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2011 Ducati 1198SP First Ride Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2011 Ducati 1198SP Superbike in all its glory at the Imola circuit in Italy and find details about its performance in our 2011 Ducati 1198SP First Ride.

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The 2011 Ducati 1198SP may seem similar to the 2010 1198S, but closer inspection revelas numerous racing updates including Ducati's race-bred slipper clutch and a lighter aluminum tank.
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Ducati's solid chassis design gives the 1198SP stability under extreme braking and acceleration.
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The Italian machine has superior fuel injection and features Superbike-like sound courtesy its underseat exhausts.
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2011 Ducati 1198SP
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The 2011 1198SP features the addition of an Ohlins TTX rear shock which came in handy on the racetrack.
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Following the release of its 2011 1198SP model Ducati will be condensing its superbike lineup down to three bikes: The base 1198, 1198SP and 848EVO.
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Despite having a TTX shock which alone costs approximately $1400, the 2011 Ducati 1198SP will retail for the same as the less-equipped S model at $21,995.
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Motorcycle-USA sampled the fiesty 2011 Ducati 1198SP around the bends of the Imola cricuit while trying to keep up with World Superbike's Carlos Checa.