Ducati 999 Café Racer – BikeBound

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

Moto Adonis helps a one-legged rider obtain his dream… 

When the Ducati 999 appeared in 2003, it was one of the controversial bikes ever to roll out of the Italian manufacturing unit. Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the 999 was created to interchange the beloved Ducati 916 / 996 / 998 collection — a number of the most stunning, most iconic superbikes ever created. It was a tall order for any bike and designer…

Ducati 916: Massive sneakers to fill…

Terblanche eschewed the fluid traces and feline grace of the Massimo Tamburini-designed 916, producing a machine wholly his personal with sharply-creased angles, double-stacked headlights, and a standard double-sided swingarm.

Ducati 999 in inventory trim

The 999 was cherished or hated by the world’s Ducatisti…typically the latter.  Nevertheless, it rapidly proved itself on the circuit, successful three World Superbike Championships beneath riders Neil Hodgson (2003), James Toseland (2004), and Troy Bayliss (2006). Quick ahead 20 years, and the 999 has developed one thing of a cult following, changing into a reasonably scorching merchandise on the used market.

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

This specific Ducati 999 comes with fairly the story. The proprietor is a person from Twello, a small city in jap Holland, the place he’d misplaced the decrease a part of his left leg in a traumatic accident.

“Since then, he discovered the way to use a prosthetic leg and moved on together with his life. This man had a vivid dream. He dreamt that sooner or later he would be capable of experience a sports activities bike. Not any sports activities bike, however a Ducati 999 nonetheless. He was so centered on attaining his dream, that he bought a 999, purchased a retro styled fairing package, and tried to construct the bike he had dreamt of. There was one main situation although: his leg.” –Bike Brewers

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

So he sought out our associates Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink of Moto Adonis to assist him give you an answer. They put in a pneumatic handbook shifter that permits the rider to shift gears with the push of two buttons on the left handlebar, and in addition fabricated a customized footboard to offer his prosthetic leg a spot to relaxation.


What’s extra, they custom-made the fairings, modified the tank to circulate higher with the remainder of the design, and rebuilt the subframe to accommodate the battery.

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

Miller Kustom Upholstery created the customized saddle, and the 7-inch spherical LED headlight comes courtesy of Yamaha’s XSR700. The bike is now sporting Öhlins suspension and SC Challenge silencers, and altogether has extra of a 70s race / cafe bike look we love.

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

However wait, there’s extra. To ensure that the proprietor to have the ability to sit correctly on the bike, his prosthetic leg wanted to be modified, however there have been two issues. First, he solely had one prosthesis, and a second one would value a king’s ransom. Secondly, not one of the prosthetic builders he requested had been prepared to switch his leg for motorbike using.

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

The boys from Moto Adonis, nevertheless, had been prepared and prepared to do the modification, so long as an applicable donor leg may very well be sourced.

“When phrase obtained round, one other motorbike rider with a modified motorbike and a prosthetic leg provided a spare prosthesis. They’re now using buddies and have change into shut associates.” –Bike Brewers

Ducati 999 Cafe Racer

If that story doesn’t get on the coronary heart of what makes bikes nice, nothing does. We want years of secure, nice using to those two associates, and because of the boys from Moto Adonis for making it occur.

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