Racing is prominent in the heritages of most motorcycle manufacturers, with new technologies being forged on the race track. Ducati and Honda, though separated by cultural differences and regions, are very much alike in their quest for flat-out performance. The Honda CBR1000RR and Ducati 1098 are proof of the many years of blood, sweat, and motor oil that was spent producing these precision motorcycles.
Ducati, founded in 1926 as a radio manufacturer, has become the preeminent name in high-performance V-twin sport bikes. The Italian marque released the 1098 in 2007 as an update to the extremely popular 998 and 999 models. The 1098 derives its name from the liquid-cooled 1098cc 4 valve L-twin (90 degree V) Desmodromic motor, which is capable of producing a claimed 160 hp with 90.4 lb·ft of torque. Ducati has implemented much of its Moto-gp technology into the 1098, such as elliptical throttle bodies, data acquisition systems, and information-rich instrumentation derived from the Desmosedici GP7 and GP6 race bikes. Suggested retail prices, in 2009, start at $15,995.