Ducati 851 Strada-Ducati

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SCEPTICISM. THAT’S WHAT’S to test the latest Ducati And lots of it. Bollocks to all that tosh. The question is: is it any good?

if it isn’t up to the standards ofjapanese bikes costing three less, then it deserves to get and no amount of ‘character’ is going to it.

Damn. It’s really good; besides looking more yummy in the flesh in photos, the 851 Strada actually Only slightly fiddled since last year it was going to be a complete waste of but it could have been the Strada is, after all, the low-spec version of the 851 SPs, are low-spec versions of the racey

Average it is not. The engine like a Super Tenere with a ripper of a powerband on. Ducati has improved midrange over the ’91 Strada by valve diameters (inlets are now exhausts 29mm the same as the and adjusting the Weber engine system, but it’s still not

Maybe I believed too much of the Ducati fans come out but below 700()rpm the Strada haul … as I’d It’s not weedy, but there’s not to stop you looking for amusement up the rev-range.

All the action (aural and is above 7000rpm; it’s the four-… twin I’ve with a powerband. The engine system changes give an five bhp at the top-end over year’s machine, and between and the redline at 10,000rpm is a surge of well worth chasing up and the surprisingly good gearbox Suzuki slick, but not far off). now claims a maximum power of 95bhp at 9()00rpm which that special considering decent sport 600s do but the Italians point out that is power at the back wheel; at the the Strada gives 1 lObhp.

It much more though. the go-faster noise from the pipes, the heavyweight rumble through pegs, bars and and power coming in with a you blast off up the road no faster a screaming ZXR750, but it feels Superbike hero Rob Phillis struggle to keep up.

Whereas minor engine are numerous engine management repositioning, waterpipe re-routing etc the frame gets just one the rider’s foot-pegs are now mounted on hangers, rather than onto the frame. Owners of Stradas were finding an embarrassing low speed drop through the foot-pegs, bend the as well. Now it will just a hanger.

Frantic squeeze

from that, the ’92 frame is identical to last Parked between a couple of with bulging beams, difficult to see how Italian art can compete Japanese heavy engineering. But it

With 41mm Showa at a rake angle of 24 degrees, and the controlled via a pleasingly understandable system, the chassis feels controlled and instantly inspires on bumpy dual carriageway

High speed corners are the 851 excels. Blasting round ones is possible, but only practice. The first problem is compared to your FZGSZXR, the

is tall (seat height: so tipping it in has you dropping like a for what seems like — it feels there is no way a of throttle can get you through. Result: you out, pick it up and go round

The second problem is that its steep rake and 94mm of the Strada is stiff, almost in slow turns. It just feel happy being into an unknown bend, round on a neutral throttle you can see the exit, then blasting Because the Showa forks and rear shock behave the 851 never feels unsure, top heavy.

Ducati 851 S3 Strada

On faster bends flies straight out the window. corners off the brakes, you yank the to tip it in (the steering feels enough here), and almost pile on the power: it is manoeuvrable, yet as a ZXR750, but with none of the that a mid-corner bump fire you out of the saddle. Awww-weeesssooommme.

Unfortunately the brakes don’t At first the Brembo Gold calipers and twin 320mm feel strong, but without the bite of, say, an EXUP despite Ducati increasing cylinder diameter from 15 to But what they lose in wall stopping power the make up for with enough to get the back wheel skipping no inkling of worry. ‘Feel’, I it’s called, and within an of hard use, it’s on the

All four fingers end up frantically the lever into the bar. For (10,575 on the road) you’d Ducati would sort the — some steel and a different pad compound would do the trick.

As usual Michelin’s Hi-Sports are sticky. Can’t see them more than 2000 though.

The snatchy dry clutch a few stalls at first, but seems being slipped left, and centre battling with the steering lock (which can be slightly, but not much because the soon hit the new, slimmer and the engine shows no signs of an overheater even during hot in traffic queues this bigger curved radiator the temperature gauge needle from the red zone.

But before ye of faith in Italian reliability eating your words. three hours the battery flat. If it was raining then the is understandable because half the pokes out from under the and is exposed to the elements. But it was sunny (I tell because the … were invisible).

Thankfully injection makes solo both hot and cold, a doddle, but you to get up a fair old lick to overcome the compression.

So there you have it: the Strada is as as, perhaps better than, 7000 Japanese racer-replica but is different and pretty enough to people going bananas its ‘character’ (and paying grand more). Ducati will swoon over the quirks, but these are getting with every model: — a ‘normal’ Ducati only be a couple of years —

Source Bike 1992

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

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