999 ’05 Model - Written Feb ‘05
The ’05 model 999 gets lots of new stuff, most of it cosmetic. Red frame, black wheels, black R spec swingarm, redesigned front and the hotter S model cams. They look pretty cool (not sure if I like the front yet though), far more like the race bikes. It’s amazing what a change of colour scheme can do it’s a real cosmetic hot up. And there’s little things too like the plastic vented belt covers styled from the ones we saw on the 749/999R in carbon. Stuff like that that really separates it from the old model. Which overall is something they haven’t really done in the past 10 years that I’ve been involved with them (apart from the S4R I guess).
As you can see, the curves for the ’03 999S and the ’05 999 are almost identical, as you’d expect for two engines with identical tune. The acceleration on the dyno is from a roller speed of 75km/h to 200km/h is 5.07 seconds for the ’03 999, 5.27 for the ’03 999S and 5.34 for the ’05 999. Not much in it, but the combination of bigger cams and heavier rotating assembly hinder the ’05 model through most of the RPM range compared to the previous model. It is a nice thing to ride on the road smooth and very linear in its power delivery, and in isolation (ie, owning one) you wouldn’t have a comparison to the previous model anyway.