Last Thursday I collected my latest project from a fellow forum member. A 2005 MkII Ducati 999. Believed to be a Biposto ‘S’ Variant. I’ve been looking for a project 999 for ages, and had given up, but isn’t that always the way. It was good to meet you @matapaca, I’m really pleased with it. It joined my M1000 and 1000SS/900SL in my workshop, and the various loose parts have been stored. It started and ticked over OK when I collected it, but I won’t be starting it again until I change the belts, Oil and filters. The overall aim is to produce a bike I can enjoy rebuilding, tinkering with, and using on the road. I don’t want a spotless, perfect cosmetically bike that I’m afraid to use, but it must be mechanically as good as I can get it. Importantly it’s my first ‘modern generation’ Ducati with twin cams, water cooling etc, so I’m going to learn a lot. For example I can change the cambelts on my 2-valve aircooled bikes easily in under an hour, but haven’t done a 4 valve twin Cam Ducati, so I’m looking forward to that – yes really. I spent Friday afternoon going all over it, measuring everything to ensure it’s straight, which I’m pleased to say it is, and assessing the damage, wear and tear, and general condition of it. At this stage, a huge disclaimer: Anything I mention about the condition of the bike is NOT intended as any sort of slur or derogatory comment about the vendor. I knew I was buying a previously dropped, partially dismantled bike which hadn’t been used for quite some time. I’d seen plenty of images, and knew there would be additional damage and wear and tear that I’d not seen in the images. We agreed a fair price, which I’m still happy with after fully assessing the bike. Before I go any further, I’m sure everyone will be pleased that Johnny 5 is still alive and well. Now that’s out of my system, I’ll try not to mention it again.