SELLER SAYS: 2011 Ducati 1198SP for sale. In excellent condition with just 13,330km on the clock. Fitted with a slightly higher screen and Termignoni carbon mufflers. Also fitted with a Power Commander which was tuned at ProTwin when installed (2018). Bike has just been serviced including new battery, fork service with new fork seals, new timing belts and two new tyres, also just had 12 months rego paid. Bike has had minimal use over the last five years and has been kept in my lounge room with only occasional rides on sunny days. All original books, original exhausts, original screen, Ducati genuine cover and rear axle stand included in sale. More photos available on request. Contact Matt on 0407 xxx xxx SOLD for $30k (Mundaring, Perth WA).
EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: As the brave new world of electric motorcycles rolls inexorably toward us, many a motorcycle ponderer is pondering what the future holds for high-end sports bikes and for the world of collectible petrol-powered motorbikes. I’m one of those ponderers and, like all of the others, don’t have a clue what’s going to happen. But my gut feeling goes like this: Prices for everyday run-of-the-mill petrol bikes will fall rapidly. Prices for exotic desirable bikes will hold. Prices for already-collectible bikes – and especially limited edition bikes – will rise faster than ever. I know it’s hard to think of a bike as modern as this wonderful 1198SP as a collectible. It is, after all, still near its prime: a blindingly fast, superb handling piece of contemporary racetrack perfection that (for reasons I don’t actually understand but aren’t about to argue with) you’re allowed to ride on the road. The ‘SP’ bit in the bike’s name makes it a rare beast. The extras – electronic quickshifter, Ohlins suspension, slipper clutch, and bigger fuel tank – make the bike a smidgen lighter and presumably a smidgen faster around a race track in expert hands. But they make the bike a lot more collectible. I guess it would be reasonable for a young go-fast guy to buy this bike and go fast on it. But I kinda hope it goes to a bike lover who cherishes its specialness and it’s L-twin engine, and makes sure it’s still being ridden (maybe on mung-bean fuel) in 50 years time.