Go­ing up Why it’s time to buy a Du­cati 1098R

Du­cati’s 1098R is a rare & col­lectable treat

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Built in limited num­bers so it could be raced in the WSB, Du­cati’s 1098R of­fered dropdead good looks and sav­age per­for­mance – all wrapped up in an unashamedly racey rid­ing po­si­tion.

As well as be­ing a looker, this bike was clever and was one of the first to be fit­ted with trac­tion con­trol, to help keep its 180bhp V-twin lump un­der con­trol.

This then jumped up by a fur­ther six ponies, when fit­ted with the car­bon-fi­bre rac­ing Termi pipes and race ECU, which were sup­plied by Du­cati.

This bike also han­dled as well as it pulled and was dressed to the nines in Öh­lins fin­ery, with a fully ad­justable TTX twin-tube rear shock and 43mm forks up front.

The 1098R trumped the stan­dard ma­chine al­most ev­ery­where. The engine was lighter, stronger and had a big­ger bore and stroke, bang on the WSB limit for twin-cylin­ders at the time. This made it im­pos­si­ble to keep the front wheel down in the first three gears.

All of these tweaks made the dif­fer­ence and in 2011 the 1098R car­ried Car­los Checa to the WSB crown.

Fast for­ward to the present day and these bikes are still hugely im­pres­sive and com­pet­i­tive. For this rea­son, prices re­main high, with de­cent ones nudg­ing the £35,000 mark. Oth­ers can be found for around £28,000, but we ex­pect prices to rise.

Fast, fo­cused and lovely to look at – the 1098R makes a great in­vest­ment

Of course the rear shock is Oh­lins

Ev­ery inch of this bike looks bloody stun­ning

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