After aching over a 999 or a 1098 I decided to go with my heart and get the 999S. Yeah on paper the 1098 is better but the 999 speaks to me in a different way. I brought her home this afternoon and decided to call her Valentina! She's got around 22k miles on the clock and is an almost original 2003 999S. The bike has been sitting in a private collection since 2015 so I haven't ridden her on the road yet as I'm wary those cam belts might go snap (see below) which will be bad news for the pistons and heads. Plus points: Genuine 999S monoposto In Ducati red! Bad bits: No red key or key card. Yeah, this is a bit of a bummer but as I understand it I can get the existing key cloned or I've read somewhere that SOS can be used to code another red key, am I right? Last recorded cam belt change was in 2013 Throttle is an Active quick-action one and levers are aftermarket The last muppet who changed the battery must have over-tightened the screw that keeps the holder in place and its just seemingly rotating in its housing. Let me guess, need to strip whole plastic enclosure down? I'd read the 999 had a solenoid starter system where you only have to press the start button once. Doesn't seem to work on mine as one touch makes it turn a few times and then it puffs dead. Starts fine if I keep the starter pressed. Not sure if mine still has cats on it, I'm used to Japanese bikes and the cat is easily spotted as a big ugly shoe box. I've attached a few pics if anyone can help me here.