Rare Ducati 1098S Tricolore worth Rs. 35 lakh restored after spending 7 years in customs [Video]

A few years ago, we told you about a Ducati 1098 S Tricolore that was spotted in Kochi DRI’s seized vehicle compound. Now, someone has restored the motorcycle after it spent about 7 years in open parking.

Asgar, who reached the Kochi DRI and then bid for the rare Ducati 1098 S Tricolore. He won the bid. We are not sure about how many people were bidding for the Ducati though. It is possible that Asgar was the only bidder.

The winner Asgar then transported the bike to Ducati, Kochi for restoration. After spending seven years in the open parking, the bike was not in the best condition. The bike was restored completely.

Rare Ducati 1098S Tricolore worth Rs. 35 lakh restored after spending 7 years in customs [Video]

We also do not know why DRI seized the motorcycle and why it spent so many years in the open ground. These are fully imported motorcycles and people try to evade the import tax. Authorities are quite vigilant when it comes to illegal imports and have seized numerous motorcycles in the past, including this – the super rare Ducati.

Rare Ducati 1098S Tricolore worth Rs. 35 lakh restored after spending 7 years in customs [Video]

So what’s so special about this motorcycle? Well, it is rare around the world as Ducati only released 1013 units of this model. Ducati launched way back in 2007 and it became popular simply because of its small production number. Ducati used the colours of the Italian flag to give it the tricolour theme. The tricolour range of Ducati is a limited-production variant based on the standard model. The first tricolour was launched in 1985 and it was a Ducati 750 F1.

Ducati 1098

Ducati 1098 was an extremely popular bike when it was launched more than a decade ago. Ducati launched it as a track-focussed road legal motorcycle. It even came with a Termignoni race-spec exhaust system and the ECU was re-tuned because of the high-performance exhaust.

It was based on a trellis frame. The alloy wheels were painted in racing gold colours. The power came from a 1098cc, L-Twin engine that generates a maximum power of 160 Bhp at 9,750 rpm and peak torque of 123 Nm at 8,000 rpm. The bike gets a six-speed transmission.

Ducati advertised its extremely aggressive torque-to-weight ratio, which made it extremely desirable for performance motorcycle lovers and enthusiasts. The aggressive torque-to-power ratio also made it a lethal track tool. Ducati also installed a single-sided swingarm. The suspension system consists of a 43mm Ohlins fork and an Ohlins 45PRC monoshock. The suspension is fully adjustable at multiple levels.

The 1098 S Tricolour was based on the S variant of the standard model. It came with weight-saving components like lightweight brakes, tyres and alloy wheels. The alloy wheels were about 1.9 kg lighter compared to the standard wheels. The front fender is also made up of full carbon fibre.

The track focussed Ducati 1098 Tricolour came with Ducati Data Analyzer. It stores the performance data for the rider to retrieve and analyse.

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