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Old Apr 7th 2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Good Afternoon,

This past Thursday my daughter and I drove from Northeastern Ohio to Connecticut and back in 27 hours, stopping to sleep for 4.5 hours, and brought back with us a beautiful black 2007 1098 S with a bunch of goodies on it, including the full Termignoni with ECM.

My noble steed for years was an 05 R6 that an acquaintance laid down, I purchased from him, then sawzawed into a home made street fighter with a definite Mad Max vibe. It has been a very loyal companion for years. However, I have been lusting over the 1098 since it first graced the earth 12 years ago, and my Monster R riding friend has on a consistent basis, while suggesting it wasn't the bike I was looking for, has been tempting me to 'come over to the dark side' as he puts it. Well, here I am. And after 2 days of riding, I don't regret a second of it. Here are some initial thoughts on the 1098.

First, I didn't realize how much I used the bar end mirror on the R6 until I attempted to catch a glimpse of what was behind me in the Italian's stock rear views. Fail. So after a little research, it seems like people primarily handle the terrible mirrors 2 ways. One is to get extenders that make the mirrors stick out even farther, which looks dumb (sorry), that some comedians on the forums refer to as elephant ears. The other is to use the stock mirrors, and just look under your armpit to see behind you. I tried it today. It's not ideal, but it works. We'll go with the pit view for now. Bar ends are not likely because I do not want to add to the width of the sleek machine.

Also, I made this fun discovery today. The seat has a slight forward slant even on level ground, definitely more so than the Yamaha. If you are going downhill, particularly at slow speeds, it gets even better. The seat is very insistent on jamming your crotch in to the firm metal tank. Not super comfy. We shall see how the tenders fair after the new seat arrives. I had ordered a Sargent seat before I even picked the bike up.

Now for the good stuff. The 1098 S is everything I had hoped it would be. It is sleek, smooth, sounds glorious, nimble, responsive, and beautiful. In only 2 days of owning it, where ever I have taken it, bystanders have complimented the beauty of the bike, 1 of which who even referred to it as art.

After 2 days, my conclusion is this. The bike is so good, I feel like I am cheating on my wife when I ride it.

See ya around!
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Old Apr 7th 2019, 01:51 PM   #2
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The black 1098S with the beautiful red frame is the most beautiful Ducati ever made, in my opinion
You enjoy every second with that Bike, sir!
Every time you buy something for the bike (tires, maintenance, ...), you buy your wife some flowers. Your wife will understand.
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Old Apr 7th 2019, 05:02 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Congrats on the purchase. A buddy of mine picked up a 1098 S last summer. That bike is a beast and just riding it out of the parking lot I felt at home. Probably one of the best ergonomics on a sport bike Ive tried so far, I think he did an after market seat though, so that should help you out a lot.
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