2008 Ducati 1098 Project Bike

November 14, 2008
By Joe Wallace

MotorcycleUSA flies to Portugal next week to join the lucky few who get the first crack at flogging the 2009 Ducati 1198. Stay tuned for Editorial Director Ken Hutchison’s First Ride article toward the end of the month. Until then, here’s a little something to whet the appetite of the Ducatisti until we can bring you a full review.

A 2008 Ducati 1098 served as a palette for Joe s project.
While the release of the 2009 1198 has the Ducatisti drooling, MotorcycleUSA’s Joe Wallace offers a few tips that can help squeeze even more out of the current 1098.

If you’re a true Ducati lover and you haven’t been hiding in a cave for the last few weeks, then you probably already know all about the 2009 Ducati 1198 that will be released early next year. So for all of you current 1098 owners, instead of crying over missing out on that 1198 motor with its claimed 10 extra horse power and debating over whether or not to sell your current ride and losing your ass, we’re going to map out some trick accessories and performance upgrades you could do to get the most out of your current bike.

We started off with some of SpeedyMoto’s sick billet parts. The best part about their stuff is not only does it look trick, but it’s all been designed to protect your bike in case of a low side on the track or even worse – the dreaded tip over. From their frame sliders to billet water pumps to clutch kits, it all bolts on easy and the fit is near perfect, which is always a huge plus. We also threw on a Speedy Moto triple clamp and clip-ons. I loved the fact that they can easily be adjusted to suit a desired riding position and the fact that the extra strength from the triple clamp helps reduce fork flexing.

The 1098 received a new Speedy Moto clutch and pressure plate.
The 1098 received a new Speedy Moto clutch and pressure plate.

From there we got a little carried away with the carbon fiber, but it definitely brings out the bike’s lines and helps to reduce the overall weight. And come on, who doesn’t love carbon fiber? From fenders to sprocket and belt covers, we stuck on as much CF as we could get our hands on. We also changed out the windscreen with a little taller one to make it easier to tuck in behind on the track. A Competition Werkes fender eliminator and Clear Alternatives tail light with integrated turn signals really cleaned up the rear end of the Duc and helped with the racier look we were going for.

To help make up for that extra horsepower that the 1198 comes stock with, we had our local Ducati Dealer, Hansen’s Motorcycles , install the Termignoni 70mm Race exhaust system, ECU and air filter. This exhaust is

The piping on the Termignoni 70mm race exhaust is bigger than most cars.
Team the thrum of the Desmo L-Twin with the Termignoni pipe and you’ve got one head-turning exhaust note.  

crazy – the piping is bigger in diameter than most cars’ exhaust systems. They also installed the Yoyodyne quick change rear sprocket set up which helps simplify life when you need to change the gearing for different track days. And last but not least we had them install the Ohlin’s TTX Shock and steering damper.

So with all of the goodies bolted on it was time to take it to the track and see if all these parts really made a difference or not. We took it down to Thunder Hill with Pacific Track Time to spend a couple of days dialing it all in. The first issues we ran into were with the rear end. It was all over the place. The new TTX shock was causing the rear end to wallow around entering and exiting the corners , not to mention the tire was getting chewed up fast. So we enlisted Dave Moss from Catalyst Reaction to help us dial the suspension in. After a few sessions and a few tweaks, Dave was able to get rid of the rear end wallowing and the bike felt like it was on rails. By day’s end, we had the suspension dialed in and were lapping five seconds faster than our original runs.

The rear end was wallowing at first until they were able to dial in the new shock.
The rear end was wallowing at first until they were able to dial in the new shock.

Now the big question – Did the exhaust and gearing really make a difference? As anyone that has ridden a 1098 knows, they are wheelie monsters. All you need to do to get the front end to come up is turn the throttle. With the new exhaust and gearing, it’s absolutely insane. We’re talking fighting to keep the front end down all the way through the gears. The gearing was a little extreme for the street but at Thunder Hill it was perfect and helped eliminate all the extra shifting in the corners, and now we would actually hit sixth gear down the front straightaway.

Was it all worth it? The answer is, ‘Yes.’ All except for maybe the cost of the carbon fiber. All of the parts are purposeful, whether in performance, protection or control on the track and street. The intangible sum to all those parts is the added style and the fact that it doesn’t look like every other Ducati 1098 on the road. And you have to admit – it looks damn good.

Even little tidbits like sprocket covers received a little CF love.
Even little tidbits like sprocket covers received a little CF love.

2008 Ducati 1098 Parts List

Carbon Fiber Front Fender, Belt Covers, Air box / Tank Side panels, Seat Vents, Sprocket Cover, V- Guard Front Panel, Airduct Covers EVO, Gauge/Instrument Cover, Key Guard Cover, Rear Fender

Wind Screen
Fabbri – $99.99

Fender Eliminator
Competition Werkes – $139.95

Frame Sliders – Under Body
Speedy Moto – $149.95

Tail light with Integrated turn signals
Clear Alternatives – $130.00

Billet Gas Cap
Shift Tech – $135.00

Clip-ons – Speedy Moto – $199.95
Triple Clamp – Speedy Motor – $349.95
Rear Sets – Sato Racing – $475.00
Steering Damper – Ohlin’s – $380.00

Rear Shock – Ohlin’s TTX – $1075.00

14 Tooth Lightened Front Sprocket – Ducati – $66.00
40 Tooth Rear Sprocket – Yoyodyne – $60.00
Billet Quick Change Sprocket Carrier – Yoyodyne – $160.00
Billet Hub Cover – Yoyodyne – $225.00
Billet Wheel Nuts – Yoyodyne – $90.00
Chain – DID 525 ERV X-Ring – $155

Exhaust – Termignoni 70mm Race Exhaust – $2995.00
ECU – Termignoni Race – Included with exhaust system
Water Pump Cover – Speed Moto – $349.95
Clutch – Speedy Moto Cover, Pressure Plate, Clutch Springs – $464.85
STM Master Cylinder – $189.95

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