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2008 Ducati 1098 Project Bike

Friday, November 14, 2008
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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man -i like this bike  December 22, 2010 06:05 AM
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TheBrain -Best mod  June 7, 2009 09:52 AM
I have a 08' 1098 and the best mod I have ever done to it is... taking my 748SPS to the track and improving my riding skills:) I do have the half-system termis' and they rock. Great sound and feel:)
Jim R -1098 Project Bike  April 30, 2009 11:11 AM
Joe, put on a slipper clutch as your next mod. I never realized how great they are until I purchased a 1098R - I ride mainly on the street, and it really makes those tight highway exit loops a lot of fun! I'll be putting one on my HM-S as well.
SS -Supersport  March 24, 2009 06:57 AM
Superlight said it right. Bring back a mod up modern supersport. Start with the lighter New Monster 1100 2V engine. Cant remember why the factory stop that line.
Torque -cash money  January 14, 2009 11:03 PM
how much is a standard ducati? maybe just a lil power..
Superlight -New Supersport Ducati  December 31, 2008 09:33 AM
Joe, As a former roadracer myself, I understand and agree with your comments on riding today's top-line sportbikes - the only place to safely wring them out is on a racetrack. However, as most of don't live next to a track nor do we have the cash for new tires and entry fees to regularly repeat this activity, I propose another solution: more exciting motorcycle choices that aren't disguised racebikes, machines that are fun on the street and look good doing it. I'd like to see a new Supersport Ducati with all the style, handling and braking typical of their Superbikes, but with the 1100cc 2V motor and in a lighter weight package enabled by air-cooling. I don't want Retro (Sport Classics), Motard (Hypermotard), Naked (Monster/Streetfighter) or Swiss Army Knife (Multistrada). Just a Ducati I can enjoy everyday on the street. Please, Ducati, bring back an improved Supersport model!
Grady Fabianto -Great  December 29, 2008 04:42 PM
I think, now ducati reach the star. they in 1ST floor on industrial motorcycles. i was interesting for that bike. please give me one of all. i think ducati 1098 is my best bike!
Joe Wallace -On the Track  December 23, 2008 07:57 AM
90% of my ridding is on the track, it’s really the only place you can ride a sport bike close to its full potential. That is unless you like jail or worse yet a ride in the back of an ambulance. Once you’ve spent a day or two on the track it’s really hard to have fun ridding on the street while trying to being safe.
DesmoGP8 -1098 Project  December 22, 2008 09:54 PM
Two weeks prior to the 1198 press release, I went to my dealer, after an altercation with a truck in the canyons. We "pimped" it out. New rims, shocks, slipper, in addition to the original add-ons; full exhaust, powder coating everything, rear sets, you get the picture. Let's just say when you add up all that was done, I was a little shy of say an "R". I'm always looking for the next best thing, but in this case, I really enjoy riding my bike now. Too much invested to change. Anyways, when & where are you really going to push it, to take advantage of the added power. (insurance upgrades are the best)
Joe Wallace -More testing come spring  December 16, 2008 08:18 AM
I will definitely try and get you guys some more information come spring. Unfortunately we got started late and winter sets in all too soon around here. Over the winter I plan on installing a set of Ohlin’s R/T FGRT803 along with getting it on the dyno so we can get some actual torque and hp numbers. The good news is one of the other guys here already ordered his 1198 so will have plenty of time to compare the two. The good news from what everyone’s saying, is that the only real difference between the two on the track is that the 1198 pulls a little harder than the 1098 due to the extra torque it’s producing. So for us mere mortals (unlike Bayliss) will probably never be able to really tell the difference anyways.
Superlight -1098 Project Bike  December 14, 2008 11:26 AM
Is this article to be continued? We'd like to know how the stuff works, too. And could you please total the costs for us and add in labor where its not just a bolt-on replacement? Will you be comparing the finished product to a new 1198S at some point?
Mike -1098 project bike  December 4, 2008 02:55 PM
Most likely you are going to do all the same things here to a base 1198 or 1198s anyway. So the question is, Is it worth losing a bunch of money to get an additional 10hp +/- and lose 5 lbs?
Pete -1098 Project Bike  November 20, 2008 10:33 AM
I agree with the prior posts to this article. A cost breakdown would be very helpful. For those of us that live in the "real world" and have to pay real money for add-ons...the purchase price is crucial. It's obvious you have made some killer additions to the bike. But seriously, the point of your article was based on trying to justify not buying a new 1198 by pimping out an existing 1098. You article states:"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." By all means; add up the cost of the upgrades to the price of a stock 1098...is this project more expensive than a new 1198S?
Stevie Wonder -1098 Project Bike  November 17, 2008 07:53 PM
I'm also interested in the actual costs of these upgrades and if they improve usable performance on the street/track. If you had the weight differences in these parts and the bike before/after, that would also be useful.
Superlight -1098 Project bike  November 17, 2008 02:49 PM
So, could you keep track of the project costs so your readers know what it would take to duplicate your efforts? Too many bike magazine projects seem to throw financial caution to the wind, I guess because its all "free" to you guys - the rest of us have to pay for goodies. What's really useful to your readers is a sense of what was really worth the money after you're finished.
Joe Wallace -Cost Response  November 16, 2008 10:31 AM
Actually if you take off the cost of the carbon fiber you’re still right around the price of a 1098S, which was the main goal. But you are correct it doesn’t take much effort to get carried away on something like this. Especially when you consider the Ohlin’s R/T forks, BST Carbon wheels and a Slipper Clutch that we still want to add ;)
Superlight -1098 Project Bike  November 15, 2008 06:50 AM
Looks like a fun project, but we'd appreciate seeing the dollar figures for all the trick parts and a professional labor estimate, if applicable. From personal experience, you can easily double the cost of bike purchase with a project like this. No problem, but let's not suggest these changes are inexpensive to do.