Ducati Brings Back 999 – Redux

I thought it would be fun to bring back some posts from earlier in the year that were popular and/or generated significant debate. Following my tirade against the Ducati 999, I thought of a great idea for an April Fool’s prank, the return of the 999 in Limited Edition Form!

Ducati has announced the return of the controversial 999 Superbike today in the form of the limited edition 999LE. Just 999 examples will be manufactured in a special ‘Imola Platinum’ color scheme, each individually signed by designer Pierre Terblanche.

So began the April 1st, 2010 post. The new, old model was to be based on the pinnacle of the 999 series, the limited edition, superbike homologation ‘R’ model with an updated engine from the Ducati Streetfighter. I got the idea from the response to a thread on Ducati.ms which has been viewed more than 12,000 times with over 350 comments. Many folks who clearly never bought a 999 when they were new, claimed to now prefer the discontinued model over the then current 1098/1198 range.

The response to the 999LE was not exactly what I anticipated. Some folks emailed me asking how they could place an order and in the end I had to add ‘This is an April Fool’s Joke’ to the post. Just goes to show that what’s in fashion waxes and wanes. You can read the whole deal by clicking Ducati Brings Back Limited Edition 999.

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One Response to “Ducati Brings Back 999 – Redux”

  1. Terrible!! But all people who like this bike are jap bike refugees. None other. Not true Ducatisti!