Class of 2010: European Sportbikes Ducati 1198S Corse Special Edition…

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Ducati 1198S Corse SE Special Edition

While Japan throttles Europe delivers its most sportbikes yet

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Twin carbon-fiber Termignoni are part of the Corse Special race kit, along a race ECU and rear paddock

Best Lap: 1:48.11 carbon-fiber Termignoni slip-ons are of the Corse Special Ed

Ducati Corse Special Edition

year we raved about a value Ducati’s 1198 offering world-championship-winning performance for a few thousand dollars more the Japanese competition. Not so this Though the base 1198 is a relative bargain at $16,495, year’s all-options criteria the 1198S Corse Special At $24,995, this exotic cost $4000 more the next most expensive here.

A few laps around however, convinced us it’s the premium.

The biggest difference between the S and the model is its suspension. Öhlins front and rear substitute for the model’s plebian Showa and trick seven-spoke Marchesini wheels drop a few pounds of weight. The $3200 Corse Edition package adds an cool, lighter and larger fuel tank, Corse and a race kit consisting of Termignoni slip-ons and a dedicated race The S is 5 lbs. lighter than the 1198, and the Corse Special is 2.2 lbs. lighter yet.

We each manufacturer to deliver our stock, and Ducati’s definition of term obviously differs the rest. In its defense, the slip-ons and ECU in the Corse’s crate, and the two bikes at were air-freighted directly Italy, barely arriving in for our test. With its cheater installed, the Ducati pumped out bhp and a stump-pulling 87 lb.-ft. of torque.

When we got back to SoCal, we the 1198S with the stock and output dropped marginally to bhp and 85.3 lb-ft. All that made shifting optional: We lug the motor through the T9 chicane and T11 and short-shift without worry. In short-shifting was the only way you could the throttle wide-open without in the lower gears.

With components front and rear, and super-tuner Jeff Nash us in the pits, the 1198S sliced and the former Sears Point Front-end feedback is its strongest especially while trail-braking. The twin was also praised for its steering at speed. There was resistance to mid-corner line even in Infineon’s super-fast Carousel, where the bike the inside best.

The Ducati was harsh to the point of on the street, and doesn’t turn well unless loaded up, but pushed hard responds than the rest.

Super-trick fuel tank resembles from a WWII aircraft. from 2mm-thick aluminum, 2.2 pounds lighter and .65 of a gallon than the stock 1198

Super-trick brushed-aluminum fuel resembles something from a aircraft. Made from

small adjustments make year’s 1198S friendlier before. The Brembo Monobloc brakes have a softer bite without sacrificing any power, for easier modulation. The was second only to the BMW in terms of braking ability. And the latest of DTC (Ducati Traction Control, in case), which now retards and reduces fuel, is smoother before.

You hear and feel the traction more on the Ducati-perhaps because it harder to resist all that it never upsets the chassis or your drive.

We still a slipper clutch. Back is a big issue on this big twin, and nearly impossible to downshift to without inducing massive chatter. The 1198S was also the machine to experience a mechanical at the track, when the clutch backed out, resulting in a lever.

Otherwise, the Ducati’s is the best of this bunch, a positive feel, decisive and no missed or vague shifts.

The has the longest reach to the lowest but our 6-footers preferred this to the cramped BMW and diminutive Aprilia-at at highway speeds. Still, things annoy: You will your fingers between the and fairing at full lock. theoretically perfect primary the 90-degree V-twin thumps the bars and seat at low revs.

And the underseat exhaust rotisseries rump.

The Ducati is the most and uncompromising machine here, makes it the best on the racetrack. The flat-out works when you to go fast, which makes it a not only in SBK competition but also hacks like us-three turned their best on the Desmo by a significant margin. single-minded focus comes at a of course, and for day-in, day-out the 1198S offers little in of comfort or convenience.

There’s also the issue of though to be fair, the standard would likely offer 95 of the performance for $3200 less.

common-sense considerations are usually of no to Ducatisti . however.


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