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Anybody ever seen the movie Christine. Well thats what this is kind of like. Ever since going to Austin MotoGP, and Ducati Island I have manged to sweat down the Ducati thing, but not this time. I just cant get it out of my mind. She is working on me.
I started out by doing a track day on my Speed Triple. Nice but left me wanting. I have always wanted a Ducati. Now before you all start suggesting other bikes, I have decided on a 999s. mSold my S3
The reason its going to be a 999s is:
1- Unlike 99% of Ducati fans, I think the 999 is beautiful. Period.
2- I believe for my size the 999 will fit me better than any other Sportbike
3- I do NOT like the 848
4- insurance is reasonable on this bike. Will not pay stupid insurance rates
that have been quoted on 848 evo and 899 Panigale.
5- Am working a very good deal on a 999s that is owned by a real
Ducatisti and has been mainted accordingly. ( New Kevlar Belts)
among other things.
6- price is reasonable. and very well equiped

So confirm or deny the rumors I have heard on this bike.
1- The 999 is the most expensive Ducati to maintain.
2- The 999 is the least reliable Ducati
3- The 999 requires $1000 dealer service every year regardless of miles
4- The 999 is a horrible track day bike.
Thanks for your help.
 

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Anything above the 999 is way more expensive for me to insure. Im with and have been with AMIG for several years. I shop every couple of years and they are always the lowest. Insurance on a 848 + about triples my insurance. No tickets, No accidents, Great credit.

I am sure the 1198 is better as well as the 1199. I do not like the 848 , it is way too brutal a riding position for me. So the 1198 would be the same. 1199 is out of my price range both insurance wise and price wise. Thanks tho

can you answer any of my questions on the OP?
 

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American Modern Insurance Group. Troutman and Associates agent. Full coverage on my GSA and S3 was $415 a year. By dropping the S3 and adding either the 848 or 899 Panigale it would go to just over $1200 a year. Adding the 999 only put its to $495 a year. By comparison when I was considering the new Monster 1200s, that only raised it to $535 per year. You can refuse to believe it but I have the quotes to back it up. My home cars and boat are all with State Farm but they really dont want to touch a motorcycle. Progressive and Geico are more than AMIG

I have been doing a lot of reading on the 999. Anything to the recomendaton to buying a 2005 or newer for better reliability regarding electroncis?
 

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WOW! Great feedback guys ! Thank you so much. I have a deal made on a 2005 999s with 10200 miles on it. That is good to hear about not having to worry about the belts until 17500 ( thought it was 12K) I like the subtle improvements made to the 05-06 so backed out on an 03.

Hope to pick it up next week! Have to drive 800 miles roundtrip to get it but its very clean. Hope for the best. Will report back.
 

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Size

If you were 6'4" and 270 you would

You don't like 848/1098, you can't afford 899/1199, and you want the more reliable bike (than 916/998). Then you must get the 999, there are no other options. Although, I heard japanese litre bikes are reliable, cheap, and comfortable too.
I would still suggest 848/1098 though. They are very good. Very very good. I had 848 and can't complain about the riding position.
 

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Service

it was not a random number. My Dealer told me $1000 a year for service.

I do my own oil, filter, brake flush, tires, etc. But valves and belts would be beyond me!


Anyone who would say that, hasn't ever owned a Ducati of previous generations. The 749/999 is a pretty reliable machine. They already have the updated rocker arms, the 749S/R has the tapered collet valve retention system and so does the 999R, which is extremely reliable. They use better crank bearings then even the modern generation's.



There were some electrical gremlins in the 749/999 which caused a few people to call them unreliable. But honestly, the motor is pretty bullet proof. If you don't dunk the bike in water, its plenty reliable. They simply don't like getting wet.

The 05/06 series is the best reliability wise. They fixed a lot of issues with those bikes.



Yea right?!?! WOW, I have no idea how that got into your mind, what an arbitrary number. Service intervals are pretty much every 7500 miles for valve clearance check (which you can do at home) and 15,000 miles for cam belt change. When you buy a used bike and don't have a record of service performed, it may be wise to replace the belts and do the clearance check up front. There is no other service required outside of standard fluid changes.



If you put the 999 up against a 2014 Yamaha R6, yea the 999 is a horrible track bike. But so is the 848/1098/1198, they all have the same issues.

ALL Ducati superbikes need a longer swing arm, a shorter offset front end, a linear rear link, proper suspension setup for the track AND a slipper clutch. Doesn't matter what year, doesn't matter which generation, they all suffer from the same maladies. Mind you, the Panigale is an entirely different bike, which fixes all these issues. :)

But yea, buy the parts, put them on and the 999 will sing around the track. A lot of people prefer the 749/999 body style over the 848/1098/1198 for track riding. Yea they're a bit heavier, but in the long run if you can ride the bike faster, then might as well stick with it.

I personally prefer the 749/999 as a track bike over the 848/1098/1198 because its easier to work on. The fuel tank, seat and tail can be assembled as one piece in track trim, meaning its easy access to take apart. The airbox is a two piece, meaning easy access as well. The long and thin fuel tank is a huge positive for anyone AND frankly, the bike feels thinner then its predecessors due to the narrower diameter tubing.

If I were going to buy a 999 today, I'd buy a 05/06 999R. Send the shock and forks out to get dialed in for my riding weight, put a linear link on it, put 30mm offset clamps on it and a slipper. But the 999S is perfectly fine and its a lot cheaper. I just prefer the R because its a higher revving machine and its got a bit more power. I miss my 749R, to this day, I think it was the best production middleweight superbike Ducati made.
 
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