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Old Feb 16th 2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Proud new owner of a Ducati 999 Superbike

It was the summer of 2002 in Pullman, Washington. I opened up the latest motorcycle magazine and saw the successor to one of the most beautiful and successful motorcycles in history, the Ducati 916/996/998… and there it was, Ducati had announced the all new 999 as its new production-based superbike model. And I didn’t like it at all.

At this point in my life, the most exotic motorcycles I’d seen outside of the Ducati lineup was the latest from MV Agusta and Benelli on display at the former Beaudry Motorsports dealership in Post Falls, Idaho. And while I loved the previous generation Ducati motorcycles, I wasn’t a fan of how the Ducati 999 looked in the various magazine publications.

Winter time was upon us in eastern Washington, and our motorcycles were parked in storage. We heard about the upcoming International Motorcycle Show in Seattle, and Jafar and I decided to make the journey across Snoqualmie Pass after class on Friday. We drove from Pullman to Bellingham in my old 1985 Toyota Pickup truck and arrived late in the evening hours.









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On the morning of Saturday, December 14, 2002, we arrived at the International Motorcycle Show on a cold, rainy day in Seattle. Yes, we were excited to attend the show and see the various motorcycles, but walking into the Ducati booth changed my outlook on this new 999. And in that instance, forgetting everything I saw in the magazines, the new Ducati 999 looked absolutely beautiful in person! There was a floor model to sit on, and a display model with clear fairings showcasing the internals. And from this day onwards, this has been my dream motorcycle.

















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On the afternoon of Saturday, August 21, 2004, I met several college friends at the former Eastside MotoSports in Bellevue, Washington for a Dyno Day. As I was admiring the Ducati 999, one of the sales people offered me a 2003 Ducati 999 for a demo ride.





After taking the 999 out for about an hour of riding, I could only hope to own one of these superbikes at some point in the future. And every time I saw one on a motorcycle ride or meetup or future motorcycle show, I took the time to appreciate and enjoy how progressive and gorgeous this motorcycle was. I read about the challenges Ducati had with selling this motorcycle, and I understand why they went in a different direction with the 1098 replacement. I never knew if history would be kind to the 999, but I personally loved it. One day.

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While I’ve always had a love affair with the Ducati 999, it’s been one reason or another throughout life that prevented me from owning one. And then a perfect storm of events occurred...

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, I was in Portland for a few days attending some local bike nights, and a friend offered me his 2006 Ducati 749 for the day.



The Ducati 749 was comfortable to ride, and I went home that evening and started pouring into everything about the 999, from the specific model research to what was happening in the secondary market. I narrowed it down to the trim/years I desired, and started the constant checking on Craigslist and CycleTrader. And then the owner of the 749 informed me about a Ducati 999 near Bend, Oregon.

Admittedly, I wasn’t initially interested, but after doing some more research, I was willing to change my mindset and reached out to the seller. After a back and forth, and the typical fear of losing out to another buyer, I woke up on a Thursday morning not knowing I was about to embark on a road trip from Seattle to Bend to see this 999 in person.

Thursday, February 11 turned out to be a very long day. Wake up, gym routine, and immediately spoke to the seller again who was willing to meet me that evening while I coordinated transportation to Bend. I departed Seattle that morning, and a friend in Portland to swap out my car for his truck, 1996 GMC Sierra with over 250,000 miles on the odometer.



I departed Portland in the afternoon, crossed the pass at Mount Hood northbound towards Bend, and arrived at an airport hangar in Prineville, Oregon… and there she was. This was a 2004 Ducati 999S with 7,700 miles in pristine condition. This 999 was originally sold at MotoCorsa in Portland, Oregon, and at 7,100 miles, MotoCorsa performed a significant service this past November:
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Valve Inspection
  • New Front and Rear Tires
  • Changed Front Fork Oil
  • Rear Shock Reservoir Rebuild
  • Coolant Flush
  • Brake Fluid Flush
  • Clutch Fluid Flush
  • Replaced Cylinder Head Gaskets
  • Sparkplugs
  • Air Filter
  • Changed Oil and Oil Filter
I took the 999 out for a test ride, went through the gears, and the ride was a dream.

Along with the original Owner’s Manual, the original black key, the original red key, and the original key code card was included.

This has been my dream motorcycle since I first saw it in person at the 2002 International Motorcycle Show, and now I’m the proud new owner of a beautiful 2004 Ducati 999 S Superbike...



First stop was filling the 999’s fuel tank with non ethanol premium fuel:



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Old Feb 16th 2016, 12:31 PM   #2
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Great story! And congrats
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Old Feb 16th 2016, 01:13 PM   #3
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Ditto!

Great story and even better photos Beans!!! REALLY good photos!!

Was hoping to hear you pulled the trigger on the Yellow one in the end too!

We all have our faves when it comes to which Ducati model we love best. Though I was never a true fan of this model, I was however present at the very first Ducati Launch of that year's bikes, accessories and apparel out in Napa Valley, CA and was able to ride those bikes for quite awhile out in the curvy roads in that awesome countryside man! I never got to wring it out hard of course but it did feel comfier than other models which are like riding a Torture Rack- but it just didnt bite me like all the previous models (Perhaps due to the double sided swingers and bodywork maybe- I truly don't know what it was) However, I did sell a TON of them in both sizes and colors and had rave reviews from those customers back then!

Would love to offer any form of part or accessory assistance to you should you ever need anything for the bike - from new tires to perhaps any form of custom paintwork on it my man? Always here to help the members hook up their bikes to whatever they wish to add on it - and NO I am not a vendor or sell anything personally. You can search this great forum about who I am and those Ive helped in the past-regardless of how well I know Any of these members Beans! Just a former Marine 1stSgt without troops to hook up anymore so now its just forum members!

Best of luck with that beauty and stay safe out there on those wet roads in the West! Does it REALLY rain all the time out there buddy?
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Old Feb 16th 2016, 01:46 PM   #4
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I Ride: 749 , 06 red frame, Scrambler Icon in red, 1199 Panigale abs, 1299SL
Great story, great condition bike you bought, love my 749 just fitted a Mupo AB1 evo shock, I have the same feeling for it as you, it was a very successful race bike check put MCE BSB 2006/7 into youtube Lavilla and Haslam was just watching it, its the bike that is still up to date and even the showroom bikes don't have the quality suspension you have there!
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Old Feb 16th 2016, 02:59 PM   #5
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I Ride: 2013 1199S Tricolore, 2005 999S Track Bike
Here is my 999s track bike
Full Akrapovic, BSTs, HD quickshifter, carbon rotors
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Old Feb 16th 2016, 03:12 PM   #6
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This guy.... follows me around everywhere...

I do have to say Beans, I'm not a fan of the 999's I like everything about them except the nose, then again I thought a S1000RR was hot so don't listen to me

Also, does this mean Starbucks bike night? We can keep the unwashed mass's behind a rope or something.
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Old Feb 16th 2016, 04:16 PM   #7
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Great Stiff mate, I'm a fan of the 999/749 series. We had a yellow 749S Monoposto for a while a few years ago and still think we should have kept it... I will have a 999R in the shed at some stage, will probably end up replacing the pani!!

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Old Feb 16th 2016, 04:46 PM   #8
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I Ride: 2015 Panigale 1299s -- 2003 999s
I love my 999s and the good ole' dry clutch. It's the only thing I wish the Panigale had.
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Old Feb 17th 2016, 05:40 AM   #9
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Fantastic bikes, I loved my 999s.
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Old Feb 17th 2016, 09:41 AM   #10
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I love my 999s and the good ole' dry clutch. It's the only thing I wish the Panigale had.

There is a dry clutch conversion kit at the cost for $3-4k i believe :

http://ducati1299.com/motowheels/242...sium-case.html

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