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The Ducati 999 superseded the Massimo Tamburini designed Ducati 916,996 and 998 range of superbikes in 2003, and was produced through 2006. This motorcycle enjoyed great success in World Superbikes and was raced in the series through the 2007 season, despite no longer being produced, pending rules changes by the series' governing body, FIM, to allow competition of the new Ducati 1098. The 999 was designed by Pierre Terblanche, amid much controversy over its styling. It is known as an extremely high performance, race oriented motorcycle. With its traditional Ducati L-Twin Desmodromic Valve actuated engine layout, it has a linear power delivery, with high power and torque figures available even at low RPM. Additionally, with its high-spec suspension and trellis chassis, it's one of the finest handling motorcycles of its time. The first generation was unveiled in 2003 and came in standard, S and range-topping R variations. The 999S differs from the stock bike with a more powerful engine(130 bhp at 9,000 rpm), lightweight wheels and Ohlins suspension. This distinctive and rare motorbike was registered in the UK in December 2003 and has been thoroughly enjoyed by its two owners. It has covered just over 2,000 miles in its life and has delivered serious thrills and turned lots of heads in that time. The bike is in the sort of condition you would expect, given the tiny mileage, and is sure to be a future classic with its unique looks and savage performance. Some Ducatis are so pretty in Red and Gold and Alloy, it's difficult to decide whether to ride them or hang them on the kitchen wall, however, that's not a problem with the 999. It may not be a beauty queen but with the benefit of hindsight, the secret is out. The 999, and particularly the 'S', has turned out to be, in terms of performance and handling, far superior to any of its predecessors. Where did I leave my crash helmet?