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Exclamation My 999S "Isabella" - the full story

So... First of all, pardon my English and partially extremely crappy photos.

I live in Finland and have been a Ducati fan since 2006 when I saw this full carbon 996S at a motorbike show.





I was in the army back then and starting university studies after that so there was no chance on Earth to get a Ducati. The 748/996 etc. styling was never my favorite after seeing the facelift-999 with the beautiful black swingarm. It was love at first sight. In my books the 1x98 styling is very "Japanese" and not so original as the 999, and Panigale is not a real Ducati to me anymore - no trellis frame and no dry clutch

After failing miserably with my studies I worked for Nokia for one summer (2011) and started my own business at the same time. Business started going well next year and after a couple of years the dream of getting a Ducati came back to haunt me. Originally I would have wanted an R but in Finland there are maybe one or two 2005-2006 models and they cost an absolute fortune compared to US prices for example. So at this point I set my heart on a 2005-2006 999S Monoposto, in red of course

Ducatis are a rare breed here. They are expensive and scarce and there aren't too many service specialists around. At the moment I'm writing this there are in total 169 Ducatis for sale on the biggest used/new motorcycle online marketplace in Finland. About 30 out of those are new bike (2016 or unridden 2015). When I started looking for a 999S there were only older 2003-2004 models available in Finland. And like three of them... It was obvious I needed to start looking elsewhere so I browsed all German and Dutch marketplaces every day.

After three months of unsuccessful searching there had been three "matches". One very pretty example in the Netherlands which got sold already, one +20k km example in Germany and one bike which had a full carbon bodywork painted as a Fila replica. I wanted a low-mile example so the +20k bike was out of the question and I have never been a fan of the Fila paintwork...so that put me back in square one.

Until one evening I saw a beautiful 2006 S with only 8544km. I sent a message to the seller instantly and he turned out to be a real Ducatista - he was building a 851 with a 996 engine, full carbon kevlar bodywork etc. He was selling the 999 due to wanting a Monster S4RS. I got more pictures and details and everything sounded good. The seller was the second owner and the bike had had belts done 3500km ago along with a full suspension service. He had all keys, code card, service book, owner's manual and receipts for services.



The seller kept the non-OEM carbon parts (front mudguard, hugger, air runner covers, V fairing) and the reverse shifter. After removing those the bike was pretty much original apart from the tasty blue Samco hoses, DP tail tidy, ABM levers, carbon heel guards and an MRA windscreen. The gearing was lowered a bit with a +2 rear sprocket and there was also a nice TSS/EVR 48t slipper clutch and a Termi half system + ECU installed. The original ECU and silencer came with the bike but not a front cylinder pipe though (not like I needed it for anything...).

So the bike was in Germany and I was in Finland, there was about 2000km between me and her. I started finding out about different delivery companies and got lucky with the first one I found! They had a truck in southern Germany next week and would be able to pick up the bike with no problem. Fast forward one week and the seller had his money, the delivery company got my bike and I was biting my fingernails waiting for it to arrive in Finland. I had to have it delivered to my girlfriend's mother's house since I didn't have a garage back then. And since the bike needed to be registered I had no use for it before the inspection etc.

After a couple of days of waiting I finally saw the bike for the first time and apart from being a bit dirty (on the engine etc.) it was perfect. This was in August 2014.





But as usual, there was a lot to be done with it. The silencer had ugly Termignoni decals covering the FOR RACING USE ONLY text since in Germany that's an illegal silencer (and they have MOT every second year!). Like I said the engine was dirty and there was a lot of cleaning needed. Here's one pic when I tested a Corse clutch cover, you can see all the muck - I can't stand even looking at this...



To be continued...

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The next step was to have the bike inspected in order to start the registration process. I had to put back the original silencer (which weighs a f*cking ton!!!) and get a parking light for the windshield. It had been removed and the hole covered with a Corse sticker. Couldn't find one in Finland so needed to get the light from Germany for 20€. After some work the bike was ready for inspection.





It was below 0C when we finally got to take her for inspection with my father so there were some starting issues already... After an hour of charging the battery we ran her hot an got on our way. The inspection was a no-brainer, took maybe 30min including the paperwork and everything was in order. After that I filled out all the necessary paperwork for getting the import tax calculated by "Trafi". I was expecting something around 2500€ but luckily I only had to pay around 1300€! So the total cost for this bike registered in Finland was almost exactly 10 000€ including the bike, delivery, inspection and registration costs. For that kind of money you'd normally get a 2004 base 999 with more miles so I was pretty happy.

The next phase was obviously getting the bike clean and starting to get some tasty parts for it. Thanks @Dennie and @yellowducking for getting me into the RS etc. parts. My wallet hates you!

Before I even got the bike I had already purchased some parts:

DP magnesium valve covers 96429203B



DP magnesium mirror stays 96728403B



DP carbon gas cap 96958703B



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DP carbon front sprocket cover 96902498B
DP windshield without parking light 96972005B
DP carbon V fairing 48410483B

All the parts were new and I was pleased with the quality. Everything was nice and shiny, my favorite At a later point I sold the V fairing since it wasn't the vented version and got a 749R version instead. I needed to get more parts of course since I had seen all the beautiful bits in the DP catalogs (I have the 2004, 2005 and 2006 ones in pdf).
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The first part on my "to get" list was a magnesium headlight housing. After some searching there was a mint one available at Bursi Evolution for a decent price so I bought it. There was no corrosion on it.



I absolutely love carbon and hate all plastic Tupperware shit on this bike so things needed to change. I wanted the original 999R (2004) carbon front mudguard with a Corse decal and a short carbon hugger. Finding those in great condition took some time but I got them eventually.





The hugger only needed a good clean but I had the front fender clear coated for a better look and put a new decal on it later too.



From Sweden I got two of these lovely DP/Corse carbon clutch covers.



After clear coating the texts weren't too visible anymore and I was a little disappointed



One of these got on the bike though and I sold the other one.

I managed to track down a BNIB DP billet steering damper bracket, although they cost silly money for such a small part.


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Spotted some nice Brembo M4 Monoblocks on eBay.it and got them pretty cheap, all they needed was a good clean and they were ready to rock. Or so I thought, they needed new brake lines as well since the connectors have a different position than the P4 calipers on a 999. These came from an RSV4R.





To go with the calipers I tracked down some used 999RS narrowband, full-floating 320x6 front rotors which needed spacers to correct the 10mm offset on these. They weigh a lot and rattle like crazy when riding but I love how they look





Found a nice, brand new vented & sandcast 999RS clutch casing on eBay UK and got it for a good price. It was missing an oil seal and washer but luckily they did not cost much.



Original DP carbon air runner covers turned out to be very hard to find. I found them separately from different continents but they weren't very nice looking. Probably stored in sunshine or something... After a while I found a pair in Germany and they were in perfect condition, BNIB. Made by MS Production and the quality is 5/5. Sold the extra pair locally for decent money.



I was trying to find some carbon brackets to replace the original plastic brackets which hold the seat attached to the subframe. Turned out that they are pretty prone to cracking when tightened so decided to forget them - until I found a new pair of carbon covers for the original plastic parts. They also cover the bolt nicely so I bought them. Never seen another pair for sale.



Beautiful small weave and very nicely made. They don't need glue etc. for installation since they are a tight fit on top of the original ones. Hats off to the manufacturer!
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One night I was searching for some DP carbon mirror covers (96951703B & 96951603B) which seem to be impossible to find and located a pair in Switzerland. They were brand new and priced pretty low - compared to the fact they were originally nearly 500€ for the pair. I ordered them straight away and got them right after Christmas 2014.





Made over 12 years ago. As many of you probably know these are known to fit pretty poorly on the OEM mirror housings and indicators. Luckily these fit pretty well. I had them clear coated too since the finish was a bit dull and wet-sanding + polishing did not help.





I absolutely love how they look. I tried to find some smoked indicator glasses but the two pairs I got were both absolutely rubbish so decided to go with the retro orange ones then. They don't look bad either - I've grown to like them more and more.

The Termignoni carbon silencer cover was very faded and the decals weren't perfect. I removed the decals and tried to polish the clear coat a little but it had no effect.



I decided to open up the small recesses on top of the cover and get it clear coated.





After adding new decals and the mesh it looked very nice.


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Nice write up on your baby there jusutus. She is prestine!
I am also very impressed how you managed to source the parts from all over the place.
Did you use Ebay or do you have some recommendations for the not so talented?

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In my books the 1x98 styling is very "Japanese" and not so original as the 999, and Panigale is not a real Ducati to me anymore - no trellis frame and no dry clutch . Well put Jussi , I could not agree with you more ! Thank you for your story now i know what you are up to . The 999 stands in its own light and is not just some warmed over model from the past , or a past model that had such a long run and no longer has any vibe IMO .Great job Jussi very nice bike !!

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Did you use Ebay or do you have some recommendations for the not so talented?
I follow many marketplaces, eBay is one of them. Mostly in Germany, Italy and UK since from the US everything costs so much (due to having to pay +24% VAT on top of the purchase price).

The story continues...

Since I didn't have a garage where I lived I had to find a suitable place for the bike. There aren't many garage shares available anywhere near so I started asking around for any unused spaces that are warm and near me. Then I remembered my uncle lives in a house which has a part of it "spare" - it used to be a shoe store and the space has been pretty much unused ever since the store was shut down. After some negotiations I got the bike there. The space is OK - lighting is a bit poor and it's 50km away from me, plus I didn't have a chance to go there if my uncle wasn't home.

When I got the bike there I started disassembling some bits, sorry for the crappy photo:



I bought a Bursig stand from Germany to aid fiddling with the bike, it lifts the whole bike from the frame so it's easy to take off both wheels. Later the bike looked like this:



And finally like this:



I had some problems with tools. The first clutch tool I bought was absolutely useless - first of all it did not fit the shape of the EVR basket teeth and once I modified and tested it it still wasn't any good. Since the clutch is a slipper the spider spring starts "bending" the hub and I did not dare twisting the nut open with that tool installed. Bought a new one and had to file the teeth on this one too to make it fit.



But eventually I got the clutch off and cleaned. Replaced the bolts with titanium ones, polished the spring caps a bit, put a new pressure plate bearing and replaced the push rod pin with a titanium one (not pictured). Also replaced the push rod with a newer version and the slave with a 29mm Oberon. With the bigger slave and the lithium grease trick on the plates the clutch is a pleasure to operate. The TSS slipper is the same as Yoyodyne in the States.



One thing I really dislike on the 999 are the original air runners. Ugly plastic parts with the big flaps, resonator "bubbles" and coolant catch tank. I sourced some MS Production oversized carbon runners from Germany, which are absolutely gorgeous. They weigh absolutely nothing and the craftsmanship is stunning! Had them clear coated as well. It's a strange thing these were never available as a DP part but MS Production (one of the OEM carbon suppliers for Ducati) made them for race bikes.



The RH air runner originally has the coolant catch tank so it needed to be replaced with something else. I did not like the idea of cutting the original tank off the runner so I purchased a Motion Pro catch tank from Motowheels and mounted in on top of the rubber grommet on the radiator end tank. Fits nicely and securely with zip ties. It rubs very slightly on the bottom triple but only just. The overflow hose is not installed in the pic.





I was thinking of painting the tank black, leaving a small "window" on the inside, but haven't bothered with it yet.
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My bike ran hotter with the cf intakes , I did have to shroud to radiator .
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When replacing the old plastic belt covers with carbon ones I was tempted to chuck the horn somewhere dark and nasty. Why oh why would anyone put it there?!



The belt covers looked so good after clear coating that I definitely wasn't going to put the horn back there.



After some eyeballing I decided to put the horn under the headlight bucket. There's plenty of space and the wires reach there without problems. Just one hole on the bottom plastic cover, a bit of bending on the horn bracket and voilà.





The belt covers look great without the horn.



Found some Gilles chain adjusters right after that.





They are a nice piece of engineering and a massive improvement (looks-wise) compared to the stock ones.

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