DUCATI 1198S (2008 - 2011) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
This is truly one of those motorcycles that everybody should be allowed to ride once in their life. One of the best V-twins ever made.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Since the original 1098 all of Ducati’s superbike range now feels more Japanese to ride – plenty of room behind the bars, standard seat-to-bar-to-peg dimensions etc. This bike is designed for fast flowing corners and consequently struggles to stay on line in the tightest of tight corners, but as the ride height and suspension are fully adjustable it just needs time and care to get the ride geared towards the rider.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Figures are just figures even when Ducati claim 168bhp, but whatever figure we find smearing the rear Pirelli tyre, rest assured this engine is one serious powerhouse. Torque alone gets the Ducati 1198S shifting the earth backwards on its axis, and then the power takes over to make point-to-point roads seem like a Scalextric course.
The gearbox is sweeter than sugared almonds, and the lump doesn’t vibrate anywhere near as bad as you would think a mighty V-twin should.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Several centuries of V-twin production should mean Ducati has reliability issues well and truly sorted. Obviously the bike has a serious amount of electronic aids but even so, electrics are not a big issue with Ducati these days.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Considering the 2009 1198S is essentially the 2008 homologation special Ducati 1098R but with a much lower price tag it’s a bargain.
For your money you get Ohlins road track forks and rear shock, a traction control system that is 8-way level adjustable (and brilliant), facility to record, download and replay throttle postion, speed, gear, traction control activity and so on. There’s a lot to be said for the race-spec Brembo front brakes and it would be all good.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 8v Desmodromic, 90° V-twin four-stroke. Six gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||15.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Rebound and compression damping,|
|Rear suspension||Rebound and compression damping, spring preload|
|Front brake||2 x 330 discs with 4-piston Mononbloc calipers|
|Rear brake||245mm disc with two-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||190/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||33 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||168 bhp|
|Max torque||97 ft-lb|
|Top speed||185 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||9.75 secs|
|Tank range||135 miles|
Model history & versions
2006: the 999 series is reinvented to the all new stunning 1098 range.
2006: 1098 base model, 160bhp
2006: 1098S, 160bhp, Ohlins suspension, datalog facility
2008:1098R, race-ready special, sand cast engine cases, titanium conrods,180bhp, Ohlins suspension, race exhaust and modified ECU supplied
2008: 1098 Tricolour, 160bhp, red/white/green paint, gold frame, race exhaust and modified ECU supplied
There is a base level version imaginatively entitled 1198. It has the same engine and output figures, but no traction control, datalog, Ohlins suspension and fancy MotoGP replica wheels. A great bike in itself all the same.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 1198S (2008 - 2011)
4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 1198S (2008 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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I've had my 1198 since 2010 . It's awesome I've done over 20,000 miles on it.The only downside is the fuel capacity. It doesn't do many miles before the fuel light comes on.But I've riiden it to Mugello and back, over 3600 miles in ten days and it's a great bike for long trips. 5250 revs 100 mph.Easy cruising. The other problem was rubbish main dealer sevicing ! Eventually took the bike to a specialist and he found lots of things that were NEVER done by the main dealer. So, don't believe what everyone syas That "You must get a Ducati with full history" I think One tha's been looked after by it's owner or specialist serviced is far far better.It's the most torquy bike around and has got MASSIVE mid range grunt.
I've been riding v twins for quite a few year now (rsv mille, sp2) and bought a 1198 this year. The big duke really is light years ahead of anything i've had before. Acceleration when using all the revs from second gear can only be decribed as ferocious and trying to keep the front wheel on the deck is impossible. The engine is stunning with power all through the revs, as with all big twins there is a big lump of torque lower down and firing out of corners is great. The handling light, responsive and forgiving with a front end like nothing i've ever ridden, so much feedback. The brakes are 4 pot radial brembo's up front, we all know how good they are, two finger braking is enough to have your eyeballs popping out. For a race rep the comfort is surprisingly good, it's by no means a sports tourer though and motorway miles take their toll on your wrists but you don't buy a 1198 for touring do you??? The looks of the bike are by far the best in the class (in my biased opinion) with not a bad angle to see. the only bike that comes close in looks is the mv agusta f4. Overall the Duacti 1198 is a superb performance motorcycle that will excite you as soon as you open the garage door. As MCN say, everybody should experience one of these bikes once in their life.
Absolutely perfect bike. Every detail (from brakes to frame to engine) is great and has its own character which one enjoys and appreciates through time.
I've had my white 1198 for about 9 months. It's winter now so the bike was put away 2 months ago with 12,000km on it. It's served me well so far with the only issue being a leaking radiator at the top left hard mounting point. This is a common issue with a large percentage of 1098/1198 bikes. It's failed to start a couple of times due to the flaky antenna for the imobilizer, wiggle the antenna and it seems to fix itself. Other than that is has been bullet proof so far. I don't baby it and wrote it for 15 solid hours from Toronto to Deals Gap this summer. I'll report back on season 2.