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End of an era: Ducati 1098R

“What do we want?…..SPORT BIKES….When do we want them?  NOW”-Angry mob outside RSBFS Headquarters.

Hunting rare and exciting motorcycles is hard work.  We are a slave to what is currently on the market.  Pickings have been slim.  But today we are in luck.  Out in Denver a very interesting Ducat is listed on Craigslist.  Featuring Craigslist adds is challenging as you never know when they will be pulled down, and generally sellers are looking for a local transaction and specifically trying to avoid the wide net cast by eBay.  While this may limit the pool of buyers for the seller, it can sometimes give an advantage to someone local.

From the seller’s post:

2008 Ducati 1098R
7800 miles (looks like it has 1000)
221/450 produced; 300 are US models
The first production motorcycle with traction control and the last Ducati to win the World Superbike title in 2011 although it was labeled as a 1198R at that time. It is a true homologation special- a street legal race bike.
There’s plenty of information on these bikes out there so I won’t do any technical writing.
Excellent condition although the tire production date of 2012 would mean they will need replaced if it is to be ridden in a spirited manner.
All original parts included: titanium exhaust & ecu, license plate assy, clutch cover, data downloader.
I bought this bike about three years ago locally from a dealer after seeing it on an internet site. Didn’t really plan on buying it but the condition was so fine I couldn’t pass it up. It has obviously been loved from new. It is a very historic motorcycle, mechanical artwork with frightening performance.
Serious inquires only.

The 1098R is in many ways the end of an era for Ducati homologation bikes.  The next series, the Panigale used an completely new frame design and construction.  Top tier Ducati sport bikes would no long use the unique trellis frame.  There was an 1198R, but literally only a handful were produced and sold, and at this point post of them are sitting in large and static collections.

An 1198cc 180+ horsepower engine was used, despite the 1098 badging.  All bikes were delivered with some choice race parts to bump the power to almost 190hp.  Carbon lower body panels and high spec suspension ensure these are no slouch on the race track or open road.

With only 450 built world wide this surely qualifies as rare. Many heaped praise on Ducati for the styling of the 1098/1198 generations.  It was seen as a return to Ducati producing beautiful sports bikes and a return to form of the 916/996/998.

The current asking price of $15,500 is on the low end for bikes being actively listed.  Sales data is all over the map and a sure sign that people are starting to take note of these bikes.  It offers a tremendous amount of performance per dollar.  Any buyer should take a close look at the tank for swelling issues as this was a notorious issue for all Ducati in this time period.  The owners groups have developed a few solutions, so it is nothing that should stop someone from enjoying this epic machine.

There are just under 8k miles on the bike.  This will keep the static collectors away, but should be near perfect for someone that wants to experience the feel of the bike in the wild.

– William


  • William-
    Surprised to see my bike on RSBFS!
    I listed it on craiglist partly because that’s the easiest avenue for selling but also hoping that someone locally would come look at the bike in person as it is in pristine condition considering the miles. As for tank: it fits perfectly with no signs of swelling. I removed it for filter replacement and remounted with no issues. I would assume it had non-ethanol fuel used from new as it does under my watch.

    • Thanks for checking in, Jerry. I hope the post on our site connects you to a buyer!


    • Saw that the add was deleted. Did the bike end up selling to a RSBFS reader?

  • Beautiful bike, wish I had the coin to spare. Just spent some stimulus money on a clean Gen 1 10R, but that’s beside the point!

    There are many sportbike addicts like myself who peruse this site for bike searches as well as general interest; heck this site is my homepage on my Samsung!

    Make no mistake about it, Rare Sportbikes for Sale has a dedicated, informed audience that is far beyond the quality of the general Craigslist crowd.

    Best of luck, and love the site!

  • Have you thought about listing it on ICONIC MOTORBIKES? If this was local I would add it to my collection.

  • No doubt about it- this is a great site. The writers amaze me in that they come up with a different, informative angle for bikes every time. I’ve learned so much over the years. Found a 998 here a number of years back that was on eBay and ended up buying it which was a leap of faith for me. Not sure I would do that with this 1098R due to the cost but I guess everyone has a comfort level buying vehicles unseen.

  • I wish someone else would buy it so I can stop looking at it and move along.

  • @sonny Shipping anywhere in the USA is a small fraction of the buy in price, nothing to fear.

  • 450 for the US market, not worldwide.

    • Did they not number the 1098R for the RoW?

  • I tried emailing thru the craigslist link but no reply.

  • Saw that the listing came off craigslist. If this bike is still for sale, I’m very interested at the listing price you suggested. Feel free to reply in post or we can have William connect us. Thanks!

  • Gherk,
    Sorry just posting one more message as I don’t think I replied directly to your thread. I’m very interested at the price you suggested and if you still have the bike for sale and get something done quickly. If it’s still available, let me know how to proceed. Thanks a lot!

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