Team Corse riders Ben Bostrom,
Ruben Xaus and Troy Bayliss present the new generation Ducati
999 Superbike flanked by beautiful Fast Dates Ducati girls.This
is how to do a press launch!
new bike will be available next year in two versions with
the Testastretta engine, the 999 Standard biposta with 124
hp and Showa suspension, and the 999S monoposta with 136
hp and Ohlins suspension. Major changes include a lower
seat and tank height, longer wheelbase, and a sharper turning
launch of their next generation superbike
The new Ducati 999 Superbike
Italy, July 17th, 2002:
It was just past 6:00 PM when the most important sector and non-sector
journalists from around the world began to arrive at the Santamonica
racetrack in Misano Adriatico. The perfect setting for the world's
most widely awaited motorcycle event: Ducati's presentation of
the new 999 Superbike to the world.
We knew a
new generation superbike was coming from Ducati. Not because they
needed it, since the current generation 916 to 998 model bikes
that have been with us a decade still remain the world's premier
sportbike, both in the market place and in superbike racing. But
the new management at Ducati wants the Italian company to always
remain at the fore front in the sportbike market and the introduction
of a new generation 999 Ducati Superbike at this time will help
to assure this. But this suprise unveiling of the new machine
before the more traditioanl new bike launches at the Intermot
World Motorcycle Show in the fall, helped to assure Ducati more
press exposure without having to share the limelight with other
manufacturers' new bike introductions.
circular stage that welcomed the guests was half used for
seating and half for display. The 999 alone, in its place
of honour, was hidden from view. An aperitif under a grey
sky and the excitement began to build. Finally, at 7:00,
the presentation began.
The 999S with single biposta seating and rear number panels,
and Ohlins suspension. Lower fairing scoops may change on
the 999R homologation model.
success has been the result of good business choices, a favorable
market and a great product whose potential had not been fulfilled
in the 916," said Federico Minoli, President of Ducati Motor
Holding, "We worked on that product over the years, culminating
in the 998.
however, thanks in part to your opinions, that Ducati must constantly
create defining moments in which the lines of new evolution are
started. This is one of those moments. Tonight I recognize that
the 999 is one of those great leaps forward that will carry us
for years to come. I'm proud of the technological development
and the Ducati heart beating in the 999. The 999 has already passed
the test of Troy, Ben and Ruben," he continued, referring
to the three factory racers, "It now must pass your test,
and, ultimately, the test of the Ducatisti and racetrack. We are
sure it will conquer all. We know this because the 999 is a combination
of technological breakthroughs, Ducati tradition, and the passion
of everybody who created and worked on it."
new 999 Superbike employs the latest Testastretta 999cc engine
in a fully redesigned chassis featuring a 7 -inch lower seat
height and gas tank for increased comfort and quicker handling
transitions, and a 7-inch longer swingarm to reduce wheelies!
The cast alloy swingarm is still very unique, but it is now
double sided. The large single alloy muffler under the tail
section will probably be the first part enthusiasts will want
to replace for a set of straight through race silencers. Turn
signals are recessed into the bodywork for cleaner aerodynamics.
Ducati CEO Carlo Di
Biagio spoke next: "At Ducati, it is our responsibility -
and heritage - to challenge existing benchmarks in the world of
motorcycling, to be different, innovative and inspiring. The 999
symbolizes our commitment to build the most exciting sports motorcycles
in the world. We asked our R&D team to deliver a motorcycle
for the next decade. A motorcycle which would reach new heights
in performance and style. We believe we have succeeded today.
Ducati must continue to grow and to keep winning on the racetrack
and in the market. And the driver is our passion and innovation.
As custodians of a valuable brand, we look every day for new ways
to build our community and to share our passion with our fans
and friends. This is what Ducati stands for."
stage written in enormous letter were the words "Evolution"-
above the series of Ducatis which had led to the amazing new Superbike:
851, 888, 916, 996 and 998.
over the various super innovative components of the motorcycle:
lights, tank, swingarm and exhaust. And finally the word "Redvolution"
appeared above the 999 itself.
we talked to Chief Ducati Designer Pierre Terblanche about
the upcoming next generation Ducati Superbike at Revs America
last year he told us the new bike would be a challenge when
it came to the styling, only because it would be difficult
to improve on the current generation bikes which were close
to perfection. He did do a good job with the new machine,
and we expect it to become even more appreciated over time.
And it should look a lot more agressive with a factory race
exhaust system. We do miss the old single sided swingarm.
models for 2003
10/01/2002: The top-of-the-line model for 2003
is the Ducati 999 Testastretta Superbike available in the base
123 hp model withShowa suspension and either Mono and Biposta
seating, and the 136 hp 999S model (featuring the first Testastretta
engine of the 2001 996R model) and full Ohlins suspension. A 999R
model employing the shorter stroke Testastretta SBK homologation
motor will certainly follow sometime in the 2003 season. It is
a motorcycle which reaches new heights in performance and style,
and is faster, lighter and more aerodynamic than any Ducati ever
built. The 999 will lead Ducatiís challenge in the World
Superbike Championship for 2003. Today Ducati is also introducing
the new 749 Testastretta Superbike, thus offering state of the
art technology in a mid-size package. The Ducati 749 Testatretta
shares the same design and innovations as the 999.
Alongside the 999, Ducati will continue to offer the previous
series classic 998 and 748 Superbikes in their standard version
in recognition of their World Champion Superbike status achieved
over the last eight years, and of their timeless and enduring
award winning design.
new 2003 Ducati 999R 03 Homologation Special
is about to tackle the new Superbike season with the latest jewel
in its production crown: the new Ducati 999R which follows on
from its older and famous sister, the 998R. The 999R will certainly
become a reference-point in racing and sportbikebike production
with a high level of technology and styling innovation. Some 500
lucky owners will be able to own this SBK homologation race replica
special of the factory Ducati Corse 999RF 03 which Neil Hodgson
and Ruben Xaus will race in the 2003 season.
Powered by the amazing Testastretta 999cc, 139 HP (bore 104 x
stroke 58.8 mm), the 999R boasts
state-of-the-art componentry, making it the king of Superbike.
Other features include: Full carbon fibre fairing, 5 spoke Y aluminium
alloy forged rims, Radially mounted front brake callipers on Ohlins
forks, Magnesium alloy head light support, Silver number plate
on the steering head.
The bike will only be sold online on the Ducati.com website for
some $30,000 Euros, with online sales closing on January 6, 2003.
USA models will now have full road equipment and will be street
legal. All the details of the new 999R 03 are HERE.
answer to the "do everything" bike is the new MultiStada,
featuring an all-new generation aircooled V-Twin 1000cc engine,
dual sparked, fuel injected narrow angle 2-valve desmodromic head,
hung as a stressed member in the traditional Ducati trellis steel
frame. Borrowed from the now previous generation SuperBike model
is the single sided swingarm with a fully adjustable Ohlins rear
shock, and the dual underseat exhaust system. It looks like a
supermotard for the street that will perform exceptionally well
in any pavement riding application. It is a versatile, new-generation
bike that embraces the performance and design of a sport bike
combined with real-world comfort and versatility. Terblanche got
the styling right on this one. Production is slated to begin in
March 2003 with delivery to America probably in June.
The classic Ducati Super Sports have undergone constant evolution
since their introduction more than 30 years ago. Perfect for twisty
mountain roads, the Supersport is known for its confident handling
and smooth, manageable power delivery. Model year 2003 models
are offered with three new, twin-cylinder, two-valve, air-cooled
engines: 620cc, 800cc and 1000 Dual Spark. In addition to the
signature red and yellow colors, the Supersports are available
in matte black, metallic gray, and a striking new silver color.
Each model features an anti-theft immobilizer system as standard
Designed for the sport rider who wants more comfortable ergonomics
and storage capacity, the Ducati ST family has also been further
advanced. For 2003, the Sporttouring family has been expanded
with the introduction of the ST4s ABS, powered by the championship
winning 996cc Desmoquattro engine and fitted with an advanced
ABS braking system for a unique combination of high performance,
comfort and safety. The ST4s ABS will join the ST4s, the ST4 and
the ST2 to complete the Sporttouring family.
The Monster family has been significantly enriched for Model Year
2003. This iconic street racer is available in four engine capacities,
two of which are completely new. The fuel-injected Monster 620
i.e. and the radical Monster S4, with its 916 engine, are joined
by the new Monster 800 and Monster 1000 Dual Spark. Both the Monster
800 and 1000 DS offer increased power and performance over their
Model Year 2003 represents a new chapter in the history of Ducati.
It is the richest and most innovative range of products the Company
has ever offered," said Carlo Di Biagio, Ducati Chief Executive
Officer."Our product range for 2003 is the result of a total
focus on innovation at Ducati. Innovation creates value for our
customers, and adds value for our shareholders by fueling growth
with exciting new products. At Ducati, it is our responsibility,
and our heritage, to challenge existing benchmarks in the world
of motorcycling, to be different, innovative and inspiring."
2003 • Ducati