I made a bit of an impulse buy the other day. A mint 2004 Red Ducati 999.
I had a 2003 999 a number of years ago that i loved and when the deal came up i couldn't say no. I recalled it being the perfect v twin and, albeit in my misdirected youth, would drag knee pucks on the street on that bike on a regular basis. I currently have a 2008 zx-14 that i've ridden on street and track over the last 4 years. I've added heli bars, heated grips and all sorts of other goodies. Despite its size and comfort i never really considered myself anything but a hardcore rider. I rode the 14 all year around and didn't have a car. I had a ton of cold weather gear and laughed at all the "riding season over" threads. I have ridden sportbikes since i was 18. I had an RC-51 that i rode to kitimat, and was my sole (soul!?) transportation when i worked there....fishing tackle and all i carried on that thing. I rode a supermoto for a number of years. I street fightered a buell XB12r that was fairly bad ass (but ultimately gutless)....however, life changes and i rode very little this past year with a new job and blah blah blah. I still found it quite surprising to find myself cursing on the ride home with the Duc. "Who can ride these things any more?" "Why are the mirrors so bad?" "This tank range is awful and my wrists and nuts hurt" "this suspension is awful stiff isn't it?" "do people really like this dry clutch racket?" ...i can pinpoint the day i got old and soft.
Needless to say, there will be mint condition 2004 999 for sale in the spring with very low miles on it if anyone is interested?