Beside the displacement increase, Ducati's 2007 re-design focused on lightening the bike and improving performance. The 1098, even the base model, has many updates and features, it's a great superbike alternative.
Capitalizing on the successful Testastretta ( narrowhead ) engine, the EVOluzione engine is 5kg lighter than the 999's mill, and incorporates innovations like elliptical throttle bodies to improve response of the 1099 cc, 160 hp motor. Exhaust was also lightened using thinner material in a 2-1-2 configuration, and dispensing with the canister muffler.
The traditional trellis frame was re-engineered using larger diameter, thinner walled alloy steel tubing, saving weight and increasing rigidity. 43mm Showa forks are fully adjustable, as is the Showa rear monoshock on new single sided swingarm. Brakes are radial-mounted Brembos of 330mm diameter in front, and 245 mm rear.
Most noticeable however, is the new fairing design, returning to a more 916 look, with dual high and low beams and turn signals in the mirrors. The full-featured digital dash is also used on the -S and -R models.
The 1098 on offer has been updated with Ohlins front and rear, and Termignoni exhaust, which brings it up to -S spec, only missing the forged Marchesini wheels. Looks great with only 4,300 miles, new battery and fresh oil. Including the front and rear stands is a niice touch. From the eBay auction:
You are bidding on a wonderful Ducati 1098 with low mileage on.Main additions were the front forks Ohlins FGRT 803Rear Ohlins DU788 TTX rear shockFull Termignoni exhaustSlick tires with only one track day in intermediate group.The bike comes with the stands - Pitbull front and Ducati rear and has the original forks and exhaust in a box that can be shipped as well.Low mileage, only 4333 miles.Never fell, not even laid down on the side while not in motion.The bike is almost perfect, some small scratches more than normal in a bike that is 2007.Great power and torque, new oil and battery, no directs to report.
The 1098 went on to win the 2008 Superbike World Championships with Troy Bayliss aboard, and had many more victories. The bike regularly reviewed as more at home on the track, too much for the street. But a veteran or expert rider would be a requirement, which is how I think this 1098 with its slick tires and -S updates finds its way to market. Experience is a great teacher, but usually starts out with a hard quiz before the first lesson. The owner is wise to relinquish his undamaged 1098 and trade for a bike with more accessible performance. Bidding is healthy and has just a couple of days to go...