Even tight as close as possible to the frame, we suspected that the twin Testastretta Evoluzione found its suit “large”. And then, by dint of seeing the 1098 R do the beautiful Superbike with Troy Bayliss, the 1098 “base ”was starting to see red, much more than her scarlet dress hiding her bubbling.
“Because that’s how it is …. “she told herself before delving into the paddock sister’s stuff. A hammer turn, 2 screwdrivers, 3 spreaders. The 1098 did not ask for its rest, dived in cm3 and returned to us in 1198, both in the appellation and in its new displacement..
Now, the line between the road machine and the pure Superbike has really narrowed. With its new airspace, the 1198 now spits 170 cannons at 9,750 rpm. A border between 2 stages: 10 hp more than the 1098 it replaces and 10 less than the R with its elite status.
In this kind of overweight, the couple do not hesitate to overflow too. With 0.9 mkg more, its ceiling is now 13.4 mkg, still at 8,000 rpm.
It must be said that the gases have room to express themselves: an increase of 2 mm for the bore (106 mm) and 3.2 mm for the stroke (67.9 mm). The dimensions of the Italian twin remain very supersquare. This huge bore accommodates valves that are 4% larger, sized 43.5mm at the intake and 35.5mm at the exhaust. The camshaft profile is 10% nastier than before. Big displacement equals more air need. The 1198 took care to also prick 63.9 mm intake ducts, those of the R. Thanks to the use of new technology in the manufacture of the crankcases and the massive use of magnesium, the engine weighs 3 kg less. And there are also 500 grams lost by the use of new optical units.
On the chassis side, the evolution is less obvious. Ducati has reserved technological refinement for the S version. Let’s not sulk our pleasure: in addition to the additional 10 hp, the sporty Bolognese lost a total of 2 kg. The frame, rigid at will and highly technical, calls for few complaints. Unless you are on the road without having the technical background necessary to appreciate its temperament … 😉 The trellis frame with 34 mm diameter tubes and 1.5 mm thick do not change, except in color if it works on the 848, the standard, the S or the R.
These are Showa suspensions that we find on the 1198, both front and rear, with height adjustment for the shock absorber. The suspensions are, as it should be, adjustable in all directions. The fork remains a beautiful object, inverted and fitted with one-piece brake calipers with 330mm discs. To have better is to look for Öhlins, and it’s on the 1198 S.
The dress remains, sublime, majestic, disturbing, captivating. The engine caught in the turmoil of performance will have waited only 2 years before getting the best of Ducati production. The 1198 only needs 10 horses, Öhlins and traction control to match the finest Ducati gem. But like any apprentice, prove yourself on this one, then consider the S version before fantasizing about the R. Dream like madness starts here..
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The technical aspect
Ducati 1198 2009
- Tank: 15.5 liters
- Height: 1,100 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,430 mm
- Dry weight: 171 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(106 x 67.9 mm)
at 9,750 rpm
at 8000 rpm