For Sale: 2003 Ducati 999 R
Let’s get right down to it. Seems folks either love the looks of a Tamburini designed machine (916/996/998), or they like the angular looks of Terblanche (999). Regardless of your style preference, the Ducati 999 was a considerable step forward on the performance scale. The ergos became more reasonable than those of the Tamburini torture rack era, and the bike was quicker at the racetrack than its predecessor. We don’t see a lot of 999R models here on RSBFS; here is a link to the last one we’ve posted.
If you can get past the stacked headlight arrangement, the 999 is a very interesting machine. And this, being the coveted “R” model, includes all the bells and whistles you would expect in a top-line Ducati offering. Whatever is covered on this bike is covered in carbon fiber – even the upper and lower fairings. And because carbon looks so cool, the logos and nomenclature on the fairing are actually just areas of no paint – so the carbon shows through. Lightweight, stylist and artsy all at the same time!
This bike has turned a few more miles than most rare Ducatis – but is still in a very reasonable range given the year. With only 4,733 miles on the digital odometer, here is a bike that has been well-loved and lightly used, which is the perfect condition for a collectable rider. There have been a few bolt-on mods to the bike, with the most significant being the exhaust. There is nothing quite like a desmoquattro Duc playing out a tune at full song, and I’ll bet these Termi pipes sound awesome!
From the seller:
The bike was bought brand new in 2004 from Marin Ducati which is now Hatar motors. The original owner road the bike approx 2,000 miles and then installed 57mm Termignoni Exhaust and the updated ecu. The exhaust was installed at the dealer, almost $5k. He road it another 1900 miles and decided to sell it.
The current and second owner, installed:
– shorty, brake and clutch levers
– master alloy covers
– replaced windscreen with tinted shield
– replaced handle bars with the woodcraft one inch up and adjustable bars for better riding position for the street
– a few carbon pieces were added at the same time timing belt covers heal gaurds exhaust shield – also the clutch center was replaced with a billet alloy one with open carbon cover
– also a billet fuel cap assembly for easy access for refueling (no key needed)
– also have a brand new set of dunlop q2s that go with the bike that have never been mounted purchased two months ago
The bike is in amazing condition.
Note: This is the ‘R’ model so all of the body work is carbon fiber the original owner paid $34,000 for the bike new and then put the $5,000 in exhaust, plus all the goodies the current owner installed.
Ducati R models are always coveted examples of the breed. Bristling with the latest technology of the day, sporting the best suspension and braking systems offered (in this case, Ohlins and Brembo respectively), and pumping out the most horsepower in the model lineup, R bikes were never cheap. In this case, the 999R retailed for over $30,000 USD! Fortunately, used models like this one are available for more reasaonably-sized piles of cash.
This auction is on right now, and the current bid is only up to $8,850 with moderate bidding. There does not appear to be a reserve in place, meaning that this red rocketship is going home to a new (and lucky) owner in a few days. For your chance to check out the details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!