2009 Ducati 1198 S
170hp (125kW) and with a dry weight of just 169kg
(372.6lb), the new 1198 S now incorporates more World
Superbike technology than ever before by taking the
1198 motor and adding top-of-the-range suspension,
lightweight chassis components and a true racing-style
traction control system designed for road use.
The high performance, fully adjustable 43mm Öhlins
forks, which sport low friction titanium nitride-treated
fork sliders, respond effortlessly to every imperfection
in the tarmac.
Beyond their advanced engineering solutions, one
of the most important characteristics of Öhlins
forks is their ability to communicate the condition
and quality of the tyre-to-road contact patch, a feature
that puts every rider in superior control. The suspension
set-up at the rear is complemented with a fully adjustable
Öhlins rear shock equipped with a ride enhancing
top-out spring and mounted to a single-sided swingarm
for outstanding drive and traction. The front-to-rear
Öhlins package is completed with a control-enhancing
adjustable steering damper.
‘S’ sets the standard for lightweight
performance. On any sport or race bike, the most effective
area to reduce weight is its ‘unsprung weight’.
These are components like tyres, brakes and wheels.
Lighter wheels have a lower ‘moment of inertia’
that is beneficial with every direction change and
application of the brakes. The 1198 S addresses this
important area by mounting new 7-spoke GP replica
Marchesini forged and machined wheels. Both front
and rear are super lightweight and their benefit is
immediately apparent. The weight saving is further
enhanced with the application of a carbon fibre front
1198 S is supplied with the Ducati Data Analysis (DDA)
and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) systems as standard
equipment. The DDA package enables the retrieval and
analysis of data collected from your previous track
session or road trip. DTC monitors front and rear
wheel speeds to detect rear wheel-spin under acceleration
and electronically reduces engine power to restore