Ducati Streetfighter 848 First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Ducati Streetfighter

No Fear

They say: contender—supreme fighter.”

We say: and check.”

It’s not often the word afraid is used at a intro. Yet that was one of the main Ducati gave for creating the new 848.

According to Ducati Manager Paolo Quattrino, riders who loved the Streetfighter’s asked for more ‘usability’—a new of the Streetfighter concept.”

This led to a technical review” of the original Streetfighter model, wherein a 849cc engine was just the tip of the That engine is the first V-twin to use the 11-degree (referring to overlap) Testastretta that on the Multistrada 1200S. This for greater torque and smoother at low rpm than the standard 37-degree, motor.

The engineers took more account than engine however. The 848’s chassis was redesigned to make it more Unlike the original Streetfighter, front end was raked out to increase the Streetfighter 848 uses the 848 EVO’s chassis geometry.

Beyond the handlebars were raised to yield a more upright position and the footpegs were out 10mm so the exhaust pipe no forces the rider’s right heel out at an awkward angle. The fork and Sachs shock received softer spring and reduced damping.

To sample new pride-and-joy, Ducati invited to the inaugural event at the new Autodromo di a stone’s throw from the factory in Maranello. A 55-mile ride followed by two 15-minute on the 1.2-mile racetrack made for a test.

Surprisingly Ducati Traction comes standard, and as we prepared to on our morning street ride, I was just how unintuitive it is to adjust. In my I inadvertently set it to #8—the most setting, meant for riding in the This caused the light on the to flicker and the engine to sputter if I so as thought about turning the while leaned over, so I was that we soon stopped to

There I had the ride leader me how to toggle through the settings, #3, which worked much This is one area where really should take a from rival Aprilia’s as that company’s TC is much to adjust—plus you can do it on the fly, whereas on the you must be stopped.

That little faux pas me, I was able to experience just how this mid-sized ’Fighter on the road—especially compared to the original, tended to fall into and stand up on the brakes. The 848 handles more nimbly and steers right up to the point where you add a front brake mid-corner; it resists turning. Those work great, by the way, in part to a new softer-feeling pad compound.

The also worked well for the part, though on its soft settings the front end bottomed braking and the bike wallowed mid-corner undulations.

Naturally the 132-horsepower, 849cc doesn’t have quite the of its 155-bhp, 1099cc sibling, but it than gets out of its own way. response was good if a bit abrupt off throttle, and there was a noticeable around 4000 rpm—though was difficult to ascertain given the of the instruments, far below the rider’s of vision. Speaking of rpm, gearing is quite tall—probably to engine noise and vibration—thus I used fourth gear our brief, triple-digit blast on the

After lunch we hit the racetrack, and I was by how different the Streetfighter felt. the suspension stiffened up and the stock Diablo Rosso Corsa replaced with race-compound SC2s, the bike handled more solidly and didn’t turning, bottom under or wallow. The first production equipped with Pirelli’s 180/60-17 rear tire, on a 5.5-inch rim, the 848 changed very well.

But with nary a ripple on the track surface, it was impossible to what effect the taller ratio might have had on bump absorption.

The spring felt a tad soft under my lbs. and this, coupled the aforementioned footpeg spacers, to me wearing out my right boot’s toe in each of our 12-lap sessions. It help that the ultra-tight had eight right-hand turns and three lefts.

All in all, the 848 is largely what you’d it to be: a downsized version of its big brother. The is just how many changes made to it, and how different it feels. moving up from a 650cc or 600cc four won’t be by it, yet those moving down a 1000 won’t find it the bit boring.

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized bike, don’t be afraid to it!

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