BIKEDUCATIDUCATI 999 TESTASTRETTA

Ducati 999 Testastretta test

Intro: ITALIAN PURITY

Ducati 999 TestastrettaHere 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 it’s sporting results.
The Ducati engineers had the difficult task of changing something that was perfect to begin with. The result is anything but a disappointment and that’s the most important thing.

Esthetique: LESS PURE, MORE ORIGINAL

Ducati 999 TestastrettaModern, 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.
The styling of the body attempts to improve the ergonomics of its rather chaotic predecessor. The riding position is still rather spartan, the saddle being as narrow as a slice of Parma ham and the protection is just a gesture. On the other hand, the rider has excellent mobility and there are several adjustments to modify the rider’s position. The handlebars, footrests and even the saddle are all adjustable. The hand controls are in the traditional Ducati mould and we are as admiring as ever when we look at the finishing detail and the quality of the materials used. The 999 has a very complete electronic control panel apart from the rev counter which is still analogue. When it comes to criticism, it’s worth noting that the 999 is still short on practical details with its hopeless rear view mirrors, its non existent storage and an inadequately insulated saddle, especially when it comes to the hypothetical passenger.

Motorization: EVEN BETTER. SI, SI !

Ducati 999 TestastrettaOnly 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.

The twin V with its positive drive distribution can develop 106 horsepower but it has greater and better spread torque. Here we have really first rate engine performance alongside very reasonable fuel consumption of just 7 litres per 100 km on average.

On the road: A STANDARD SUPERBIKE

Ducati 999 TestastrettaThe 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 999’s 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.


Characteristic Ducati 999 Testastretta

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