Maintenance is notoriously expensive, but assuming the previous owner had everything done by the book, the 1098 is quite reliable. Still, as with any upscale Italian supermodel, there are a few things to watch for. According to Jeff Nash at Advanced Motorsports in Dallas, Texas, the charging system is one of them. “Most bikes had the voltage regulator and battery box replaced under warranty,” Nash notes,“and radiators occasionally crack near the top-left bracket, causing a slow leak.” Make sure the potentially fragile stock rear sprocket has been replaced under warranty, too. Iron out a few wrinkles and the 1098 delivers all the panache and performance that made Ducati legendary for the price of something ordinary.