Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ducati 1098

The 1098 immediately strikes you with its purposeful, no-nonsense attitude. Performance is first and foremost in every detail.

Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section and compact front-end meld with twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swingarm to express its aerodynamics and agility. Add the new Testastretta Evoluzione engine at the heart of the machine and you get an all-out performance Ducati Superbike that seems to be moving fast, even when at rest.

The 1098 introduces a number of ‘firsts’ for Ducati and production sport bike design. The 1098 is the first production motorcycle to have the amazing stopping power of Brembo Monobloc brakes, the first to have a data acquisition system integrated as standard equipment and the first to use an ingenious construction method for its weight-saving single-sided swingarm. More ‘firsts’ for a road-going Ducati include the direct application of MotoGP technology, like the power producing GP6-derived elliptical throttle bodies and the use of the information-rich instrumentation originally developed for the new Desmosedici GP7.

The 1098 has the soul of a race bike, pure and simple. The riding position encourages the rider to mould to the sleek lines of the tank and seat: man and machine are made one. It transmits the quality and character of contact between road surface and tyre, it signals the way the chassis will react next and responds instinctively to rider commands.

Satisfying all the senses, the throaty roar of the twin under-seat exhausts are synchronized with the howl of the elliptical throttle bodies providing a fitting fanfare for the new 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione engine. The huge 104mm bore and all-new cylinder head design unite to produce an awesome 160hp and an arm-wrenching 90+ lb-fts of torque. Developed together with Ducati Corse, the 1098 is a masterpiece of incredible performance and innovation.






Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame in ALS 450
Wheelbase: 1430 mm / 56.3 in
Rake: 24°30' / 24,5°
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm with TiO fully adjustable upside-down fork
Front Wheel Travel: 127 mm / 5 in
Front Brake: 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
Front Wheel: 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Suspsension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel Travel: 127 mm / 5 in
Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear Wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17
Rear Tyre: 190/55 ZR 17
Fuel Capacity: 15.5 L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
Dry Weight*: 173 kg / 381lbs
Seat Height: 820 mm / 32.2 in
Instruments: Digital MotoGP derived unit displaying: Speedometer, rev counter, clock, scheduled maintenance warning, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, fuel reserve, trip fuel, neutral, turn signals, average speed, average fuel consumption, remaining fuel metre, immobilizer. Ready for DDA system
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
Colour combinations (Tank-Frame-Wheels) : Red
(Red-Red-Black) (Black-Black-Black)
Versions: Dual seat
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.


Type: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement: 1099 cc
Bore and Stroke: 104 x 64.7 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Power*: 119.3 kw - 160 hp @ 9750rpm
Torque*: 90.4 lb-ft - 12.5 kgm @ 8000rpm
Fuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
Exaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. Twin stainless steel mufflers
Emissions: Euro3
Gearbox: 6 speed
Ratio: 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary Drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84:1
Final Drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
Clutch: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Notes: * = Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer.


(Figs from Magazine Reports)

1. Both are Street Bikes.
2. Hornet 96bhp@9700rpm vs Fazer 98bhp@12000rpm
3. Top Speed: H 233kmh vs F 226kmh
4. Wt: H 179kg vs F 180kg
5. Seat Ht: H 790mm vs F 795mm
6. Both with Exhaust Close to Seat(or Under)
7. Both In Line 4 Engines 16valves
8. Wheel Base: H 1425mm vs F1440mm
9. Price: H $14500 vs F $15600 (Machine Price)
10. Fuel Capacity: H 16L vs F 19L
11. Fazer Eng Is Revving
12. 0-100kmh: H 3.91s vs F 3.97s
13. Braking: H 4.83s(353') vs F 5.06s(361')

Main Difference:
1. Hornet tune to Low & Mid Torque Perf(Street Stop/Go Riding)
Fazer tune to High Torque Perf (Super Sport Style Riding)
2. Styling: Fazer is Looks Modern(futuristic). Design only 6mth old.
Hornet is more conservative street bike design.
(but well liked by bike magazines though)

Bike Mag(UK) Report Mar'04:

Hornet: Mid range, Ability, Quality
- Strong Midrange drages it out of corners.
Fazer: Attitude, Image, Top End Rev, Raw Excitement
- R6 derived eng, needs to be kept revving, it is fast & frantic.