Prolific Poster Award
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: The valley, Sac, Ca., USA
Congratulations on getting a 999. I'm biased when it comes to my 999R, not only is it contemporary still, the performance is outstanding, more than I'll ever need. I've always liked the yellow Ducs, especially when accented with black bits of carbon, the two colors compliment each other. Another color that goes well with the yellow body is gold, like in gold forged aluminum wheels. In my opinion gold and red clash. I bought a new set of Marvic magnesium wheels from Motowheels, their last set before discontinuing the line. I wanted black for my 900SS, but Martin (RIP) gave me such a sweet deal I couldn't resist. Although I more or less got used to the color, what made me overlook it was the vastly improved handling the magnesium wheels brought to the table. I noticed the positive change the first time I took the bike into the hills, it was amazing how much easier the bike handled and from that point on I was sold on light weight wheels. I didn't have to make any wheel changes to my 999R, the R package included exclusive lighter wheels.
Looks like the bike was well taken care of and that is always nice to see. I could be wrong, it looks like your bike still has the stock tail light, if it does I would think about converting over to LEDs. Mine was an easy conversion, the tail light was the same design but LED as what came on the older Multistrada, so I simply replaced it. Now I'm thinking about converting the front low beam to an HID headlight. I converted the stock headlight on my 1125CR Buell to HID and man, it was an amazing improvement.
The worst headlight system ever came with the 916 era bikes, my 916 headlight was so bad I couldn't ride the twisties at night. Actually, What I would like to get for my 999R would be LEDs, but so far I haven't found a plug and play set up. I just started looking, maybe someone here will chime in and share the brand, part number, and where you can buy them. The 999 headlight was a big improvement over the previous models, but not in the same league as HID or LEDs.
Think black carbon bits to accent your bike. That will make it pop. I have the same issue with starting only in neutral when I converted the stock brake master to a billet Brembo with the pressure switch to activate the rear tail light. Kind of a pain if you stall it at an intersection, but it hasn't happened enough to pursue any options. Besides, finding neutral is easy on my bike.
Have fun and keep us informed on any upgrades or adventures you could share.
Present:08 1800 Goldwing,03 999R#189,Past:03 FLHRI Road King, 09 1125CR Buell, 07 1100S MTS, 04 999S, 95 916, 01 900SS, 05 600RR, 05 600RR totalled, 66 650 BSA, 68 Honda DOHC
Ducati-Owners-Group of Sacramento region.