Ducati 1098 - Best Used Bikes

Ducati 1098 studio left-side view

Years sold: 2007–2008

Base MSRP new: $14,995 (2007) to $15,995 (2008)

Blue Book retail value: $8,890 (2007) to $9,765 (2008)

Basic specs: A dohc 1,099cc V-twin that took Ducati superbikes to a new performance level and produced 143 hp on the CW Dynojet dyno. The Testastretta Evoluzione engine hangs in a world-class trellis-steel chassis equipped with fully adjustable suspension and a single-sided swingarm. Measured dry weight was 422 pounds. Also available as an S model with Öhlins suspension or the special Tricolore edition with Italian-flag-motif paint and a Termignoni exhaust.

Why it's desirable: As we said in our exclusive first-look feature (Jan. '07), the 1098 marked "the return of seduction, the elevation of performance," replacing the ill-received 999. The 1098's styling was a big hit and power was up. So, after testing the bike, it was an easy choice for Best Superbike in its debut year. A hard-core track-focused ride, our long-term test machine nonetheless served us well in the daily grind. Yes, there are more comfortable sportbikes, but the Ducati rewards the dedicated rider with killer acceleration, excellent stability, and fabulous front Brembos. The 1098 was also the first Ducati superbike geared to be competitive in the quarter-mile, cutting an admirable 10.31-second run at 142.56 mph in our 2008 "Turn & Burn" 0- to 180-mph shootout.

The competition: In its debut year, there was none—at least in terms of the pure superbike experience. MV Agusta's F4 312 RR 1078 was sort of the four-cylinder Italian option in '08, with stellar engine performance, but it made the 1098 feel "normal," as we said in print at the time. Japanese literbikes all offered competitive performance for lower cost and remain cheaper alternatives today.