Ducati 1098S Tri-Colore. .
For 2007 only, the 1098 S is also available in an additionalspecial 'Tricolore' version (red, white and green, the colours of theItalian national flag). The Ducati 'Tricolore' tradition began in 1985 withthe stunning 750 F1 and then continued with the limited edition 851. Thelatest 'Tricolore' is a 1098 S with the additional features of frame andwheels finished in traditional 'racing gold' colours. In addition, apower-increasing 102 dB Termignoni racing muffler kit with dedicated ECU issupplied with the bike.
Suspension is of the very highest performance standard. The fullyadjustable 43mm Öhlins FG511 forks, which sport low friction TitaniumNitride fork sliders, respond effortlessly to every imperfection in thetarmac. Beyond their advanced engineering solutions, one of the mostimportant characteristics of Öhlins forks is their ability to communicatethe condition and quality of the tyre-to-road contact patch, a feature thatputs every rider in superior control. The suspension system is completed andperfectly balanced by using a fully adjustable Öhlins 46PRC rear shock witha ride enhancing top-out spring, controlling the single-sided swingarm foroutstanding drive, traction and steering precision. The Öhlins package iscompleted with a control-enhancing adjustable steering damper.
The ‘S’ also sets a new standard for lightweight performance. On any sportor race bike, the most effective area to reduce weight is its “unsprungweight”. These are components like tyres, brakes and wheels. Lighter wheelshave a lower ‘moment of inertia’ that is beneficial with every directionchange and application of the brakes. The 1098 addresses this important areaby mounting Marchesini forged and machined wheels, reducing weight by 1.9Kg(4lbs). Both front and rear are super lightweight and their benefit isimmediately apparent. The weight saving is further enhanced with theapplication of a carbon fibre front fender.
The 1098 S is also supplied with the Ducati Data Analyzer system asstandard equipment. The DDA package supplied with the ‘S’ version enablesthe retrieval of data and analysis of data collected from your previoustrack session or road trip. The DDA package includes software for yourpersonal computer on CD, a data retrieval USB key and instructions.
Features and Benefits:ENGINEERED BY THE STOPWATCHThe priority in every step of the 1098 development has been performancefirst. Every system, every detail and every component has been studied andpared down to its essence and performance increased to the maximum. If itdidn’t make the 1098 lighter, faster or deliver quicker lap times, it wasn’tconsidered.
The result: the 1098 is the most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle in theworld with the highest torque-to-weight ratio of any sport bike. The 1098 isthe lightest, fastest stopping, quickest lapping Ducati in history. For thefirst time Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike technology have been combinedto create a premier street bike. The results are stunning.
DESIGNED BY THE RACETRACKThe look and stance of the 1098 were designed by the combination of racetrack technology, track-derived components and Ducati heritage. The 1098’sstriking aerodynamic shape naturally embraces its riding position,configured by our racers and test riders for optimum speed and agility. Theracing spirit takes form.
2007 RANGE MODELSThe Superbike is available in three versions: the awesome 1098; the 1098 S,for those who demand the ultimate in performance with the very bestsuspension, lightweight wheels and components; and the special 'Tricolore'in green white and red - the colours of the Italian national flag - with"Racing Gold" frame and wheels, plus Termignoni racing muffler kit withdedicated ECU.
1098 HIGHLIGHTS THE NEW TESTASTRETTA EVOLUZIONE ENGINE
The Testastretta EVOluzione engine is the crowning glory of Ducati’sdevelopment and perfection of the L-Twin engine. World Superbike dominancefor the last 15 years is the result of continual commitment to twin-cylindertechnology and the 1098 Testastretta EVOluzione, the most powerfultwin-cylinder production engine in history, is a fitting reward to ourengineers’ continued ingenuity.
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
The 1098 chassis and suspension have received the same detailed study andperformance first priority approach. The goal was to achieve considerableweight saving while building-in strength and rigidity to manage the newhigh-powered Testastretta EVOluzione engine. Each and every component notonly contributes to achieving superior road holding and stability, but whenassembled, become a system with value far greater than the sum of all itsparts.
BRAKES WHEELS AND BODYWith a Superbike as capable as the 1098, superior stopping power isfundamental. The 1098 is the first production street bike to use Brembo’sMonobloc caliper racing technology. The M4-34 calipers are machined from asingle piece of alloy, vs. the bolt-together construction of conventionalcalipers. The Monobloc design has much higher rigidity and resistance todistortion during extreme braking, and therefore gives a much more precisefeel at the brake lever.
INSTRUMENTS, DATA AND LIGHTINGDesmosedici-style digital instrumentation is taken from Ducati’s MotoGP GP7project. This pure racing, minimalist solution by Digitek has no switches orbuttons to compromise its clean lines. With the purchase of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), which includes PCsoftware, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, owners are readyto review and analyse the performance of the 1098 and its rider, and makecomparisons between various channels of information.
Readers of “Motorrad” and “In Moto” vote their “Motorcycle of the year2007”
This time it was the votes of readers of two top-flight internationalmagazines - the German publication “Motorrad” and the Italian mag “IN MOTO”- that decreed which would be the best motorcycle of 2007. Once again Ducatiplayed a leading role, stealing the scene and winning both consensus andawards – clear indicators of the continuing worldwide success enjoyed by thelatest “made in Borgo Panigale” models.
This international award involves some of the most important magazines inthe industry. In Italy votes were gathered by the monthly magazine IN MOTO:on Tuesday 13th March, after counting up the 24,853 ballot papers sent in tothe editors, the “Motorcycles of the year 2007” were finally made known.
Ducati triumphed in a good three of the eight categories into which themotorcycles were divided, winning first place among the sports models (withthe superbly stylish and high performance 1098 of course) with 29.9% of thevote. The runner-up was the MV Agusta F4 1000 R and in third place it wasDucati yet again with the Desmosedici RR, the esoteric and exclusive MotoGProad replica. The Multistrada 1100 - in the road bikes category– also cameup trumps by coming first with 12% of the votes, ahead of the Yamaha FZ1Fazer and the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport. In the enduro/supermotard category itwas a landslide victory for the all-new Hypermotard (to be launched on themarket in May): sweeping aside the competition, it took a massive 33.5% ofthe votes, beating the BMW R 1200 GS and KTM 950 Supermoto hands down.
During the night of 15th March, the renowned German magazine MOTORRADwhich, with a circulation of 200,000 copies, is Europe’s most-read bike mag,also elected the best motorcycles of 2007: readers sent in a whopping 36,672ballot papers.Once again, there were eight categories and, once again, Ducati cornered thevotes.
In the sports motorcycles category awards were won by two Ducatis; infirst place came the 1098, with 12.1% of the vote, followed by theDesmosedici RR (11.2%). Like in Italy, it was a surprise victory for Ducatiin the enduro/supermotard category where, with a percentage of 18.3%, theHypermotard beat – playing away! – the German BMW GS 1200 (16.8 %).Acknowledged by 29% of readers as the best sports motorcycle brand, Ducatitrounced the opposition in this segment, too, winning over 29 % of thereaders of this authoritative German publication, who preferred the “Reds ofBorgo Panigale” to Suzuki (12.2%) and Yamaha (10.1%).