INTRODUCED IN 2007, the 1098 replaced the 999 model which, though excellent, had never captured the hearts of Ducati enthusiasts because of its looks. The new bike featured horizontal headlights, an underseat exhaust, and a single-sided swingarm that harkened back to the earlier and much loved 916 range.
The capacity of the V-twin engine was increased to 1098cc to match the performance of the 1000cc four-cylinder opposition. The bike produced 160 bhp in standard form and three versions were made, with the S having better quality suspension components than the base model, and the R version intended for racing. The 1098’s racing pedigree was established with World Superbike Championship wins in 2008 by Troy Bayliss, and in 2011 by Carlos Checa.
|Power output:||160 bhp (9750 rpm)|
|Weight:||381 lb (173 kg)|
|Top speed:||180 mph (290 km/h)|
|Country of origin:||Italy|