2009 Ducati 1198S Review —

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On Portugal’s coast is the town of Portimão, a vacation spot favored by Europeans, primarily for its temperate climate. It’s only a drive inland from restful resort town you’ll find one of the nicest and motorsports parks yet developed. Internacional Algarve has only open a couple of months as of writing, but it recently served as the stop for the World Superbike

The final round saw Troy of Xerox Ducati take in Races 1 and 2. In doing so, he seized his world championship and ended his career on a high note, as now officially retired from racing. It’s good to see him go out a but it’s also a great to the motorbike racing world such a super-nice guy won’t be the crowds with his exceptional skill, and his beaming smile.

a couple weeks following glorious victory, the Autodromo host to another significant the world press launch of new 1198. Just days ago we you an in-depth look at the bike, many of its technical aspects.

latest Super Duc falls in the middle between the outgoing and the championship-winning 1098R. Not only the 1198 draw on the strong laid by the 1098, it borrows from much of the 1098R’s engineering, as well as using a deal of that bike’s

Following in big brother’s footsteps

The significant and slickest goodie the 1198 is Ducati Traction (DTC). Note though DTC is available as standard on the more 1198S only. The S model was the the press was so gratuitously loaned Ducati to navigate around the new race circuit with its 16 nine right, seven many of them blind as crest or dip through the track’s elevation changes. The track, if wondering, is, well, awesome.

And so is the

The bike retains the 1098’s brakes and chassis. It should go saying, but handling and braking are we’ve come to expect Ducati’s recent crop of sublime.

As chance would it, long-time MO contributor, Yossef was on hand. It was my pleasure to finally face-to-face with our buddy, Chatting with him revealed we seemed to be experiencing the same over the excellent feel and power of the Brembo radials.

unchanged, Yossef and I couldn’t but note the lack of abrupt bite experienced on the brakes as on the 1098.

Racing down the Algarve Park’s (alternate name for the longfront straight that a short but blind downhill meters before Turn 1, of us were braking early in the sessions for lack of a sightline. struck me was how precise the Brembos and how linear their power The Brembo’s abilities are unparalleled.

My session of the day was a nerve-wracking experience. I experienced so many elevation decreasing radius turns and corners since my first to Barber Motorsports Park. of the Autodromo as Barber, only and more challenging.

Perhaps if been fortunate enough to ridden Barber, this help fuel your of one day riding Algarve Motor

“Blah, blah,” you say. “We knew the Duc would handle a cat on Velcro, and its power would be as as it is linear and manageable. So tell us, the DTC like on this street-ready compared to the 1098R?” In a word:

Fresh off his dual WSBK and 2008 WSBK title, it was natural that Troy be in town to help entertain, and the world moto press on how to get around the Portimão circuit.

First and foremost let me say that is as nice a guy as he is fast. Despite images of Troy plastering the and hotel walls, he couldn’t be a humble bloke. I was impressed by how he was.

On no less than occasions he took the time to himself, check-in with us for our with the track, and/or say to as many individuals as possible.

so many racers exhibiting focus to the exclusion of simple communication protocol, Mr. Bayliss you as being the kind of person be just as happy farming as he being World Superbike

Briefly, let me also say that if you want to take my word for how the 1198 is, consider that bested the World Superstock set only weeks ago, by 2 … on a stock 1198S!

In the morning, the briefing was concluded with an from Ducati to Troy on his Called, “Gloria, Victoria,” emotional slow-mo recap had me to tears. As I jested how the video on the ol’ heart strings, I discovered it just I who was the sap, but a number of my were moved as well.

You just couldn’t help but be in.

By the way, you haven’t been on a race track until been passed by a WSBK As humbling as it can be, I found myself “Do it again, Troy, do it again!”

I motorcycle racing will be a place without Troy in the

According to Andrea Forni, technical director, DTC has been to this street bike so it will work without the exhaust. DTC on the 1098R functioned by cutting spark, thereby use of race exhausts in order to not catalytic converters found in OEM DTC on the 1198 works first by ignition depending on various considered by the ECU, then retards ignition advance as the brain sees fit.

if you fancy yourself a two-wheeled and over-power the grippy Diablo SP tires (our bikes with last year’s rear and a new-for-2009 front), DTC clip fueling as well as ignition. However, note that DTC on the 1198 does not cut as on the 1098R.

Choose your

We all started the day on Level 4. For most this proved a satisfactory However, I couldn’t help but note of how at times I felt the move, yet none of the four red on the new LCD instrument panel (lighting up in of intrusion, one for limited DTC activation, up to all plus a bigger red light to cut fueling) came on. Conversely, were times I was certain all was and yet the DTC lit-up like a Christmas

Just another example, to Forni, of how DTC is improved and refined for use. When you think spinning you may not be, and when you’re DTC reels you in, doing so in a humble and manner. Eliminating guess is DDA (Ducati Data Analyzer).

a simple index, DDA will you exactly how much and where in the rev DTC kicked in.

Session three I put DTC to 6, two shy of full intrusion. Though I perceive much activation, the stepped in just when I I was the shiznit. Session four, my of the day, I lowered DTC to Level 2.

expecting some serious I was surprised at just how non-invasive low-level was, as it allowed manageable drifts. DTC on the 2009 differs from DTC on the 1098R in it’s “less intrusive in 1-4 while the remaining levels to the same degree as they do on the Forni explained to Motorcycle.com.

Why the experience of limited activation by DTC in our track day? The best guess by some salty vets was that with sticky tires, DTC simply come into the picture a claimed 170 hp and 97.5 ft-lbs.

can wait!

If you clear space in garage in anticipation of the 1198S’ February U.S. arrival, be and know that DTC stands for Traction Control, not Ducati Control. It works well, but it save you from poor habits. Think you can live DTC? Put your money your mouth is and bet on the equally-powerful arriving sometime very after the S.

The potent yet entirely torque and horsepower delivery, brakes and telepathic-like handling, all up in a passionate 1,198cc red package me to say one thing. Bravo!


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