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Gents - so exited to post this! I moved to CA a year ago and was finally able to buy a Ducati super bike again. I wanted to pay cash so that put me into a certain price range of course. I was able to find this bike from a very cool guy - we hit it off and I offered at his asking price without question. It is 2004 with some identifiable upgrades & 19,600 miles. I think it has the full termignoni system, Ohlins rear shock, under-fairing yellow LED kit (although tastefully installed & hidden, it has taken a bit for it to grown on me). Here are a few pics. Please feel free to message me or post "must-do" 999 items. I'll post some specific status on individual areas.

I have already improved the side stand by installing a 1/2" x 1.5" x 1/8" shim, to reduce the amount of sidestand-forward rake. As a result, the bike looks very comfortable on the side stand now. See pic. More to follow! I just want to express my "emphatic" thanks for the detailed amount of information here on the the Ducati.ms forum. Ininitiated a similar post on the .org site, but doesn't seem to have traffic. I will try to be diligent in research before posting questions.

One item I thought was an ECU quirk, I believe is an artifact of an aftermarket Clutch Master installed, without the safety-switch being activated. Thus, the bike will only crank-&-start if the key is turned on when in neutral. Having read a similar post here, I'll look to get a Ducati 1098/1198 or RCS Brembo for the Clutch master, so that the safety-switch can be incorporated again into the assembly.

Thx Jim !!
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Side-stand improved, note slightly better position (I think). Jim
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Oh boy at first I thought you dropped your bike. Then I realized the photo is turned. Enjoy the new to you Ducati.

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Replace Rebound Screw?

Gents,

I would like to replace the right shock rebound screw. Is it possible to put the bike on a rear stand, and remove this piece without disrupting the oil level & cartridge system? I have not worked on shocks before. The screw appears to be "spinning" without clicking, rising, or lowering. It is basically "flush" with the top of the unit, which coincidently, appears to just be a few clicks lower than the Left Shock, which is adjusted to the stock 8 clicks out.

Thanks, Jim
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Cool bike, I used to own a 06 749s and enjoyed it very much. The first "must do" for that bike is to do a track day! The 749/999 is the best handling superbike Ducati ever made imho. I don't know much about shocks, but they are very tricky to work on and I would only trust a suspension specialist to work on them. At the mileage you have the fork oil is overdue for a change so might want to look into sending the forks off to a reputable company. Sure you have plenty of those in Cali.

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I've never been a fan of yellow on a car or motorcycle but this honestly changed my mind. It stands out but it really shows off the lines and other little design details. Super clean look. Enjoy it!

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Thanks ! I'll get to the track later this year (fingers crossed). I was able to confirm with Brea Ducati, that they had just serviced several items, including the forks, before I received the bike. Jim
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Congrats on your 999! I adore my 05 999S in Nero. As you are probably aware, the styling was controversial when they came out, love it or hate it, however I always thought they were unique and beautiful. The hate seems to have gone away mostly after they were discovered to be a fantastic machine.
I have been enjoying the FB 999/749 owners group, lots of enthusiasm for our bikes worldwide, some bikes and parts for sale, some riding stories. You might want to check it out if you do Facebook.
As has been stated these bikes really come alive on the track, I've only had one track day on her. The next best thing is to make your way to the nearest mountain twisties and be amazed. I've done 350mi days on mine, the freeway is torture. Fortunately I live in the Sierra Nevadas so I've got awesome roads right out of my driveway. Traffic is not much fun on a Triple 9!
She shares the garage with my 96 900 SS/SP, I love them both for different reasons.
Best of luck with your T9!
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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.

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Gents,

I would like to replace the right shock rebound screw. Is it possible to put the bike on a rear stand, and remove this piece without disrupting the oil level & cartridge system? I have not worked on shocks before. The screw appears to be "spinning" without clicking, rising, or lowering. It is basically "flush" with the top of the unit, which coincidently, appears to just be a few clicks lower than the Left Shock, which is adjusted to the stock 8 clicks out.

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i'm guessing you're talking about the front forks? maybe the rod is broken, but you'll need to remove the fork and strip it to find out or fix it.

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