2008 Ducati 1098R

The 1098 R is the ultimate Superbike. The most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built. It is the product of a team of designers and engineers focussed on one objective only – to win.

The ‘R’ is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition specification and superior components together with advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology deliver a level of performance that empowers you with confidence and capability. On the road, it distinguishes you as a connoisseur of high-performance motorcycles. On the track it promotes you to a higher level of riding and closer to realising your dreams.

World Superbike rule changes mean that the road-going ‘R’ version is closer than ever to our factory race bike. The 1098 R is not a replica – it’s the real deal. An incredible 180hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning Trellis chassis set-up tips the scales at an unbelievably lightweight 165kg (364lbs) and comes with a race kit that introduces Ducati Corse’s world championship winning traction control system.

Ducati says it all when it says of its ’08 World Superbike machine: “The new 1098R is the most powerful and lightest twin-cylinder bike ever produced by the Borgo Panigale factory, with the highest torque/weight ratio in the sportbike category.” This is the 1198cc machine that the World Superbike Championship changed its rules for – the bike that two-time champion Troy Bayliss and second-year rider Max Biaggi will campaign in the 2008 season as the 1098 F08.

Purpose-built with racing in mind, the 1098R showcases technology developed by Ducati in the world’s two top racing series. An accompanying racing kit makes the Ducati a full-blown racing platform, with its ECU teamed with the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system. Fitted for the first time to a production Ducati, the DTC is controlled by the rider, who chooses between eight profiles on the MotoGP-sourced instrument display.

As you would expect from a bike built for competition on the world’s highest stage, the 1098R produces ample power. Frightening power really, as Ducati claims the new mill delivers 180 ponies at 9750 rpm and 98.8 lb-ft of torque at 7750 rpm. In racing kit trim, Ducati ups the peak power claims to 186 horsepower.

Generating those impressive numbers is an engine which Ducati claims is “the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine in history.” Using the new SBK ruling that pushes Twin displacement to 1200cc, Ducati took its 1098 and increased bore by 2mm and lengthened stroke by 3.2mm. The end results is an oversquare 106mm x 67.9mm configuration that displaces 1198cc.

Sand-cast aluminum cylinder heads and crankcases aim at decreasing weight. Although set at the same angle, the desmodromic valve system is altered from the 1098 with larger intake and exhaust valves – 44.3mm intake and 36.2mm exhaust on the R compared to 42mm intake and 34mm exhaust on the regular 1098 and 1098S. The new R’s valves are also made from Titanium, with the new configuration compressing the air/fuel mixture at a 12.8:1 ratio. Internal engine changes include weight-saving titanium conrods.

RACING KIT
The 1098 R comes with a race kit (intended strictly for track use only) which boosts power output from 180 to approximately 186hp. The kit consists of a 102dB carbon fibre slip-on muffler kit by Termignoni and a dedicated ECU. The ECU not only has reconfigured mapping to suit the racing mufflers, but also initiates the system dialogue that controls the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system. The 1098 R is the first ever production bike to be fitted with a true competition-level traction control.

Like the 848 and 1098, the new 1098R sources MotoGP-derived elliptical throttle bodies. To feed the monster motor, the R’s throttle body surface openings are 63.9 square mm – 3.9mm more than the regular 1098. The fueling also uses two injectors for each cylinder – a four-hole central injector and 12-hole side injector.

Changes to the R version of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine result in a 7.7-lb reduction from the standard 1098 and 14.3-lb drop from the 999. The exhaust system on the R is also lighter than that on the regular 1098, due to the exhaust wall thickness being reduced by 30%.

For the first time ever on a production motorcycle, a true competition-level traction control system comes integrated into the 1098 R electronics as standard equipment.

The trellis frame on the 1098R resembles that on the 1098, but Ducati promises “several modifications were required to allow it to be used on the racing bike in next year’s World Superbike Championship.” The R’s swingarm is the same, except it has been painted black to compliment its racing look.

Although SBK teams are allowed to swap out suspension components, Ducati saw fit to equip its production racer with the best. As such, fully-adjustable Ohlins components adorn the R. The Ohlins TTX rear shock allows a rider to change the rear ride height of the bike, while the front fork sports low-friction Titanium Nitride sliders.

The Brembo Monobloc M4 calipers used on the 848 decorate the new R, although even larger 330mm rotors are sourced. Although larger in diameter, Ducati claims the disc weight has “not increased due to the use of racing-style narrow braking surfaces.

The DDA package, supplied with the 1098 R, consists of a real analysis system for data gathered during rides or track sessions. The kit, normally used only on race bikes, enables riders to thoroughly analyse the performance of their Ducati and the effectiveness of their driving style.

Overall claimed dry weight is a remarkable 364 lbs. Aiding in the feathery claim are Marchesini forged and machined wheels, which together tally a 4-lb weight reduction from the 1098S. Weight is also shaved by the liberal use of carbon fiber in some of the fairing components as well as the front fender.

As a full-blooded racer, the 1098R sports wind-tunnel developed aerodynamics. White-background number-plate blisters on the front and tail fairings complete the racer look. Distinguishing itself from the its smaller-displacement namesakes, the 1098R also sports gold-colored wheels.

Ducati Superbikes, designed, engineered and built in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, have always represented the pinnacle of Ducati motorcycle technology and racing success. For Ducati, racing and winning are a way of life and a way of thinking for our designers, engineers and everyone at the factory. The unique engineering solutions they embrace are proven on the race track, where the only way to the winner’s circle is with technical superiority and dependable performance.

The 1098 R is in form and function the culture and product of a company dedicated to engineering excellence and winning performance. Ducati have dominated World Superbike racing, winning 12 World Championships and taking the Manufacturers’ title 14 times since 1990. Furthermore, Ducati have won more individual World Superbike races than all other manufacturers combined and have now proven its superiority by winning the 2007 MotoGP World Championship. The results speak for themselves.

Ducati promises the red 1098R looks just as it will appear for the factory squad in the 2008 World Superbike series, when the marque’s ace, Troy Bayliss, will try and claim his third SBK title. Far Less talented riders will be able to source Ducati’s replica racer from their dealer for a princely sum of $39,995.

CHASSIS
Frame      Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
Wheelbase      1430mm / 56.3 in
Rake      24°30′ / 24,5°
Front suspension      Öhlins 43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with TiN
Front wheel travel      120mm / 4.7in
Front brake      2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
Front wheel      5-spoke in forged light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre      120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension      Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins TTXR monoshock with top-out spring. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel      127mm / 5in
Rear brake      245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel      5-spoke forged light alloy 6.00 x 17
Rear tyre      190/55 ZR17
Fuel tank capacity      15.5L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
Weight *      Dry weight
Seat height      820mm / 32.2in
Instruments      Digital MotoGP derived unit displaying: Speedometer, 2 partial speedometers (Trip A and Trip B), trip fuel, rev counter, speed, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, engine cooling water temperature, air temperature, battery status (in the menu), Lap time, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, fuel reserve, lights, turn signals, neutral, over rev, vehicle diagnosis, engine diagnosis and immobilizer
Warranty      2 years unlimited mileage
Body colours (frame/wheels)      Red / Racing Gold
Versions     Single seat
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.
ENGINE
Type      L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement      1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke      106×67.9mm
Compression Ratio      12.8:1
Power*      180hp – 132.4kw @ 9750rpm
Torque*      99.1lb-ft 134Nm @ 7750rpm
Fuel injection      Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust      Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel and titanium mufflers
Emissions      Euro 3
TRANSMISSION
Gearbox      6 speed
Ratios      1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 22/25
Primary drive      Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive      Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
Clutch      Dry multiplate with hydraulic control slipper clutch

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