Ducati 1198 S first ride — Telegraph

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Ducati Superbike 1198

Exclusive test: Kevin Ash the new Ducati 1198 S, a motorcycling

Mid-life facelifts aren’t to be like this. What happen is, two years after a new bike is introduced it gets a of mild evolutionary upgrades: a tweak here, an engine remap there, a few styling to freshen it up, and sometimes you notice the

Ducati’s 1098 is now a couple into its life cycle, extremely well, thank and should have been to some subtle improvements to it a little bit quicker, and maybe a bit easier to ride. Instead, the 1198 is an absolute animal of a that would annihilate the it supersedes on any race track.

Yet have to be a right Ducati to spot the visual changes: the are different, the standard Biposto new 10-spoke alloys, while the S is fitted with MotoGP-derived and machined seven-spoke versions, the S’s steel trellis is now finished in bronze. Mechanically the step forward is rather most obviously with the bore and … taking out the to 1198.4cc, the same as the superbike machines and the homologation special R. With the extra capacity an additional 10bhp, and not just at revs but pretty much the rev range.

The second major factor is an and it’s worth even than the horsepower hike, you only get it on the S version: traction We raved and fawned and whimpered joy over the Ducati Traction (DTC) system when we it on the £24,000 1098 R earlier year, but that could be used in conjunction with the exhaust as it dumped neat through the system when the was cut to reduce torque.

DTC on the S is different: torque is reduced by retarding the ignition, as on the R, but if this enough to prevent wheelspin, the injection is interrupted instead, means the 1198 S is the first bike to have a full traction control system. Go to for a full description of how the system

It is staggeringly effective. Set aside of mental conditioning if you can (and me, it’s not easy), lay the bike on its ear in a then crack the throttle open. Yes, against the if you dare.

Ducati Superbike 1198

Then, instead of being into a low earth orbit driven out of the corner with a so ferocious you’d think about unleashing it with the bolt upright, let alone this. In the lower gears biggest problem is entirely new on a bike: the 1198 S will wheelie while cranked over.

DTC will elevate road riders and plenty of reasonable racers to a whole new of performance, up there with you’ve heard of, in how fast you can out of a turn. There is nothing like it bar the 1098 R, nothing on the at all, and I don’t care Japanese superbike is in your it won’t be able to stay you out of corners. The 1198 S DTC is less than the 1098 R’s, working so subtly that all notice if you were looking be a flashing red light on the dash.

It’s not as if DTC is compensation for any weaknesses, At 168bhp and 169kg the power-to-weight is close to 1,000bhp per tonne, or driving a family car with a of F1 engines fitted, and with the spread generously, acceleration is and immediate, whatever the revs. rapid up to 6,000rpm then the fire and the bike turns

The handling is something of a shock, as the 1198 S is much more than the 1098. A new headlight has shed 1lb from the very of the bike, while the wheels are 5lb than the previous ones. The on the handling is immediate: the 1198 S is to the point of nervous at high but flicks down into with astonishing agility.

It was work at first, amplifying all my tips into the track’s blind bends and crests, and wobbling at my grabs of the fearsome Monobloc front brakes. But the circuit half sussed, the changed sides and worked me instead, relishing the swoops and traction control kicking in and out as the Pirelli dug in then unloaded rises and across offline patches. The feel now is much like a race bike, in of both engine and chassis moving on from the super-stable but Ducati superbikes of old.

Ducati Superbike 1198
Ducati Superbike 1198
Ducati Superbike 1198
Ducati Superbike 1198

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