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24.05.2006, 12:51 PM
An excellent book detailing the design and creation of the 999 and 749.

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Biscuit
19.09.2007, 07:30 AM
This just landed on my office door mat, quick glance it looks superb. Loads of cad and sketch drawings of the bike b4 final design and production, great quality images. Tons of reading about where it came from etc. Dialougue with Terblanche talking thru the design elements. If you want to appreciate the bike more this is a must i reckon.

vic
19.09.2007, 04:09 PM
Most people didn't appreciate it's Quirky Looks.....

weeian
19.09.2007, 04:45 PM
749/999 is an immensely underrated bike.

also, is there a bike out there that " looks " like it ????

plz tell. Coz i think its 1 of the most unique out there.

dseered
19.09.2007, 04:47 PM
This just landed on my office door mat, quick glance it looks superb. Loads of cad and sketch drawings of the bike b4 final design and production, great quality images. Tons of reading about where it came from etc. Dialougue with Terblanche talking thru the design elements. If you want to appreciate the bike more this is a must i reckon.

It is a very good book, with some fantastic illustrations !

Mike Robins
20.09.2007, 10:17 PM
thanks for this. i just ordered my copy. 999R - my favourite bike whatever everyone else says and even though i have a 1098S. Desmo RR might stretch it however.

m

Masked Marvel
06.09.2008, 05:05 AM
Okay, I'll share now....

A little carbon fiber and a coat of light red paint, my hyper-fast race bike for the street, has designs on my soul. Hey, you! Get outta the way!!!

For those of you window shoppers who enjoy the wide-open freedom of a motorcycle, the wind in your face, the carefree, horizon-chasing moment, then by all means avoid the 2005 Ducati 999. Mine is misery on two wheels. A wickedly disposed and temperamental exercise of sheer mechanical narcissism upon which you assume a posture like it's flashlight inspection day in prison. Its last dyno at 172-hp runs on damned souls and is lubricated with the fat of unbaptized children. All my bike wants to do, all it dreams about at night, is catapulting me over the handlebars or pitching me backward onto the streaming concrete so I make one of those slo-mo, Evel-Knievel-at-Ceasars-Palace death rolls in my fancy Italian riding leathers. So, I always plan my day accordingly: After riding this bike, I need some time to unwind. I enjoy going for a Polynesian fire walk, perhaps. Play some "Deer Hunter" roulette. Or, occassionally, have a vasectomy. Lola is one of a mutant species of vehicles built to meet the production-based rules of a racing series, a process called homologation. The American Superbike Championship requires that competing bikes must be largely based on series-production motorcycles. In order to make mine more competitive, plenty of mods have been undertaken! In fact, Lola is pitifully disguised with just enough street-legal spit to pass DMV inspection. The badge on the carbon-fiber fender is that of the factory racing operation, Ducati Corse. Made of steel, titanium, carbon fiber and sadism, my girl is as close as you are going to get to a grand prix motorcycle, and since I am not a fantastic rider with years of experience, you don't want to get that close. She regularly, at least when Fay Myers hasn’t screwed her up, beats me down like I said something bad about her mother. Look for my name in the annals of motorcycle glory. You won't find it. I am a competent but by no means expert rider. I accept this. Call me a wimp, a weenie, a Sissy la-la, if you are inclined to excessive alliteration. But Lola scares the pudding out of me. So, there I was on P2P, puttering along in first gear with about 1,500 rpm showing on the tach, hunched over the handlebars. My sunglasses slipped down my nose. When I took my right hand off the accelerator, there was the briefest moment of adhesion between my palm and the gummy rubber grip — just enough to goose the throttle slightly. The bike jumped like it had been poked with a cattle prod. Baaaa-WHAAAYH! The force of the acceleration whip-lashed my helmeted head, wrenching my neck. This was the first sunglasses-adjustment injury I have sustained. One sunny Sunday morning, I got up early, determined to take the bike for a proper stretch of the legs. Velcro'ed and zippered into my motorcycle fetish leather, I pointed Lola down I-25 South and wrung the throttle, working up through the gears yet shifting well short of her howling 11,000-rpm redline. In the 20 seconds or so that it took me to reach fifth gear, the speedometer read … well, I'm not going to tell you what the speedo read , just in the event the LEO’s are on the Board. The point is, she was just waking up, just beginning to shake her strange, low-speed awkwardness. The super-stiff springs and shocks, which burr and tremble on the patched concrete around town, went all velvety; the aero cowling, useless at 60 mph, threw the jet stream over my Shark helmeted-head, creating a small pocket of tranquillity inside the headlong tornado; the engine — all chatters and clatters at low rpm — began resonating like a cathedral pipe-organ keyed with a Hallelujah chord. My license could last about a week with this bike, maybe less, if I continue to ride her regularly. Thank goodness for the service dept’s of our local Denver Ducati delearships for ensuring that she is down quite frequently!!!! So she is fast — top speed is about 190 mph (you didn't hear that from me). But she is also quick. The fundamental ratio of performance machines is power to weight, usually expressed as pounds per horsepower. A Ferrari F430 with driver in place weighs about 3,300 pounds – ask your local Tricolore riding catholic priest - a burden shared by its 490 horsepower, which the abacus tells us is about 6.7 pounds per horsepower. Lola, on the other hand, (dry weight of 398 pounds) weighs about 600 pounds with me on board, which means each of its 172 horsepower must move only 4 pounds. It's hard for those who have not saddled a superbike to appreciate the sick, perverted violence of this equation. If you rev the engine to about 6,000 rpm, shift as much of your weight as possible over the front wheel, and gingerly slip the clutch for a couple hundred feet — and if you can hang onto it — Lola will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 3 seconds. Your wits might take a bit longer to catch up. But woe betide the rookie who fails to execute the full-power launch precisely right: this wench will be delighted … delighted, thank you … to wheelie over onto her, and your, back. Even in second and third gear, her massive torque (at 8,000 rpm) will easily pull over your head in an asphalt full gainer. Oh, and what's that smell? Why it's my roasting thighs. Her heart (that is, if she had a heart) is the 999-cc displacement, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine. This has to be the most highly stressed engine in any street vehicle, producing 172 hp out of less than one liter displacement. The technology that goes into this bespoke, sand-cast engine is the stuff of race engineering, but its essential feature — beside the ludicrous power — is the unbelievably low reciprocating mass. This courtesy of alloy pistons, featherweight billet crank and exotic and titanium-intensive "desmodromic" valve train — which is to say, the return action of the valves relies on an opposing rocker arm system rather than passive valve springs. What does all this mean? The internal moving parts of the engine are extremely light, so they can accelerate and decelerate very quickly. Gas the motor and the rpm shoot skyward. Heigh ho, Pinky! (or its equivalent in Italian). Let off the gas and the rpm and power plummet — which can be quite exciting if, for example, you miss a shift under hard acceleration. It would be very easy to be unhorsed this way. As hard as she bike speeds up, she slows down even harder. The STM Slipper and 14/41 gearing are incredible. But, again, the slightest misapplication of pressure on the right-hand brake lever — say, two fingers instead of one — and Lola will stop dead in her tracks, leaving you to sail over the carbon-fiber fairing like Buzz Lightyear. Lola is a very naughty motorcycle…Naught-Ducati!!!! However, I have learned a few tricks on the serpentines of Deckers Highway that made my time with the bike easier. First, get all the braking done in a straight line; none of that fancy trail-braking into the corner that you see on televised Superbike races — you ain't Valentino Rossi and I'm certainly not. Second, get off the saddle early and set up for the corner. Lola is far too reactive, far too edgy, to permit sliding off the saddle once you enter the corner. Third, hold onto this biatch with your legs; avoid putting any weight on the grips. The slightest tug can cause this she devil to surge out of control. Fourth, stay in a higher gear than you might on a less powerful bike. I like to crank the bike over on the tire sidewalls and roll on the throttle and let the ludicrous amounts of torque pull through the corner. Have no fear. The Michelin 2CT racing tires have stupendous grip on dry pavement. Fifth, use the force, Luke. As difficult as it may be, you’ll have to trust this girl. The harder you ride her, the more stable and secure she feels. I practically stand the thing on its nose under braking and the tail doesn't wiggle an inch. I flop her over from rail to rail as hard as I know how – sniffing Munch’s exhaust - and the front end doesn't even tremble. Pound for ornery pound, this has got to be the most dynamically perfect motorcycle in the world. Yes, once you master the brakes, the stuttering dry-plate clutch, the splenetic throttle, the aching-back riding position and her overall rabid dog demeanor, riding Lola can still be a traumatic life event. I mean, come on, she's a racing bike! Don’t let the pink fool you!!! Lola is to normal street bikes what crystal meth is to your morning coffee. I am never so relieved to park any vehicle unscathed in my garage. And yet, I confess, I am a little sad to, again, see her in pieces!!!!.Oh, this, BTW, was my Lola. And, yes...she was pink!!! Only thing worse than riding a pink bike is being beaten by one!!

Biscuit
06.09.2008, 12:40 PM
So, did you like it?

:D:D:D

Masked Marvel
06.09.2008, 01:23 PM
I LOVED her!!!!! Had the entire insides worked, 172 HP on the dyno, FAST AS HELL!!!! Blew up, however!!! Not meant to ride on the street. So, now, I ride a 2007 Parts Unlimited 999S. Don't know if you are familiar? Only 150 manufactured in '07, signed by Bostrom and Hodgson.

Biscuit
06.09.2008, 01:27 PM
unfamiliar, looks good tho, like the concept of parts unlimited, mine has shed and broke some more parts recently! ;)

Masked Marvel
06.09.2008, 02:05 PM
unfamiliar, looks good tho, like the concept of parts unlimited, mine has shed and broke some more parts recently! ;)This was a production bike in the US. Needed a homologated bike for the 2007 season. I'm normally not big on the replicas. Although, the FIla and Xerox are very cool bikes!!!!

Steve748
07.09.2008, 05:12 PM
I have a parts unlimited shirt....

Masked Marvel
07.09.2008, 09:45 PM
Yeah, Parts Unlimited is pretty well known, Worldwide!!!

Steve748
07.09.2008, 10:06 PM
Yeah, Parts Unlimited is pretty well known, Worldwide!!!


but not in the UK unless they go by another name?

Masked Marvel
08.09.2008, 12:02 AM
They are a part distributor for the etire US motorcycle market, sponser many, almosyt ALL races that take place in the US, WSBK, MotoGP. Probably don't ship back to Euopre or UK form the US

Gizmo
08.09.2008, 09:14 AM
The Parts Unlimited bike was a US only model, Ducati NA do special paint jobs to move models at times, PA999, black/gold Sport Classic etc and we have our domestic reps with the Airwaves bikes

PU are US dealer only distributor, they will purchase internationally and may supply some territories close to US but have no coverage anywhere else in the world hence why that paint job was a US only model. Neil Hodgson did ride for them and I've seen a couple of reps over here. They ran the official North American AMA factory team in 06 I think, similar to what Airwaves do in the UK but the only "official" bike listed on Ducati.com is the Xerox rep

Masked Marvel
08.09.2008, 12:17 PM
The Parts Unlimited bike was a US only model, Ducati NA do special paint jobs to move models at times, PA999, black/gold Sport Classic etc and we have our domestic reps with the Airwaves bikes

PU are US dealer only distributor, they will purchase internationally and may supply some territories close to US but have no coverage anywhere else in the world hence why that paint job was a US only model. Neil Hodgson did ride for them and I've seen a couple of reps over here. They ran the official North American AMA factory team in 06 I think, similar to what Airwaves do in the UK but the only "official" bike listed on Ducati.com is the Xerox rep
Yep. Funny thing, whenever I take it in for service, the tech always argues that Ducati didn'take a 999 in 2007!

stevewrightscotland
10.09.2008, 04:44 PM
Hi,
I saw one of these Part Unlimited 999's in the Las Vegas dealer showroom about a year ago. It looked really good. I asked them who the signatures where and they did'nt know so I told em.

From memory they were only asking 17k dollars and I was tempted.

It was there for at least 3 months maybe longer.
Cheers
Steve

stevewrightscotland
10.09.2008, 04:45 PM
oh and it was new .... zero miles ... must have been one of the last new 999 bikes sold?

Masked Marvel
10.09.2008, 10:46 PM
oh and it was new .... zero miles ... must have been one of the last new 999 bikes sold?Yeah, it's funny, the bottom fell out of the 999 once the 1098 arrived. But, I prefer the 999 handling to the 1098. Now, I've not ridden the R, so that could be a different story. And, the 1098 is kind of cheap looking in spots. Can't get my head around the swingarm.

Steve748
10.09.2008, 11:42 PM
Can't get my head around the swingarm.

Your not alone there :rolleyes:

where have all the smilies gone?

rockjock620
11.09.2008, 08:07 AM
Yeah, it's funny, the bottom fell out of the 999 once the 1098 arrived. But, I prefer the 999 handling to the 1098. Now, I've not ridden the R, so that could be a different story. And, the 1098 is kind of cheap looking in spots. Can't get my head around the swingarm.

The swingarm is a classic - 916 anybody?

Masked Marvel
11.09.2008, 06:09 PM
Ducati, since they made the effort to snatch a few designs from the MV, should have used the one thing that may have made the 1098...the MV swingarm!!!! NOBODY comes close to the swingarm on the MV!!!!!

stevewrightscotland
13.09.2008, 08:08 PM
Yeah I think the 1098 and even more so the 848 are built to hit a cost target wheras the 999 was built to a spec. The 848 has some horrible welds and the swingarm on both the 848 and the 1098 are just bad to look at. Does the swingarm performance merit the poor looks I wonder?
Cheers
Steve

Gizmo
13.09.2008, 09:44 PM
the 999 was designed with a singlesided swingarm, cast just like the 998, PT intended it to follow the earlier bikes but Ducati corse insisted on a dual sided design to improve weight and stiffness. The cast swingarm was used for 2 years before being replaced with the larger, welded version which was lighter and stiffer, i've always wondered whether PT wanted the welded version but used a cast construction just to keep a link back to the 998. 1098 follows the construction of the 999 but in a single sided design, an extra 200cc and not having to shave weight meant they could run a heavier, inferior design just to keep marketing happy .....I don't mind the welds, the cnstruction is quite interesting blending sheet and cast together but I'd be interested to see if Ducati corse were allowed to reduce the bike weight whether it would still be there

Masked Marvel
25.10.2008, 11:59 AM
Hi,
I saw one of these Part Unlimited 999's in the Las Vegas dealer showroom about a year ago. It looked really good. I asked them who the signatures where and they did'nt know so I told em.

From memory they were only asking 17k dollars and I was tempted.

It was there for at least 3 months maybe longer.
Cheers
SteveSTeve,

Do you have any pics of your bike that might show better detail of the wheels? I am thinking of having the front, or both wheels coated red. Yours looks VERY coool. Just wanting to get a better look.

Thanks!!!

Drew

Biscuit
25.10.2008, 05:41 PM
STeve,

Do you have any pics of your bike that might show better detail of the wheels? I am thinking of having the front, or both wheels coated red. Yours looks VERY coool. Just wanting to get a better look.

Thanks!!!

Drew

dunno if you've looked but from Steve's profile there is a link to his "garage" and there are a couple more pics there....