Ducati 1098 R: Superbike World Champion 2011

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Ducati 1098 R: Superbike World Champion 2011

July 10, 2012 | Filed under: Top Stories | Posted by: Bilal

If you’re interested in staying on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to motorcycles and cars, 3 years can make just about anything obsolete. But not so for the Ducati 1098 R, thanks to Carlos Checa and his 2011 Superbike World Championship . After choosing the 1098 R for the 2011 season, Checa’s critics were skeptical. After all, who wins the World Championship on a bike that most of the rest of us considered outdated?

The answer is, obviously, Carlos Checa.

The 1098 R may be a 2009 model . but its heyday is apparently far from over thanks to Checa and Team Althea. But they didn’t win the championship alone. Engineers from the Ducati factory were with them every step of the way.

The gamble paid off. And now, with this year’s competition well under way and Checa once again racing the 1098 R, this bike may once again be reborn in the minds of racing enthusiasts and the general public.

A Special Bike for a Special Racer

It takes some guts to make some of the decisions Carlos Checa has made in his racing career, and riding the 1098 R in the 2011 Championship was no exception. Part of that courage comes from experience—Checa turns 40 this year. And while his career has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs, his performance thus far in 2012, once again on the 1098 R, has been impressive.

Called the “ultimate superbike” when it was first introduced in 2009, the 1098 R was (and still is!) an impressive racing machine. This lightweight but powerful chain-drive bike with a 6-speed manual transmission is truly built for racing. It features an extremely high torque-to-weight ratio—98.8 lb-ft (134.0 N-m)/364 pounds.

And with the high-performance 1198CC Evoluzione Testastretta 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with 4 valves per cylinder, this bike’s sole purpose is speed and performance. It cranks out an impressive 180 hp.

The 1098 R looks fast standing still. The sleek, sophisticated design contributes greatly to the bike’s overall power and speed, from it carefully curved windscreen to the air intake under each headlight. It gives the appearance of just what it is—a “super” superbike.

Riding the 1098 R

Riding the 1098 R is a dream come true—and for most of us it’s an unattainable dream. The bike is out of the price range for your average motorhead, and riding it makes it obvious that it’s built for the track. There’s no way you can contort yourself into the position you need to be in to drive this bike for long unless you’re truly an athlete or a professional racer accustomed to the contortion.

The design of the bike places the driver in the perfect position to become part of the machine—important for winning races, but challenging if you’re not used to it.

It doesn’t take much—just a single twist of the throttle—to tell you that you have way more engine under you than any normal human needs. Still, it’s a thrill! At 180 hp @ 9,750 rpm . the power is beyond exhilarating . with a top speed of 190 mph .

Not only does the bike have as much power as a mid-size family sedan, but it rides like one as well. With front suspension consisting of an Ohlins 43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with TiN, and rear suspension featuring progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins TTX monoshock and top-out spring, this bike rides like it’s floating on air.

By now, I probably don’t have to tell you that the 1098 R handles corners like no bike I’ve ever experienced. The traction control system is there when you need it. Considering how much power the bike has, it’s amazing that you still always feel totally in control.

If you need it, it even comes equipped with a DDA (Ducati Data Analyzer) that gathers data during rides to help you fine tune your driving skills.

Fortunately, the 1098 R has just as much “stop” as it does “go.” With this kind of power underneath you, you want a reliable and responsive brake system, which is just what the 330mm discs up from and a 245mm disc at the rear provides. If and when you need to stop on a dime, this bike can do it.

So it’s probably no surprise that the bike won some awards in its time, like the “International Bike of the Year 2007 and 2008” by the moto-journal journalists; “Best Bike of the Year” in 2008 by SWA (Supertest World Association) ; and “Bike of the Year 2007” by “Moto,” “Australian Motorcycle News” and “Motorrad.” And who knows—with Carlos Checa riding it once again in the 2012 competition, this bike may have even more accolades in its future.

A Gathering of Ducati Fans

If you’re a Ducati fan and you’re not in Misano Adriatico, you’re missing out. On June 21, the 2012 rendition of the annual World Ducati Week got underway, bringing in thousands and thousands of Ducati fans from around the world. This year’s event ran from June 21 through June 24 and brought in countless Ducati enthusiasts to the Misano World Circuit.

As an added bonus for the fans, Carlos Checa himself made a surprise appearance to test drive the new 1199 Panigale Superbike, no doubt providing the Ducati engineers with some valuable input on the new bike.

The Lifespan of a Superbike

So this leaves us wondering, exactly how long does the heyday of a superbike last?

While there are certainly other bikes in the running for the 2012 Superbike World Championship, Carlos Checa—on his Ducati 1098 R—has won and placed in several of the races. In current times, when obsolescence is assumed within a few short years, the 1098 R is proving to be the exception to the rule. This is no ordinary motorcycle.

Adam Brandon is a blogger who writes for Leonard’s Garage Service Center. an auto repair shop in Austin TX that services all makes and models of cars and motorcycles. For more information, contact them at Leonard’s Garage Service Center, 4401 South 1st Street, Austin, TX, 78745, Phone: (512) 445-2892.

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