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Sportbike perfection

Ducati Superbike 1198 SPThe 2011 Superbike model line-up presents the exciting new 848EVO with 140hp, Brembo Monobloc
callipers, steering damper and stunning new arctic white silk colour scheme with red frame and red wheels
and dark stealth finish with black frame and black wheels. The 1198 now comes equipped with Ducati
Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) and Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) as standard equipment while the brand new, track-ready 1198 SP rolls out with DTC, DQS, DDA, Ohlins TTX rear suspension, slipper clutch and lightweight aluminium fuel tank.

2011 Ducati Superbike 1198 SPThe application of DTC to the standard model 1198 underlines Ducati’s intention to broaden the use of tried
and tested race-derived electronics to its high-powered range, while the introduction of DQS to the 1198
and 1198 SP marks the first time in history that “quick-shift” electronics have been fitted to a production

Engineered by the stopwatch

The Ducati 848EVO, 1198 and 1198 SP Superbikes are the product of a team of designers and engineers who have combined their Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike technologies to create the finest sportbikes in the world. From race-level engine specifications to World Championship-winning traction control and quickshift electronics, the results are pure excellence. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system further confirms Ducati's technology flow from racing to production and demonstrates how solutions developed for the track can be applied to enhance safer performance on the road.

Designed by the race track

2011 Superbike 1198 SPDucati Superbikes are race bikes, pure and simple. Their striking aerodynamic shapes create a natural riding
position, confirmed by Ducati development and factory team riders as the optimum for speed and agility.
Performance is first and foremost in every detail.

Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and compact front end combine with twin under-seat
silencers and single-sided swingarm to express the sheer engineering beauty of aerodynamics and agility.
Add the Testastretta Evoluzione engines as the hearts of the machines and the result is all-out performance
Ducati Superbikes that look fast even when parked.

Superbike Chassis

2011 Ducati Superbike 848 Evo DarkThe 848EVO, 1198 and 1198 SP chassis and suspension are the result of a 'performance-first' priority
approach to development, in which the goal is always to further reduce weight and increase strength and
rigidity to manage the high-powered Testastretta Evoluzione engines.

Trellis frame

Developed in cooperation with Ducati Corse, the lightweight Trellis frame features 34mm main section
tubes with a material thickness of 1.5mm. The result is an incredibly rigid construction that remains one of
Ducati's lightest frame solutions ever. Adding style to performance, the three colour versions for the 848EVO
use frames finished in red and racing black while the 1198 is in racing black and both schemes of the 1198
SP are finished in red.

Front suspension

2011 Ducati Superbike 1198 SPBoth the 848EVO and 1198 feature fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks, with an additional special low friction titanium oxide treatment applied to the sliders of the 1198, while spectacular 43mm Öhlins with low friction titanium nitride-treated sliders are used on the 1198 SP. Both front suspension solutions have radial brake calliper mountings providing superior road holding and incredible feedback to give every rider more
confidence and control.

Rear suspension

The lightweight Trellis frame and single-sided swingarm enable a compact and weight-saving rear
suspension linkage system that features separate lower pick-up points for the push-rod and suspension
unit. This 'tandem' design effectively reduces stress around the linkage pick-up area of the Trellis frame.
Working together with this highly efficient linkage is a fully adjustable Showa single shock for the 848EVO and 1198, and an incredible Öhlins unit for the 1198 SP with TTX twin tube technology providing totally separate damping adjustment in compression and rebound. The system uses experience gained in MotoGP to
minimise friction and reduce the risk of cavitation under extreme conditions. The 1198 and 1198 SP rear
suspension system has an adjustable rear ride-height, independent of spring pre-load and other suspension
settings – valuable when seeking the perfect set-up for personal riding style or track conditions.

Single-sided swingarm

Ducati Superbike 1198 SPThe dual construction technique used for the single-sided swingarm allows the main operational
components to use individual aluminium castings so as to ensure strength around the pivot points, wheel
hub and suspension links, while lightweight, fabricated aluminium sections are used to complete the
construction into a single, beautifully engineered component. The 848EVO, 1198 and 1198 SP all have singlesided swingarms finished in black.

Race-bred brakes

Ducati Superbikes have always been famous for their incredible, track-derived braking performance and the
2011 model line-up is no exception.

2011 Ducati Superbike 848The 1198, 1198 SP and now the 848EVO all use Brembo's incredibly powerful Monobloc calliper racing
technology. Machined from a single piece of alloy, the callipers achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to
distortion during extreme braking. The resulting increase in hydraulic efficiency not only delivers incredible
braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise 'feel' at the brake lever. The twin Monobloc
callipers each have four 34mm pistons that grip 320mm discs on the 848EVO and huge 330mm discs on the
1198 and 1198 SP to achieve spectacular braking performance.

Super lightweight wheels

Superbike 848 EvoThe lightweight front wheels used on all Ducati Superbike models substantially reduces the moment of
inertia, enabling a faster change of direction and enhanced acceleration and braking performances. The
848EVO is equipped with Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels by Enkei which are finished in black while the 1198 rides on 10-spoke wheels finished in a subtle graphite grey, also by Enkei. The 1198 SP goes to the next
specification level by rolling out on beautiful black 7-spoke lightweight, forged-aluminium, machine-finished
wheels by Marchesini.

The 848EVO 1198 and 1198 SP models are all fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, at 120/70 ZR17 for the front, 180/55 ZR17 for the rear of the 848EVO and 190/55 ZR17 for the rear of both 1198 models.

2011 Ducati Superbike Evo 848These high-performance tyres have shoulder areas that maximize the contact patch and carcasses specially
designed for stiffness under heavy braking and precision during high speed cornering. This precision in tyre
construction enabled Ducati technicians to create extremely fine programs for the Ducati Traction Controls
systems used on the 1198 and 1198 SP.

Magnesium subframe

Producing a front subframe in magnesium underlines the attention to weight-saving detail in the Ducati
Superbike range. Its construction provides secure support for the headlamp, instruments and fairing, and
the weight-saving around this high, forward position contributes considerably to overall 'feel' and control of
the machine.

Aerodynamic bodywork

Carefully designed for aerodynamic efficiency and to hug the sleek lines of the chassis, the Superbike
bodywork enables the rider to blend effortlessly into the correct riding position.

Its race-developed fairing design ensures perfect integration with the cooling system by providing efficient
flow through the advanced, large surface area coolant radiator, which is assisted by lightweight, high flow
electric fan assemblies and oil coolers. Aerodynamically shaped air ducts positioned just below the
headlamps are precisely calculated to provide ample air delivery to the pressurised airbox.

The lightweight bodywork contributes considerably to overall performance by reducing weight, protecting
the Testastretta Evoluzione engine's power output, and assisting the rider to effortlessly 'tuck in' from the
wind stream and reduce drag to achieve maximum straight-line track speeds.


This pure racing digital instrumentation originating from Ducati's MotoGP project has no switches or
buttons to compromise its clean, minimalist lines. Instead, information additional to the default read-outs is
managed from the left-hand handlebar-mounted switch gear, allowing the rider to scroll through and select
from various menus. The display, which has a bright white LED back lighting presents rpm and speed, with
the former displayed across the screen in a progressive bar graph. Optionally, the rpm and speed can be
displayed in numeric values. Additionally, it displays lap times, DTC level selected (if activated on 1198 and
1198 SP) time, air temperature, coolant temperature, battery voltage, two trips and a trip that automatically
starts as the fuel system goes onto reserve. Warning lights illuminate to signify neutral, turn signals, highbeam,
rev-limit, low oil pressure, fuel reserve, DTC intervention (if activated on 1198 and 1198 SP) and
scheduled maintenance. The instrument display is also used as the control panels for the DDA (supplied as
standard equipment with the 1198 and 1198 SP), DTC and DQS systems as well as listing lap times
recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.

Superbike lights and indicators

The horizontal twin headlamps, a signature Ducati style from the iconic 916, are modernised with the latest
lighting technology. Two polyellipsoidal units light the way with a powerful beam while maintaining an
aggressive look to the front of the machine in pure Ducati Superbike tradition.

The rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the
sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified for brake lights.

The directional indicators also use the latest in LED technology for illumination. The frontal indicators are
beautifully integrated into the rear view mirrors, which come with an optional spacer kit enabling an
extension of 30mm over the standard mirror stem length.

Ducati Quick Shift

The Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system is the first time that a race-style electronic quick-shift has been
supplied as original equipment on a production Ducati. Normally used specifically for racing, the system
allows the rider to keep the throttle open when changing-up through the gearbox, helping to save vital
seconds in the pursuit of faster lap-times. The system not only saves time when changing gear, but also
enables the possibility of uninterrupted air flow through the throttle bodies throughout the upward gearchanging process.

The system consists of a micro-switch built into the linkage of the gear change lever, which when actuated
in the direction of selecting a higher gear, sends a signal to the main ECU. The ECU instantly understands
which gear the motorcycle is in by calculating the rpm and vehicle speed and then reads the amount of
throttle opening before applying a pre-programmed cut in fuel injection and ignition measured in
milliseconds. This spilt-second electronic interruption in drive is programmed precisely to allow the next
gear to be selected without having to actuate the clutch or close the throttle.

The DQS system can be deactivated by entering the control panel in the motorcycle’s instrumentation and
is reactivated by default the next time the ignition is turned on. As the system only functions for a matter of
milliseconds, the 1198 and 1198 SP can still be ridden using a normal gear-changing style.

Ducati Traction Control

Ducati were the first manufacturer to introduce a true competition-level traction control system on a
production motorcycle and for 2011 the highly successful system is now integrated into both the 1198 and
1198 SP electronics as standard equipment. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system further underlines
Ducati's technology flow from racing to production and demonstrates how solutions developed for the track
can be applied to enhance performance safety on the road.

DTC uses the same software logic developed and used by Ducati Corse for their World Championshipwinning MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycles and offers a choice of eight settings developed by their professional test riders and racers.

Accessible from the left-hand switchgear and displayed on the digital instrumentation, the system offers a
choice of eight profiles, each one programmed with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to progressive riding
levels of skill graded from one to eight. While level eight administers a confidence-building, high level of
interaction from the system by activating upon the slightest amount of wheel-spin, level one offers a much
higher tolerance and, therefore, much less intervention for highly competent riders. When the level is
selected and DTC activated, the level is displayed on the instrumentation.

When the profile that best suits the combination of road or track conditions and riding style has been
selected and the DTC system activated, front and rear wheel sensors compare speed differential to sense
when rear traction is being broken (wheel-spin). DTC then decides the best combination of two different
types of instant electronic adjustment, calculated with data supplied from multiple sources.

The first 'soft' stage of system interaction is executed by high speed software that makes instant electronic
adjustment to the ignition timing, administering varying amounts of ignition retardation to reduce the
engine's torque. During this initial stage of DTC interaction, up to three red lights – normally used to signify
the over-rev limiter – illuminate to indicate the amount of DTC being applied.

If the DTC software detects that the first 'soft' stage of system interaction is inadequate to control the
wheel-spin, it continues to administer ignition retardation and, in addition, instructs the engine ECU to
initiate a pattern of constantly increasing injection cuts until, if necessary, full injection cut. During this
second stage of interaction, all four warning lights fully illuminate to signify that DTC has also initiated
injection cuts. As soon as the system recognises the gradual return of equal wheel speeds, it incrementally
re-establishes normal power delivery. This seamless interaction is key to the super-smooth operation of
the system.

The real innovative thinking behind the DTC system is how the various range of sensitivity levels decide
precisely how to react to excessive wheel-spin by understanding the bike's exact 'dynamic situation'. From
slow mid-corner acceleration with considerable vehicle inclination to high speed corner exits while almost
upright, this 'system intelligence' is achieved by processing a mass of data in a matter of milliseconds. This
technology exists thanks to the thousands of laps and hours spent testing, programming and earning Ducati
Corse race victories on the track. It represents just part of Ducati's latest road-bike technology and provides
considerable increase in performance safety during mid-corner acceleration.

Data acquisition

The Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) – complete with PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and
instructions – evaluates the performances of the bike and its rider, and makes comparisons between
various channels of information. The DDA is available for the 848EVO from Ducati Performance, and is
supplied as standard equipment with the 1198 and 1198 SP.

Normally only available on race bikes, DDA records numerous channels of data including throttle opening,
vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, laps and lap times. The system also
automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed data so as to display gear selection as an extra
channel of information. An additional channel of information is now dedicated to recording the DTC index
which can then be viewed as a graphic trace and indicates the amount of DTC interaction during wheelspin.
At the end of a ride or track session, an upgraded 4mb of data can be downloaded to a PC ready to
compare, analyse and get an inside view of the performance of the rider and motorcycle.
Data can be analysed in graphic form with options to zoom into detail of specific sections. Dragging a trace
along a timeline to reveal individual values of the above listed channels enables the user to analyse
performance in the same way that data technicians can in factory teams. The software allows data to be
compared with that from a completely separate session and for pages of data to be printed off easily.

2011 DUCATI 848EVO


The 2011 848EVO now further enhances Ducati's most impressive lightweight Superbike ever with more
power from the Testastretta engine and more braking power from Brembo’s incredible Monobloc brake
technology combining to provide an even more exciting way to enter the world of Ducati Superbikes.
The “EVO” treatment applied to the 848 introduces a 6hp power boost to 140hp (103kW) and a torque
increase to 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) that results in a razor-sharp and easy-to-use power delivery while the
combination of the 848's legendary (168kg) chassis set-up and planet-stopping Brembo Monobloc brakes
gives unthinkable braking performances most can only dream of.

In pursuit of perfection, Ducati engineers have listened to passionate owners of the 848 Superbike since its
delivery in 2008 and now enhance its specifications to deliver impressive performances whether riding
through mid-town traffic or racing through track-day competition.

Iconic features from the World Championship-winning machines, such as the twin under-seat silencers,
single-sided swingarm, Trellis frame, beautiful race bodywork and steering damper, are all part of the
848EVO's DNA. Its family resemblance assures that it is equipped with all the performance advancements of
the Superbike family, while adding its own particular character and style.

The 848EVO maintains the traditional colour of Ducati red with red frame and black wheels and introduces the stunning new schemes of arctic white silk with red frame and red wheels and “dark stealth” with racing
black frame and black wheels.

The 848 Testastretta Evoluzione engine

The new 848EVO is powered by a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic engine that produces 140hp (103kW) @ 10,500rpm and a high-accelerating 72.3lb-ft (10kgm) of torque @ 9,750rpm.

The 94mm x 61.2mm bore and stroke breathes through 4 valves per cylinder fed by totally revised inlet port
shapes and racing-style elliptical throttle bodies, which are now increased in size from an equivalent
diameter of 56mm to 60mm.

A brand new piston crown and combustion chamber shape improve burn efficiency and increase the
compression ratio from 12:1 to a power-enhancing 13.2:1 while new performance-driven camshafts provide
13mm of valve-lift compared with 11.5mm and an inlet duration increase from 253° to 257°.

These incredible valve performances are made possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system,
where valve closure is activated mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve to
follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring. With the
Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep
cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including their
world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.

Electronically injected and ignited by Marelli, the super-efficient power unit then exhausts through a
lightweight 2-1-2 system equipped with a catalytic converter and up-rated to twin lambda probes for
smooth mapping and Euro3 conformity. Terminating in Ducati's trademark twin under-seat silencers, the
system delivers that unmistakable signature sound of the Desmo 90° L-Twin.

The highly advanced 848 engine was the first Ducati Superbike to introduce vacuum die-cast crankcases,
formed using Vacural® technology, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures
consistent wall thickness and increased strength. For 2011 this impressively lightweight engine has its
outer-cases finished in black.

The 848EVO engine is a fitting reward to Ducati's ingenuity and a clear result of the continual attention to
detail and development of their twin-cylinder technology.

Having more experience and success with twin-cylinder high performance engines than any other
manufacturer, the L-Twin configuration remains central to Ducati's philosophy of motorcycling. This
experience, plus constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques,
has enabled 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometres) between service intervals, making Ducati ownership easy and


World Championship-winning technology

The 2011 1198 is supplied with the Ducati Data Analysis (DDA), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati
Quick Shift (DQS) systems as standard equipment.

The DDA package enables the retrieval and analysis of data collected from a previous track session or road
trip and DTC monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear wheel-spin under acceleration and
electronically reduces engine power to restore traction. DQS allows the throttle to remain open when
changing-up through the gearbox, helping to save vital seconds in the pursuit of faster lap-times.
The 1198 was born to perform and with a colossal 97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque from its Testastretta
Evoluzione engine and dry weight of just 171kg (377lb) it always delivers. Its victory-driven technology
comes directly from Ducati's World Championship-winning race bikes – and it's evident in every detail of
the bike.

Fully adjustable Showa front suspension carries radial mountings designed for the awesome stopping
power generated by Brembo Monobloc callipers and 330mm discs. Fully adjustable Showa suspension at
the rear and lightweight 10-spoke wheels complete an impressive set-up.

For 2011 the 1198 is available in traditional Ducati red with a racing black frame and graphite grey wheels.

The 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engine

The Testastretta Evoluzione engine is the crowning glory of Ducati's development and perfection of the LTwin engine. World Superbike dominance for almost two decades is the result of continual commitment to
their twin-cylinder configuration. Ducati share the reward for that commitment with World Championship winning technologies constantly flowing from the factory race team into production engines.

The incredible 1198 and 1198 SP are all powered by a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic engine that
produces 170hp (125kW) @ 9,750rpm and a class-beating 97lb-ft (13.4kgm) of torque @ 8,000rpm.
The 1198 achieves its capacity by using exactly the same 106 x 67.9 bore and stroke as the factory race
bike. Volumetric efficiency through the four valves per cylinder is optimised with valve diameters at
43.5mm for the inlet and 35.5mm for the exhaust. They are actuated by racing-type rocker arms, 'superfinished' for reduced friction and fatigue, and double overhead camshafts with radical profiles.

The incredible valve performances achieved are only possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic
system, where valve closure is activated mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the
valve to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring. With
the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep
cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including their
world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.

To keep Ducati's highly efficient Testastretta cylinder heads breathing to their full potential, the injection
system uses racing size elliptical throttle bodies, which are an equivalent diameter of 63.9mm.
The race-designed 1198 pistons have a distinctive double-ribbed undercrown to achieve high strength and
reduced friction by using minimal piston wall surface area. Using technology developed for the
Desmosedici MotoGP project, the design enables reliable operation of the 106mm diameter pistons when
performing at high rpm.

The 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engines are the lightest ever used in Ducati Superbikes, thanks to
Vacural® technology, a crankcase vacuum die-cast manufacturing process yielding weight reductions of 3kg
(6.5lbs) compared to the first generation 1098 cases. The vacuum die-cast process ensures consistent and
precise wall thickness and increased strength from absolute material purity. The weight-saving cam covers
in magnesium-alloy are evident by their gold colour, while the alloy outer clutch and generator covers sport
a black finish.

The 1198 gears are machined from the same high-strength steel used in Ducati Corse race applications and
are subjected to a shot-peening treatment that further ensures their strength and reduced fatigue.
Specifically for the track-ready 1198 SP, a dry, multiplate competition-style 'slipper' clutch is used to reduce
the destabilising effect of aggressive downshifting and to provide the fine control required during extreme
corner entry on the track.

The 1198, 1198 SP feature a beautiful and efficient exhaust system. Incredibly lightweight, it has been
engineered with a power-increasing symmetrical 2-1-2 layout that uses 52mm-57mm diameter tubing with
a wall thickness of 0.8mm (.030in). It is equipped with a catalytic converter and two lambda probes for
optimum engine mapping and Euro3 conformity. The system terminates with Ducati's trademark twin
under-seat silencers, delivering that unmistakable signature sound of the big bore Desmo 90° L-Twin.


Stunning 'SP' performance

The 168kg (370.3lb) (dry weight) 1198 SP creates a dream package by taking everything that the 1198
model has, including DTC, DDA and the new DQS systems, and adding top-of-the-range Öhlins suspension,
lightweight chassis components, a lightweight factory team-style aluminium fuel tank and slipper clutch.

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 TTX 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.

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 SP addresses this important
area by mounting 7-spoke 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 fender.

The 1198 SP weighs in at 1kg (2.2lb) less than the 2010 1198 S thanks to the beautifully made lightweight
fuel tank, which also boosts the bike's fuel capacity by 2.5 litres (0.66 US gal) to 18 litres (4.75 US gal). The
tank is formed in 2mm thick aluminium, brush finished and then painted and clear-coated to create a racing
stripe of natural aluminium that accentuates the factory race tank feel.

The 1198 is supplied with the Ducati Data Analysis (DDA), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) systems as standard equipment. The DDA package enables the retrieval and analysis of data collected from a previous track session or road trip and DTC monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear wheel-spin under acceleration and electronically reduces engine power to restore traction. DQS allows the throttle to remain open when changing-up through the gearbox, helping to save vital seconds in the
pursuit of faster lap-times.

The 2011 1198 SP is available in two colour schemes. The traditional Ducati red is now supported by a new
diamond black and completed with red Trellis frames and black wheels with signature red pin-striping.