Ducati Superbike Brakes, Wheels & Body
The lightweight 848 features progressive and consistent race-bred braking performance as standard equipment with a tried and tested formula that includes radially mounted Brembo P4-32 calipers gripping 320mm discs.
With a Superbike as capable as the 1098, superior stopping power is fundamental. The 1098 is the first production street bike to use Brembo’s Monobloc caliper racing technology. The M4-34 calipers are machined from a single piece of alloy, vs. the bolt-together construction of conventional calipers. The Monobloc design has much higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking, and therefore gives a much more precise feel at the brake lever. The 1098 also introduces for the first time on a Ducati, big 330mm discs which, when matched to the Monobloc calipers, achieve spectacular braking power. Despite the larger diameter, their weight has not increased due to the use of racing-style narrow braking surfaces. The use of Monobloc technology combined with the legendary stability of Ducati’s Trellis frame and the 1098’s overall weight savings has made world championship level brake performance available for the road.
Super lightweight wheelsThe weight saving achieved on the front wheel substantially reduces the moment of inertia and enhances the 848 and 1098's change of direction and braking performance. The rear wheel is just as impressive with a complete redesign for its single-sided swingarm application that has resulted in a reduction of over 1 kg compared with traditional Ducati single-sided swingarm fitments. The 848 and 1098 benefit from the lightweight Marchesini Y-shaped spoke wheels, while the 1098 'S' goes even further by using machine finished forged-aluminium, a special process normally reserved for the production of race wheels.
Magnesium subframeExploiting every opportunity to reduce weight where possible, engineers chose to produce the front subframe in magnesium. While its construction ensures secure, rigid support for the headlamp, instruments and fairing, the weight-saving around this high, forward position contributes considerably to overall ‘feel’ and control of the machine.
The 848 and 1098 bodywork enables the rider to blend effortlessly into the race-oriented riding position. Great care has been taken in the design of the air supply ducts so to ensure efficient air-flow through radiator and oil coolers as well as provide ample air delivery to the airbox feeding the powerful new Testastretta Evoluzione engine. Moulded in lightweight Terblend®, the bodywork's form becomes a considerable contributing factor to the overall performance of the machine by helping reduce weight even further while allowing the rider to effortlessly 'tuck in' from the wind stream.