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Hey ya'll, i'm no where near new to ducats, i've owned them back to my original 1994 M900 complete with approximately 20 elephants scattered on it. I think i've owned like 9, but this is my first 1098s. And, i purchased it from a collector. (less than 1400m!) Its a time capsule thats been maintained to perfection.

I've read all the crap about the big end bearings going bang but its nice to read about ppl who have zero issues with their 1098s. Its wonderful to ride.

Anyone know how many tricolores were imported to the US? Anyone else have one here??

Thanks and i look forward to posting!!

Charles!
 

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Damn thats low km's! Heres mine that i got last year with 8200km. Tbh im a diehard yamaha fanboy and still surprised im on a Duc but every km i put on her makes me realize what ive been missing lol Id be curious to know the numbers too on the TC. I read another thread where someone said something like only 1000 were actually made.
 

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The 1098s tricolore has always been a personal favorite of mine :)
 

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I'm fortunate to own a pair of them, one ordered and purchased new and the other a salvage from auction I turned into a track bike.

It took me many diplomatic emails exchanged with Ducati Bologna before they eventually agreed to send me a complete production list a few years ago.... they were very reluctant but my perseverance paid off.

According to the Ducati factory production list documents they sent me, exactly 395 units were sent to the USA via California. 1013 units produced in total worldwide.

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I'm fortunate to own a pair of them, one ordered and purchased new and the other a salvage from auction I turned into a track bike.

It took me many diplomatic emails exchanged with Ducati Bologna before they eventually agreed to send me a complete production list a few years ago.... they were very reluctant but my perseverance paid off.

According to the Ducati factory production list documents they sent me, exactly 395 units were sent to the USA via California. 1013 units produced in total worldwide.

Congrat's!!!

I also have a pair :D
 

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I'm fortunate to own a pair of them, one ordered and purchased new and the other a salvage from auction I turned into a track bike.


According to the Ducati factory production list documents they sent me, exactly 395 units were sent to the USA via California. 1013 units produced in total worldwide.

Congrat's!!!
wow only about 400? I wonder why they didn't release a placard on the bike much like the S4Rs. That would have been cool.
 

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love my tricolore too!

New member here from Kansas City. Thanks for the thread and insight on the number of 1098s tricolores produced and imported. I researched last year and could never get a solid answer though 500 imported to the the USA was the most common number being bantered around. I was fortunate to purchase my tricolore last year with 4000 miles in showroom condition as previous owner was a meticulous airline mechanic. I also own a Multistrada 1100s as my daily civilized rider.

Looking forward to catching up with fellow ducatisti on the forum.

Cycloneduc, aka Mike
 

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Hey ya'll, i'm no where near new to ducats, i've owned them back to my original 1994 M900 complete with approximately 20 elephants scattered on it. I think i've owned like 9, but this is my first 1098s. And, i purchased it from a collector. (less than 1400m!) Its a time capsule thats been maintained to perfection.

I've read all the crap about the big end bearings going bang but its nice to read about ppl who have zero issues with their 1098s. Its wonderful to ride.

Anyone know how many tricolores were imported to the US? Anyone else have one here??

Thanks and i look forward to posting!!

Charles!
Welcome aboard Charles. You have bought a very special model. Mechanically similar to the S model, but with that delicious colour scheme.

And of course the Tricolore came with the full exhaust system and a rear stand.

You have been helped by one of the most helpful stalwarts on here in ELTwin.

The "big-ends going bang" story is a bit of a beat-up. Sure, some have failed, just as with any make. But it is not exactly a weakness with the model.

I rebuilt my engine at 76,000 kms (as I have learned to do to my Ducatis over the years) only to find it was unnecessary.

I just fitted new shells and put it back together. The rings were another story (due purely to parts supply) but the engine was sound. And it does track days every year, and gets to flash its rev lights regularly.

It has now just passed 80,000 kms (about 50,000 mi) and feels as good as new. Love that bike..

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Here in Australia the importers shafted Tricolore buyers. Not a single owner I have met received the 70mm systems or the rear stand.

I unpacked mine from the crate myself and still have the signed packing slip with the full termi system checked off as packed. NFI insist they were not supplied with the bikes and only the slip on kit was included. However the 7 Tricolore's I have personally worked on ALL had the full 70mm ECU installed. The part numbers are different for the slip on ECU and the full 70mm ECU.

When I followed up directly with the factory they simply dodged the question the first time and referred me to the local importer.

I did eventually get the 70mm system for mine from the dealer but had to rattle a lot of cages to do so. I eventually won my argument on the fact I had the packing slip from the crate showing it as included, plus the bike was supplied with the 70mm ECU. Sometimes determination (and a lot of carefully thought out emails) pays off.



Sad to see Pat is absent again..... His situation is one of the reasons I'm scarce here myself these days. The only way I can withhold my opinions sometimes is to not visit.:(
 

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Thanks everyone for the insight. I've never had a duc motor go bang, and all my bikes see track days. Not abused, but they are run in the manor in which they were designed. I'm glad to hear the big end issue is pretty isolated. Its nice to see some high mileage bikes out here. The bike has been pretty wonderful to own. I know they're are faster ducks out there but my goodness its beautiful. And if it makes you feel special, isn't that what its all about? Pride of ownership?
 

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The smile mine puts on my face every time I see it in the garage or ride it makes it worth every cent of the purchase price. After 8 years that smile still hasn't faded so I know it was a good choice.

Desmo lover, The reason the Tricolore had no number plaque is because they were not released as a 'limited edition' where a set number were going to be produced. The 1098S Tricolore was only offered as a 'customer order' only 'limited Production' bike which means the factory only made as many as were ordered before a set deadline.
 

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Ahhh, so lets say the company said "open orders for two months." and when the two months stopped, they stopped production. Okay, that makes sense..
 
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