If you’re ready, the first ride of the new year could be on a rather special Ducati. Many 1098R’s have more accessories than miles, but someone enjoyed this one enough to farkle sensibly and keep maintenance is up to date.
Ducati returned to the side-by-side headlights in 2007, with a perceptible cat-eye composition. The -R was meant for the racetrack, with many advanced components which had to be on board to allow them on the factory’s racers. A high-horsepower testastretta engine, trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, and underseat exhaust are found on every 2008 Ducati superbike. But the -R homologates the sand-cast 1198cc engine of 180 hp, with twin fuel injectors pointing down each 64mm elliptical throttle body. The Öhlins twin-tube monoshock allows ride height to be set independent of pre-load, and the fork ends are cast to receive Brembo’s monoblock 330mm brakes. Marchesini Y wheels speak lightness as does the generous use of carbon on the bodywork.
Offered by an enthusiast in eastern Pennsylvania, who states it has 4,356 miles, but doesn’t show the dash lit up. Rizoma levers, clutch cover and rear sets are sharp, and no damage is apparent. Photos are good but not exhaustive, and either way a pre-purchase inspection is in order. Just a couple of comments in the eBay auction:
1098R #117 of 450. Clean, well maintained. Never raced, never abused. Never wrecked. Pristine example. Choice Rizoma controls and bits. Serviced for belts and valves last year. No issues, ready to go collector’s piece.
With its modernized electrical and cooling systems, the 1098 was almost a practical superbike. Traction management and a data-analysis dash pushed it well into the 21st century. The semi-trellis frame lends an accessibility to the 1098R, that riders of previous superbike generations can appreciate.