Ducati 999 Testastretta test
Intro: ITALIAN PURITY
Here at last is the latest in the legendary line of Ducati Superbikes. Not an easy task to replace the 916, which became the 998 that marked the 1990s, not just for its timeless beauty but also for its sporting results.
Esthetique: LESS PURE, MORE ORIGINAL
Modern, original lines have replaced the purity of their predecessors, their only way forward. Since aerodynamics, ergonomics and mechanical integration were at the top of its specifications, the 999 could not simply be only be an evolution it could only be a revolution.
Motorization: EVEN BETTER. SI, SI !
Only the engine of the Testastretta remains almost identical to that in the 998, with just a few minor changes : a more voluminous air box, modified injection and most importantly a new catalytic exhaust with a single silencer beneath the saddle.
On the road: A STANDARD SUPERBIKE
The body and the cycle part are the essential areas of change. Compared to its predecessor, the 999 has taken a couple of giant steps forward when it comes to the actually making the bike easier to ride. The chassis is even more precise but the previous models have always needed physical engagement and some serious anticipation. You no longer need that kind of experience to ride the 999. The position, which is as exclusive as ever, is now more natural and the chassis is more docile to handle when changing direction as well as being easier to place. The second striking change is concerns the 999s brakes. Previously the domain of the " R " models, the new Brembo brake system with its 320 mm discs and its 4 pad callipers has quite remarkable precision, progressiveness and power. The rear brake is still rather difficult to dose though. Naturally, we are in the presence of a racing beast adapted for the road, so it should not be forgotten that comfort is not a key, though the absorption has seen some progress in the matter. In conclusion, sticking as ever to its brand image, the Ducati Superbike intends to remain an exclusive bike that is far more at ease on a circuit or on really good tarmac than it is on rough roads. That said, the Ducati has been watered down a bit, not just to please the common mortals but also in order to gain a few tenths of a second on the circuit.