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Ducati 1198


The Ducati 1198 Superbike is the flagship Ducati sportbike within the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s model lineup. Introduced for the 2009 model year, the 1198 is the successor to the Ducati 1098 Superbike which was produced 2007 and 2008. 

The Ducati 1198S cranks out 170 horsepower, ten more than its 1098 predecessor and it's a tad bit lighter as well.
As of 2011, Ducati Traction Control and a electronic quick-shifter have become standard features on the 1198 superbike.
Ducati’s top-of-the-line Superbike is known for bringing racetrack-derived performance to the sporting public. Powering the Ducati 1198 is a powerful liquid-cooled 1198cc L-Twin engine that benefits directly from Ducati’s success in World Superbike racing. The engine is suspended in Ducati’s steel Trellis frame renowned for its unique blend of stability, nimbleness, and feedback. Signature styling features of the Ducati 1198 include its twin halogen headlights, single-sided swingarm and twin exhaust pipes hidden underneath the sleek tail section which keeps styling in-line with the original Ducati Superbike, the Ducati 916.

The Ducati 1198 is sold in three other more expensive variations: The 1198S, 1098R and 1098R Bayliss LE. The Ducati 1198S makes use of higher-spec components including wheels, Ohlin’s suspension, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Data Acquisition (DDA), as well as an additional color option. The R adds additional racing-derived engine performance modifications, full carbon-fiber bodywork, an upgraded Ohlin’s TTXR rear shock absorber as well as an optionally installed Race Kit consisting of Termignoni mufflers and a new ECU.
Ducati 1198 Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Ducati 1198 Street Comparison
Friday, May 06, 2011
The 2011 Ducati 1198 Superbike comes into our annual Superbike Smackdown Street test with traction control as standard equipment. Climb on and see how the Italian flagship motorcycle compares to six of the best open-class sportbikes.
2011 Ducati 1198 Track Comparison
Monday, April 11, 2011
If you’re seeking a motorcycle with the most racing DNA built into it, look no further than the 2011 Ducati 1198 Superbike.
2011 Ducati 1198SP First Ride
Monday, January 10, 2011
Motorcycle USA sampled Ducati's kitted out production superbike at the Imola circuit where we turned laps on the 2011 Ducati 1198SP alongside Carlos Checa.
2010 Ducati 1198S Comparison Street
Monday, May 17, 2010
Motorcycle USA puts all the 2010 Superbikes to the test in our Superbike Smackdown sportbike comparison. Read the 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse Special Edition street review.
2010 Ducati 1198S Comparison Track
Friday, May 07, 2010
Motorcycle-USA takes the latest Superbikes and put's them to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Check out the 2010 Ducati 1198S Corse Special Edition.
2009 Ducati 1198 Comparison Track
Monday, May 18, 2009
Motorcycle-USA takes the latest Superbikes and put's them to the test in our annual Superbike Smackdown. Welcome to the 2009 Ducati 1198 Track portion.
2009 Ducati 1198 Comparison Street
Monday, May 11, 2009
Check out how the 2009 Ducati 1198 motorcycle compares against the best 2009 liter-class motorcycles in our 2009 Superbike Smackdown motorcycle comparison.
2009 Ducati 1198 Superbike First Ride
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We ride Ducati's latest superbike motorcycle at Portimao, Portugal with Troy Bayliss showing us how to properly ride the Ducati 1198S.
2008 Ducati 1098 Comparison
Monday, March 31, 2008
Five motorcycles of the highest performance, we get the best from Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Ducati for a little Smackdown.
2008 Ducati 1098R First Ride
Monday, February 25, 2008
Ducati's latest Superbike aims for supremacy in the racing world, we test the 1098R's prowess at Barber Motorsports Park.
2007 Ducati 1098S Corse Track Test
Monday, December 10, 2007
MotorcycleUSA has already sampled the Ducati 1098S twice, but this fully-prepped aftermarket Superbike makes it three times a charm.
2007 Aprilia RSV1000R vs Ducati 1098S
Monday, October 29, 2007
Two exotic Italian motorcycles get into a catfight out on the street and track in this Superbike showdown.
2007 Ducati 1098S First Ride
Monday, January 08, 2007
Our favorite Aussie takes a spin on Ducati's revelatory 1098S to find out if it lives up to the immense hype being heaped upon it.
Ducati 1198 Project Bikes
2008 Ducati 1098 Project Bike
Friday, November 14, 2008
While Ducati faithful anxiously await the release of the 1198, here's a few tips that can help you get the most out of your 1098.
Ducati 1198 First Looks
2011 Ducati 1198 SP Superbike First Look
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Ducati reveals its all-new 1198 SP Superbike at INTERMOT, with the Italian marque also announcing value-added upgrades to its base 1198.
2010 Ducati 1198R Corse Edition First Look
Monday, November 09, 2009
Say hello to the uber-trick Ducati 1198R Corse Edition. A host of small changes are seen on the flagship Italian Superbike for 2010.
2009 Ducati 1198 Superbike First Look
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Ducati’s unveils its 2009 sportbike lineup, which includes the all-new 1198 superbike and a special Bayliss edition of the SBK championship-winning 1098R.
2008 Ducati 848 and 1098R First Look
Monday, November 05, 2007
Ducati unveils two new Superbike designs at the Milan Bike Show in the form of the mid-sized 848 and its '08 SBK racer, the 1098R.
Ducati 1198 News
Ducati Names 2012 Superbike 1199 Panigale
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ducati gives us a teaser of its 2012 superbike, the Ducati 1199 Panigale, and lays out its racing plans for the next two years on the World Superbike stage.
Rossi Rides 1198 at Silverstone Wing Opening
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Valentino Rossi joined other great motorsports champions from the past and present in an inauguration ceremony for a new, ultramodern paddock structure at England’s Silverstone Circuit.
Rossi Tests Misano on Ducati 1198
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Seventy-three days after an operation to his right shoulder, Valentino Rossi returned to the track at Misano Adriatico aboard a Ducati 1198 Superbike.
MCUSA Rides the Ducati 1198
Friday, November 21, 2008
Motorcycle USA is in Portugal sampling the all-new Ducati 1198.
Ducati 1198 Dealerships