hp @ 9,750 rpm
kg / 370 lbs
mm / 32.2 inches
The Ducati 1198SP is the replacement bike for the 1198S
- it replaced it for the final year of production in 2011.
Upgrades for the 1198SP included electronic quickshifter, an
Ohlins TTX rear shock, slipper clutch and a lighter but larger
18-litre fuel tank.
The result is a machine which is just 1 kg (2.2 lbs) lighter,
but the quickshifter and new clutch make the biggest difference,
make it much easier to get the best out of.
The "SP" (Sport Production) logo means something special to
Ducati. It was first introduced on the legendary Ducati
851 to identify bikes which were used in the development
of racing machines in the Sport Production championship, the
forerunner of the current Super Stock. Now as then, "SP" identifies
standard production models that are kitted out to make them
And the track is where the Ducati 1198 SP really comes into
its own. It works on the road, but the hardcore riding position
isn't suited for long distances.
In terms of reliability the 1198, including the SP model have
proved to be very good, aided by the fact it is covered in high-spec
components from some of the best suppliers like Brembo, Ohlins