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The Ducati 1198 evolved from the Ducati 1098 model introduced in 2007. The Ducati 1098 was a brand new model from Ducati, replacing the aging and little-loved Ducati 999 model. Designed by Pierre Terblanche, the Ducati 999 was a controversial motorcycle that superseded the legendary 916, 996, 998 series of Ducati superbikes designed by Massimo Tamburini. The Ducati 1098 and Ducati 1198 were designed by Giandrea Fabbro and share a visual commonality more with the 916 series than with the 999 model.

Although 2006 was the last year the Ducati 999 model was produced, and the 1098, 1098S and 1098 Tri-Colore were launched for 2007, Ducati raced the 999 in World Superbike competition because rules dictated that V-Twin engines be equal in displacement (1000cc) to inline four-cylinder bikes. World Superbike rules were changed for the 2008 racing season allowing V-Twins a displacement increase of 200cc for a total of 1200cc.

In 2008, to take advantage of the Superbike rule changes, the Ducati 1098R, displacing 1198cc, joined the standard Ducati 1098 and 1098S which only displaced 1099cc. Ducati won the 2008 World Superbike championship with Troy Bayliss, and in 2009 Ducati offered the last version of the 1099cc model, the Ducati 1098RTB Bayliss Limited Edition alongside new models, the Ducati 1198 and Ducati 1198S. Visually similar and sharing much of the same components, the Ducati 1198S featured lighter wheels, Öhlins suspension, a slipper clutch, a weight advantage (373 lbs. vs. 377 lbs.) and a steeper MSRP, $19,995 vs. $15,995.

2011 Ducati 1198 SP

In 2010 there were four Ducati 1198 models: Ducati 1198, Ducati 1198S, Ducati 1198S Corse Special Edition and Ducati 1198R Corse Special Edition. Both the Ducati 1198S and Ducati 1198R Corse Special Edition models featured aluminum fuel tanks, traction control and a Ducati Corse paint scheme. The “R” model was a single-seat, street-legal bike with racing credentials. At a claimed 364-pound dry weight, the Ducati 1198R weighs 13 lbs. less than the standard model and 9 lbs. lighter than the “S” model. More importantly, the Ducati 1198R is equipped with a higher performance engine producing a claimed 180 horsepower compared to the “S” model’s 170 hp.

For 2011 Ducati reduced 1198 line to two models: the standard Ducati 1198 and Ducati 1198SP. The SP (Sport Production) insignia stands for production bikes that are race-kitted and ready for competition. The SP label first appeared on the 1989 Ducati 851 model. The SP features lightened chassis components, Öhlins suspension, a slipper clutch, a quick-shift transmission and a claimed dry weight of 370 lbs. There’s a significant price difference between the two models, $21,995 vs. $16,495 for the standard Ducati 1198.

Ducati was unable to regain the World Superbike crown with the Ducati 1198 in 2009 due to an amazing performance by Ben Spies on the Yamaha R1. The 2010 season was another disappointing year for the Ducati 1198, as longtime title contender Noriyuki Haga failed to deliver consistent results. For 2011 Ducati reduced its World Superbike involvement choosing to provide more support to satellite teams.

Ducati 1198 Reviews

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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Review - Video

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2011 Ducati 1198 SP Review

The Ducati 1198 SP is beastly and suave, able to induce grins unlike anything else out there. And for those who can afford singular experiences, the SP will not disappoint. Gorgeous, soulful and devilishly brutal, the 1198SP is a very special motorcycle.

2009 Ducati 1198S Review

The 2009 Ducati 1198S is the next step toward affordable superbike super machinery. With heaps of power and torque, the 1198 has the refinement and technology that make Ducatis so desirable.

2009 Ducati 1198 and 1198S Preview

Ducati officially announced the introduction of the 1198 and 1198S at EICMA only two short weeks ago. Now we take a look at what have been scarcely-published details about this new Super Duc.

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Ducati 1198 Comparisons

2012 European Literbike Shootout - Video

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2012 European Literbike Shootout Teaser - Video

We’re hard at work conducting our test of the exotic literbikes: Aprilia RSV4 R APRC, BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1199 Panigale S. We’re not finished yet, but here’s our first impressions about each bike after romping on them at the fantastic Thunderhill.

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