2002 Ducati 998 — Feature Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Ducati 998

Bongiorno Testastretta, ciao Ducati’s latest championship-winning heads out onto the highway

How trips have we made to the over the years in the search for apt for Ducati’s 851/996 family of desmo engines? Thousands: sensual, throbbing, delicious, perky, insouciant. they all Here’s a new one: agricultural.

right, if you hop onto last-year’s 996 after riding the new 998 (like we the old engine feels like it in a tractor.

That’s because the 998 gets the Testastretta engine-just the one that won the World Superbike last year (in what was the 996R). Ducati went the time-honored bigger-bore/shorter-… method it came time to extract power, but the 998 is an entirely new engine, a claimed 123 (crankshaft) horsepower at rpm to the 996’s 112 hp at 8500 rpm. is, of course, also up, from 67 to 71 the same 8000 rpm.

Buttonwillow Raceway, just off scenic Interstate 5, has a couple of rises at approximately top-of-third-gear down a couple of its straights. them, the old 996 goes a little in the clip-ons, yawn. and over the little humps the 998 lifts its wheel a couple feet in the air and it until you roll off the throttle a Simba!

It feels like than an 11 horsepower difference, because the new bike spins up faster than the old 996. and final-drive gearing between the 996 and 998 are the but the top four gear pairs in the 998 are and closer together and make it and profitable to exploit that top-end rush. Grabbing a peek at the speedometer at the end of Buttonwillow’s straight saw 120 mph on the old 996-on the 998, over 200 mph. Huh?

Oi, these were European-spec

Overall, this 998 feels like a 748 that swallowed a big gulp of nitrous than it a 996.

And we’d have Ducati took quite a bit of out of the 998’s crankshaft assembly, because the new bike feels and quicker-turning in the same chassis as Ingegnere Cugnetto, though, of Ferrari F1, says such is not the (Rake is still adjustable on the with your choice of or 24.5 degrees, so maybe the 998 was set at the setting and the 996 wasn’t?)

Pistons are lighter, rods are but the crank supposedly weighs the Nope, all that new revviness courtesy of 2mm wider pistons fuel into flatter chambers; included valve is all the way down from 40 to 25 degrees compression ratio is nearly at 11.4:1). Forty-millimeter intake are 4mm bigger than those in the 33mm exhausts are 3mm bigger, and aggressive cams give lift and therefore more

Desmodromics allows Ducati to do without adding cam duration, so power suffers not at all. New fuel injectors help, just like the ones on the 748R two years ago, allow each intake to be fully 40mm shorter, the engineers assure us is a good and they’re controlled by a new, and smarter and smaller, 32-bit ECU weighs approximately a pound.

Ducati 998
Ducati 998

One hundred and fifty-five Bostrom 998Ss will be built for America, all signed on the tank by Ben himself, and fitted with bodywork, an Ohlins fork of the usual Showa, and the good Brembo front calipers, for $22,695! (A bunch of Bayliss Ss built, too, all of which snapped up quickly at www.ducati.com.)

One and fifty-five Bostrom replica will be built for North all sign

Speaking of the 748, how we once mused we maybe it to big brother, because of its revvier/gear-shiftier Overall, this 998 feels like a 748 that swallowed a big gulp of nitrous than it a 996. Outside of the engine nothing much has changed.

The round-tube steel frame comes off the boat wearing an shock in back and a nice fork with 43mm and it all works as well as you’d from the little factory keeps beating Honda in Superbike.

On the other hand, Honda has refined its top-o’-the-line into a remarkably pleasant the 998 hasn’t mellowed much at all the years; ergonomically it all makes sense when you’re ’round some racetrack faster the better), but you still want to get stuck in traffic on a hot day on the 998 you have wrists of steel and long johns. Also, Ducati ownership remains an commitment. The Testastretta still valve-lash inspections every miles, and that soaks up of a day down at your friendly emporium.

Oh well. Although it inspired RC51s, Suzukis TLs and Aprilias, still nothing in the world like the 916, sorry all these years later. for a mere $17,695, red or yellow, or biposto.

Ducati 998
Ducati 998

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