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Ducati 851 S3 Strada

Ducati 851 Road Test

came of age in the late 80s, ideas that the Far East as antiquated and as such not worth the Italians enjoyed staggering successes, and with it many to the public, motorcycling hasn’t quite the same since. Pearson samples the bike at the of it all

Based upon the 1978 bottom end, the design was the real modern day Ducati and successfully bridged the gap until the of the 916 some seven years The first sight of the all-new road bike was caught at the show in the autumn of 1987 the prototype race bikes had more than their share of clues and insights what was waiting just the corner.

Developed as a direct of the Daytona winning twin 1987, the production version of the 851 little from that race machine. Ducati’s for the new model were clear the outset being offered in Strada (road going) and Kit track) specification, for those to put their 851’s directly on to the 200 examples of the latter were assembled to satisfy the homologation for the inaugural 1988 World championship, a roadster based series that Ducati more than keen to be a of.

Supply of key components hampered the version of the first “Tri 851 and a sixteen-inch front wheel was on the road machine. This the otherwise stylish machine a look with the tiny being overpowered by the all-encompassing inspired bodywork. The handling was too, with the press of the day not too with this latest offering from Ducati.

The was strong though, and won many particularly for its accurate throttle wide spread of power and The Weber-Marelli system, based upon their experience the Ferrari F1 cars, initially sixteen different areas of the rev and then sets up the perfect air ratios for these points, a curve then smoothes out further the result is impressive, a silky smooth progression tick over to red line no when you decide to open the

The usual Latin sharp was restored in the latter part of 87 the introduction of a 17-inch front for the Strada, the end result being one of the steering machines of the eighties. The scheme was changed too, the coloured scheme made way for the “Ferrari fire engine” red became, like Kawasaki’s green, instantly recognisable as a

The Ducati design team to succumb to the onslaught of the aluminium frames, to this day a real has to sport a steel trellis before it can truly wear the The idea is a sound one however and spindly looking tubes are in such a way as to provide immense while weighing in way less the equivalent alloy chassis, the plot straight and true the top quality dangly bits at end dampen out the road irregularities

The lazy engine sound is as beneath you is a ready and willing the throttle response is better the best normally aspirated from the period and for a while it too, the close cooperation Ducati and the nearby Weber-Marelli paying off nicely producing injection system to date. The big just lifts its skirt and off, leaving you struggling to on to the galloping red stallion.

Acceleration is breath taking, and yet all is somehow calmed by the low frequency of the exhausts, even up near the red the sound is not a manic scream, but a musical ensemble. With power being developed at one would imagine shifting at that point would the most effective and yet hanging on for 1,000 revs appears to be no powerful. This over rev is a facility to have especially closely coupled S bends an extra gearshift could prove costly time or just plain foot unnecessary.

The sound emanating the twin pipes transforms a hollow throaty wind on the overrun, the engine braking via the tyre can compete fully the twin four piston hauling up the front end, no for any rear brake here it isn’t as potent as the engine and far control can be had, simply the dry clutch to scrub off speed. settled into a corner the comes into its own with and predictable handling throughout, the trellis refuses to yield to any of the encountered. Hard on the gas and the wheels can get out of by 3500 rpm 85 % of the available torque is being produced and this power makes quite an upon the trajectory of a lightweight the first time it happens it like a mild form of slip until you realise the has been leaving black out of every corner.

Ducati 851 Model history

For thirty years, following Taglioni’s recruitment to the Ducati in 1954, he had been largely for most of the companies’ designs. had stayed the same for many reasons, firstly the two valve was a great design that around far beyond its original life would have it should, and secondly the mid eighties saw a of money within the Ducati to seriously develop any thing but the old engines.

With Taglioni’s clearly on the horizon a replacement was and found in Massimo Bordi, the two very closely together 1978 and 1982, when finally bowed out. In Cagiva, having had strong with Ducati since the 80,s took overall of the brand and with this new of cash came a whole new of machines.

During Bordi’s early days, he forged strong with many important in the engine world, among Cosworth and much of the early and assistance for his latest engine came from the UK race builder. Although Cosworth much useful information valve placing and cylinder design they were to go any further meaning Bordi had to much of the development work Cosworth were already of the albeit mistakenly, that valves were of little use for the having tested their own to effect many years

The basis of the 1987 spec 851 lived on until the end of 1993, growing in capacity up to the 888cc of 1992, proving so dominant on the that the planned update, the 916 series, was held over for than a year finally its debut towards the end of 93 ready for its onslaught in 1994.

Ducati 851 Strada Specifications

– 4-…, water-cooled 90-degree Double overhead camshaft, 4 desmodromic system

Capacity –

Bore/… – 92 x64mm

Power – @ 9000rpm

Torque – 52.5ft-Ibs @

Carburetion – Weber-Marelli electronic injection

Transmission – 6-speed, chain final drive

– Tubular steel trellis

– 42mm Marzocchi telescopic adjustable damping. Single rate rear shock pre load and compression damping

– 320mm discs Brembo 240mm disc Brembo

Wheels – 120/70 x 17 180/55 x 17

Ducati 851 S3 Strada
Ducati 851 S3 Strada
Ducati 851 S3 Strada


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