2003 Ducati 998

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Ducati 998

There’s something about a Especially one that looks this. The 916/996/998 family has on from being a mere to being a design icon. An of desire, even among who will never look at as anything other than noisy, dangerous things. I had the effect this has, on the rider and other road until I rode the latest 998 down from Coventry on a and grey December morning.

For the few miles it was horrible. The road was I was cold. Traffic conditions with the ludicrously tall gear to force me to ride the clutch which made my ache quicker than

Plus I couldn’t see a thing in the never a good thing in the limit obsessed West

Then the roads started to up and restrictions of 30mph limits behind.

And I remembered.

Now let me be brutally here. There are better than a Ducati 998. There are ones. There are faster There are some which, in eyes at least, are better

Any or all of these may be easier to live But, and it’s a massive there is nothing else makes you feel, or look, good. Because the shape is so and recognised as Something Special by the of the world as well.

The effect has on your riding experience is

In this 90 mile journey not a car pulled out in front of me or blocked my in any way. Old blokes in Volvos who have been tutting their Trilbies if I’d come up on something more common over to let me past. And smiled as the watched the most famous end of a bike ever disappear the next bend.

Even Van Man joined in, tucking in to the verge and me past. It happened everywhere – roads, motorway, towns, the And I tell you what, it made me wider and wider until my hurt.

Of course all the recognition and in the word would be no good at all if the itself were an ill handling heap. Fortunately it isn’t. The 998 may be the old with the radically different 999 now over the role of flagship, but doesn’t mean it’s left on the shelf.

For 2003, the classic design has blessed with a pair of tasty grey Marchesini and the mirrors are, for the first colour coded. You may also a discreet “Testastretta” logo the 998 badge on the fairing, indicating although the design is old, the is anything but. That engine delivers a claimed which in itself is respectable if to write home about.

But the delivery makes for a seriously bike. The drive out of corners is phenomenal, even in less ideal conditions, thanks to the vee-twin torque. Straight performance is enough to see off most on a track day and to utterly destroy much anything you will need to overtake on the road.

of course, as they’ll be moving for you anyway.

To put this into a couple of years ago I tested the predecessor of this bike – chassis, same brakes but a less power – for one glorious in the summer. While out testing, I a guy on the (at the time) accepted king of the sportsbike. No need to name but it’s a large capacity multi. And a very capable one at This guy was quite good to use a popular euphemism, making progress along one of my favourite

He obviously liked it too, from the committed way he was carving the corners and nailing it down the It says everything about the that, despite a good deficit, we simply tucked in waited for a convenient moment and him. No fuss, no drama, open the taps and bye-bye Mr Japanese Superbike.

To be fair, the with which we got past a ridden fast bike has to do with the way that the big Ducati its power down and rather to do with the ultimate skill of the The Ducati 998 will flatter you its ability, although of course you get to take the glory for yourself.

Ducatis have always had a for fine handling. That is in safe hands with the Although not the fastest steering around, the feedback and stability are boosting rider confidence and to the whole experience. We weren’t to do a track test this the weather put paid to that, so I give you any tales of knee derring-do and heroic outbraking Which is probably no bad thing.

I can say is that on the road I felt able to brake later and into corners, to corner to overtake more safely and to get around more quickly a wider safety margin on almost any other bike. I can’t think of another I can just get on and ride like – anything else needs an period while the 998 just

Ducatis also have for other things. Dubious quality, unreliability and crippling spring most readily to Well forget the first two – control seems far better on earlier bikes and the reliability appear to have taken an holiday.

Discomfort is a subjective thing. I fit the well and have ridden hundred miles in a day on one in the past, away with no more a sore …. It’s no Tourer, of course, and if you plan on a passenger then you’d belong to the credit card, and spare pants school of because you’re not going to be to carry much else.

But it is usable everywhere except, around town where the first gear and heavy will make your a misery.


As you may have I rather like this We will be testing the new 999 too. it not being as pretty as the 998, supposed to be a quantum improvement.

right now I don’t see how that can be The New Bike Guide has this to say the 998. “If you only ride one bike in your life, it one of these.” I couldn’t have put it myself.

Tech Specs

Ducati 998

List £10 450

Liquid cooled vee twin 8 valve four-….

steel trellis frame.

120/70 x 17 front, 180/60 x 17 on Marchesini alloys

Kerb 198kg

Colours – Red (of course)

123bhp Torque 97Nm @

Our Rating (out of 5)

Engine 5


Braking 4

Comfort 4

Fun factor 5

Today overall rating 5

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