Ducati 1098 R Heading To Showrooms

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Hot on the heels of a World Superbike double victory at Phillip Island, the Ducati 1098 R is targeting success in North American showrooms.

Ducati North America has announced it will deliver each new 1098 R with an upgraded standard component package not available in any other world market, including a full Termignoni 70mm exhaust system, unlike the slip-on variant offered elsewhere. The 1098 R will also feature a machined number plate on the upper triple-clamp, signifying its limited production status.

Accompanying the hard parts will be a 1098 R owner's kit that will be shipped directly to the owner. The kit will include a framed and autographed picture of the 2008 Ducati Xerox World Superbike riders with a plaque that corresponds to the owner's numbered bike. For the first 300 1098 Rs registered by May 15, 2008, Ducati will also include two general admission tickets to the Miller Motorsports Park World Superbike races May 29 to June 1, along with two VIP passes gaining the owner and a guest entrance to a series of exclusive Ducati events during the race weekend.

Due to demand and reservations, Ducati has developed a new process for customers to notify dealers of their intent to buy a 1098 R. Enthusiasts may visit the site for more information on the bike or to register for a priority reservation.