We're testing 05 999

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Ducati's 05 999 makes its public debut at the Munich Show next week - but MCN has been testing it this week and will bring you the world's first test of the £11,500 Italian beauty in our September 15 issue.

The 186kg twin makes as much power as the 04 999R, weighs 6kg less and will cost around £8000 less than the current range-topping R model.

The new 140bhp engine makes 16bhp more than the 04 999. There's a new swingarm like the one used on its WSB racers and a new steering damper assembly.

There are minor changes to the front end with the top vents blanked to raise high-speed stability. The fairing is made from new polymer materials, saving 1.2kg.

The frame will be red and the wheels black - like this year's 999R. And there's a black anodised alloy cover over the silencers.

An all black version will be available, too.

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By MCN Staff