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Old May 6th 2019, 03:52 AM   #1
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new member: 2003 Ducati 999 - Yellow!

Hello guys!

Since the 999 came out I knew I had to own 1 one day.
Since I was only about 10 years old when it came out, I wasn't able to buy one new ;-)

Years go by with little time & money to buy myself the Ducati I always wanted, untill.. last year.

For me, it needed to be a yellow one, the Yellow color with the yellow spring & black air intakes on the front, makes it the best looking bike ever, period. Of course it needed to be the pré facelift one with the 4 intakes and not 2.

Since there isn't a 999 for sale on every corner - and especially not a yellow one- it took me quite a wile before I even found one for sale.

But then, on a rainy day in March 2018, bored at work and surfing the internet I found one! Only 1 problem: it was in south of Italy in a small town, even below Salerno called Torchiara. => 2000 km away. Oh, and the guy only spoke Italian (Duhh).

Luckily, I was working for Fiat back then, with plenty of Italian people as colleages so the translations with emails was not that difficult.

The Duc had all the right things, Yellow, 2003 (pre facelift), low mileage (18.000 km), only mod: different custom made exhaust.

The only thing was, how will I inspect it and how will I get it home?
There is only one way, right?

So 2 weeks later I flew to Naples, took a rental & looked at the bike. Bike was great, bought it on the spot, took the papers with me to Belgium and flew back.
Returned in Belgium, I applied for Belgian papers & insurance. Once this administration was done, it was early May & I flew back to Italy to pick up the bike. I was gonna drive it through Italy back to Belgium, hell yeah!

Made it a 2 week holiday with a friend (he came with his bike to south of italy) and it was an amazing drive. Drove the coastline from Salerno up to Rome (Salerno, Amalfi, Sorrento, Naples, Bacoli, Formia, Gaeta, San Felice, Anzio), then 2 days in Rome to relax.

Then: Rome => San Benedetto del Tronto (best roads ever!)
Rome => Tivoli, Carsoli, L'Aquila, Fano Adriano, Teramo, San Benedetto del Tronto.
Arrived on the east coast of italy, we drove to Rimini following the coastline.

After Rimini -> Bologna, Modena (Ferrari Museum, Ducati Museum, Lamborghini Museum), Verona, Lake Garda (amazing roads once again), Trento, uphill to Bormio. Too bad it was raining a lot over there, because it looked a fantastic road.

Bormio is on the foot of Stelvio pass
Ready to go up, then troubles began... The Ducati worked fine for 1.5 week (1500 km more or less) but seemed to get major backfires, power loss most of the time, but then 'kicked in' back at 6k rpm, which is just f*cking dangerous going up a pass with all these corners. It seemed it was running on 1 cylinder but I couldn't find out why or what. Closest Ducati shop: 90km...
Drove very anxious to the shop (so no pleasure on the Stelvio Pass)..

Luckely nothing major, seemed the control unit of the horizontal cylinder was drowned due to the rain the day before. New unit placed and off we go to Innsbruck,
we took the night train there to Dusseldorf in Germany where I had some Autobahn back to Belgium

All in all a great bike, great trip & I will never sell this beauty ever again!
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Old May 6th 2019, 03:54 AM   #2
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Old May 6th 2019, 03:58 AM   #3
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Old May 6th 2019, 05:22 AM   #4
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Now that's how you make a forum introduction.

Great intro and story to add. What an experience.
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Old May 6th 2019, 06:15 PM   #5
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Sometimes dreams do come true. Thank you for sharing your story and pics.
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Old May 8th 2019, 04:33 AM   #6
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