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Jap 1000cc bikes vs ducati 1098?

This is a discussion on Jap 1000cc bikes vs ducati 1098? within the 1098 forums, part of the Ducati category; I've owned all the recent Jap 1000's bar the R1, and have wanted a big twin for a while, I ...


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Old 11-29-2008   #1
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I've owned all the recent Jap 1000's bar the R1, and have wanted a big twin for a while, I want something different and have decided on the 1098, how different are they to ride, I've heard conflicting things, anything that I should know before buying one? I'm test ridding both the 848 and the 1098 next week, but would love some input from other riders. Thanks people.
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I love the Ducati 1098 in Tri Color. Trouble is that riding position and my knees are no long compatible and I would have trouble"getting down"due to some girth. I don't quite resemble the guy in the Ducati ads. I'm committed to Honda but ..... the Duc will cost some more and be a little more fragile and have a little more maintenance cost but what the heck, it would be worth it! Life is short - do it!The 08s are reputed to be free for the frequent, mandatory valve adjustments. I'm pretty sure these bikes are free of the bucket of bells (dry) clutch.
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You say you are testing riding both, hopefully that will give you your answer, I changed years ago from riding a ZXR750L1 to a 916, kept it about 2 years, I had no problems with it when I first got it and thought it was great almost telepathic in its handling but something changed whether it was tyres or not I don't know, then the power delivery became an on/off switch at low speeds and the only time it felt good was for about 100 miles after a service it then proceeded to completely destroy my confidence on a bike, so I went back to a ZX7R to slowly rebuild my confidence and now have an R1 which is just ballistic and much smoother since fitting a Power Commander.It was also never as fast as they made out I'm not a small person about 6'3"and struggled to get more than 140 mph out it, had it dyno'd to check the power it made, which was right on the money at the time and yet could get 160 mph out the Kawasaki's making similar power, go figure. If you like it great, reports basicaly say the 1098 is an animal and the 848 alot smoother, ride them for as long as you can and make certain you can live with them.Just don't rush into it.
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go to youtube and search for MCN they have some great tests of the 1098 and give impressions of what it's like to ride
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I will go for the Ducati 1098, because it is really amazing and fantastic bike, its too stylish and attractive bike, the riding position of these bike is very nice and Ducati is most popular company in motorcycle, i love Ducati's bike.
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