Red Fenix Makes $144,000 Ducati 1198S
However, we could not help wondering what on earth could they have brought to the bike to cost that much? With all that money they could have six standard Ducati 1198S. Well, since the new bike is so different than the original one, they also gave it a new name: Ducati 1198RF. You got it right, the RF stands for Red Fenix.
The makeover began with replacing the regular forged aluminium wheels with lighter 17-inch magnesium alloy wheels from Marvic, shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires.
The stock 45mm Ohlins fork has been replaced with a 47mm K-Service and the bike’s wheelbase has been slightly reduced, in accordance with Ducati’s World Superbikes machine. Of course, most of the bike’s bodywork is carbon fiber.
Red Fenix says that all of these changes brought a better stability and steering to the 1198RF. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system, which is calibrated from zero to 8, is now set on 4.
According to fasterandfaster.net, the front brake discs have been repositioned for better cooling and the Brembo units are said to offer massive stopping power, needing just one finger on the lever to haul the bike down from triple-digit speeds.
And we saved the part we know it makes you curious the most for the end. The 1198RF’s engine retuned by Desmolupo provides only an additional 10-11 horsepower. Come to think of it, paying an extra $120,000 for a bike that is only a bit faster and handles only a bit better than the original model is just... weird.
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