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Ducati Superbike 1098

Ducati 1098S VS. 999 | The Real

How Much Better Is Ducati’s New Than The One It Replaces? Former AMA And Superbike Champion Doug Helps Us Decide.

It’s the question whenever a manufacturer out a new model: How good is it? The answer is important than normal in the of Ducati’s 1098 Superbike, follows on the heels of the firm’s 999. The latter was a superb functionally, winning three Superbike Championships. But its styling, by former Ducati design Pierre Terblanche, was almost panned.

Message boards positively inflammatory when the 999 in 2003, one infamous posting so far as to say, Shoot Terblanche and his But the most public condemnation from Italian racing Pier-Francesco Chili, who flat to ride it, preferring to stay the previous-generation 998 on largely aesthetic Sales were predictably

It comes as little surprise, that when it came to pen a replacement, the job went not to Terblanche has been demoted to a consultant), but to his Giandrea Fabbro. The resultant draws heavily from the the 999 replaced, the legendary 916/996/998 designed by the equally legendary Tamburini, who went on to create the MV Agusta F4. The 1098’s twin dual underseat mufflers and swingarm all pay homage to the 916, the bodywork blends elements of and the Desmosedici MotoGP racer.

Looks alone might been enough to attract a new of buyers, but when word got out the 1098 made more than the limited-edition 999R, 30 pounds less than the 999 and would retail for just $3000 less than the 999 and half the price of the 999R-dealers deluged with deposits. The two special editions-the $19,995 and $24,995 1098S Tricolore-sold out immediately. And if you don’t have a on a standard 1098 by now, you not get one this year.

Amazingly, much of this traded hands before even knew if the 1098 is Ducati’s reputation for quality. And reviews from the international launch at Kyalami, South were largely complimentary, the of how the 1098 rates next to the 999 So when Ducati gave us a testbike-an S-model with wheels and hlins suspension, those were first off the line-we asked for a comparably 999S to conduct a shootout.

order of business was seeing if the specs lived up to Ducati’s According to the materials distributed at the intro, the S-model produces 160 horsepower, 90.4 lb-ft.of and weighs just 377 pounds The dyno at Carry Andrew’s shop (www.hypercycle.com) backed up performance claims, the 1099cc producing 144.9 bhp and 80.9 of torque at the rear wheel-about you’d expect given losses.

Ducati Superbike 1098

That’s 3 more horsepower the last 999R this tested and 12 more than the tested here, both with Termignoni exhausts.

As for the claims, the Motorcyclist scales the 1098S weighing in at 410 lbs. an empty fuel tank-33 than Ducati claimed. kind of discrepancy is fairly with Japanese bikes, but makers are usually more Still, that’s 23 lbs. than the 999S, so Ducati’s claim wasn’t too far off.

Given the 1098’s superior ratio, dragstrip testing was predictable: The new bike beat the old one by a and 8 mph, helped, tester Thomason said, by a better-acting and smoother-shifting gearbox. The roadrace however, wouldn’t be that

To put the 1098S and 999S through paces, we called in Doug who won the 1991-1992 World Superbike and the 1993 AMA Superbike Championship for Surely the transplanted Texan now resides in Southern California) give us a clear indication of how the two stacked up.

We convened at a Take It 2 The (www.ti2tt.com ) track day at Buttonwillow where Polen has turned laps over the past few on a Ducati 999R while his One on One riding schools (www.dougpolen23.com ). a quick morning photo with lensman Kevin he saddled up the 999S to re-familiarize

Ducati Superbike 1098
Ducati Superbike 1098
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