Here's my review of the 1198 base model I owned for nearly 3 years.... I've read comments on here that the 1198 is the last of the analogue dukes, that's a fair summary. I had mine from new having traded in a vtr sp2 for it. I ran it standard without any mods as it pretty much did what it said on the tin from the off. The looks are sublime, I've yet to see a sports bike that matches the 1198 in looks. It were mechanical art from any angle. Riding was a whole different ball game. I've run many a sports bike but this bike truly was a "racer on the road".... Below 100mph no gear seemed suitable, the suspension was harsh, the riding poisition was crippling and the transmission snatchy (especially in town).... But when this bike wakes up, it is a truly awesome experience. Grab it by the scruff of the neck and ride it like you stole it and it rewards you with handling, power, feedback and pure adrenaline like no other. The motor was the real surprise for me (I'd had vtr sp2 & rsv v twins before), the 1198 motor didn't run out of steam, a shocking amount of useable revs and power had me giggling like a schoolboy. I had no issues with reliability but religiously kept to the service schedule but obviously, a bike like this goes through tyres like they're going out of fashion. You've got to accept that if you're going to run a full on sports bike, I did. Alas, the kind of behaviour that an 1198 brought out in me could and should not carry on too long. I traded in for a monster 1100 to get back to some kind of sanity at stay out of jail speeds and not necessitate going out before 6am every week to try and use the 1198. I'm not trying say I got anywhere near the limits of this bike but whilst I rode and owned one, it were truly one of the best biking experiences I've had. It went as fast as it looked and I'm pleased i owned & rode one. Whilst I don't miss it, I look back fondly with slightly curling toes.... Buy one, try one, you'll not regret it.