Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2009 Ducati 1198S. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
While many motorcyclists consider the 1198 as something of a transitional model between Ducati’s 1098 and 1199, that’s doing the bike a disservice. The 1198S was a phenomenal machine in its own right – MCN called it “one of the best V-twins ever made” and “truly one of those motorcycles that everybody should be allowed to ride once in their life.”
The S model arrived in early 2009 as a more performance-oriented variation of the base 1198. Accordingly, it was packed full of the latest and greatest components at the time, including Öhlins front and rear suspension, top-shelf Brembo brakes, lightweight “GP Replica” 7-spoke forged alloy Marchesinis, as well as trick tech like a Ducati Data Analyzer and Ducati Traction Control.
At the heart of the platform was Ducati’s 1,198cc Testastretta Evoluzione motor. When mated to the same gearbox found in the 1098R, the extra displacement was enough to give the 1198 a 10hp bump and an additional 7lb-ft of torque (resulting in a throaty 170hp and 97lb-ft of torque) over its predecessor. As Ultimate Motorcycling put it in their review: “The Ducati 1198cc engine’s massive horsepower is seriously addictive. There’s so much drive and from 8000 rpm, when the torque peaks, I had a big smile inside my helmet.”
Adam originally acquired the bike from a friend in Michigan to ride at Iconic’s Laguna Seca track day last fall. As you’ll know from Instagram, he went down exiting Turn 2 and had a nasty high-side. Rather than rebuilding the bike, he’s decided to let it go to a new home!
As part of the original track day prep, Angel swapped the street bodywork for track bodywork, installed an Öhlins TTX shock, and swapped the exhaust system. Additionally, he replaced the brake fluid, serviced the chain, fitted safety wire, and installed new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires with date codes of 2022 and 2322.
In preparation for the listing, we appraised the damage following the crash. The problem areas are as follows:
– Speedometer damaged – this damage was present when Adam acquired the bike, he didn’t mind as he was buying it to be a track bike and rarely looks at the speed
– Steering stop is bent
– All track plastics are damaged
– Front rim light damage (scratches)
– Shifter rod damaged, broken
– Sub frame slightly bent
– Gas tank has damage (scratches)
– Pipes have dent near right rear set
– Frame bent on right side by rear set
– Right clip and grip damaged, bent, rashed
– Left bar end damaged
– Front master cylinder damaged, bent/broken lever
– Front upper stay damaged
– Heat shield cover damaged, RH, Pipes cracked
– Clutch cover damaged
– Right frame slider damaged
Yonni gave it a once-over, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Years – Front/Rear: 2022
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 95%
Brake Life – Front: 90%; Rear: 95%
Hydraulic Flid – Front/Rear/Clutch: Ok, New
Engine Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok, Dark
Engine Coolant – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok
The sale also includes aftermarket street bodywork, headlight bucket, stock headers, and Arrow slip-on mufflers. The bike has been flashed to run with the race exhaust – it would run poorly if the stock headers and Arrows were installed again.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Ducati is offered on a salvaged Wisconsin title. Have any 1198S stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!