6. Ducati 999, 2003-2006


What can I say, I’m one of the infidels who really liked the way the 999 looked from the first time I saw it at its inception in 2003. They won’t let me in the Ducati club. I still like it, it reminds me of a Raymond Loewy locomotive – which is one of the things Pierre Terblanche credited for his design. In my opinion, the too-careful 1098 that came after it looks positively dull in comparison. Performance wise, with its new Testastretta L-Twin, the 999 pretty much owned World Superbike during its run (except for 2005, when Troy Corser gave Suzuki its lone WSBK Championship). Pick up a perfect one with less than 10,000 miles, in red or yellow, for $5 to 6k (preferably one that was recently serviced).

2003 Ducati 999 Review

2004 Open-Class Shootout