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2009 Ducati 1198 First Ride Photo Gallery

Ducati unleashes a beast to the streets, we attempt to tame it in our 2009 Ducati 1198 First Ride.

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The Ducati 1198 cranks out 170 horsepower, ten more than its 1098 predecessor.
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Only two years removed from the arrival of the brilliant 1098, the 1198 is thoroughly redesigned and this is the first opportunity for the press to sample the goods
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This year the 1198 connects corners even faster and with less effort than before.
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Getting on the gas hard out of the corners is much more manageable for mere mortals thanks to the DTC.
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Turning laps with three-time SBK champ Troy Bayliss.
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Hutch sizing up Bayliss for an inside pass! No, this is Troy Bayliss letting us play with the big kids - proving what the racing paddock already knows - that the three-time SBK champ is one of the nicest guys to ever turn competitive laps.
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The 1198S and 1198 feature 1198.4cc of displacement, up 99cc over last year, and the same 106mm bore and 67.9mm stroke dimensions as the R model.
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We’ve long been fans of the way Ducati L-Twins accelerate and as their traits have evolved over the years, so too has our taste for Italian power.
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Grab too-much throttle on the exit and the DTC keeps you in check, another highlight for this racing thoroughbred.
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Like its predecessor, the 1198 handles well and is quite stable through the corners.
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Row through a few gears on Algarve’s smooth surface and you’re hauling serious ass when the brake markers arrive
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Make no mistake the engine is the soul of the 1198.
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The 1198S/1198 engines are essentially 1098R engines without the expensive top-shelf internals.
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At the heart of this new motorcycle is a stroked version of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine. It revs quicker, makes ten-more horsepower and is lighter and more durable than predecessor
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The Brembo brakes are superb, offering loads of power without a bunch of initial bite, which can make the front end dive abruptly under hard braking.
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2009 Ducati 1198 First Ride - Portimao Circuit - Portugal
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2009 Ducati 1198S First Ride
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Ducati had us seeing red in Portugal, with Motorcycle USA tesing the Italian marque's latest superbike at the new Autodroma Internacional Algarve circuit in Portimao.
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The Ducati 1198S cranks out 170 horsepower, ten more than its 1098 predecessor and it's a tad bit lighter as well.
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The brakes and suspension combination invite the rider to trail-in deeper than they maybe should but don’t give any reason not to either.
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Accelerating out of a turn is one of the easier ways to drop lap times, or get high-sided, depending on how it plays out. The 8-way adjustable DTC system cuts ignition at the first three levels of retardation before cutting fuel as a last resort.
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Like its predecessor, the 2009 Ducati 1198S handles well and is quite stable through the corners.