The 1198S was a phenomenal machine – MCN called it “one of the best V-twins ever made and “truly one of those motorcycles that everybody should be allowed to ride once in their life.” For those of you that want a dash of exclusivity, Ducati produced a special cosmetic package called the Corse between 2009 and 2011. It differed from the “base” 1198S with an aluminum tank and a special paint job. Even if the Corse was just a tank and paint, the base bike featured 170 horsepower, Ohlins suspension, and traction control. In many ways, it was a more streetable version of the previous year’s 1098R, just at a more attainable price.
The seller of this example (#47) claims that he’s spent a staggering $25k in aftermarket parts, including Brembo RCS master cylinders, Ohlins FGRT forks/Ohlins TTR (I assume he means TTX) shock. There’s also a Nichols triple clamp, Kyle USA track link, Termignoni exhaust, slipper clutch, Annitori quickshifter, Ducati Performance Race ECU, Saddlemen seat, and more. I don’t know if that totals up to $25k (maybe including labor?) but either way it’s still a tremendous amount of upgrades on a bike that wasn’t shabby from the factory.
Find this 1198S Corse for sale in Millersville, Maryland for $9,500 here on Letgo.