2009 Ducati 1198 Test at Portimao!

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Ducati Superbike 1198

2009 Ducati 1198 S launch – Baylisstic 1198

The new Ducati 1198 is the most example of the philosophy Ducati to in sharing racing technology us. At the fantastic new Portimao circuit, also shared another with us in Troy Bayliss the way around the track. That’s not stuff, and neither is the 1198 S.

Tor Sagen/Photography: Milagro

The 1198 barks to life like a animal. It’s narrow and like a cheetah but with the of a lion. This contrast it into an event in itself pushing the starter button.

So the 1198cc L-twin roars to in a way that would intimidate those riding litre fours. The 1198 is put simply from beginning to end.

Bayliss which doesn’t any introduction guides us around the on our first session. No one in the whole knows more about fast on a Ducati twin than Bayliss. It was a privilege the man himself for the first few laps the fact that I didn’t follow as I was more getting to with the power and how not to crash as as the pace was upped.

To help me I had the DTC Traction Control) set to level 4. I found is actually a brilliant way to learn a new circuit and a new powerful Whilst ABS is a safety feature for people, traction control is a measure for hard-boiled racers. Up now that is, and Ducati are toying various ideas on how to perhaps race style traction systems on all bikes.

The DTC would actually work when you hit that wet patch out of a roundabout so it’s a real safety measure too.

I really like about system is the adjustability and flexibility. The DTC has got 8 level settings where 8 is the most intrusive. DTC can also be off. Fast guys Troy Bayliss will from level 2 down to no control. As opposed to Suzuki’s advanced power mode you can’t change levels on the move.

This is a pure measure but I am pretty sure I would have liked to be to play with it whilst on the Let’s say you are riding your all day and suddenly it starts raining. than having to stop to to a more strict DTC level wheel spin, I would liked to be able to adjust on the move.

The 1198/1198 S traction control from the 1098 R in the fact Ducati have enabled DTC by power at the fuel injection rather than at the spark level. This prevents fuel to enter the exhaust the catalyser. The result is true control on a road legal

So how does it feel like to with traction control I you say? Well, I started out a careful level 4 setting moving down to level 2. If the control is activated red lights show above the rpm indication. In steps where a big red light when traction control is active preventing rear spin.

Out on the gorgeous Portimao it’s bloody difficult to pay any to the instruments at all as there’s a lot of stuff on all the time. The circuit may look forward on a map, but ride it and lots of elevation, drops, corners and crests.

Coming the blind crest just Craig Jones corner and the tarmac just drops in a steep downhill where are very difficult to avoid. It was but good old fun to me, but short shifting from third to fourth of fixes the little wheelie In any case it’s full here and into a fast hander which I think I did in most of the time.

Then full throttle up the before hard on the brakes for a technical right hander the exit is done sideways on one in second gear. The circuit was in parts, but the DTC took all the scary away. It really only is a of being careful with the end. I’m not going through the circuit here, but all I can say is that mind-blowing on the 1198 S!

The 2009 1198S features a super 170 horsepower twin. Then in 131Nm of torque @ 8.000rpm and have an idea. The S version weighs 2 kilo less the standard 1198 (mainly due to wheels) and with a dry weight of 169 the power to weight ratio is a 1 to 1. The main straight at Portimao is 969 long, but due to a very fast hander just before the I could see 200km/h very on the straight and more than before my conservative brake -Conservative because I saw Troy fly past at the end of the straight at one point.

The Brembo monoblock brakes are as still as they always and with such a stable as the 1198 S it’s only a of how much you dare to apply. The fully adjustable suspension is something we are familiar with past S models and the setup well for me on the bike I was assigned. The wants to wheelie a lot so perhaps it have benefitted me to stiffen up the shock a bit more, but I left it as I mind a wheelie or two.

power in this shape, and massive horsepower is seriously There’s so much drive and 8.000 rpm when the torque I just had a big smile inside my The engine feels massively and it’s a completely different brutal strong than on a or R1.

The power builds in a very way, but so much of it is available very low rpm.

Ducati Superbike 1198
Ducati Superbike 1198

To handle all power you need good and that’s just what the new have in the new Pirelli Diablo SC. They come in the usual front and the 190/55-ZR17 rear. tyres has been approved up to which should be enough we think. These tyres been designed with the in mind.

The shoulder areas are designed to the contact patch area and and carcass specially designed for under heavy braking and during high speed On the S they sit on lightweight 7 spoke whilst the standard 1198 to settle for 10 spoke slightly wheels.

As for ergonomics the 1198 S is much identical to the predecessor and also the 848. It’s a thoroughbred and you will feel it in limbs after a while in the No pain, no gain as they

I’ll go through a couple of details here at the end. The S now comes with the DDA (Ducati Analyser) with twice the compared to previous models. involves a 4MB memory which be enough for two full laps. On the this is not included as standard.

As an you can also choose a spacer kit for the stems should your become too boring to look at. at the specs the S model is now more only Ohlins suspension and wheels, there’s actually a few extras included as standard makes it good value to adding bits and bobs to a 1198.


What can I say? The 1198 S is quite simply a sport bike. The Desmo is ultra strong in performance and for the soul. The traction control is a high tech feature directly from racing and it unbelievably well.

There are no measures with Ducati days and road products more than with any manufacturer. The Ducati 1198 S cost more than a litre and is completely justifiable in any

Very powerful engine spades of character

Ducati Control is a real benefit on a roadbike.

Ducati Superbike 1198
Ducati Superbike 1198

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