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Feb 16th 2016, 11:52 AM   #1
 beansbaxter's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

  Ducati + KTM
Thumbs up Proud new owner of a Ducati 999 Superbike

It was the summer of 2002 in Pullman, Washington. I opened up the latest motorcycle magazine and saw the successor to one of the most beautiful and successful motorcycles in history, the Ducati 916/996/998… and there it was, Ducati had announced the all new 999 as its new production-based superbike model. And I didn’t like it at all.

At this point in my life, the most exotic motorcycles I’d seen outside of the Ducati lineup was the latest from MV Agusta and Benelli on display at the former Beaudry Motorsports dealership in Post Falls, Idaho. And while I loved the previous generation Ducati motorcycles, I wasn’t a fan of how the Ducati 999 looked in the various magazine publications.

Winter time was upon us in eastern Washington, and our motorcycles were parked in storage. We heard about the upcoming International Motorcycle Show in Seattle, and Jafar and I decided to make the journey across Snoqualmie Pass after class on Friday. We drove from Pullman to Bellingham in my old 1985 Toyota Pickup truck and arrived late in the evening hours.


On the morning of Saturday, December 14, 2002, we arrived at the International Motorcycle Show on a cold, rainy day in Seattle. Yes, we were excited to attend the show and see the various motorcycles, but walking into the Ducati booth changed my outlook on this new 999. And in that instance, forgetting everything I saw in the magazines, the new Ducati 999 looked absolutely beautiful in person! There was a floor model to sit on, and a display model with clear fairings showcasing the internals. And from this day onwards, this has been my dream motorcycle.


On the afternoon of Saturday, August 21, 2004, I met several college friends at the former Eastside MotoSports in Bellevue, Washington for a Dyno Day. As I was admiring the Ducati 999, one of the sales people offered me a 2003 Ducati 999 for a demo ride.

After taking the 999 out for about an hour of riding, I could only hope to own one of these superbikes at some point in the future. And every time I saw one on a motorcycle ride or meetup or future motorcycle show, I took the time to appreciate and enjoy how progressive and gorgeous this motorcycle was. I read about the challenges Ducati had with selling this motorcycle, and I understand why they went in a different direction with the 1098 replacement. I never knew if history would be kind to the 999, but I personally loved it. One day.


While I’ve always had a love affair with the Ducati 999, it’s been one reason or another throughout life that prevented me from owning one. And then a perfect storm of events occurred...

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, I was in Portland for a few days attending some local bike nights, and a friend offered me his 2006 Ducati 749 for the day.

The Ducati 749 was comfortable to ride, and I went home that evening and started pouring into everything about the 999, from the specific model research to what was happening in the secondary market. I narrowed it down to the trim/years I desired, and started the constant checking on Craigslist and CycleTrader. And then the owner of the 749 informed me about a Ducati 999 near Bend, Oregon.

Admittedly, I wasn’t initially interested, but after doing some more research, I was willing to change my mindset and reached out to the seller. After a back and forth, and the typical fear of losing out to another buyer, I woke up on a Thursday morning not knowing I was about to embark on a road trip from Seattle to Bend to see this 999 in person.

Thursday, February 11 turned out to be a very long day. Wake up, gym routine, and immediately spoke to the seller again who was willing to meet me that evening while I coordinated transportation to Bend. I departed Seattle that morning, and met up with DGA in Portland to swap out my car for his truck, 1996 GMC Sierra with over 250,000 miles on the odometer.

I departed Portland in the afternoon, crossed the pass at Mount Hood northbound towards Bend, and arrived at an airport hangar in Prineville, Oregon… and there she was. This was a 2004 Ducati 999S with 7,700 miles in pristine condition. This 999 was originally sold at MotoCorsa in Portland, Oregon, and at 7,100 miles, MotoCorsa performed a significant service this past November:
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Valve Inspection
  • New Front and Rear Tires
  • Changed Front Fork Oil
  • Rear Shock Reservoir Rebuild
  • Coolant Flush
  • Brake Fluid Flush
  • Clutch Fluid Flush
  • Replaced Cylinder Head Gaskets
  • Sparkplugs
  • Air Filter
  • Changed Oil and Oil Filter
I took the 999 out for a test ride, went through the gears, and the ride was a dream.

Along with the original Owner’s Manual, the original black key, the original red key, and the original key code card was included.

This has been my dream motorcycle since I first saw it in person at the 2002 International Motorcycle Show, and now I’m the proud new owner of a beautiful 2004 Ducati 999 S Superbike...

First stop was filling the 999’s fuel tank with non ethanol premium fuel:


And the obligatory pictures:

Feb 16th 2016, 11:56 AM   #2
 ltlpagan's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Vancouver WA

  2010 Ducati Monster 696
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:00 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016

That's pretty! The pictures of the 2002 show are when it was actually a nice show!
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:03 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Pacific Northwest

  Street, Dirt, Quads and, Jet Ski's
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:12 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016

Nice read!
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:15 PM   #6
 WHO is DANE's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  like an asian
Congrats, Beans! You deserve this!

Now, where's RonUSMC so he can school you on all things 999.
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:22 PM   #7
 Willow's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Nice find, especially with the low miles !
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:31 PM   #8
  Jan 2016

  Ducati 749
From a design perspective, many Ducatisti viewed this Pierre Terblanche designed model in much the same way Porsche enthusiasts view the 996 series 911's. In hindsight, it's a design that was perhaps a bit too advanced for the times. But unlike those 996 - 911's, it grows in popularity each year. Given the extensive service payed for by the seller, you scored a major deal on this moving piece of engineering art. Congrats!
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:50 PM   #9
 Candiya's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Gorgeous! Congratulations! May you enjoy many fun miles with her.
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Feb 16th 2016, 12:52 PM   #10
 yard sale's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Your moms

  with reckless abandon
hands down my favorite duc... ever. sorry to hear you had to endure the stench of oregon to get your hands on it but we all have to make sacrifices.
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Feb 16th 2016, 01:01 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016

  Yamaha FZ-07
Originally Posted by yard sale
hands down my favorite duc... ever. sorry to hear you had to endure the stench of oregon to get your hands on it but we all have to make sacrifices.
I missed you

Congrats on the badass Duc Beans!!!
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Feb 16th 2016, 01:37 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016

  An Ape and a Husky
Congrats Dan. That bike will make a mechanic out of you yet!
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Feb 16th 2016, 01:40 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016

Nice ride!
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Feb 16th 2016, 01:52 PM   #14
 Davidk's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Bainbridge Island

  Ducati ST4
Yippee - another Duck on road where it belongs!!

Congrats sir!!
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Feb 16th 2016, 01:54 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
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