2009 Ducati 1198
MORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING RACE TECHNOLOGY THAN EVER BEFORE: The new Superbike range presents five models: The lightweight and agile 848, the awesomely powerful new 1198, and for those who demand the ultimate in specification, the 1198 S and 1098 R, both now with race-level Ducati Traction Control systems for the road. To mark his 3rd Superbike World Championship and to celebrate the career of Troy Bayliss, who will now retire from motorcycle racing, Ducati will build a 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition.
The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system further underlines Ducati's technology flow from racing to production and demonstrates how solutions developed for the track can be applied to enhance safety on the road.
ENGINEERED BY THE STOPWATCH: The Ducati 848, 1198 and 1098 R Superbikes are the most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycles ever built. They are the product of a team of designers and engineers who have combined their Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike technologies to create the finest sport bikes in the world. From race-level engine specifications to world championship-winning traction control, the results are pure excellence.
DESIGNED BY THE RACE TRACK: The look and stance of the Ducati Superbikes are the result of intense race development and Ducati heritage. Their striking aerodynamic shapes create a natural riding position, confirmed by Ducati development and factory team riders as the optimum for speed and agility. Their passion for racing has shaped the Superbike family.
PROVEN BY TROY BAYLISS: The 1198 uses engineering solutions taken directly from the World Championship winning 'R' model of Troy Bayliss. From engine capacity and specification to advanced electronics, many details that helped Troy to the 2008 World Superbike title have been applied to the 2009 road-going 1198. Never before has so much factory rider feedback been put into production.
PURE DUCATI: Ducati Superbikes are race bikes, pure and simple. They are immediately recognisable for their purposeful, no-nonsense attitude. Performance is first and foremost in every detail.
Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and compact front end combine with twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swingarm to express the sheer engineering beauty of aerodynamics and agility. Add the Testastretta Evoluzione engines as the hearts of the machines and the result is all-out performance Ducati Superbikes that look fast even when parked.
Ducati continue to set the standard in production sports motorcycles. From data acquisition systems integrated as standard equipment, to ingenious dual construction methods for its weight-saving single-sided swingarm, Ducati's innovative trackside solutions continue to flow. Now, elliptical throttle bodies, information-rich instrumentation and earth-stopping Monobloc brakes are complemented by road-going traction control.
HANDLING: The 848 , 1198 and 1098 R chassis and suspension received detailed study and a 'performance-first' priority approach to development. The goal was to achieve considerable weight saving and build-in strength and rigidity to manage the high-powered Testastretta Evoluzione engines. While the 'R' models are purely 'monoposto', Ducati built 'biposto' practicality into the 848 and 1198 with a passenger seat and footpegs. As with the race bikes from which they are derived, each and every component is designed to contribute to achieving superior road holding and stability.
Trellis frame - Developed in cooperation with Ducati Corse, the lightweight Trellis frame features 34mm main section tubes with a material thickness of 1.5mm. The result is an incredibly rigid construction that remains one of Ducati's lightest frame solutions ever. Adding style to performance, the two colour versions for the 848 use frames finished in 'red' and 'racing grey' while both colours for the 1198 use 'racing black' frames and both 1198 S a sophisticated 'bronze' finish. The 1098 R frame is finished in 'red' .
Front suspension - Both the 848 and 1198 feature fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks, with an additional special low friction titanium oxide treatment applied to the sliders of the 1198, while spectacular 43mm Öhlins with low friction titanium nitride-treated sliders are used on the 1198 S and 1098 R. Both front suspension solutions have radial brake caliper mountings providing superior road holding and incredible feedback to give every rider more confidence and control.
Rear suspension - The lightweight Trellis frame and single-sided swingarm have enabled a compact and weight-saving rear suspension linkage system that features separate lower pick-up points for the push-rod and suspension unit. This 'tandem' design effectively reduces stress around the linkage pick-up area of the Trellis frame. Working together with this highly efficient linkage is a fully adjustable Showa single shock for the 848 and 1198, and an incredible Öhlins unit for the 1198 S. The higher specification Öhlins for the rear of the 1098 R uses TTXR twin tube technology and offers totally separate damping adjustment in compression and rebound. It uses experience gained in MotoGP to minimise friction and reduce the risk of cavitation under extreme conditions. The 1198, 1198 S and 1098 R rear suspension system has an adjustable rear ride-height, independent of spring pre-load and other suspension settings - valuable when seeking the perfect set-up for personal riding style or track conditions.
Single-sided swingarm - The dual construction technique used for the single-sided swingarm sees the main operational components use individual aluminium castings so as to ensure strength around the pivot points, wheel hub and suspension links, with fabricated aluminium sections used to complete the construction into a single, beautifully engineered component. The 848 swingarm is colour finished in natural aluminium while both 1198, 1198 S and 1098 R swingarms are in black.
DUCATI TRACTION CONTROL: For the first time ever on a Ducati production motorcycle, a true competition-level traction control system for the road comes integrated into the 1198 S and 1098 R electronics as standard equipment. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system further underlines Ducati's technology flow from racing to production and demonstrates how solutions developed for the track can be applied to enhance safety on the road.
DTC uses the same software logic developed and used by Ducati Corse for their world championship winning MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycles and offers a choice of eight settings developed by their professional test riders and racers.
Accessible from the left-hand switchgear and displayed on the digital instrumentation, the system offers a choice of eight profiles. Each one has been programmed with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to progressive riding levels of skill graded from one to eight. While level eight administers a confidence-building, high level of interaction from the system by activating upon the slightest amount of wheel-spin, level one offers a much higher tolerance and so much less intervention for highly competent riders. When the level is selected and DTC activated, the level is displayed on the instrumentation.
When the profile that best suits the combination of road or track conditions and riding style has been selected and the DTC system activated, front and rear wheel sensors compare speed differential to sense when rear traction is being broken (wheel-spin). High speed software then makes instant electronic adjustment to the fuel injection, taking immediate control over power output so as to restore traction at the rear wheel. A warning light is displayed during DTC interaction. As soon as the system recognises the return of equal wheel speeds, it re-establishes normal power delivery. In this way, DTC provides a considerable increase in safety during mid-corner acceleration.
INSTRUMENTATION: This pure racing digital instrumentation originating from Ducati's MotoGP project, has no switches or buttons to compromise its clean, minimalist lines. Instead, information additional to the default read-outs is managed from the left-hand handlebar-mounted switch gear, allowing the rider to scroll through and select from various menus. The display, which now has a bright white LED back lighting, presents rpm and speed, with the former displayed across the screen in a progressive bar graph. Optionally, the rpm and speed can be displayed in numeric values which have now been enlarged. Additionally, it displays lap times, DTC level selected (if activated on 1198 S and 1098 R) time, air temperature, coolant temperature, battery voltage, two trips and a trip that automatically starts as the fuel system goes onto reserve. Warning lights illuminate to signify neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, low oil pressure, fuel reserve, DTC intervention (if activated on 1198 S and 1098 R) and scheduled maintenance. The instrument display is also used as the control panels for the DDA and DTC systems as well as listing lap times recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
Lights and indicators - The horizontal twin headlamps, a signature Ducati style from the iconic 916, have been modernised with the latest lighting technology. Two polyellipsoidal units light the way with a powerful beam while maintaining an aggressive look to the front of the machine in pure Ducati Superbike tradition. The units used on the 1198 and 1098 R now save over 0.5kg (1.2lb) over previous versions, reducing weight from a crucial high frontal area which enhances the overall vehicle handling and all-important 'feel' of the front-end.
The rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified for brake lights.
ENGINEERED BY THE STOPWATCH, DESIGNED BY THE RACE TRACK, PROVEN BY TROY BAYLISS: The 1198 is a race bike, pure and simple. It is immediately recognisable for its purposeful, no-nonsense attitude. Performance is first and foremost in every detail.
Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and compact front end combine with twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swingarm to express the sheer engineering beauty of aerodynamics and agility. Add the 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engine as the hearts of the machine and the result is all-out performance Ducati Superbikes that look fast even when parked.
The 1198 features fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks, with an additional special low friction titanium oxide treatment applied to the sliders.
The 1198 uses engineering solutions taken directly from the World Championship winning 'R' model of Troy Bayliss. From engine capacity and specification to advanced electronics, many details that helped Troy to the 2008 World Superbike title have been applied to the 2009 road-going 1198. Never before has so much factory rider feedback been put into production.
THE NEW 1198 TESTASTRETTA EVOLUZIONE ENGINE: The Testastretta Evoluzione engine is the crowning glory of Ducati's development and perfection of the L-Twin engine. World Superbike dominance for almost two decades is the result of continual commitment to their twin-cylinder configuration. Ducati now share the reward for that commitment as World Championship-winning technologies flow from the factory race team into production engines.
The incredible 1198 and 1198 S are powered by a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic engine that produces 170hp (125kW) @ 9,750rpm and a class-beating 97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque @ 8,000rpm.
The 1198 achieves its new capacity by using exactly the same 106x67.9 bore and stroke as the factory race bike. Volumetric efficiency through the four valves per cylinder has been enhanced by increasing the valve diameters approximately 4% to 43.5mm for the inlet and 35.5mm for the exhaust. They are actuated by racing-type rocker arms, 'super-finished' for reduced friction and fatigue, and double overhead camshafts with radical profiles that achieve approximately 10% more lift than their predecessors.
These incredible valve performances are only possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system, where valve closure is activated mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring. With the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including their world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.
With increased capacity and improved volumetric efficiency, the elliptical throttle bodies have also increased in cross-sectional area by 13.3% compared to the 1098. Now boasting a size equivalent to 63.9mm diameter, the inlet body is exactly the same as the 'R' model.
The race-designed 1198 pistons have a distinctive double-ribbed undercrown to achieve high strength and reduced friction by using minimal piston wall surface area. Using technology developed for the Desmosedici MotoGP project, the design enables reliable operation of the 106mm diameter pistons when performing at high rpm.
The 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engines are the lightest ever used in Ducati Superbikes, thanks to a new crankcase manufacturing technology which reduces weight by an incredible 3kg (6.5lbs). The vacuum die-cast process ensures consistent and precise wall thickness and increased strength from absolute material purity. The weight-saving cam covers in magnesium-alloy are evident by their gold colour, while the alloy outer clutch and generator covers now sport a black finish.
In line with the increased power and torque output, the 1198 gearbox introduces 'R' model internal ratios. The new gears are machined from the same high-strength steel used in Ducati Corse race applications and are subjected to a shot-peening treatment that further ensures their strength and reduced fatigue.
The 1198 and 1198 S feature a beautiful and efficient exhaust system. Incredibly lightweight, it has been engineered with a power-increasing symmetrical 2-1-2 layout that uses 52mm-57mm diameter tubing with a wall thickness of 0.8mm (.030in). It is equipped with a catalytic converter and two lambda probes for smooth engine mapping and Euro3 conformity. The system terminates with Ducati's trademark twin under-seat silencers, delivering that unmistakable signature sound of the big bore Desmo 90° L-Twin.
DUCATI DATA ANALIZER: The Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) - complete with PC software and USB-ready data retrieval card - evaluates the performance of the bike and its rider by recording numerous channels of data.
Channels include throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, laps and lap times and automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed to record gear selection. A new channel now records the DTC index, presenting it as a graphic trace indicating the amount of interaction during wheel-spin. After a ride or track session, an upgraded 4mb of data can be downloaded to a PC to analyse the performance of rider and motorcycle.
- Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame in ALS 450
- Wheelbase: 1430 mm / 56.3 in
- Rake & Trail: 24.5°
- Front Suspension: Showa 43 mm with TiO fully adjustable upside-down fork
- Front Wheel Travel: 127 mm / 5 in
- Front Brake: 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad
- Front Wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
- Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17
- Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
- Rear Wheel Travel: 127 mm / 5 in
- Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
- Rear Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17
- Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR 17
- Fuel Capacity: 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
- Dry Weight: 171 kg / 377 lb
- Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.2 in
- Instruments: Digital MotoGP derived unit with displays for: Speedometer, rev counter, lap times, time, air temp, coolant temp, battery voltage, A trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil
- Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
- Versions: Dual seat
- Type: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
- Displacement: 1198.4 cc
- Bore and stroke: 106 x 67.9 mm
- Compression Ratio: 12.7:1
- Power: 170 hp - 125 kW @ 9750 RPM
- Torque: 97 ft-lb 131.4 Nm @ 8000 RPM
- Fuel system: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
- Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. Twin stainless steel mufflers
- Emissions: 50-State-compliant
- Gearbox: 6 speed
- Ratio: 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 22/25
- Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
- Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
- Clutch: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
- Notes: Power & toque data calculated using an inertia dynamometer.
- Pearl White
- Engine Type
- L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic
- 1198.4 cc
- Bore and Stroke
- 106 x 67.9 mm
- Liquid cooled
- Compression Ratio
- Fuel System
- Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
- Front Suspension
- Showa 43 mm with TiO fully adjustable upside-down fork
- Rear Suspension
- Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
- Front Brakes
- 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad
- Rear Brakes
- 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
- Front Tire
- 120/70 ZR 17
- Rear Tire
- 190/55 ZR 17
- 1430 mm (56.3 in.)
- Seat Height
- 820 mm (32.2 in.)
- Fuel Capacity
- 4.1 gal (of which 1 gal reserve)
- Dry Weight
- 171 kg (377 lbs.)
- 6 speed
- Final Drive
- Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
- Pearl White, Red
- 2 years unlimited mileage