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Old May 6th 2019, 11:44 PM   #1
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2003 Ducati 999 - improving ride handling

Hello Guys,

Quite new to the forum.
I'm looking to improve the ride handling of my 2003 999.
Currently it's completely stock except the exhaust.

2 things to start improvement:
- other type of tyres, more soft with more grip than the hard tyres currently.
=> what do you guys prefer on tyres?
- stiffer suspension: currently when braking before corner, it goes quite deep in the front suspension, when you then enter the corner and apply the throttle, the bike is sometimes unstable in the rear and tries to step out. It's currently not giving me the confidence to take corners very hard. => Just stiffen the front suspension? Don't think its adjustable on a stock 999.
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Old May 7th 2019, 12:27 AM   #2
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Has the suspension ever had any maintenance?
New oil, new shims and a proper setup could mean a world of difference

tyres: i prefer bridgestone S21. Will test the newer S22 later

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Old May 7th 2019, 01:03 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by realnuts View Post
Has the suspension ever had any maintenance?
New oil, new shims and a proper setup could mean a world of difference

tyres: i prefer bridgestone S21. Will test the newer S22 later
not sure, I own it for about a year now.
I didn't do any maintenance to it, not sure if the previous owner did.
Is it worth checking out or do an upgrade to lets say Íhlins?
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Old May 7th 2019, 01:21 AM   #4
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i read your opening post in this forum as well. If I were you, I would keep the bike as stock as possible. It was one of the best handling bikes ever made by Ducati, so the stock setup should be perfect.
I would go to a decent suspension specialist (somebody who really knows what he is doing) and ask for a full maintenance and checkup of the suspension.
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Old May 7th 2019, 01:26 AM   #5
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I see now you are from Belgium!
Contact Stefan Meijer of BRS
Great guy, did my suspension on my track bike and has a lot of experience both street and track bikes.
If you prefer closer to the middle of Belgium, you have emc37 from Steven Casaer (he wrote a fantastic book "de chrono liegt niet" ) in Schellebelle.

Or PM me if you want more info
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Old May 7th 2019, 02:35 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by realnuts View Post
I see now you are from Belgium!
Contact Stefan Meijer of BRS
Great guy, did my suspension on my track bike and has a lot of experience both street and track bikes.
If you prefer closer to the middle of Belgium, you have emc37 from Steven Casaer (he wrote a fantastic book "de chrono liegt niet" ) in Schellebelle.

Or PM me if you want more info
emc37 is about 20 minutes from where I live, so not a bad idea
thanks for the tip!
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Old May 7th 2019, 05:31 AM   #7
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take those steps in this order:

1. tires . the Monster S4RS i got had 10 year old squared off tires on it. i put diablo rosso 3's on it - what a difference. always check for right pressures.

2. setting suspension properly. a.) sag (/ spring preload) and damping. that starts with the right springs for your weight.
as mentioned, last refresh of suspension is also a thing to consider. damping settings are next.

3. riding position and style - lots of people ride with the death grip on the bars instead of supporting themselves via the lower part onto the tank, ending up in a stiff ride and no easiness in steering.
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Old Jul 25th 2019, 04:55 AM   #8
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Short update:

Bike came back from the shop.
- Installed Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres.
- checkup of the suspension (some parts have been serviced/replaced) and put the standard set up on the bike.

Only drove it back home so I didn't got the opportunity to push (new tyres..) but the ride seems definitely stiffer than before.

regarding my riding position & style: for sure there can be improvements made there
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Old Jul 26th 2019, 12:32 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by ThibautDD View Post
Short update:

Bike came back from the shop.
- Installed Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres.
- checkup of the suspension (some parts have been serviced/replaced) and put the standard set up on the bike.

Only drove it back home so I didn't got the opportunity to push (new tyres..) but the ride seems definitely stiffer than before.

regarding my riding position & style: for sure there can be improvements made there
something a trackday with inter-track can help
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