Finding a solid example for $10,000 or so takes research, patience and some negotiation. Since fixing someone else's mistakes is expensive, rough examples are no bargain. Paying a few bucks more for a 999 that's been seen to at factory-prescribed 6000-mile intervals by a reputable Ducati wrench is worth a few bucks more in the long run. If there's a little slack in the budget, ante up for a well-kept '05. Fortified with the shallow-sump engine from the previous year's 999S, peak horsepower jumps to 131.6 at 10,000 rpm courtesy of ramped-up cam timing and more compression. Vented covers take the heat off cam drive belts, letting them live a bit longer. A redesigned electronic timing wheel syncs fuel and spark delivery more accurately. Though external dimensions were essentially the same, a box-section aluminum swingarm on the '05 999 is much better at keeping the rear wheel in line under power. The Biposto version's passenger accommodations make it marginally less desirable and a bit less expensive across the board and add a twinge of practicality.