2005 Ducati 999
Best Super Bike I've ridden so far...By (I am an Owner) on Apr 12, 2009
I've ridden almost all 600cc super sports and full on liter bikes, and I must say, the "Italian Stallion" is the most exciting bike I've ridden so far. Yes, it is not the all out fastest in a straight line, but these bikes are meant for cornering. And boy does this beast corner. Even has the high ... spec Brembo brakes installed. Torque torque torque. On a side note, the Ducati is actually quite comfortable, and I'm 6" tall and weigh 175 pounds. You just can't beat the sound of a powerful V-twin...
better than mostBy (I am an Owner) on Sep 16, 2008
My history:I have had 2 prior sport bikes 00 R1, 02 RC-51 and presently 2 H-D's along side this 05 999.
Engine: Noisy (it's supposed to be!) The Revs come up fast and linear. The power is adequate for a twin cylinder but pales in comparison to any 4 cyl. Japanese sport bike. It's much ... easier to use the power in the turns with this twin, compared to a hyper HP. 4 cyl.
Frame: Very stiff, unyielding and very precise. It makes you feel like you aren't using it to it's limit.
Suspension/ride/comfort: Good quality, could use an upgraded Damper. Handling is superior to the RC-51, but, feels lighter. To compare: R-1 very jumpy. RC-51 stable, heavy, less lean angle. I'd put the 999 in the middle, somewhere between "the tail on fire R-1 and the lumbering RC-51. High speeds on the Duc are, at times frightening due to the mirrors/fairing flapping and the suspension allowing the bike to sail over bumps, at times leaving the pavement for more time than I'd like.
Ride is ok within the sport bike realm.
Comfort: well, within torture limits.
Reliablity: no issues other than the dry clutch not lasting more than 9K miles.
Value: If you are going to buy a Ducati for value.. You're not going to buy a Ducati. Got it?