DUCATI 1098 (2007-2011) Review

Published: 22 December 2006

Finally stands for what a Ducati means - pure unadulterated sports bike heaven

Ducati 1098 motorcycle review - Riding

Finally stands for what a Ducati means - pure unadulterated sports bike heaven

  • At a glance
  • 1099cc  -  160 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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. 

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 1098 (2007-2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Amazing Sport twin

08 May 2009 by cmharris

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

1098S

01 December 2008 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Ducati 1098

13 December 2007 by ducati1098

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

I love mine!

12 March 2007 by TexasKid

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Your facts are wrong

03 March 2007 by nsm3

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £11,250
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 90 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.55 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 1099cc
Engine type 8v 90-degree Desmo V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 173kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

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).

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