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"Ducati is back to its decadent best with the exotic, reassuringly expensive new 1098R. Built in limited numbers so the Italian firm can race it WSB, the 1098R forms the basis of their F08 factory racer. In fact, never has the road bike and the racer been so close, thanks to ever tightening rules in the World Championship. Aside from different pistons and a smattering of detail changes the 1098R is exactly the same as the bike Troy Bayliss will ride this year. The 1098R is incredibly rapid, thanks to its new 1200cc engine, and its party piece is its full traction control system, the first time such a system has ever been fitted to a road bike. The DTC (Ducati Traction Control) is just like one used on Ducati’s factory Superbike and MotoGP machine."
This Ducati 1098 R Superbike is the Homologated version of the championship winning World Superbike and is #70 of 450 produced of which only 150 were shipped to North America. The first Ducati with Ducati Traction Control, it also came with Titanium Rods, all Titanium Valves, Carbon fiber belly pan, Carbon Fiber Tail section and many more carbon components. The 'R' also has super rigid and lightweight sand cast cases and Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch. With approximately 190 horsepower and 100 foot pounds of torque it is capable of reaching 0 to 60 MPH in just over 2 seconds and a has a electronically limited top speed of 186 MPH.
Ducati won the 2008 and 2011 Superbike World Championship with its 1098 R, along with the 2008 British Superbike Championship.
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