Ducati showcased their sport bike line-up at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne Germany. The 2011 line-up includes technology trickled down from Ducati’s Moto GP and World Superbike entries. The best part of the new line-up is that Ducati hasn’t increased prices over last year’s bikes.
The new model line-up includes the Ducati 848 EVO (full review), priced at $12,995. Then there’s the base model 1198, priced at $16,495, which includes Traction Control, a new quick shifter and a Ducati Data Analysis computer. If you’re looking for even more features then there’s the Ducati 1198 SP, priced at $21,995. The SP includes everything the standard 1198 has and ads a new aluminum gas tank that weighs less than the standard (steel) gas tank and can hold one extra gallon of fuel (that’s a lot for a motorcycle). Other upgrades on the SP include an Ohlin front fork and TTX rear shock, a slipper clutch and seven-spoke Marchesini wheels.
The Ducati 1198 SP comes with a 170 horsepower engine that produces 97 pound-feet of torque and weighs only 370 pounds (dry weight). These are pretty impressive figures and features, considering the 1198 SP costs only $100 more than last year’s 1198 S model.
2011 Ducati 1198, 1198 S Gallery: