2006 Ducati 999R Xerox and Ducati ST3
Photographs and text courtesy of
Ducati Motor S.p.A.
In the run-up to the presentation of its complete
Model Year 2006 range at EICMA in Milan from 15 to 20
November, Ducati chose the prestigious Motorcycle and
Scooter Show in Birmingham (UK) to preview two of its
new models due out next year.
The first is an exclusive version of the 999R, in the
form of a “Xerox replica”, which practically duplicates
the official 2005 Superbike World Championship bike
right down to the graphics and smallest details.
The second is the new ST3s ABS, Ducati’s
high-performance sport-touring bike, which will top the
range for 2006 and comes complete with ABS and other
substantial improvements in terms of equipment and
The 999R “Xerox replica” has a captivatingly
aggressive look, in this even more exclusive racing
Adorned with the graphics of the official
bike, this special version of the 999R also features
black anodized steering head and footpegs and the red
Brembo Racing logo on the radially mounted brake
A further exclusive detail with respect to the
standard model is the fully adjustable Öhlins ‘Racing’
rear shock absorber, with dual adjustment of compression
damping for high and low relative speeds, and using an
aluminum shock body.
For lovers of “race replica” bikes, there is also a
kit containing red adhesive wheel trim and dedicated
stickers for the headlamp fairing.
Like the 999R, the “Xerox replica” is also supplied
as standard with a racing kit (the Termignoni exhaust
kit consisting of a horizontal, cylindrical
half-manifold, in place of the standard part of the
exhaust system, which houses the catalytic converter,
‘open’ silencer and carbon cover specifically for the
open silencer), which further accentuates the sporting
spirit of this incredible, high-performance Ducati built
for track and competition use.
Another not to be missed preview is the new ST3s ABS
, which will spearhead the Ducati Sport Touring range as
The top-end cycle parts (fully adjustable Showa forks
with TiN treatment; fully adjustable Öhlins rear shock
absorber; aluminum swingarm; five-spoke wheels), are
complemented by a further safety feature in the form of
ABS brakes. These were developed in response to the
sporting nature of the bike, to ensure maximum safety
without compromising performance even at the limit.
The new ST3s ABS shares the same versatile Desmo3
liquid-cooled 3-valve engine as the ST3, for an optimum
combination of the low-rev torque typical of 2-valve
engines with the power of 4-valve units. It also meets
Euro 3 anti-pollution standards.
Both new models will be available from Ducati dealers
starting in December.
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