Ducati 1198s, should I buy one?

Discussion in 'General' started by buzz-06, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. buzz-06

    buzz-06 Well-Known Member

    So I’ve always liked the looks of Ducati’s and I find myself more and more interested in a bike for weekend rides and occasionally ride to work. Found a 2010 1198s on cycle trader with about 4500 miles. Wondering what if anything I need to be mindful of or if I should just run the other way all together. I’ve attached a link to the cycle trader ad.

  2. Mechdziner714

    Mechdziner714 More Gas Less Brakes

    Damn Straight, but you have to realize you just asked a crack dealer if you should buy more crack.
    You only live once....
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  3. Phl218

    Phl218 Lemme ask my wife

    it's an S, got akras and boat loads of torque.

    i was about to buy one a decade ago, then heard of the 1199 coming out, went for that. still lusting after the 1198 .

    DO IT !!!

  4. Banditracer

    Banditracer Dogs - because people suck

  5. thrak410

    thrak410 My member is well known

  6. nigel smith

    nigel smith Well-Known Member

    When it comes to buying a Ducati, the answer is always yes.
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  7. rd400racer

    rd400racer Well-Known Member

    Dime a dozen...go old school

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  8. burnham

    burnham Well-Known Member

    I had a 1098 that I bought with 300 miles. I sold it before the odometer hit 1k. I've had 15 spot bikes since 2000, and the 1098 was the only one I ever hated. Hot, uncomfortable, and it handled like shit at low speeds. Fuck you 1098.
  9. Linker48X

    Linker48X Well-Known Member

  10. Spang308

    Spang308 Well-Known Member

    I love that thing RD.
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  11. opinion914

    opinion914 Well-Known Member

    I don't put down the quickest laps I've ever done on my 1198s but that f'n thing suckerpunches me into laughing fits every time I roll the throttle on. It's old school, probably the last of the big-boom Ducs, and it demands respect when pushing it. Never have I felt more alive on a bike and more lucky to be alive after getting off one.
    Probably suck on the street though.
  12. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert - Not really

    As long as it's not a 999...knock yourself out.
  13. doppio

    doppio Well-Known Member

    Yeah, not an S and stock exhaust. Full ti/carbon Akra is $3500 and if it really has DP ecu to match then that'd be my choice.

    Blast to ride. Looks like a leaking for seal though and quite a bit of clutch dust so there's that. Tell him to throw in the stands and take some $ off for fork service.

    I still want to build a 999 with 1198SP engine, stealth-ish track bike as I like that chassis more.
  14. nigel smith

    nigel smith Well-Known Member

    I have the same bike, only it's yellow like a Ferrari.
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  15. trussdude

    trussdude Well-Known Member

    I have (5) and still look for number (6) every day.
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  16. speedkelly

    speedkelly Well-Known Member

    Beast of a bike. Get some Xerox bodywork and you can be Carlos Checa from 2010 WSBK at your next Track day.

    I only ever Rode 1098s, was ok on the track. Not so OK on the street.
  17. trussdude

    trussdude Well-Known Member

    999r with 1198 engine

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  18. pickled egg

    pickled egg Works with puppies, too

    WTF you talking about? The 999 is a magnificent bike to ride.

    You can’t see how hideous it looks from the operator’s position. :D
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  19. metricdevilmoto

    metricdevilmoto Just forking around


    Unless you give it the SBK treatment, it's no good on a race track and as far as a street bike goes, it's as useless as an R6.

    If you like the way it looks and sounds and don't care about how good of a motorcycle it is, then go for it.

    @DucatiBomber might have some good insight regarding that chassis and words of wisdom.
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  20. I have to agree.

    Had a 1098S race bike, for about 4 months. Unassed it with the quickness.

    In SS trim it took corners like a train, and killed my hands/wrists.

    I did love the brakes and the torque, especially since it was legal in the B classes. But overall, I couldnt get rid of it fast enough.

    It did sound awesome though.

    BTW - as a street bike? Not a chance in fucking hell. It may be physically impossible to find a worse street bike. ALL of your weight is on your hands/wrists, they are VERY hot, transmission is clunky, and maintenance is regular and expensive. Hell, I think an R6 would even be a better street bike.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2021

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