Ducati 1098 and 1098S Superbike

The brand spanking new Ducati 1098 immediately strikes you with its purposeful, no-nonsense attitude. Performance is first and dare we say it - foremost in every detail. Ducati say their new motorcycle is engineered for the stopwatch and designed by the racetrack. So performance and styling is to be expected.

Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and compact front-end meld with twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swingarm to express its aerodynamics and agility. Add the new Testastretta Evoluzione engine at the heart of the machine and you get an all-out performance Ducati Superbike that seems to be moving fast, even when at rest.

The 1098 introduces a number of ‘firsts’ for Ducati and production sport bike design. The 1098 is the first production motorcycle to have the amazing stopping power of Brembo Monobloc brakes, the first to have a data acquisition system integrated as standard equipment and the first to use an ingenious construction method for its weight-saving single-sided swingarm. More ‘firsts’ for a road-going Ducati include the direct application of MotoGP technology, like the power producing GP6-derived elliptical throttle bodies and the use of the information-rich instrumentation originally developed for the new Desmosedici GP7.

The 1098 has the soul of a race bike, pure and simple. The riding position encourages the rider to mould to the sleek lines of the tank and seat: man and machine are made one. It transmits the quality and character of contact between road surface and tyre, it signals the way the chassis will react next and responds instinctively to rider commands.

Satisfying all the senses, the throaty roar of the twin under-seat exhausts are synchronized with the howl of the elliptical throttle bodies providing a fitting fanfare for the new 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione engine. The huge 104mm bore and all-new cylinder head design unite to produce an awesome 160hp and an arm-wrenching 90+ lb-fts of torque. Developed together with Ducati Corse, the 1098 is a masterpiece of incredible performance and innovation.

Ducati 2007 range models

The Superbike is available in two versions - the awesome 1098, and for those who demand the ultimate in performance with the very best suspension, lightweight wheels and components, the 1098 S. Also there is an additional special ‘Tricolore’ version (red, white and green), the new livery celebrating the Italian style of the project by using the colours of the national flag. The Tricolore is an ‘S’ version of the 1098 with the added feature of a gold coloured frame and a complete racing exhaust system with dedicated ECU.

All models are available from early 2007