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Grabbing along the rising start-finish line with the entrance to the first turn of the California Laguna Seca highway causes an adrenaline rush into the blood, no matter what high-speed motorcycle you race. But few cars exacerbate the sensations to the same extent as the updated 999R. The Ducati speedometer shows 240 km / h, at the top of the lift the front wheel comes off the track, and I have to brake and drop three gears to fit into the two-axle “left” hairpin. However, this projectile has everything that a cool sport bike needs to do - not only an engine that can inadvertently plunge into trouble, but also a great chassis that can easily “pull out” (including reckless) from any extreme situations. And I fit into the rotation!.. Ohlins pendants “hold”, despite the incredible deceleration under the influence of radial Brembo. The braking dynamics are such that the rubber “sticky” Michelin Pilot Race melts on hot California pavement …
The way the red V-twin destroyed the short part of the track gave birth to the main conclusion of the test: the 999R model of the 2005 model year is even faster and endowed with even better capabilities than the previous “erk”. The prize "tomato" has become juicier with an additional 11 hp and an upgraded chassis.