The 1098 is usually considered as tribute to the beautiful Ducati 916 that was penned by Massimo Tamburini in the 1990s. The 1098 was designed by Giandrea Fabbro who applied these styling effects that made Ducati and the 916 so appealing, including that fairing showing just enough of the engine and those two pipes located just under the rider's seat, which gives a very neat and aggressive design. The design also included a tubular frame and a single-sided swingarm.
Like any Ducati, the bikes is gifted with some of the best parts and components a sport bike would need. First and foremost, a high-performance engine. Indeed, Ducati gifted the 1098 with their new Testatretta Evoluzione motor, producing 160hp and some 90.4 ft.lb of torque. On the R version, which is offered here, the power output got raised to a whopping 180hp and 99.1 ft.lb of torque. Obviously, brakes are commensurate with the amount of power, especially thanks to huge dual 330mm discs being stopped by Brembo Monobloc calipers at the front. In terms of suspensions, the bike gets 43mm Ohlins fully adjustable upside-down fork, and Ohlins TTXR fully-adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage at the rear. The R also benefits from the Ducati Traction Control, slipper clutch and titanium valves, just to name a few of its racing-like components.
Purchased new by the seller, that number 89 on 450 built 1098R was kept in climate control environment and maintained in a superb condition. Showing under the 1000 miles mark, the bike was obviously sporadically used and never abused, which allows for a very low usage of the mechanical components. Like any similar machine with such low miles, a mechanical overhaul is highly suggested to allow the bike to roar as it should, in a safe way.
Coming with the bike are a spare pair of titanium exhausts, certificate of authenticity, Ducati owner's manuals, and Ducati Data Analyzer device.