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Ducati 999S - 2005

Ducati 999s

The level of equipment on the 999S guarantees professional handling on the track without renouncing the comfort and manoeuvrability necessary for effortless use on the road. The overall design of the 999S reflects that of Ducati's other Superbikes, with the stylish new over-and-under, twin headlight fairing designed for enhanced aerodynamics. The single seat version, with its genuine competition seat is more race inspired still in its looks. The clearest differences between the 999S and the basic 999 in terms of handling come from the brakes and the new Íhlins suspension.


The 999S shares the same basic equipment as all Ducati Superbikes but boasts suspension that is rarely found on a production bike. The new Íhlins fork monoshock belong to a range normally reserved for competition motorcycles and provide a large number of adjustments. Both the rear monoshock and the upside down fork can be adjusted for spring preload, compression and rebound to achieve the perfect setup for all riding conditions.

A new non-return valve has been incorporated in the rebound damping system to stop rebound adjustments interfering with the suspension's other settings. Like all 999 models, the 999S features an upside down fork with TiN (titanium nitride) coated stanchions. The fork's internal components have also been improved for better performance and comfort. Ducati's determination to use only the best available components is demonstrated by an adjustable Íhlins steering damper fitted with a special eccentric end fitting, that allows it to adapt to both steering head rake angle settings. The use of radially mounted callipers is an essential aspect of the braking system.


Some of the technical solutions developed for the Ducati racing team were implemented on the production Testastretta some time ago, and a large number of components were improved to achieve higher performance. In 2004 for example, oil lines were made straighter and their angle increased and valve diameter and lift was also increased to improve breathing. This has effectively reduced the power difference between S and the basic 999. Nevertheless, the S still maintains the advantage of improved titanium con rods and a lighter crankshaft. The S therefore still maintains a power differential over the basic model. Special internal engine parts also make a big difference to efficiency in a way that can be best appreciated under competitive riding conditions.

When you buy a 999S you also receive a special track race kit at no extra cost. This is the first time for such a kit to be included in the price of a middle of the range model. The special exhaust silencer and the other race components in the kit reduce the bike's weight by over a kilogram and takes engine power to 143 HP at 9,750 rpm and torque to 11.4 kgm at 8,000 rpm.


  • Engine Type - L twin cylinder, 4 valve Testastretta Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  • Displecement - 998 cc
  • Bore and stroke - 100 x 63.5 mm
  • Compression Ratio - 11.4:1
  • Power - 105.2 kW - 143 HP @ 9750 rpm
  • Torque - 112 Nm - 11,4 Kgm @ 8000 rpm
  • Fuel injection - Marelli Electronic Fuel Injection, 54 mm throttle body
  • Exhaust - Single steel muffler, with catalytic converter
  • Emissions - Euro 2
  • Gearbox - 6-speed
  • Ratio - 1a 37/15, 2a 30/17, 3a 28/20, 4a 26/22, 5a 24/23, 6a 23/24
  • Primary Drive - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
  • Final Drive - Chain; Pignone 15; Rear sprocket 36
  • Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
  • Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
  • Wheelbase - 55.9 in / 1420 mm
  • Rake - 23.5░ - 24.5░
  • Steering angle - 28.5░ right and left
  • Front Suspension - Ohlins 43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with TiN, for radial calipers
  • Front Wheel travel - 4.7 in / 120 mm
  • Front Wheel - 5 spoke Y light alloy 3.50 x 17
  • Front Tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
  • Rear Suspension - Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Íhlins monoshock
  • Rear Wheel travel - 5.0 in / 128 mm
  • Rear Wheel - 5 spoke Y light alloy 5.50 x 17
  • Rear Tyre - 190/50 ZR 17
  • Front Brake - 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad radial caliper
  • Rear Brake - 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Fuel Capacity - 15.5 l (of which 3 l reserve) / 4.1 U.S. gal (of which 0.8 U.S. gal reserve)
  • Dry Weight - 410 lbs/186 kg
  • Seat height - 30.7 in/780 mm
  • Max Height - 43.7 in/1110 mm
  • Max Length - 82.5 in/2095 mm
  • Instruments - Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, turn signals, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel reserve, neutral, water temperature, immobilizer
  • Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
  • Versions - One - Two seats