Ducati is often seen as a prestige brand, a kind of royalty within the motorcycling world. Expensive, exotic and utterly captivating, the Bologna factory makes machines that will move your soul and tug at your heartstrings. In last weeks Motorcycle News (August 19th) we tested the top pickings of Ducati’s illustrious superbike line-up of the past decade against each other to see how the Italian superstars have developed since the 1098 was introduced in 2006.
The 1198 came in with the ‘bigger is better ethos’ and it never quite worked out for Ducati in the way they hoped. It’s a sublime bike but could be considered a little too much of a good thing for some. Too instant in its drive and with too much torque, making the ride aggressive and ultimately upsetting the natural balance that made the 1098 so special. Around town, the throttle is snatchy and sharp, distilling the ride of the bike and making it feel unpleasant.
On the road, the bike is a pain to live with, on track however it’s beautiful. It has all the fluidity of the 1098 but a mountain of torque to get more drive out of the bends. Without being overly gentle on the throttle, the 1198 responds with all the balance of the 1098 and a delightful extra kick of midrange power that makes it really easy to ride flowingly.
The 1198 also saw the introduction of traction control that back in 2009 was revolutionary, but by todays standards can seem a little crude. However, the system still proves that electronic assists aren’t necessarily the work of the devil.
Overall, it’s the last of the analogue Ducati superbikes and is beautifully balanced as a track weapon. On the road it’s still a pain to live with day-to-day. The midrange is good, but it is possible to have too much instant grunt
Here's a pick of used 1098's currently for sale at MCNBikesforsale.com
Who says an Italian masterpiece needs to be red? With a stunning white paint scheme and less than 5k on the clocks, this bike is set to be a real head-turner.
So you fancy yourself as a bit of a Moto GP star? This 1198s in its custom Moto GP paint scheme will leaving you feeling like a hero and will be the centre of attention at any bike meet (unless its parked next to a Superleggera)
If you have a spare 30 grand lying around then you could treat yourself to this rare 1198R. Super rare and the definition of Italian exotica, this bike is something special.
Click here to find another Ducati 1198 for sale on MCN and here for a full review of the 1198S.