Baylisstic 1198 S
The new Ducati 1198 is the most evident example of the philosophy Ducati adheres to in distributing racing technology to us. At the fantastic new Portimao circuit, Ducati also shared another jewel with us in Troy Bayliss showing the way around the track. That’s not everyday stuff, and neither is the Ducati 1198 S.
Streetfighter S Test
"Get your ‘fighters ready. Five minutes to take off!" announced the loudspeakers ahead of each session followed by heavy metal music. How suitable, and exactly the way I’d like to wake up each morning! Ducati has taken the motorcycle term "streetfighter" to a new level.
Baylisstic Ducati 1198 S
The 2009 Ducati 1198 S barks to life like a vicious animal. It’s narrow and agile, like a cheetah, but with the roar of a lion. This contrast makes it into an event in itself just pushing the starter button. So the massive Ducati 1198cc L-twin roars to life in a way that would intimidate even those riding liter in-line fours. The Ducati 1198 S is, put simply, exciting from beginning to end.
Although pugilists are not normally associated with class, there is still a definite elegance to the Ducati Streetfighter. Despite its attempts to promote a hooligan image for the bike, I’m afraid Ducati’s sophistication and racing heritage still shine through. Not quite a choir boy fighting in the church parking lot, nevertheless the Ducati Streetfighter is a smooth sophisticate that is much more James Bond than street punk.