Bought another Italian motorcycle. Where am I going to put it?
I have a single car garage, and this will be the ninth motorcycle. This is getting out of hand, but there are worse problems to have.
My name is William, and I have a problem. I just can not get enough 90s and 00s Italian exotic motorcycles in my life. Some might think I am crazy, but I try to share my journey to show that these are nothing to fear and offers some truly amazing ownership experiences.
Over my time here at DriveTribe I have talked about how the early Ducati Monsters are a great starting point if you need an all around bike. Offered my opinion on the last of the air cooled Ducati SuperSports line, and went out and bought one that had been sitting. Almost every detail of the work required and the cost to get it back on the road was shared here. For a while I had been suggesting that people take a closer look at the Aprilia RSV line of bikes. I felt that they offered a lot of exotic performance in an inexpensive and reliable package. Bought one last year. Have even pushed the envelop and gone down some really weird rabbit holes. One that really took my eye was Bimota. This has really become a passion for me. Love being able to share what it is like to live with these bikes here with others. Well throughout all of the years spent wrenching, riding and writing there has been one bike on my radar that I have not been able to have join the garage. The Ducati 999R. That has finally changed.
Closed a deal on a 2003 Ducati 999R. Advertised as in near mint condition, and listed by the type of person you really want to buy a bike like this from. Someone that has a history of owning and caring for this type of machine. This is not going to be my typical project or story of dealing with a rare bike with needs. Sure it needs to have a full service done, and I will obviously share some insight into that process as I plan to do that work myself. But I am hoping that this gets pressed into service right away. Would like to use if for a few events and day trips. My hope is that it becomes a very usable motorcycle for me.
When looking for a bike I was specifically looking for a 2003. I personally prefer the design of the fairings to the latter bikes. Was not really interested in the versions with the team graphics. It really is not my thing (even though my Aprilia is a Haga edition) and I was not willing to pay the premium they seem to demand. The 2003 bikes were also the only years to be numbered by the factory on the top triple tree clamp. Those little plates that get riveted on really make a difference to collectors and long term value. The latter bikes did have a few more ponies, although it remains a mystery as to what Ducati actually did to cause the power increase. Some have claimed they did little more then update the spec sheets. The latter bikes also has some additional magnesium covers. Honestly in the current market, all the red fairing 999R represent a real bargain.
996R and 998R prices are increasing with every sale, and the 1098R bikes have not found stable ground yet. Questions over service costs and tank swelling issues still haunt them. I think unfairly, but the fact remains that pricing has yet to really level out. I suspect it will in the near future though.
While I would never by a motorcycle as a pure investment, I will try and make certain choices when purchasing to help limit my exposure when it comes time to sell. Part of the allure of bikes like this is that there should be little to no depreciation.
Wanted a bike that was basically stock. Everyone should know that as time marches on, aftermarket parts will have a larger and larger negative effect on the value of your machine. Some parts are exceptions to that rule. Termignoni exhaust, and Ducati Performance branded carbon fiber are notable examples. These parts might not add any value, even though they carry new costs that rival some new bike MSPR, but they do not hurt the value. For me, I wanted to find a bike with the full 57mm Tergi set up.
The original owner also seems to have purchased a few small carbon parts to ascent the bike. Only thing I see that I might want to change is the plate mount. I understand the desire to remove the factory mount as it is bulky and unneeded, but I tend to prefer the factory look. Will probably revert this change.
Another thing that sets the 999R apart from the crowd is the full carbon fiber fairings. Love the little detail of Ducati not using a sticker for the logo, instead the simply masked off the paint. Neat touch for sure.
Was also super excited to know that this bike came with all the original documentation as well as the special Ducati plaque that displays the frame VIN and the engine casting numbers. It is really nice that this bike has retained these little items. It really adds to the appeal of the overall package.
The plan is to get this bike into my shop, perform a full service top to bottom and get it out on the road to enjoy. Looking forward to see how this compares to my Aprilia RSV Mille R and my Bimota. Should be interesting to have a couple of different top tier V-Twins to ride back to back.
What do you guys want to see or know about this bike? Any other owners here?