What do you have in mind to get Riley sorted?
Im with you!!! I bought a second 999 this year, not an R but one I plan to dissect and use to the learn valve adjustments and for parts. 999 for everAs this subs most beautiful 999S, Isabella, has been dismantled I felt the need to provide some new content for the people that loves the 749/999 range.
Lets just start off with this disclaimer. I don't really have much experience in build logs and the likes. I'll do my best and hopefully improve along the way. If not, hopefully the pictures will be enough to enjoy the thread.
I'll try to update along the way but as the bikes are a bit spread out in winter storage at the moment it will mainly be some archived pictures for now.
So, the bikes. Lets start with my 2006 Ducati 999 Nero, Scarlett.
It was my first ever bike, bought in 2017, and the reason I fell in love with Pierre Terblanche's beautifully design superbike. It has IMO aged like fine wine and I my love for the design has only grown since I first set my eyes on one.
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The focus in the start will probably most be on this bike from my archive.
My second bike is a 2006 Ducati 999R, Mia. The name is pretty fitting as the bike is still, well, MIA. It had some small issues that the seller arranged to have fixed. Then covid shutdown came and it's still a bit in limbo, but will hopefully be sorted in the near future. So until then, Mia will be a bit of a mystery for you guys but I'm sure it will be worth the wait!
While waiting for Mia, I accidentally bought a third bike on impulse while watching Moto2. The bike came up for sale and I just had to have it, so I jumped in my car and drove down, looked it over quickly and bought it on the spot.
It's a 2006 Ducati 999R with a SSSA conversion, 1098 Öhlins front forks and more. I have yet to find a fitting name for this bike but I'm sure it'll come to me as it has with the others.
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So yeah, as you can see, I kind of have a 999 addiction. Hopefully I'm not alone in loving these bikes and I hope someone will find it interesting to follow.
Agree with @ducvet ... While I would not say that I am a Terblanche "hater", my dislike of his bodywork styling is well documented on this site. Regardless... mechanically, the 749/999 series, especially the R's, give me wood, and the absolute sexiest part of the design is the rear end.Nice collection.
You might not want to hear this but I would work to get any "R" model back as stock as possible or at minimum gather up the parts to do so in the future. That said I would take the non-stock parts and have great fun with the standard 999 making it whatever you want. These bikes are very cool bikes and even the Terblanche haters have to admit they have aged well , most will secretly tell you they do like them now. in looks and design I would happily take one over a "New Ducati" though some day the new bikes may grow on my as the 999 did with time.
I have the Rosso Corsa's on my R... they are amazing tires, provided they are warm. I cannot stress enough how important that last bit is... Seriously.The bike came with old Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. I hate these tires profile with a passion so they had to go.
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Put on some Pirelli Diablo Rosso III and the difference was night and day. When the tires was off I used the opportunity to polish the wheels.
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Believe it or not, I actually managed to ride the bike between the work done also. Here's a picture from a pretty neat old gas station in Kongsberg, Norway.
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Loving the new tires. Currently debating which ones I'm going to be putting on my 999R that I will post more about later. That bike also had some 2CT tires on it when I got it and that's no bueno.
Shortlist is currently Rosso III, Rosso Corsa and Supercorsa. Leaning towards Rosso Corsa as I will be mainly using the bike on the road with shifting weather. Planning on bringing it to the track as much as possible but things are still a bit uncertain in regards to COVID.
I love the OEM swingarm myself. My other bikes have it and I have no plans on converting them. I do like how it looks with the conversion also though so I won't be converting back either. I like that it's something a bit different. Never been a person that prefers things original.Agree with @ducvet ... While I would not say that I am a Terblanche "hater", my dislike of his bodywork styling is well documented on this site. Regardless... mechanically, the 749/999 series, especially the R's, give me wood, and the absolute sexiest part of the design is the rear end.
With the exception of the swingarm on the D16, the stamped/welded units on the later MY's 749/999's is hands down one of the most "beefy" looking rear ends in motorcycling. Why anyone not endurance racing would want to go with a SSSA on this bike is a mystery to me.
BTW, I realize the irony of posting a pic of a fairly extensively modded 999R, in a discussion focusing on getting said model back to stock, but it was the best pic of the OEM swingarm I could find.
Yeah, I'm really torn on the choice here. Shifting temps and weather here is a big factor and I'm having a hard time between the Rosso III and the Corsa. "Luckily" I have some months to decide before it will be anything close to riding weather again here. Only thing decided for now is that I'm staying with Pirelli.I have the Rosso Corsa's on my R... they are amazing tires, provided they are warm. I cannot stress enough how important that last bit is... Seriously.
I have no issues with aesthetic mods based on a users personal preferences, but a modification like this, something that could potentially affect vehicle dynamics is just something I wouldn't do. I'll explain...I love the OEM swingarm myself. My other bikes have it and I have no plans on converting them. I do like how it looks with the conversion also though so I won't be converting back either. I like that it's something a bit different. Never been a person that prefers things original.
The way I see it, an original bike is the same for every owner so if you've seen one you've seen them all. What is interesting to me is what is done to it afterwards. That's what makes each bike interesting.
I think we're talking about two different things here... I'm talking about the look of the machine itself, without its bodywork. The late model 749/999's, especially the R's, with the stamped (or formed) welded swingarm and a fat 54/57mm equipped exhaust is one of the most "masculine" looking rear ends of any Superbike... let alone a Ducati.I agree totally that the rear end of the 749/999 is the sexyest part of the bike but the front really grew on me also. The whole bike has aged really well IMO but I can totally see why people don't like the design. It's very polarizing.