This is one of the fastest motorcycles we’ve ever featured—and I’d say it’s one of the best-looking too.
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Every big Ducati event weekend there’s always a standout bike people leave the track talking about and Laguna Seca was no exception. What was interesting about the bike that stood out a few weeks ago onLaguna Seca Ducati Island was that under normal circumstances, in a literal sea of Ducati’s, a 999 Superbike would be just another nice bike among hundreds of other nice bikes. But this 999 stopped people in their tracks. Subtle and elegant, the AreteAmericana 999 Italia is a lovely piece of work. It’s also clearly a professional build. One look at the 848 swingarm and the beautiful custom seat treatment and it had my attention (as well as a good bit of respect) so I decided to follow up with Bryan Peterson, who built it, to learn a bit more about this interesting bike, and how it came to be....
For the full interview, click HERE
What do you get when you mix in italian design and engineering with german obsessive-compulsive drive for weight reduction and performance?
No, you don’t get the acquisition of Ducati by Audi, you get the Durbahn 999 V2. This composite build is based on a Ducati 999, that has been extremely modified by Thorsten Durbahn of Durbahn Plastics, in Hamburg, Germany. This is a perfect example of human ingenuity, dedication, obsessive behavior as well as drive to obtain perfection, from a builders point of view. To some, this build might seem a waste of time, money and effort; to others this build will demonstrate the drive and dedication of one builder to achieve the ultimate bike....http://ilducatista.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/thorsten-durbahn-ducati-999r-v2/#jp-carousel-980
Went out for a ride yesterday, winter is almost gone!
Can't wait for the next ride. Spot is right here: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=49.907329%2C6.068047&num=1&t=h&z=17
And yes it's the same place as this one: http://ducati.kontain.com/sebnunes/entries/75746/cant_wait_for_the_spring/
Location: Rue du Château, Bourscheid, Luxembourg
'05 Ducati 999 "cafe fighter"
More photos on the link
Ducatis often inspire two conflicting impulses: one to ride the wheels off them; the other to put them in glass cases to show them off. The 999 largely failed to inspire either riders or collectors. Some blame the Pierre Terblanche-penned styling, which looked oddly rounded and old-school alongside the visually arresting 916. Others point to the adjustable ergonomics as the reason the bike was spurned by hardcore sport riders, who preferred their bikes to dictate the riding position rather than vice-versa.
Whatever the reason, the 999 fell through the cracks when it was introduced. Now, however, it’s a great introduction to the Ducati legend; one that doesn’t ask for more than you’re willing to give, yet gives you more than you might have expected in return.
Ducati 749/999 was never a pretty bike. It was an amazing piece of machinery that brought Ducati multiple Superbike Championship, but never got so popular as the 916/996/998 that replaced. It had that special thing about it that many Ducatisti liked but many more hated. Arete Americana (Bryan Petersen) / NJ / USA rolled up their sleeves, got in touch with Radical Ducati from Spain and created one of the most beautiful custom sport bikes in the world, if not the most beautiful custom Carbon Ducati 999.
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:
Surprising how up to date this treatment makes this 999
This kit for the 749/999 comes from the masterminds over at RADical Ducati from Madrid, Spain and Type U from Barcelona, Spain. Radical Ducati is the premier Ducati aftermarket supplier and their one of a kind Ducati based specials have been recognized internationally and have been published in a wide range of books and magazines in many countries. RADical Ducati employed Type U to completely redesign the body styling of the 749/999, to reflect the raw emotional appeal of the great Ducati’s of the past, most notably the 916. Type U Motorcycle Design was founded by Michael Uhlarik, award-winning former senior designer for Yamaha (MT-03, TZR, 2003 M1), and they provided complete design services from concept sketching to full size 3D and computer modeling.
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A lot has been written recently about the latest Ducati super motorcycle, the 1199 Panigale. From all reports and reviews, it's by far the fastest, most powerful and sleekest sports motorcycle ever to come out of the Italian manufacturer.
Ducati has always been synonymous with fast, sexy and powerful motorcycles. Since the factories started churning out the 851 back in 1988, the Ducati superbike has been a dream motorcycle, winning championships around the world.
Over time, the motorcycle evolution has been noticeable. Not only in terms of engine power, but also in styling. Below are photos of each evolution of the bike, starting with the 851 and ending with the 1199 Panigale. (Finding photos of each model, with a white background, taken from the same angel has proven to be very difficult).
The first image you'll see is an animated gif file I made, morphing each model from start to finish, showing you what the superbikes look like over time, and how they changed. This is followed by a detailed look for each model. The technical data is an amalgamation of data found on different sites and may not be 100% accurate since each model had its own evolution....(click thru for animation of the evolution and more pics of each model)