Ducati 98T / 98TL

 

 

 

Make Model.

Ducati 98T / 98TL

Year

1953 - 58

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, OHV, pushrod

Capacity

98 cc / 6.0 cu in
Bore x Stroke 49 x 52 mm
Compression Ratio 8:1

Cooling System

Air cooled

Lubrication System

Dry sump

Induction

Dell' Orto MA16B carburetor

Ignition

6V, 25W, Flywheel magneto

Starting

Kick

Max Power

4.3 kW / 5.8 hp @ 7500 rpm

Transmission

3 Speed
From 1957: 4 speed

Gear Ratios (from 1957)

1st: 2.690 / 2nd 1.850 / 3rd 1.365 / 4th 1.000:1

Final Drive

Chain

Final Drive Ratio

2.706
Frame Open spine pressed steel frame

Front Suspension

Telescopic fork.

Rear Suspension

Non-adjustable twin hydraulic shocks, swingarm

Front Brakes

Drum

Rear Brakes

Drum

Front Tyre

2.50 - 17

Rear Tyre

2.75 - 17

Dimensions

Length: 1890 mm / 74.4 in

Wheelbase

1245 mm / 49.0 in

Seat Height

762 mm / 30.0 in

Dry Weight

80 kg / 176 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

14 L / 3.7 US gal / 3.1 Imp gal

Top Speed

75 km/h / 46.6 mph

Some of the variations on the 98 which were also launched in 1953 are the 98T - Tourismo and the 98TL - Tourismo Lusso.

There were monor differences in terms of light alloy wheel rims (98TL), thigher handlebars, different tanks and two-piece saddles.  The TL also received a protective crash bar.