Motorcycle.com reviews the 2008 Ducati 1098R. Be sure to read the article and give us your feedback within this thread.
There's a great opportunity coming to motorcycle riders, collectors or racers in the United States. Relative to the number of bikes landing on American shores each year, very few two-wheeled nuts will bask in the glory of what may be the best sportbike available today: The 2008 Ducati 1098R.
As my English ex-pat friends would say of those fortunate enough get their $39,995 checks written before anyone else, "Jammy gits!"
The 1098R isn't so much the next evolution in the 1098 line as it is a homologation obligation allowing a limited number of lucky souls to be the benefactors of WSBK rules. Perhaps I should say that the 1098R is revolutionary in that it's the first streetbike (streetbike, puh-leez!) with available traction control. Ducati makes no ifs, ands, or buts about it, DTC (Ducati Traction Control) is that something special that the Big Four keep toeing the line with but are too litigious-conscious to cross. It's also identical to the same system found on Ducati's factory superbike and MotoGP machines. Awesome!
Well, to have at least a reply here. From one of the recent break-in rides...
Temps are warming at 8800ft. Local surface conditions are improving. Still cool and sandy but better than icy and very sandy. Break-in continues, perhaps timing the first service in a few weeks with the arrival of the race ecu so the race exhaust, traction control, etc. can be fitted.
Cannot add much to the abundance of reviews of the R but can note the bike takes one through the same circuits at seemingly higher speeds without fuss or even awareness. I'll look down at the speedo and see I'm 5-10mph faster than typical through the same sections previously, yet it doesn't seem things are hectic but rather sedate. It's an animal, but well trained. Very noticeable is its light weight and responsiveness. It seems to telepathically execute what you're thinking. For sure maybe this is just in my head, but then again, it probably doesn't matter whether it is or not.
From last week...
From this week...
Playing with image settings here. FWIW, in the distance is a portion of the monstrous 2002 Hayman wildfire charring 130,000 acres. At this location the fire was so hot the road caught on fire and was resurfaced.