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Can someone please tell me the difference between the years.
 

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04 999r has all the same exterior components i.e. suspension, wheels, carbon fairing, brakes, magnesium heads etc.. However, the 05 & 06 999r have different internal parts. Titanium valves, different pistons, injectors, mapping etc. The 05's are spec'd at having 150HP. The 04's are spec'd at 139HP depending on country. In Europe the 04's have 146hp. You should read the following article on the 05 999r below. I have an 04 999r Fila with a full Termi system. Plenty fast enough. It's all about the rider!
Ducati 999R
RUMBLE SEAT A touch of evil (and Evel) Ducati's 999R, a hyper-fast race bike for the street, has designs on your soul. Hey, you! Get outta the way By Dan Neil, Times Staff Writer.
If you enjoy the wide-open freedom of a motorcycle, the wind in your face, the carefree, horizon-chasing moment, then by all means avoid the 2005 Ducati 999R. This thing is misery on two wheels, a wickedly disposed and temperamental exercise of sheer mechanical narcissism upon which you assume a posture like it's flashlight inspection day in prison. Its 150-hp V-twin motor runs on damned souls and is lubricated with the fat of unbaptized children. All this bike wants to do, all it dreams about at night, is catapulting you over the handlebars or pitching you backward onto the streaming concrete so you make one of those slo-mo, Evel-Knievel-at-Ceasars-Palace death rolls in your fancy Italian riding leathers. So plan your day accordingly: After riding this bike, you will need some time to unwind. Go for a Polynesian fire walk, perhaps. Play some "Deer Hunter" roulette. Or, if so equipped, have a vasectomy. The 999R is one of a mutant species of vehicles built to meet the production-based rules of a racing series, a process called homologation. The American Superbike Championship requires that competing bikes must be largely based on series-production motorcycles. In order to make the Ducatis more competitive, the company has built a limited number of 999Rs, which are, in fact, pitifully disguised racing superbikes with just enough street-legal spit on them to pass DMV inspection. The badge on the carbon-fiber fender is that of the factory racing operation, Ducati Corse. Made of steel, titanium, carbon fiber and sadism, the 999R is as close as you are going to get to a grand prix motorcycle, and unless you are a fantastic rider with years of experience, you don't want to get that close. This bike will beat you down like you said something bad about its mother. Look for my name in the annals of motorcycle glory. You won't find it. I am a competent but by no means expert rider. I accept this. Call me a wimp, a weenie, a wuss, if you are inclined to excessive alliteration. But this bike scares the pudding out of me. So, there I was on Sunset Boulevard, puttering along in first gear with about 1,500 rpm showing on the tach, hunched over the handlebars. My sunglasses slipped down my nose. When I took my right hand off the accelerator, there was the briefest moment of adhesion between my palm and the gummy rubber grip — just enough to goose the throttle slightly. The bike jumped like it had been poked with a cattle prod. Baaaa-WHAAAYH! The force of the acceleration whip-lashed my helmeted head, wrenching my neck. This was the first sunglasses-adjustment injury I have sustained. One sunny Sunday morning, I got up early, determined to take the bike for a proper stretch of the legs. Velcro'ed and zippered into my motorcycle fetish leather, I pointed it down the 210 West and wrung the throttle, working up through the gears yet shifting well short of the bike's howling 11,000-rpm redline. In the 20 seconds or so that it took me to reach fifth gear, the speedometer read … well, I'm not going to tell you what the speedo read. The point is, the bike was just waking up, just beginning to shake its strange, low-speed awkwardness. The super-stiff springs and shocks, which burr and tremble on the patched concrete around town, went all velvety; the aero cowling, useless at 60 mph, threw the jet stream over my ducked head, creating a small pocket of tranquillity inside the headlong tornado; the engine — all chatters and clatters at low rpm — began resonating like a cathedral pipe-organ keyed with a Hallelujah chord. My license would last about a week with this bike, maybe less. So it is fast — top speed is about 190 mph (you didn't hear that from me). But it's also quick. The fundamental ratio of performance machines is power to weight, usually expressed as pounds per horsepower. A Ferrari F430 with driver weighs about 3,300 pounds, a burden shared by its 490 horsepower, which the abacus tells us is about 6.7 pounds per horsepower. The Ducati 999R (dry weight of 398 pounds) weighs about 600 pounds with me on board, which means each of its 150 horsepower must move only 4 pounds. It's hard for those who have not saddled a superbike to appreciate the sick, perverted violence of this equation. If you rev the 999R's engine to about 6,000 rpm, shift as much of your weight as possible over the front wheel, and gingerly slip the clutch for a couple hundred feet — and if you can hang onto it — the bike will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 3 seconds. Your wits might take a bit longer to catch up. But woe betide the rookie who fails to execute the full-power launch precisely right: The bike will be delighted … delighted, thank you … to wheelie over onto its, and your, back. Even in second and third gear, the bike's massive torque (at 8,000 rpm) will easily pull itself over your head in an asphalt full gainer. Oh, and what's that smell? Why it's my roasting thighs. The heart of the 999R (that is, if it had a heart) is the 999-cc displacement, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine. This has to be the most highly stressed engine in any street vehicle, producing 150 hp out of less than one liter displacement. The technology that goes into this bespoke, sand-cast engine is the stuff of race engineering, but its essential feature — beside the ludicrous power — is the unbelievably low reciprocating mass. This courtesy of alloy pistons, featherweight billet crank and exotic and titanium-intensive "desmodromic" valve train — which is to say, the return action of the valves relies on an opposing rocker arm system rather than passive valve springs. What does all this mean? The internal moving parts of the engine are extremely light, so they can accelerate and decelerate very quickly. Gas the motor and the rpm shoot skyward. Heigh ho, Silver! (or its equivalent in Italian). Let off the gas and the rpm and power plummet — which can be quite exciting if, for example, you miss a shift under hard acceleration. It would be very easy to be unhorsed this way. As hard as the bike speeds up, it slows down even harder. The radially mounted Brembo front disc brakes are incredible. But, again, the slightest misapplication of pressure on the right-hand brake lever — say, two fingers instead of one — and the bike will stop dead in its tracks, leaving you to sail over the carbon-fiber fairing like Buzz Lightyear. The 999R is a very naughty motorcycle. However, I did learn a few tricks on the serpentines of the Angeles Crest Highway that made my time with the bike easier. First, get all the braking done in a straight line; none of that fancy trail-braking into the corner that you see on televised Superbike races — you ain't Valentino Rossi and I'm certainly not. Second, get off the saddle early and set up for the corner. The bike is far too reactive, far too edgy, to permit sliding off the saddle once you enter the corner. Third, hold onto the bike with your legs; avoid putting any weight on the grips. The slightest tug can cause the bike to surge out of your control. Fourth, stay in a higher gear than you might on a less powerful bike. Crank the bike over on the tire sidewalls and roll on the throttle and let the ludicrous amounts of torque pull you through the corner. Have no fear. The bike's racing tires have stupendous grip on dry pavement. Fifth, use the force, Luke. As difficult as it may be, you have to trust this bike. The harder you ride it, the more stable and secure it feels. I practically stood the thing on its nose under braking and the tail didn't wiggle an inch. I flopped it over from rail to rail as hard as I knew how and the front end didn't even tremble. Pound for ornery pound, this has got to be the most dynamically perfect motorcycle in the world. Yes, once you master the brakes, the stuttering dry-plate clutch, the splenetic throttle, the aching-back riding position and its overall rabid dog demeanor, the 999R can still be a traumatic life event. I mean, come on, it's a racing bike! It is to normal street bikes what crystal meth is to your morning coffee. I have never been so relieved to park any vehicle unscathed in my garage. And yet, I confess, I was a little sad to see it go.
 

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what a post
one of the greatest i've ever read.... anywhere
i just rode one this morning for the first time
i got off the bike about 8.5 hours ago and i'm STILL shaking
and i'm not kidding
 

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Shit, and there was me contemplating buying a 'normal 999'
How much different is the R to the regular bike?
 

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there really is no comparison
of course you know about the hand-built, true 999cc motor
and you know about the VERY MUCH lighter forged instead of cast wheels
and we know that no one can use the power of the normal 999, let alone the 999R

BUT>>>>
when you sit on the 999R
when you start it
when you feel the beast under you

you'll know the difference
it's all up to you

19K for the 999
24K for the 999S
31.5K for the 999R
33K for the 999R Xerox edition

why would ANYONE spend 31.5K or more for a bike
i have no idea
i have 2 bmws
i went to buy the 999
but now.... i won't buy anything but a 999R
and i don't think i can EVER justify spending 31.5K for more

so....
what to do
what to do
what to do
 

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Wait for one on e-bay. I saw one a while back that sold for 23.5k. Only had a few thousand miles. Looked perfect........

I LOVE my 999r. The money is justified every time I get on her. Additionally, the crowds that gather when you stop anywhere are a blast!

WAIT for the machine-Don't compromise bud....It will be worth it!
 

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i agree
but, that Xerox model is calling my name so loudly i have a big headache

i can't even imagine what it would cost to insure THAT bike

please tell me about your insurance for the 999R, Brian, if you don't mind
 

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brianmdavis said:
Gieco at $599/yr with FULL coverage.
what?
do they know it's worth 31K?
how can it cost so little?

do you have UNinsureed motorist coverage?
do you have other bikes?

i have geico in florida

2002 BMW K1200LT: $550/year
2005 BMW R1200GS: $650/year

quote on bike i thought i would get (not getting)
2006 Kawi ZX-14: $1,197/year

west coast of florida
 

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Brian
where do you live?
do you have other bikes insured with them?

i am 43 with a clean record as well

thanks so much for your time... i appreciate it
 

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I live in Santa Rosa CA. By Healdsburg and Windsor. On the way to buying the bike I was on my cell phone buying insurance. I called Geico and told them I was buying a 999. Nver said anything about thr "r" portion. They certanily could have figured it out with the VIN, but never said anything. I just renewed and got the same rate.

Where are you located...Would be nice to have someone close to ride with. Don't have any fellow Duc riders around me I know...
 

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I live in Santa Rosa CA. By Healdsburg and Windsor. On the way to buying the bike I was on my cell phone buying insurance. I called Geico and told them I was buying a 999. Nver said anything about thr "r" portion. They certanily could have figured it out with the VIN, but never said anything. I just renewed and got the same rate.

Where are you located...Would be nice to have someone close to ride with. Don't have any fellow Duc riders around me I know...
i wish i lived closer, but i'm on the west coast, OF FLORIDA
a have a lot of friends with ducs around here but our roads PALE in comparison to your's

i spend a lot of time looking at www.pashnit.com....
you guys have it made around there

i wonder about the "R" issue
i'm thinking about the xerox version
i wonder if, if you have a claim, that they won't pay if they don't have the "R" designation on your policy, whatever the VIN#?

i can't believe how cheap GEICO is for you
they seem to quote different prices to different people on a whim
 

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I use geico as well and only pay 620 a year for full coverage. Being 36 years
old and live in Alabama the pricing seems to be pretty consistant across the
country. As with me, they really didn't that the bike was an R.
 

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I think GEICO does not feel any V-twins are high performance, and do not rate any of them that way. I pay less for both my bikes (999 and 749R) than I would pay for 1 Gixxer 600! Go figure.
 

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i have YET to call Geico about the 999R
i wonder IF i'll mention it's an "R" or not

probably not

i'll call them tomorrow
 

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They will know it's an "r" by the VIN. No way around that. Don't think they care. If I wad it up, they'll pay...They're Geico!
 

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Greg,
Get the Xerox. I'll tell, you'll get sticker shock when you go to bed that first night. However, as soon as you open your garage the next day and see what's parked in there, you'll never look back. I'm SO glad I bought this bike. The enjoyment has far outweighed the price. You won't regret it....I'm excited right now just talking about it. I just put a 57mm Termi system on her...WOW!!!!! Also just ordered Acculign rearsets. Already have carbon hugger, Speedy Moto clutch cover, with gold plate. Hodgsen and Bostrom signed the rear number plate, having it clear coated now. You can't imagine how fun it is to go for an agressive ride, and then pop by a popular coffee house or local hangout to sit and BS with the folks will swarn you to gaulk and ask questions...I had mine in the shop a while back getting the pipes and new tire put on and a photographer came by from Biker magazine, took pictures, submitted them to the Editor,he approved them. They're wanting to put her in the magazine after a photo shoot. They're waiting for me to get back the fairings from Bobby Keith's....EXCITING

It's a blast.

GET the Xerox before they're gone...Start enjoying the beautiful machine NOW. Call me before you ride much. I'll give you a few tips on paint protection...You'll need it. 707 838 9114

One drawback, I ride the hell out of mine, and scratches and chips do happen. It's costing me a grand to fix the dings.
Also, you won't want to go to the track with the stock fairings. You have to get Skinz or the like...
 

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i know that you are right Brian. i guess i never thought i'd be buying a bike for 33K.... though i have 2 BMWs in the garage that cost me 25K each by the time i did all the mods and aftermarket stuff. the xerox bike is getting me very excited
i'm going to call him today
thanks so much for the number
i'll let you know how things go

have a wonderful day
 
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