Cologne Bike Show: New Ducati 1198SP, updated Streetfighter and Monster series unveiled

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Ducati has revealed its new 1198SP (Sport Production) superbike at the Cologne show.

The 2011 model is a step above the old 1198S by featuring top of the range Ohlins TTX rear shock and a new-to-Ducati quick-shifter (DQS).

The bike also has an aluminium fuel tank, slipper clutch, traction control (DCT) and Ducati’s own data-log system (DDA).

As per the 1198S, the bike comes with Ohlins front forks, carbon-fibre body parts and lightweight Marchesini wheels.
The base model Ducati 1198 also has been upgraded for 2011. It too has, as standard, the new Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) data-log system and the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) unit seen on the 1198SP.
MCN’s much liked 2011 Ducati 848 Evo (exclusively tested by MCN in August) was also shown at Cologne sporting a stunning new ‘Arctic White’ paint scheme, finished off with red frame and wheels.

Price for this version will be £10,695, the same as the red 848 Evo (black version available for £9995).
Updates to the Ducati Streetfighter range are minimal but effective. The base model Streetfighter gets a white paint scheme, while Streetfighter S comes in traditional red but with a new red frame, or black with black frame.

Both bikes have black wheels and feature a new black radiator surround.

Ducati Monster 696 gets new Marzocchi 43mm front forks , along with the 20mm higher handlebars first used on the 2010 Monster 796, along with its subframe, which allows fitment of Ducati Performance accessory grab rail kit.

Colour schemes for 2011 are ‘Dark stealth’ and ‘Stone White’.

Dan Aspel

By Dan Aspel