Ducati 1198SP Sportbike | First Ride

From the podium to the showroom

By Roland Brown, Photography by Marco Campelli


The 1198S outfitted with a larger aluminum fuel tank, slipper clutch, quick-shifter, Öhlins TTX shock-and a lower price tag!

Other high-zoot World Superbike contenders like the Aprilia RSV4 SE, BMW S1000RR, MV Agusta F4 and Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Price $21,995
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 slipper
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 Öhlins fork with adjustable spring
preload, high/low-speed compression
and rebound damping
Rear suspension Öhlins TTX shock with adjustable spring
preload, high/low-speed compression
and rebound damping
Front brake Four-piston Brembo Monobloc radial calipers, 330mm discs
Rear brake Two-piston Brembo caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tire 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail 24.5°/3.8 in.
Seat height 32.2 in.
Wheelbase 56.3 in.
Fuel capacity 4.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight 398 lbs.
Colors Red, black
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Ducati North America, Inc.
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
Set-up time: That's all this bike needs to win races or dominate your next track day.

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