Prince William orders £17k Ducati 1198SP superbike

Adrenaline-hungry Prince will be able to clock 190mph on Ducati's top of the range superbike

Posted: 12 November 2010
by Visordown News
Ducati 1198SP ... By Royal Appointment to Prince William of Speedshire

PRINCE WILLIAM has ordered a top of the range Ducati superbike, costing over £17,000.

The motorcycle-loving Prince has owned his fair share of bikes, from a Yamaha XT600, to a Honda Blackbird. Last year Prince William was spotted riding a Ducati 1198S to a polo match and now he's placed an order for the even more focused 1198SP, in black with a silver stripe running down the centre.

The Ducati 1198SP produces around 160bhp and is capable of 190mph and 0-60mph in around 3 seconds. It features Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), Ohlins TTX rear suspension, slipper clutch and aluminium fuel tank in addition to the usual Ohlins front suspension, forged Marchesini wheels and lightweight carbon fibre components.

It's a full-on superbike that wouldn't have been out of place on the British Superbike grid a couple of years ago. Steady-away now Will...

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Nice to know that we are funding the royals for things like this !! i'm REALLY  happy with my 1998 fireblade. lol

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 10:58

Heir to the throne should really be riding british, with all due respect sir,get off that over priced Italian gay ride and get across the hairy chested, speed triple a true british hooligan.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 10:59

beverly blue- well played sir! the red one with the white stripe is awesome

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 12:23

"Heir to the throne should really be riding british"   what a croc of shit ...... Ride what you like and enjoy it.. rather some thing for public perseption.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 12:24

He did have a 675 Daytona once.... or what the Harry?

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 12:25

"royal parasite gets bike he doesn't deserve" there, fixed the title for you

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 13:54


Duke for a Prince eh !

Get your leg over a Triumph and fly the flag

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 14:04

What does he do with the bikes when he is finished with them?

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 14:35

User 86315 - Not sure how William is a Parasite fella.... still, each to his own opinion wise.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 15:00

Like saying all Americans should be on a Hardley Ableson. Let the guy enjoy what he wants to enjoy. That 1198 rocks....

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 15:47

I would never ride a Harley just because I'm American, let the man ride what he wants...and what a ride that'd be.  Send me his old one.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 16:31

Did no on tell him about the Desmosedici?

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 17:42

I know he had a Daytona 900 years ago - he bought one together with Lord Lichfield ( or was that Lord Linley... my Royal knowledge is shocking)

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 17:59

User 86315, you obviously have a chip on your shoulder and are a dick.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 18:04

A lot better looking than his dad's ride!

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 19:10

Nice one Tony, I think I'd rather ride a Vespa than get straddled across her.

Posted: 12/11/2010 at 20:14

Ummmm..., I'm a tax payer.... so.... can I have a go!? Will can have a go on my 1984 Suzuki 400T Cafe Racer!?

Posted: 13/11/2010 at 09:20

I'll be getting one, after Rossi spends a few years developing for Ducati.

Posted: 14/11/2010 at 02:20

I don't understand some of these comment's?

I am by no means a Royalist but HRH has a job, he pays his way and earns his own spending money........Let him enjoy his freedom while he still has it.

Go for it HRH

Posted: 14/11/2010 at 10:28

Well said bikerbookworm.

Are the knockers on this forum so stupid that they cannot see having a member of the royal family on a sportsbike can only be a good thing?

Now we need to get him on a trackday or two.

Posted: 14/11/2010 at 16:37

What about insurance renewal form........"Where is bike parked overnight = Buckingham Palace?"  ...Any security devices = "MI5?"

Posted: 14/11/2010 at 21:20

can he lend me the money for mine off his granny lol dont mind a ride out with him now and again at least he wont be killing foxes on it well might run a few over at sandringham lol

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 15:02

will he have 46 on the front or "the king" lol  

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 15:03

at least him and harry got the balls to do as they want all down to dirty diana lol

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 15:04

sorry william she was your mom but she was dirty lol like all the educated trollops proper filth just how they like it lol

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 15:06

@ bikerbookworm, rsv_man and jimlin

 he EARNS only around 20,000 a year, it's incredibly unlikely that he's actually using his wages to pay for the bike.

his wealth is from Diana (a woman who was allegedly a wonderful person who loved charity work, and left NOTHING to charity, and also benefited from life as a royal)

as a member of the royal family he benefits in all kinds of ways simply because he was born into it - which is why I called him a parasite as he has lived off money taken from the country to fund a bunch of people who were also born into their extremely comfortable lives.

he might be a really nice guy, but his wealth, upbringing and lifestyle are all based on a ridiculous institution that should have been removed centuries ago. 

bikerbookworm - you're a dick for insulting someone who's just expressing an opinion. You don't have to agree with what someone says (as Timpster has demonstrated), and using insults is unnecessary. Or did you think it was OK when I called you a dick?  

Anyway, William gets a shiny new bike - does that make biking better for any of the rest of us?  

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 16:00

helicopter pilot buys Ducati.

Now THAT'S a headline

he cant help his heritage so he has to make the best of it,seems to me he is making all the right choices

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 16:01

Well he is getting married now...

So that will be his last bike

if the new missus has anything to do with it....

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 17:06



Posted: 16/11/2010 at 17:56

What wankers some of you guys are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,

One of the most high profile people in the UK rides a bike and just because he chooses a piece of sluggish Italian shite then your on his case, Beverlyblue talks of a speed "twipple" get a job and upgrade you sad bastard!

Rex Canham and his 98 blade................ get a job and upgrade you sadder bastard

Wusu...... well said fella, get on ur bike and ride.

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 18:07

Load of Sad Twats, He's a fellow Biker, Good enough for me

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 20:33

your are all twats most bikers read the sun ha ..

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 20:46

Why dont all of you get your fact straight before you spurt forth the verbal diarrhea and actually take a look at what the two guts do for this country of ours. How many tours of Afganistan have you done? how many charity rides across Africa have you done? The princes are both bike fans why dont you grow up and appreciate the fact that some Royals are actually human after all!

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 21:14

Anybody that high profile that is art of the biking fraternity is a bonus, although judging by the comments bouncing around here that 'fraternity' doesn't seem to be particularly friendly!!

I just wonder when he rides his bikes here? OK with a helmet on he wouldn't be recognisable but still its a security risk if he's on his own... does he have a team of MI5 security guards that escort him on ride-outs?

And helicopter pilots take home a little more than 20k.

Posted: 16/11/2010 at 22:01

William is a soft target for the media. 1% of the population have a net worth of 2.6m so they could all afford a Ducati and not even notice a dent in their balance. I wonder how many of them put their life on the line for their country too?  Some of these wealthy people buy bikes but most don't and choose to buy yachts, villas and the like. Either way they choose to spend their money, their weath never gets scrutinised.

If the general population knew how the country was really run and who owned what, there would probably be a revolution! Some relevant links:

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 02:56

Guys, I'm not 100% sure what Wills' rank is, but:

Flight Lieutenant - £37,170 – £44,205

Not that bad, is it? I could maybe afford a Duke (on finance) if I made that kind of money... Not that I'd spend that much money on a bike - ever.

And I agree - any high profile public figure like either of the princes riding a bike can only be a good thing for the rest of us.

User 86315 - I for one think the monarchy IS a good thing - and I'm not even British. I feel the same about MY Royal Family (the Netherlands).

I believe they are an important part of your/our national identity.

And, yes. You DO have a chip (LOG) on your shoulder. Not sure if you're a dick, but definitely a wanker.

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 09:49

@ Skoop

I never said I didn't have a chip on my shoulder about this.

I'm happy to admit as Royals go William seems to be OK, I don't have a problem with him, just the massive wealth and privilege he's been born into.   The royals are parasites, he just happens to be an OK one.

I'm anti-monarchy, and you are not.  So?

And if there is someone on this site who isn't a wanker I'd be amazed 

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 10:40

Look fellas,

        It's the first time I've been on this forum and most likely the last... no need for all this as we are all bikers after all so where is the camaraderie that we come across on the road.  I have a bike which I cant afford really, I told my wife that if I cant afford it later I'll sell it, but actually it will be the last thing to go.

Live and let live, I for one am fed up being told what I can and cant do anymore!!!

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 11:01

hood's right.

Can't we all just get along?

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 11:38

@ Dave Field 2

sorry, but your Africa ride isn't a good example - the prince's actually cost the UK far more than the minimum sponsorship they gave to the charities.

1500 from each of them was split between 3 charities ... but it cost 30,000 plus salaries for their protection.

 The two multimillionaires had a great experience in Africa, but they actually gave far less than the non-royal riders who raised far more money for charity.

Posted: 17/11/2010 at 12:03

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