Going up Why it’s time to buy a Ducati 1098R
Ducati’s 1098R is a rare & collectable treat
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