MC Test: 2008 Ducati 1098R

Redefining Superbike

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Kevin Wing, Milagro

2008 Ducati 1098R
Price: $39,995
Hard Parts

Just look at those curves. The quickest-revving twin in the business makes 80 lb.-ft. and 107 bhp at 7000 rpm, and the party is just getting started. From there on, your biggest challenge is keeping the front Pirelli on the pavement.

Bars situated close to the seat and 18 inches of legroom are best suited to medium-height humans, short distances and high rates of speed. The end result is quite humane for what's essentially a World Superbike contender with a license plate.

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-degree V-twin
Valve train: DOHC, desmo 8v
Displacement: 1198cc
Bore x stroke: 106.0 x 67.9mm
Compression: 12.8:1
Fuel system: Marelli EFI
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate slipper-type
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension: 43mm Ohlins fork, adj. spring preload, comp. and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single Ohlins TTX shock, adjustable for 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: 120/70ZR17 Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa SP
Rear tire: 195/55ZR17 Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail: 24.5/3.8 in.
Seat height: 32.2 in.
Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.1 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 422/397 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 155.8 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Measured torque: 87.2 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg): 33/30/31 mpg
Colors: Red
Available: Now
Warranty: 48 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America10443
Bandley Dr.Cupertino, CA 95014

By Brian Catterson
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