautiful 916, now those comments are little more then a whisper in the back of the room.  Most agree that the design has aged extremely well.   The performance and race winning heritage was never in question and now these are at an age that collectors are starting to take notice.  They offer a ticket into the exclusive Ducati R world at a value that is hard to ignore.

Any Ducati to wear the R badge is riddled with some of the best components available at the time.  Magnesium engine covers, forged wheels, Ohlins suspension, radial Brembo calipers, carbon fiber fairings and shower fuel injection round out the list.  These were not just slightly upgraded S models, these were serious machines with a focus on track performance.  There is a debate in the 999R groups over what year is the best.  The latter bikes (like this 2005) have an upgraded swing arm, a striking red frame and a few other small evolutions over the early bikes.  In the USA the early bikes were the only ones to come with a numbered triple tree, a build plaque and a few other collectable trinkets.  In the real world on the street the changes between the bikes would probably be hard to tell by most owners/riders.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Ducati Superbike. World Ducati Day is coming. Get started with the track season. Modern classic Italian designed by Pierre TerblancheCarbon fiber fairingsMonopostoEVR slipper clutchTermignoni street AND race exhaust with matched ECUs (SOS Diagnostics)Printed shop manual(second set of carbon fiber fairing available separately)Serious offers onlyLocal pickup only in Seattle WA

This example shows about 4,000 miles and had a couple of desirable and period correct upgrades.  No mention of service history, or when the last belt change was performed.  The latter is not a huge deal and often has exaggerated costs speculated, but service records do add to the appeal of any collectable.  The asking price if $18,000 might make some pause, but for anyone following the market closely on these, it is not really out of line.  These have risen sharply in value recently as reflected in some high profile auction results.  With the prices of run of the mill 916s approaching this price point it makes sense that people are turning their eyes to the next series of bikes and seeking out the highest specification examples.

Changing Of The Guard:  2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati February 25, 2022 posted by

Low Mileage Copycat: Ducati 999R Xerox

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.

From The Seller’s Listing:

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

Low Mileage Copycat:  Ducati 999R Xerox
Vyrus February 10, 2022 posted by

Engineering Overload: 2008 Vyrus 985 Carbon

What we have here is a rolling hyperbole.  From every angle it is staggering how far removed from our concept of a normal motorcycle it is.  Literally nothing about the bike could be called conventional, standard or typical.  Here at RSBFS we are fortunate to be able to see and share some of the rarest and most amazing motorcycles on the market at a given time.  It is fun to drool over the images and lust after pulling the trigger and becoming an owner.  This Vyrus 985 is as over the top as they come.

Born from a team of Engineers and Designers that worked on the Bimota Tesi 2D project, Vyrus was started in 2001 with the aim of producing some of the most radical motorcycles ever to hit the street.  What really makes a Vyrus special is that it is not just something built to look a specific way.  There is real performance to back these machines up.  In 2011 Vyrus produced a Moto2 bike and showed real speed on track.

Known for the connection to the Bimota Tesi 2D, many assume all Vyrus have an air cooled Ducati L twin.  While that might be the more commonly seen examples, other engines have been used over the years.  This 985 is powered by the liquid cooled 999R engine.  Some have claimed only 25 were produced with this power plant.  It should make for a widely entertaining experience.  No word on if Vyrus squeezed any additional power from the 150 horsepower engine, but even if they did not the massive weight savings would ensure a shaper performance machine.  The 985 is 100 pounds less than the already light 999R.  It is hard to fathom the achievement.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

The Italian style.

2008 Vyrus 985
Ducati 999R engined
Telemetry, carbon body discs and wheels.

Amazing opportunity.

This example seems to have had more than a few upgrades added to the original build.  Extensive use of carbon fiber is a given, but carbon discs?  That is unique to see.  The wheels are carbon, as is the subframes.  Billet GP calipers can be seen as well as TTX Ohlins shocks. 

The specifications on this bike are incredible, and even in the world of Vyrus is uber desirable.  The listing is painfully devoid of details or information for a potential buyer to make an informed decision on, but bikes of this caliber normally trade hands privately so it is safe to assume a buyer is going to reach out directly to arrange the conditions of the sale.

Completely in the dark on pricing.  Some claim the cheapest bike Vyrus will build a customer is in the $60,000 range.  Others say no price sheet is available, but a question “Do you have a titanium check book”?  As is often the case with ultra high end vehicles, the used prices are much different then the newly commissioned MSRPs.

Engineering Overload:  2008 Vyrus 985 Carbon
Ducati May 1, 2021 posted by

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R

Spring has sprung in a magical way here at RSBFS. Not only did we find three low-mileage Ducati 851 examples in the past two weeks, we now have our second super-clean Ducati 999R in a single week (see the first one here). If you are in the market for something to collect, now is definitely the season; the market is rife with the rare and exotic.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

For Ducati fans, there are a few things to know about the 999 series. Firstly, it was designed by Pierre Terblanche, whose credits include the unicorn Supermono racer and the MH900e. Secondly, note that pictures do not do these bikes justice. In person the 999/749 series actually work well, standing out visually without being overbearing. Thirdly, this next-generation Ducati superbike is fast – faster than the 996/998 series it replaced. And finally, it is multi-configurable from an ergonomic perspective, and can be made to be relatively comfortable (try that on a 916).

From the seller:
I have owned this bike for the past 4 years and truly enjoyed it. I am switching to only track racing and I do not ride on the road anymore.In 2018 oil, belts and spark plugs (very expensive) have been replaced. I have receipt.New tires also – Bridgestone in 2018.Engine oil was also replaced in 2019 although very little mileage was put on the bike since (500 miles maybe).The 999R comes with one key, the key card, OEM manual.Some tasty options:Full Titanium “race only” exhaustAdjustable LeversClutch CoverShorty leversQuick remove gas capThe bike is a joy to ride, the sound of the titanium Termignoni is intoxicating.

The 999R is a bit of a “love it or hate it” design. But there are so many intricate elements to the bike that one really needs to spend some time on the details to fully appreciate what it brings to the table. Check out the peek-a-boo “999R” logo on the fairing, with the carbon fiber showing through the paintwork. How about the skeletonized triple trees with the fully adjustable front suspension components? The analog / digital dash which keeps the important items (i.e. tach) front and center? How about the way the rear cylinder head just peeks through the bodywork on the side view, hinting at the mechanical violence underneath? It’s easy to get lost in the 999 design once you look beyond the stacked headlights.

The 999 series is also on the rise from a monetary perspective. Like always, the higher spec R bikes will lead the way, as these are the most rare and the most potent. But with Ducati quick to revert back to the 916/996/998 design language for the subsequent 1098, the 999R becomes a bit of a unicorn in the R bike world. These are magnificent motorcycles that have real (and growing) collector value. This particular example looks great, is well photographed, and is currently in the value basement at $12,500. There are several days to go and more than a few watchers, so I would expect it to follow the price path of the 999R posted on these pages earlier (that one is at $15k and still climbing). Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Take Two: 2005 Ducati 999R
Ducati September 8, 2019 posted by

( Mel ) Bourne Identity – 2005 Ducati 999R

Strangely for a higher-end machine, this nice 999R is presented without reserve and will have a new owner next week.  Some substantive updates to the earlier 999R make the 2005 edition worth asking for.  With only two owners and 13,623 miles, this 999R appears to justify stretching the budget.

2005 Ducati 999R for sale on eBay

Ducati took their lumps over the Pierre Terblanche design, but were acquitted with three Superbike World Championships.  The more upright fairing is an aerodynamic marvel, helping the 150 ponies from the revised testastretta push the 999R to 174 mph.  The -R sports a rather different engine than the standard 999, even more oversquare with titanium valves and 12.5:1 compression.  Öhlins dampers are found all around, suspending forged alloys from Marchesini.  An expected slipper clutch is missing from the spec – since it was not required to be homologated and would be immediately replaced by a race preparer.

This Florida machine has been ridden some, but looks excellent and mostly original,with aftermarket exhaust and footpegs evident.  From the eBay auction:

I have owned it for nearly 10 years as the second owner.  This very rare 999R has always been garage kept and well maintained with just over 13k miles, its never been down, she has nearly new tires, full titanium exhaust, power commander and few other small mods visible in the pictures.  This 999R is mechanically perfect and otherwise not far from showroom condition.

Though streetable and appealing to the most elite riders, the 999 design couldn’t overcome the market’s preference for the 916-series “folded” nose, and returned to side-by-side headlights for 2007 with the 1098.  The 2005 -R received quite a few updates from the ’04 and reviewed as one of the best motorcycles ever produced.  Just one day in, bidding is active and it will be interesting to see what it takes to move this 999R out from behind the Ferrari.

-donn

( Mel ) Bourne Identity – 2005 Ducati 999R