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Old 12-28-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
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I've said it before, the 999 looks pretty good to me.



Although I must admit that the cosmetic tweaks do improve the look. Nice story.
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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Another good job Yossef. I too found last years 999 to be beautiful. In fact I believe that the new 999 while still a good looking motorcycle is a bit more stodgy looking with the wider faring, and the color matched frame is less pleasing to the eye than the previous editions. VWW
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:10 PM   #3
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As always, Yossef, a great read.



But I wonder how the thing descends gullies?



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Old 12-28-2004, 05:10 PM   #4
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I'm still chuckling over that one.



A friend at the gym has a new 999R. I'm going to have to strong-arm him for a ride.
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:21 PM   #5
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Default 2005 Ducati 999 - And sporting twins in general

I've been dissing the 999 for its goofy styling ever since it debuted; I was sure David Robb was behind it somewhere.



But this latest incarnation with the revised fairing and color matched frame is much, much better.



BUT--here in Seattle you can buy a 999 for $12000 or drive a few blocks to Moto International and buy a Mille R for $9000. This is not a misprint, as they say. I was by there today and they've got a bunch of leftover Aprilia inventory they picked up from other dealers.



It's unbelievable how cheap the Aprilias are. You can get a new, '04 Factory with Oz wheels, Ohlins, and Brembos for $13,000.



999 versus Mille? If I wanted a sporting twin, there's no contest. The latest generation Mille has the stonkin' performance and just makes me sweat a little harder than the 999.



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Old 12-28-2004, 05:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the interesting story, Yossef. Killing the upper intakes finally gives the front end a cohesiveness that it had lacked. Previous 999's just looked busy to me, with angles and gaps flying at odd angles everywhere, but just a few subtle changes have worked wonders. I guess we can start to forgive Ducati for the impossible task of replacing the 916/996/998 so long as they continue to evolve the V-Twin platform. Better looks, more ponies, less weight ... knock a few (and then another few) thou of the price and they'd almost be Japanese.
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:52 PM   #7
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Ahh Yossef, sure sounds like the life. I've been a fan of Ducati's since my first ride on a 749 (well ok always). The handling of that bike set a highwater mark that still stands for me. I could change lines mid-corner with no problem at street speeds! The confidence inspired by it's braking and useable power delivery as well would make it my first choice for serious street riding in tight to medium tight "twisties". The sounds it makes going about it's business is music to my ears. With a bunch more power it (the 999) would seem a formidable, user friendly, weapon in the canyon's. I understand that the increased recipricating mass somewhat slows it's "throwability" though (compared to the 749). I hope to get a chance to try one of these new 999's.
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:58 PM   #8
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Ohlins AND Brembos for 13K?! Makes me wish I had Buzz's tax bracket problems. No, really... this is a business expense!
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:40 PM   #9
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My only concern with the Aprilia would be its teetering financial situation. Ducati and MV Agusta are slightly less teetering-at least for the moment.
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:59 PM   #10
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Thank you very much!
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