The Ducati 1198R finally makes sense

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The 1098R has always displaced 1198.4cc, so changing its name to the Ducati 1198R for 2010 is both predictable and practical, if still .4cc off. The homologation special that enables Ducati to win SBK races, it had a funny name previously to serve as a halo bike for the 1098 range. Now that Ducati’s run of the mill superbikes are called 1198s and displace the same capacity, it can wear the technically accurate badge. The only changes over last year’s 1098R Troy Bayliss LE are the awful Corse paint and the addition of an aluminum gas tank that saves 1kg and adds .66 gallons to the capacity. 

  • http://bubblevisor.blogspot.com/ lenny

    great racy detail the unpainted aluminum gas tank!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ooh, didn’t even notice that, nice.

  • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ Cynic

    First glance I liked the Paint…

  • Sam

    I think it looks great.

  • Max Headroom

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It looks great to me!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If I’m dropping $38k for a bike, i want a luxury good, not a CBR600RR.

  • ryan

    Fantastic bike, fantastic paintjob.

  • vic

    really like the combination betwwen the CF,black/red/white and the aluminium gas tank(oh and the grey seat).it works for some reason.for me
    still horribly expensive i presume?

  • Chris

    Want. Badly.

  • Scott

    DUCATI = RED

    any other color would be a mistake

  • Rich

    love it…unique,,,, typical posts… nothing ever good enough for anyone and that’s sad…… awesome bike… period……………