2009 Ducati 1198S - Bigger And Better

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Milagro

Tech Spec
Evolution

Mass-production version of the $39,995 1098R with traction control and data acquisition standard.

Rivals
All of its would-be World Superbike competition: Aprilia RSV4, BMW S1000RR, KTM RC8 R and the four 1000s from Japan.

TECH
Price $21,795
Engine type l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v, desmodromic
Displacement 1198cc
Bore x stroke 106.0 x 67.9mm
Compression 12.7:1
Fuel system Marelli EFI
Clutch Dry, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 170 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Claimed torque 97 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Frame Tubular steel trellis with single-sided
aluminum swingarm
Front suspension 43mm Ohlins inverted fork with
adjustable spring preload,
compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Ohlins shock with adjustable
spring preload, compression and
rebound damping
Front brake Dual four-piston Brembo
Monobloc calipers, 330mm discs
Rear brake Dual-piston Brembo caliper,
245mm disc
Front tire 120/70-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP
Rear tire 190/55-ZR17 Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail 24.5,/3.8 in.
Seat height 32.2 in.
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.
Claimed dry weight 373 lbs.
Colors Red, black
Available Now
Warranty 48 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact
Ducati North America, Inc.
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.253.0499
www.ducatiusa.com

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
World Superbike technology comes to the street. Shame it's not on the base model!

By Brian Catterson
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