2011 Ducati 848 EVO Superbike First Ride – Motorcycle USA

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Ducati 848 EVO
Ducati 848 EVO

2011 Ducati 848 EVO Superbike First Ride

The road holding capabilities of Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber is absolutely amazing. This is what full-on DOT race tires felt like just a few years ago.

Fresh for 2011, Italy’s legendary motorcycling brand, Ducati. has released a new middleweight sportbike dubbed the 848 EVO Superbike. This new motorcycle replaces the standard 848 and offers increased braking, acceleration and handling performance for less dough than before with its price now starting at $12,995, a full grand less than its predecessor.

The 848 EVO can be classified as Ducati’s entry-level Superbike. It utilizes the same frame, suspension and nearly identical braking components as the premium World Superbike pedigree 1198. The primary difference is the powertrain with its use of a smaller 849cc liquid-cooled L-Twin engine and conventional wet (bathed in oil) clutch.

This places it in a unique category in the sportbike world offering a machine with a bit more power than what the middleweight 600cc Supersport class can offer.

Engineers began with the base 848 as we’ve tested extensively in the 2008 Ducati 848 Comparison and 2009 Ducati 848 Comparison. They then focused on the engine and upgraded it with new hard parts. They began by reworking each cylinder head and modifying the intake ports for better flow. New camshafts provide 13% higher lift on all four of the intake valves and 8% more lift on the four exhaust valves. New pistons were also fitted that boost compression ratio from 12:1 to 13.2:1.

The throttle bodies grew 4mm in diameter to 60mm. Other hot rodding tricks include a 500 rpm increase in maximum engine revs with the limiter now coming in at 11,300 rpm. More power means more heat so the plastic timing belt covers now have ventilation slits in them.

Together, Ducati claims these changes allow the 848 to pump out six more peak horses than before.

Ducati 848 EVO

(Left) The 848 EVO Superbike receives the same monobloc Brembos as used on the 1198 and Desmosedici D16RR. (Center) The Arctic White Silk colorway gets lipstick red painted frame and wheels. (Right) Just like the rest of the Ducati Superbike line-up the 848 gets a single-sided swingarm with a narrower 5.5-inch wide rear aluminum rim (6.0 in. on the 1198).

The potential for higher trap speeds necessitates stronger braking performance so engineers ditched the two-piece cast Brembo calipers for the one-piece monobloc design as used on the 1198. We were never fans of the two-piece calipers so for us this upgrade is huge. The calipers still bite down on twin 320mm diameter rotors with a radial-mount master cylinder and steel brake lines augmenting the set-up fore and aft. The rear brake is unchanged and there is no ABS option.

Ducati claims that the 848 now delivers 20% more stopping force based on the same amount of lever pressure.

Other chassis changes include the fitment of a non-adjustable steering damper that is horizontally- mounted between the fuel tank and the top triple clamp as well as an upgrade to Pirelli’s fabulous Diablo Supercorsa SP road tire. These tires are one of our favorites on both the street and track and you can learn more about them in the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Tire Comparison Review .

All said and done Ducati claims that the new EVO weighs roughly the same as the standard 848 which we previously measured at 420 pounds with a full 4.1 gallons of fuel. Lastly, the EVO will come in three colors including Dark Stealth for $12,995 and Ducati Red and Arctic White Silk for $1000 extra. We are especially fond of the latter colorway in tandem with its bright red wheels.

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