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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

This is the Ducati motorcycle we’ve been waiting for since the original Ducati 916. It’s a Ducati motorcycle in the truest form. Blood red, stunning to look at and absolutely pure in its purpose. It’s been a long time coming but it finally looks like Ducati has built a sports bike that can run with the best. The Ducati 1098 finally stands for what a Ducati motorycle means - pure unadulterated sports bike heaven.

 

Watch Ducati's 1098 take on its little brother, the Ducati 848

Watch the Ducati 1098 take on the Yamaha R1, Honda's CBR600RR and Suzuki's GSX-R750 in our 2007 Sports bike of the Year test

Watch the Ducati 1098 compete against the Aprilia RSV1000R and the Honda SP-2

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Ducati 1098's Testastretta Evoluzione is the most powerful production V-twin motorcycle engine ever, makeing 160bhp and has 92ftlb of torque at 8000rpm. The Ducati 999 Testastretta engine was completely redesigned from top to bottom and using all the knowledge Ducati have gained from racing motorcycles in World Superbikes and MotoGP. Pretty much every component in the Ducati 1098's engine has been changed and the bike has a huge increase in power from 3500rpm all the way to the redline over the 999.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Ducati 1098 is exquisite. The forks combined with the standard Pirelli tyres allow you to explore the far side of leaning and make you recalibrate what you thought was possible on a motorcycle. The Ducati 1098's forks give amazing feedback, and combine that with a really neutral chassis that’s not quite as quick to turn from side-to-side as some of the Japanese 1000cc motorcycle and you’ve got probably the best handling 1000-class road motorcycle ever. You can be clumsy with it, hang-off or not hang-off, it’s your choice and the Ducati 1098 will do exactly what you tell it, letting you bounce from kerb-to-kerb. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Although the Ducati 1098 is the basic version, Ducati's new dream motorcycle still isn't wanting for much, certianly not in terms of sports bike goodies. Suspension, brakes etc are all premier league on the Ducati 1098 and then there's the sublime datalogger dash and exquisite styling.

Ducati 1098 (2007-2011)

Detail Value
New price £11,250
Dealer used prices
£7,240 (2007) - £10,000 (2009)
Private used prices
£6,280 (2007) - £9,000 (2009)
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Engine size 1099 cc
Power 160 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Ducati 1098's build quality, fit and finish all look sublime so far. But this motorcycle is so new it's hard to judge reliability and durability, we'll have to reflect over a year's hard use for that, which is exactly what MCN is planning to do with it's Ducati 1098 test motorcycle.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At well over £11,000 the Ducati 1098 is not a cheap motorcycle. But asking if its worth it is like saying is it worth paying an extra fiver for the really good looking lap dancer that looks like Pamela Anderson, or just opting for the one with a bit of cellulite you can forgive because you’ve got your beer goggles on. At the end of the day you know which one you want. It’s an entirely different world away from the confused and compromised motorcycle that is the Ducati 999. Find a Ducati 1098 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Ducati 1098 model launched.

Other Versions

Ducati 1098S: Higher spec version with Ohlins suspension, uprated brakes and engine etc (and £13,000 price tag).

Specifications

Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.55 secs
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 90 ft-lb
Weight 173 kg
Seat height 840 mm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1099 cc
Engine specification 8v 90-degree Desmo V-twin
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(5 reviews)

  • Amazing Sport twin

    cmharris

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have a 2007 1098 base w/ 11,000 miles on the clock. I have owned Japanese in-line 4s and have enjoyed them tremendously, but the Ducati just speaks to my soul. The engine is so flexable you really only need 3rd gear for any situation from 30 to 125 mph. Nothing sounds better than a Duc up a canyon. She has enough to run with the big 4s but is exotic enough to stand out in a crowd. There is something very sensual about this bike. It's not the fastest nor the most powerful but after you ride her you don't care. The company has stood behind their machine and they have made all updates and recalls in a timely matter before I've had any problems. She will be the last sportbike I'll ever own period.

    08 May 2009

  • 1098S

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have 1098S full Termis, tuned ohlins, and trick bits ta boot, all I can say is this bike is off the chart, I've owned nothing but jap sportsbikes for 15 years, sure jap bikes a awsome to but the 1098S is far and away superior, I know some may have few more pony's, but the way this bike does its thing keeps out front, the Chassis is a revelation, nothing gives feedback like this chassis. Finally Ducati have a street bike that will eat jap bikes, Well Done.

    01 December 2008

  • Ducati 1098

    ducati1098

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Fantastic bike with looks to die for, pulling power of engine is very stong and sounds fantastic even on standard exhaust. Gear change is very slick I would rate as good as GSXR range. Comfy also (for a sports bike)overall very happy only owned bike for 2 months so had limited use so far (hence not given top rating to reliability just yet fingers are crossed)dealer service and back up also best I have ever had eg bike delivered for me from 100 miles away free, dubble bubble fitted free of charge,and sales staff friendly etc first rate bike and service from Ducati. Minor issues standard screen very low even for me at F510, still not a GSXR1000 beater but thats not everything with a bike like the Ducati overall amazing bike

    13 December 2007

  • I love mine!

    TexasKid

    Average rating rating is 5

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    After owning many japanese bikes (and loving every one of them) I finally stepped up to the Ducati 1098. I couldn't have made a better decision. Handling, brakes, power delivery, styling...everything on this bike is exceptional. The boys in Italy really have outdone themselves with this one! Flicks around curners easier than an R6, pulls stronger than a Hayabusa...stops on a dime and looks like it's going 100mph when standing still. But then comes the respect...owning an italian machine is something everyone should experience...I can't explain it. "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up." -Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    12 March 2007

  • Your facts are wrong

    nsm3

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The 1098s doesn't have an uprated engine or brakes!

    03 March 2007

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