By John Burns
Fifteen years ago, brothers and sisters, Ducati inverted the number of the beast and loosed upon us the 999, and its latest superbike got very little love. It was a style thing, really. You either loved its Raymond Loewy-inspired design, like me and a few other highly evolved aesthetes, or hated it. And so we must ask, Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in the 999’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly that the 999 is swell AF. And the price is right, now, too.
2003 DUCATI 999
By now you’ve read the race-track reports from the bike’s Misano press launch in the print magazines–the infamous launch to which MO was somehow not invited (and for which Ducati will pay through the nose but let’s not go into that now). Here now for your perusal, the first real road test of the new 999 (far as we know), by our own Despondent Correspondent, the one, the only, ladies and gentlemen we give you YOSSEF SCHVETZ LIVE FROM ITALY! Take it away Yossef… –JohnnyB
Exactlyone year ago, mere weeks after the unveiling at the Milan show, I was riding Ducati’s new 998 on this very road and wondering what the fuss was all about? I’d decided to take Ducati’s new baby to the famous Della Futta pass — a mental road that begins only miles from the Borgo Panigale factory gates — and after less than half an hour of up-and-down twisties my wrists were killing me, my neck was in need of TLC and the obligatory tight crouch had …read more
Source:: Church of MO: 2003 Ducati 999