Ducati 999 2004


Succeeding the mythical 916 was practically impossible mission. So, you might as well be daring, even if it means disturbing. The main thing is that the fat sportswoman from Ducati is still a diva. When it was presented, the 999 was shocking, but the CEO of the Italian manufacturer did not hesitate to announce this machine as THE motorcycle of the decade..

From the outset, the Bolognese surprises. She may not have the grace of her previous one but an extraordinary finesse. It almost looks like a 125. The casing has been extensively worked in the wind tunnel to optimize air penetration. Example: the two “added” panels participate a lot in the aerodynamics. Strange but still Ducati.

This sport retains the trellis frame and a desmo twin. It is certainly the rear that will most upset lovers of theDUCATI 999 pencil stroke of Tamburini (creator of the 916). The single-sided and double silencer have disappeared. The new classic swingarm should provide more rigidity and improve stability.
New as it is, rarely a production bike will have as close to the concept of a factory wheel. The mirrors can be removed by unclipping, the footrests can be adjusted to 5 positions, the caster angle is still adjustable but now, you can also adjust (to 10 mm) the position of the saddle-tank assembly (only on the single-seater version). As for the dashboard, it is now a real small on-board computer.

At the end of our surprises? Certainly not. A 748 or 996 pilot will not find his marks. On the 999, the driving position is less pressed forward, the wrists less martyred by the half-handlebars, the seat lower, the freedom of movement more important – The legendary discomfort of the Ducatis seems to have reduced ‘water in his wine.

Even the behavior has become a reason. From the 916 to the 998, these hyper sports cars required very specific handling: anticipating, tightening the machine, entering it with force and conviction in the bends; a physical and demanding exercise. With the 999, all of this turned into impressive agility and spontaneity. She keepsDUCATI 999 the fabulous precision of Bologna products, as well as its imperial stability. We can finally drive with more relaxation. Delay braking, violate the machine, and give big gas when exiting the bend, the Ducati obeys without flinching.

Despite its name, the engine is a 998 cc. The bike accommodates the excellent testastretta block which gains here a new air box, more torque and a higher approval. Generous at mid-revs, it then explodes at around 7,500 rpm to rush like a patient up to the 5-figure mark. To calm the beast, the beautiful double disc set provides a good feeling and formidable power. However, it seems to lose its effectiveness over turns. Maybe the platelets ?
Do not think that the 999 has become a Ducati for children. If the bike is easier and more instinctive than the 998, we are still far from the agility provided by an Aprilia RSV 1000 R, its direct competitor. Let’s not even compare with Japanese women, who will seem like bikes next door. A Ducati is piloted, and you have to hold it if you don’t want it to deviate from the printed trajectory.

We could have feared an explosion in the tariff given technological progress and the design / development phase. But the plant was able to keep costs down by rationalizing production. Thus, the 999 is displayed at € 17,000. Add 4,000 more for the S version, its twin pushed to 136 hp and its Ohlins suspensions. Face to face, the 998 takes a rouste but prides itself on its magnificent past. In a superbike, the 999 has appropriately taken up the torch: it is untouchable.

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        about 275 km / h

      The technical aspect

      Ducati 999 2004

      • Frame
      • Frame: Tubular steel trellis
      • Tank: 15.5 liters
      • Seat height: 780 mm
      • Length: 2,095 mm
      • Height: 1110 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1,420 mm
      • Dry weight: 197 kg
      • Weight in running order: 215 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic inverted fork Ø 43 mm, deb: 125 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers
      • Front wheel:

        – 17

      Ducati 999 2004 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6 speed gearbox
      • Secondary chain transmission
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock, deb: 128 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 240 mm, 2 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        – 17

      • Motor
      • Twin cylinder
        in L at 90 °
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Water cooling
      • Injection Ø 54 mm
      • 2 desmodromic ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 998 cc
        (100 x 63.5 mm)
      • 124
        at 9000 rpm
      • 10.40 mkg
        at 8000 rpm
      • Weight ratio /
        : 1.59
        kg / hp
      • Compression: 11.4: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces


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