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Ducati September 14, 2018 posted by

Sponsored Listing: Buy a 2008 Ducati 1098R, help the next great get his start

Our buddies and Premier Sponsor over at Iconic Motorbikes are making a big effort to get a passionate and talented American roadracer his big break in Europe. The team met Brenden when they were at Laguna Seca for the WSBK round. The team,Brenden and his dad hit it off, and a sponsorship was born. Not long after, Brenden locked down a 2nd-place at Sonoma Raceway and got invited to Spain to try out for the Red Bull team.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

To get there, he needs about $8,000, which is a big ask for an everyday kid with big passion and big talent. Iconic Motorbikes' Adam Tromp has already got a GoFundMe up and running for Brenden's travel, and now he's decided to sweeten the pot with some of the proceeds from the sale of this 2008 Ducati 1098R. It's a fitting contribution to a special cause.

This 1098R is number 263 out of a production run of just 450, and has spent the majority of its life in a dealer's collection on a battery tender. It has accumulated just 1,770 miles in its 10-year life. That does not mean, however it has been neglected. The carbon fiber bodywork is flawless and Adam says the bike fires instantly. Throw on a set of tires and timing belts and away you go.

From the eBay listing:

**ONLY 1770 MILES**

Up for sale is our gorgeous 1098R! The pictures don't do it justice, she shines like new with no cosmetic flaws whatsoever on the bodywork. This particular motorbike is #263 of only 450 made and you'd be hard pressed to find one in better shape or with less miles.

We have over 55 bikes in our Museum / Dealership and have decided to sell some of the duplicates so seeing that we have this one and a 1098R Bayliss, this one has to go. We'll be selling one of our Fila 999R's before too long as well to make room for another collection that we've acquired.

This particular bike was in a Dealers collection for many years before we purchased most (if not all) of their collectible bikes as they needed the $ for an expansion. We've put only a few miles on it since possession over the past 6 or so months but she's now ready for a new home.

The 1098R has a full carbon fiber body, full of Ti Engine parts, gold Marchesini wheels, carbon Termignoni exhaust...the list goes on and on. For those of you that are well versed on this particular machine, you'll also note that the 1098R Ducati's were actually equipped with an 1198 motor even know the bodywork clearly states 1098....Gotta love Ducati :).

This bike was in storage for quite some time but fires right up and has been kept on a battery tender for most of it's life with a new battery installed earlier this year. Tire's are in great shape and have very few miles on them but they are dated from mid 2008 so if you're planning to ride it you may want to consider new rubber. (We offer great deals on tires too)

Here are the only imperfections:...

First, Ducati suggests a belt change and service whenever a bike sits for 2 years and the bike will flag a "Service Due" if it's not handled. That said, as soon as you turn it on you'll notice SERVICE across the dash. Not knowing if this bike with go into a collection or be ridden, we're not having it serviced prior to sale unless the new owner requires it. If that's the case, we're a full service shop and will either handle it in-house or work with a local Ducati expert that we use from time to time if we're too backed up. The Buyer is responsible for this cost and assume it's going to be somewhere in the range of 1000-1200.

Two, if you notice one of the final pictures of the swingarm, it has some type of stain on it where either some type of cleaner was left on it that stained the arm or perhaps it was a poor choice of chain cleaner of some sort. It's not terribly noticeable and I'm sure there's a way to remedy it but I've tried plexus and a few other cleaners with no luck. Again though, you have to look at it with a light to really see that it reflects oddly.

The bike is absolutely gorgeous in person, feel free to fly into LAX, we'll pick you up and you can see her in person. We're only about 15 minutes from the Airport.

A percentage of this sale of this bike will go to our fund raising efforts to get a young man we sponsor to the RedBull tryouts this October in Spain. We started a GoFundMe campaign today to take some of the $ pressure off the family so know that the sale of this bike will help fund that trip as well. It can be found by searching "Iconic Motorbikes" or "Brenden RedBull" on GoFundMe.

Thank you and contact us for any specific questions or picture requests. Also, take a look at our other bikes for sale at www.iconicmotorbikes.com. We are adding and selling bikes daily so check back often.

With a portion of the sale going to make a kid's biggest dream come true, the bike should be a win-win for anyone with the shekels to spare. When Brenden makes it, the bike will seem like a bonus compared to the being able to say you helped launch his career. If you can't swing the Duc, make a contribution to the fundraiser!

Sponsored Listing: Buy a 2008 Ducati 1098R, help the next great get his start
Ducati April 19, 2018 posted by

Trick Track Toy: Low-Mileage 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

To some, it might seem like sacrilege to take a gorgeous, expensive, limited-edition Ducati superbike and turn it into a trackday toy. But if you've got the money to spend on something you can afford to wreck and want the very best, you can't go wrong with today's Ducati 1098R track bike. Honestly, homologation-special Ducatis don't really make practical roadbikes anyway: their uncomfortable ergonomics, race-bred handling, and ridiculous power only makes sense in an unrestricted environment.

History I'm sure will be kind to the Terblanche-styled 999. But at the time, the successor to the storied 916 was a relative sales flop, in spite of it being better in virtually every way. Power was up, electronics were more sophisticated, and the solo seat models even offered adjustable ergonomics. Unfortunately, the restyle went just a bit too far for Ducati's conservative fan base, but Ducati quickly learned their lesson. The 1098 that followed was really Ducati walking back their radical mandate, at least in terms of styling. It's a good-looking bike, but obviously kind of derivative, which was really the whole point after all. It may be my least favorite Ducati superbike, but apparently I'm crazy because I know more than a few guys who love it unreservedly. And you can't argue with the performance: in ultimate, 1098R form seen here, the v-twin pumped out a claimed 180hp, a huge jump over the earlier bike.

A big bump in displacement certainly helped: the 1098R actually had a larger 1198cc engine to exploit the full displacement allowed by World Superbike regulations at the time, an interesting reversal of the more recent Panigale 1299R that displaces less for the same reason... Aside from the bump in displacement that resulted from a larger bore and shorter stroke, the R also used titanium valves and connecting rods to help the bike rev higher. And while the 180hp is basically the minimum required for entry into the literbike club these days, the massive 99 lb-ft of torque should be enough to widen eyes everywhere.

Possibly the most significant aspect of the 1098R, aside from its competition-derived engine, was a race kit exhaust and ECU "intended for off-road use only" that liberated an additional 9hp and also activated the revolutionary Ducati Traction Control system with 8 levels of adjustability. It was relatively crude, compared to today's systems, but was undeniably effective and was used on Ducati's MotoGP and WSBK machines of the time.

After all that, it's almost easy to overlook the bike's trick suspension that included an Öhlins TTX36 twin-tube shock at the rear and represented pretty much the very best roadgoing suspension money could buy at the time. Just 300 examples of the 1098R were imported to the US, priced at $40,000. This one is number 277 of a total 450 produced worldwide and has only 2,800 miles on it, although most of those have accumulated on closed courses, and track miles are kind of like dog years...

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

ONLY 2,800 MILES

#277 of 450

THIS BABY IS BAD!

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS A TRACK BIKE, NOT A STREET BIKE

The 1098 R is the ultimate Superbike. The most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built. It is the product of a team of designers and engineers focussed on one objective only – to win.

The ‘R’ is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition specification and superior components together with advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology deliver a level of performance that empowers you with confidence and capability. On the road, it distinguishes you as a connoisseur of high-performance motorcycles. On the track it promotes you to a higher level of riding and closer to realising your dreams.

World Superbike rule changes mean that the road-going ‘R’ version is closer than ever to our factory race bike. The 1098 R is not a replica – it’s the real deal. An incredible 180hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning Trellis chassis set-up tips the scales at an unbelievably lightweight 165kg (364lbs) and comes with a race kit that introduces Ducati Corse’s world championship winning traction control system.

Once again, Ducati raises the bar and sets the world standard for sport bikes while turning the heads and racing the hearts of enthusiasts throughout the world.

The 1098 R – Built to Win

If you have a need for speed, then this is your answer. 

This motorcycle was bought stock from the Ducati Dealership in 2012 when it had only 331 miles. The previous owner has upgraded numerous parts over the past few of years. I do have most of the original parts here in a box. The bike does have a couple minor scratches and chips (most have been professionally touched-up). Normal wear items for a track bike. This 1098 has always been serviced at the Ducati Dealership. Please understand; THIS IS A TRACK BIKE, not a street bike. 

The Buy It Now price for this low-mileage, race-ready homologation special is a reasonable $19,995. That's less than other 1098Rs we've seen, but of course it's likely to see a harder life than most and that's going to make it less desirable to collectors. 180hp and primitive traction-control seen here might not sound all that impressive, in this age of the cornering-ABS-equipped, up-and-down quickshifter-ed, traction-controlled, 206hp at-the-wheel Panigale 1299R Final Editions. But this 1098R most definitely is a very significant and collectible homologation-special Ducati from the dawn of the Electronics Era, when rider aids shifted [see what I did there?] from simply improving safety to making riders faster. If you've got the cash to splash, this is a pretty cool way to get your trackday kicks, and a race track actually seems a more appropriate place for a 1098R than collecting dust in some collection.

-tad

Trick Track Toy: Low-Mileage 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale
Ducati September 19, 2017 posted by

Still Sexy: 2008 Ducati 1098R

Even decked as it is in ten-year-old tech, the 2008 Ducati 1098R is still one hell of a special motorcycle, and still commands onlookers' gaze when it rumbles and rattles past. Ducati made 450 copies of the 1098R, an extra-special version of an already incredible motorcycle.

2008 Ducati 1098R for sale on eBay

To separate it from the 1098 and the 1098S, Bologna added 100cc to the big v-twin, though they stuck with the lower-displacement nomenclature. That gave the 381-pound Duc a total of 180 crank horsepower and very nearly 100 lb-ft of torque. At the time, it had the highest torque-to-weight ration of any bike ever made.

This particular 1098R, number 59 of 450, is in predictably incredible shape, especially considering it has done the best part of 9,000 miles. It has been livened up with a Termignoni exhaust, aluminum tank, and a nice crust of carbon fiber dress-ups to set it apart that much more.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati 1098 R

This price will be good till end of listing only.

The bike is in LIKE NEW condition (see pics)!!!

[please see photos]This Special Edition 2008 Ducati Superbike 1098 R is available for sale at Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay located at 8509 Gunn Highway in Odessa, Florida 33556 PH: 813-926-9937 WEB: www.EuroCyclesOfTampaBay.com

This bike is #59 of 450 made worldwide.

Upgrades:

- Termignoni Full Exhaust
- Aluminum Tank
- Carbon Fibre: Tank Fairing, Open clutch cover, belt covers, front sprocket cover, Ducati performance Clutch Pressure Plate, Tank ring

The 1098 R is the ultimate Superbike. The most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built, with the highest torque-to-weight ratio in the sport bike category. It is the product of a team of designers and engineers focussed on one objective only – to win.

The ‘R’ is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition specification and superior components together with advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology deliver a level of performance that empowers you with confidence and capability.

World Superbike rule changes mean that the road-going ‘R’ version is closer than ever to the factory race bike. The 1098 R is not a replica - it’s the real dealADVERTISEMENT. An incredible 180hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning Trellis chassis set-up tips the scales at an unbelievably lightweight 165kg (364lbs) and comes with a race kit that introduces Ducati Corse’s world championship winning traction control system.

Once again, Ducati raises the bar and sets the world standard for sport bikes while turning the heads and racing the hearts of enthusiasts throughout the world.

The ‘R’ version of the 1098 is not only the flagship of the Superbike family, but also the platform on which the very latest Ducati Corse technologies are expressed in street bike form. The 1098 R takes all the original 1098 features, reduces weight even further and adds an extra 20 horsepower, traction control, sand-cast crankcases, titanium valves and con-rods, TTX rear suspension and much more to produce the most awesome performance ever seen in this category.

The 1098 R comes with a race kit, which is intended for track use only, boosting power output from 180 to approximately 186hp. The kit consists of a 102dB carbon fibre slip-on muffler kit by Termignoni and a dedicated ECU. The ECU not only has reconfigured mapping to suit the racing mufflers, but also initiates the system dialogue that controls the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system. The 1098 R is the first ever production bike to be fitted with a true competition-level traction control.

If you have any questions, or would like to fill out a credit app. please call 1-813-926-9937

We are open 5 days a week. Call us Tues-Fri. 9am-6pm & Sat. 8am-5pm CLOSED Sun-Mon.

The Buy-It-Now is set at just under $20k, and is being closely watched with not quite three days left in the listing.

Still Sexy: 2008 Ducati 1098R
Ducati October 14, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss LE for Sale

Update 2.20.2017: Price is now $17k and links are updated. -dc

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Regardless of how you feel about the Ducati 999, it was a significant failure in terms of sales for the company, something they could ill-afford for their flagship product. Although it was an improvement in virtually every way when compared to the outgoing 998, Ducati's conservative fan base never really warmed to the bike's wildly futuristic looks or the practical, but more conventional double-sided swingarm... But all was forgiven when Ducati released the 1098, and the bike restored their reputation while mechanically offering further refinement of the four-valve L-twin engine and trellis-framed package that culminated in today’s Featured 1098R, the pinnacle of the range. Both the 1098 and the little-brother 848 proved popular among Ducatisti and paved the way for today's radical, frameless Panigale.

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As is often the case with homologation bikes like the 1098R, there’s much more going on than meets the eye. Ducati’s R models are intended to qualify their bikes for WSBK racing and, by the time the 1098 rolled around, Superbikes and their roadgoing counterparts shared more parts than ever before, making this R very much a “race bike for the road.”

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The 1098R’s Testastretta Evoluzione L-twin was fully kitted out with titanium connecting rods and valves to save weight and decrease the mass of reciprocating parts so the bike revs faster than the standard version, in spite of the slightly longer stroke. Unlike the current Panigale R model, the 1098R is actually bigger than the standard bike at 1198.4cc which, coincidentally, is the upper limit for bikes wishing to compete in WSB. Perhaps most impressively, the service intervals remain the same as for a regular 1098 which was, in itself, a vast improvement over the earlier bikes.

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Power is a claimed 180hp, or 189 with the included Termignoni exhaust and race ECU combo, up a full 20+hp over the standard bike. Torque is a stump-pulling 99ft-lbs, or 9ft-lbs over the regular 1098 and a factory slipper clutch helps keep the rear tire in contact with the road during aggressive downshifts. The R was also the first production bike to feature a sophisticated traction control system that, rather than being a safety net, is actually a go-faster aid! Ducati’s “DTC” requires the installation of the race ECU and exhaust to function. That’s likely because this is exactly the same system fitted to the WSBK machines, although with 8 levels of intervention to suit each rider’s individual preference, you don’t necessarily need to be Troy Bayliss to appreciate the technology.

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With all that impressive engine performance, it’s easy to overlook the suspension, but the bike delivers there as well: the rear Öhlins TTX36 twin-tube shock was one of the most sophisticated units available at the time, and offers up a surprisingly compliant ride for such a heart-attack serious, track-focused bike.

From the seller: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss LE for Sale

The 1098R Bayliss LE is one of the more interesting of the Ducati line in terms of nomenclature.

Not to be shy, Ducati stuffed the 90° V-twin Testastretta Evoluzione into the 1098 for an 1198cc version of the bike with Carbon Fiber Body Work, Forged Marchesini Wheels and Ohlin's Suspension to homologate the 1098R. Nothing like cubic inches. Ducati, along with Troy Bayliss, immediately won the 2008 WSBK Championship with the race version of the bike. Ducati, in their infinite wisdom, then issued 500 Limited Edition Bayliss 1098R's for sale the following year to celebrate their victory.

New, the bike listed for $43,995. It was the same time period of the Desmosedici RR and both bikes were ridden back to back by testers in the day. Some felt the 1098R was a better track bike and the price difference being $30,000 between it and the Desmosedici, a natural choice for use besides there being 1500 Desmo's sold to the R's 500.

This particular bike was purchased new at a NC Ducati Dealer. It was ridden by a mature enthusiast who could afford the bike and the care it required. This bike has had a couple of track days on it and is outfitted at such.

-Ohlins SBK Valving
-Ohlins Fork setup for a 250lb rider
-Vortex Rearsets
-Full Termignoni Race System
-Translogic Quick Shifter
-Afam Quick Change Sprocket Carrier
-Ducati Performance Open Clutch Cover
-Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch
-Dzus Fastener Kit

This bike was also had the revised version of the traction control that originally came out on the 2008 Ducati 1098Rs.

Reason For Sale
One thing that was soon discovered with the bike is that with the older age of the owner it was too fast for his speed of racing and it is not much of a day to day street bike that does not get its legs stretched regularly. It was not ridden too much over the years with 5172 miles now showing. Most of the miles were when the bike was fairly new and it was kept for it's esthetic value until recently. Now it is time to share the bike with a new home or track.

The bike did experience a low slide on wet pavement which cracked the rear tail section. A used tail section can be had in the 1200 range. The price on the bike reflects the cost associated with getting the tail section repaired or replaced.

The selling price is $18000. VIN#ZDM1XBHW99B021570. No Trades or Test rides.

The 1098 looks a bit like it was designed by committee to reference the 916 wherever possible instead of forging its own style but there's no arguing that it is a very sleek machine, and the electronics package, while a bit primitive by modern standards, was nonetheless very effective. The Bayliss-replica graphics may not appeal to everyone but are very striking, and the bike won't be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill 1098 or, heaven forfend, an 848. The cracked tail section is a shame, but is a simple fix and it's good to know that the bike is actually being ridden and could be looked at as a badge of honor: "Oh, that? Yeah, lost the front end going into a corner at the track last weekend." If you're looking for a genuine, high-performance collectible Ducati that can still cut it on track or as the centerpiece of your collection, this 1098R certainly fits the bill.

Find this Ducati 1098R Bayliss on Greensboro Craiglist

-tad

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Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss LE for Sale
Ducati February 15, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss LE for Sale

Update 2.15.2016: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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Designed to bring sex appeal and sales success back to Ducati after the aesthetically disappointing 999, the 1098 was a visual restyle and mechanical evolution of their four-valve superbike line introduced in 2007. Although styling is subjective, it's pretty clear that the redesign resonated with fans of the marque and the bike was a big seller for Ducati. Today's Featured 1098R represents the very top of the range.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss L Front

While that little letter at the end of the name looks pretty innocuous, the Ducati's "R" models are homologation specials that share little besides the silhouette, engine cases, and frame with their more common siblings. A larger bore and shorter stoke, combined with titanium rods and valves to save weight, let the bike rev higher and harder: with the race kit installed, the bike made a claimed 189hp. The R in fact displaces a full 1198cc, which is just a hair less than WSB regulations allow for v-twins.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss R Fairing

But it wasn't just the hard parts that were special: the bike included the cutting-edge Ducati Datalogging Analyzer and the first traction control ever fitted to a road-legal motorcycle. This sophisticated Ducati Traction Control system featured 8 levels of control designed to help riders go faster, safer, something that is now the norm on high-performance sportbikes.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Dash

Today's R is just that little bit more special, done up in Troy Bayliss replica colors. Possibly not the most subtle paint scheme, but there's no denying that rider's impressive career and longstanding relationship with Ducati, as he rode their bikes to three World Superbike championships.

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From the seller: 2009 Ducati 1098R LE Bayliss Replica for Sale

The 1098R Bayliss LE is one of the more interesting of the Ducati line in terms of nomenclature. In 2007 Ducati came out with the 1098 which was had as it’s heart, a 1099cc engine. It brought back the styling presence lost by the 999 with it’s two sided rear swing arm, attending body work and exhaust. Real world acceptance of Ducati had started with the 916, the most iconic vision of a motorcycle ever produced with it’s single sided rear swing arm and huge racing successes. The 999 never really jelled with buyers despite being a better motorcycle in most respects. Ducati was not lost to the conclusion.

The 1098 came back to it’s successful styling clues even if it meant compromises in handing capacity due to it’s layout. Despite this, Ducati was able to improve the handling and power of the bike over the 999 and they flew off the floor. There were three models, the base 1098, the 1098S and 1098R. The 999 had proven to Ducati that they had reached the physical and mechanical endurance limits of competitive racing in WSBK, which up to 2008, limited the displacement of twins to 1000cc. By introducing the 1098 in 2007, an engine that was larger then the WSBK limit for twins, Ducati stacked the deck with the threat of removing it’s self from world class competition. Much hand wringing and lobbing latter, WSBK eventually increased this limit for twins to 1200cc for the 2008 season assuming that this would create an equal playing field for all of the manufactures. The only ones happy with this were Ducati with Suzuki threatening, rightfully, to withdraw at the perceived disadvantage of displacement regardless of the fact that the twins could only be modified from the factory build slightly.

Not to be shy, Ducati stuffed the 90° V-twin Testastretta Evoluzione into the 1098 for an 1198cc version of the bike with Carbon Fiber Body Work, Forged Marchesini Wheels and Ohlin’s Suspension to homologate the 1098R. Nothing like cubic inches. Ducati, along with Troy Bayliss, immediately won the 2008 WSBK Championship with the race version of the bike. Ducati, in their infinite wisdom, then issued 500 Limited Edition Bayliss 1098R’s for sale the following year to celebrate their victory.

New, the bike listed for $43,995. It was the same time period of the Desmosedici RR and both bikes were ridden back to back by testers in the day. Some felt the 1098R was a better track bike and the price difference being $30,000, a natural choice for use besides there being 1500 Desmo’s sold to the R’s 500. One thing that we have learned here at Automania over the years is that the life span of Desmo engine is about 2000 miles while the 1098R’s seem to last equally as long as other Ducati twins built to the same spec with proper maintenance.

Contact the seller through their website.

2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss Plaque

Aside from the minor cosmetic blemishes mentioned by the seller, the bike is in top shape and very rare. Just 150 out of 500 were imported to the US in 2009 and, with just over 3,000 miles on the clock, this example isn't even broken in yet, although the seller does recommend that the belts be changed as a precaution as the bike has been largely unused for the past few years. These make amazing track-day or back road bikes, so collect or ride, the choice is yours.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 2009 Ducati 1098R Bayliss LE for Sale
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by

Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

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We could argue all day long about the style of the unpopular but very effective Ducati 999 versus the 916-aping but also very effective 1098. I happen to like the striking Terblanche-styled older machine, but there's no arguing with the popularity of the restyled bike: they practically flew out of showrooms, adding credibility to my belief that, while Ducatisiti can be passionate about performance, they're also a very conservative bunch. But no matter how you feel about style, there is no denying that the Ducati 1098R is a serious road and track weapon.

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Internally, the 1098R shared little with its more pedestrian brethren, with titanium connecting rods and valves to save weight and allow for a larger bore and shorter stroke. The 1098R actually displaced 1198cc, right on the limit for World Superbike v-twins. Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of the Panigale, where the R model is a bit smaller than the more road-oriented versions to meet those same requirements.

2008 Ducati 1098R Engine

Ducati had to lobby hard to get the rules changed to allow the bigger motor, and while they were able to use almost the full 1200cc allowed, those same rules changes meant they were very limited in terms of other tuning options. That made it tough for the factory to squeeze out more performance, but it means that the road bikes and the race bikes are closer than ever in terms of specifications, so this particular homologation special is very, very special indeed.

2008 Ducati 1098R Dash

With the included "race kit" installed, the twin made a claimed 189hp, but it wasn't just power that made this bike so impressive. In addition to the snazzy Ducati Datalogging Analyzer, the 1098R featured the first-ever traction control system fitted to a road bike: the DTC system which, unusually for something Italian, was far sexier in practice than it sounds.

2008 Ducati 1098R L Side Fairing

Activated by the installation of a performance chip that was part of the aforementioned race kit, the Ducati Traction Control system featured 8 progressively-less intrusive levels of control to help riders of all skill levels make use of that massive power without high-siding into the weeds. DTC was no newbie gimmick and was basically the same system fitted to Casey Stoner's MotoGP bike and Ducati's WSB machines.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale

  • Superbike 1,461 miles
  • Collector bike
  • Never downed or dropped
  • No scratches
  • Recently serviced
  • Original everything
  • Bike cover
  • Stand
  • Books and manuals
  • Title in hand

2008 Ducati 1098R Rear Suspension

This particular bike is barely broken in and looks to be in basically perfect condition, with under 1,500 miles on the clock, although the Buy It Now price of $20,000 may sound a bit ambitious at first.

But with just 300 imported to the US and a price of $40,000 new, one could also look at the Buy It Now price and think "wow, that's a pretty serious bargain." And for sure, these are collectibles in the making, as all Ducati's R bikes are. The question is, just how long will it before collectors are longing for the days when these cost just $20,000...

-tad

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Form and Function: 2008 Ducati 1098R for Sale




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