The Ducati 1098 is exquisite and makes 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 (though perhaps not quite as quick to turn from side-to-side as some of the 1098's Japanese rivals) and you’ve got probably the best handling 1000-class road motorcycle of it's time. 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.
The Ducati 1098's Testastretta Evoluzione is the most powerful production V-twin motorcycle engine ever, making 160bhp and 92ftlb of torque at 8000rpm. The Ducati 999 Testastretta engine was completely redesigned from top to bottom. 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.
The Ducati 1098's build quality, fit and finish are sublime. No major reliabiity worries here.
The same as any other Ducati, the 1098 needs careful looking after, regular dealer services and tucking away for the winter otherwise expect big bills.
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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.