Leaked dealer presentation reveals additional Ducati 1198, 1198 S details

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1198_presentation.jpgHaven’t had enough of the Ducati 1198 yet? Good, because this dealer information document breaks down its technical enhancements in as-yet-unseen detail. Curious about the double-ribbed undercrown pistons, the gearbox that’s been lifted straight from the Ducati 1098 R or the weight-saving Magnesium cam covers? Then read on. There’s also a breakdown of exactly how the traction control on the Ducati 1198 S works.
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We’re impressed by the depth of enhancements made to both bikes;
despite retaining the same frame and bodywork this is far more than a
facelift. We only wish they’d done something about the derivative
styling, the 1198 still looks too much like a video game designer
couldn’t afford the license fee to use a Yamaha R1 and instead mashed
together a collection of generic superbike styling cues. Hopefully
that’ll be addressed in two years’ time, either with a completely new
model or at least a comprehensive redesign. Despite its very impressive
performance, a 916-level design icon the 1198 is not. Thinking of
buying one? Check out the 2009 Ducati price list.

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  • Travis

    I think the 1098/1198 is way more sexy than the 998…

  • Jason

    Thanks, good scoop. I agree with you guys on the 1098/1198 styling, it isn’t the icon. I still like it though.

    I’m curious what HFLM thinks/thought of the 999? Seems to be aging quite well if you ask me…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      While I wasn’t a huge fan of a 999 at the time, the 1098 instantly made it look unique and futuristic. I prefer its styling to the 1098. Having said that I can’t ride one for more than 15 minutes without back spasms.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant

      Jason, I thought the 999 was sensational the moment I saw one in the round. I still think so. My favorite Ducati of all-time? No. That would be Terblanche’s Super Mono, which I’m betting was the case-study for the Tamburini 916.

  • hermanshermans

    steel trellis frame, single sided swingarm, headlights evolved from the 916. it’s just exactly like an R1…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant

      Actually Herman, HRC beat Ducati to the single-sided swingarm by quite a few years.

      Underseat-only exhaust? Take a gander at the 1989 Yamaha TZ250.

      I could also argue that the headlights can no longer lay claim to a distinct evolution of the Super Mono / 916. I know these are hard pills for a Ducatisti to swallow, Herman, but let’s be honest with ourselves about innovation, shall we?

      • hermanshermans

        i’m aware of the technical achievements of honda, thanks. (as is anyone who’s ever been subjected to a rant by a honda-phile)

        you said it looked like a cheap knock-off of an R1. I merely pointed out the fact that it actually has very little resemblance to an R1 other than that it has two horizontally arranged headlights and dual underseat exhaust.

        if you want innovation, i suggest you reread the tech porn that is the spec sheet on the 1198S.

  • http://www.motobasturds.com Matt

    “derivative styling, the 1198 still looks too much like a video game designer couldn’t afford the license fee” Sorry, couldn’t disagree more. The 1198 looks like a Ducati and looks like an Italian bike. Ducati has set the bar for styling in motorcycle design for the past 2 decades and this bike is no different, it’s beautiful. There has been and will be a debate over which Duc is the best looking. The 916, 999 or 1098/1198 but these are by far exquisite machines. Even non-rider notice the difference between a Ducati and Japanese bikes. That this little company from Bologna is making not only beautiful machines but also state of the art racing moto’s is nothing short of amazing. Vi L’italia.

  • Mark

    “We’re impressed by the depth of enhancements made to both bikes; despite retaining the same frame and bodywork this is far more than a facelift. We only wish they’d done something about the derivative styling, the 1198 still looks too much like a video game designer couldn’t afford the license fee to use a Yamaha R1 and instead mashed together a collection of generic superbike styling cues.”

    Goodness, the new R1 is the standard to which bikes are now measured cosmetically? That thing looks like Wall-e the robot. They would have been better off using the new motor in the ’08 frame/body work. The 1098/1198 looks 10X better.