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Carbon Copy – 2007 Ducati 1098S

Ducati Superbikes have been the subject, and sometimes the victim, of many different customizations over the years, sometimes making a substantial change to the bike, more often a fashion statement.  Starting with a fairly collectible 1098S, a Florida owner has done a full carbon makeover, a subtle statement from 30 feet but wild within arms length.

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2007 Ducati 1098S for sale on eBay

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20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon right grip

Returning to a more recognizable Ducati look for 2007-08, the 1098 was styled in-house by Giandrea Fabbro.  Major improvements were under the fairing, where the EVO engine’s additional 100cc’s and revised valvetrain layout resulted in a more reliable 160 hp and 90 ft.-lbs. torque.  Elsewhere were more standard Ducati superbike features, trellis frame, Öhlins forks and monoshock, giant Brembo brakes this time radially mounted, and underseat exhaust but now with separate mufflers.  Nice touches on the S include forged Marchesini wheels and Öhlins steering damper, and all 1098’s got a great digital dash.

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon dash

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon right peg

Evidently the principal or now major investor in a carbon bodywork fabricator, the owner of this 1098S has re-imagined every fairing panel in large-weave carbon fiber, and smaller accessories in the tighter fabric.  The frame was powder-coated to match the wheels, appearing to be close to the factory gold but hard to tell.  Well-pictured in the auction, fit looks good and finish is to a powerful clarity.  The fuel tank might be the most complex piece, sealed and lined with fittings for filter and pump.  Other more routine upgrades have also been done, such as the seat, levers, and foot controls.

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon left mirror

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon rear

And from the eBay auction:

2007 Ducati 1198S full carbon fiber. This bike has full exhaust, ECU, frame is powder coated, has rear sets, Ohlins forks, shock, damper, forged Marchesini.  This bike has many extras.  Just had it serviced.  SEE PICTURES.

  • Carbon mirrors
  • Carbon V
  • Carbon Solo Seat
  • Carbon Rear Section
  • Carbon Belly
  • Carbon Sides
  • Carbon Front Mask
  • Carbon Battery Cover
  • Triple Tree Powder Coated Black
  • Black Clip Ons
  • Carbon Tank Cover
  • Carbon Air Intakes
  • Carbon Front Fender
  • Carbon Rear Fender
  • Carbon Termignoni Full Exhaust 70mm

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon clutch

20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon right front wheel

The 1098 was a milestone for Ducati, their Superbikes now simply too much for street riding, and many picked the 848 for that purpose.  But it was brilliantly light and quick, and brought two WSBK championships home.  This lightly used 1098S shows off the factory’s design and the fabricator’s abilities, but doesn’t scream.  Eyebrows aren’t raised from across the street, the walk slows within ten feet, and the oohs and aahs start.  The reserve and buy-it-now don’t seem out of hand for an -S, and this might be a great collection starter or a unique bike for a super fan.


20160419 2007 ducati 1098s carbon left rear


  • 1098S, or 1198S? The 1098 was an ’07 and ’08 model, 1198 started in 2009.

  • good forest-for-the-trees question Andrew, I’ve sent an eBay question to the seller… Donn

  • Smells fishy to me with the discrepancy in cc’s. Nice clean bike though.

  • I believe the frame and wheels colors are 1198 stuff. It does have Ohlins forks and shock, which are ‘S’ items. The Termi exhaust cans are the earlier shape; they changed to more of an oval with angled end caps later.

  • Looks nice but personally if I wanted an all carbon bike I would go with an Aprilia Nera…

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