Pete Brissette
by Pete Brissette
That's $119,985 worth of bike sitting there. At the time of the U.S. press launch these were the only three 1098R units in country.
Ducati Traction Control, Level 1. There's little actual TC at this setting. The large toggle on the left switch gear scrolls through the various data on the racing dash. Accessing TC settings is a surprisingly easy process.
Carbon belt covers, sand-cast valve covers and side cases are a few of the weight-saving items that knock 5 pounds from the standard version 1098. Internally, Titanium con rods and valves help reduce reciprocating weight.
The TTX36 is one serious shock. Twin-tube design keeps gas pressure constant on both rebound and compression strokes for better damping and less cavatation. Two dials on top provide 20 clicks of adjustment and are very easy to reach.
Rain, rain go away.
The 1098R rails 'round corners with utmost stability.
Once set in the turn the bike responded quickly to any line changes.
This close cousin to the 1098R F08 factory superbike goes like hell in a straight line, but more than that, it feels like it was specifically designed to be leaned over all the time.
Mr. Daytona! That's Scott Russell hoisting the front of the R. Though he makes it look easy, the bike itself makes it easy. Scott was on hand to have a go on the 1098R. We look forward to his return to racing in 2008.
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