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First Ride: 2012 Streetfighter 848

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The original 1,098 cc Streetfighter is a beast. For the Streetfighter 848, tries a different approach.

An into our ride on the Streetfighter 848 we at a quaint roadside café into the Apennine Mountains of Modena, Italy. There are of us in our group: five Californian two Ducati guides, and me. I order an my third of the morning.

I’m an … of caffeine will the jetlag enveloping my body. ridden a demanding stretch of at a spirited pace and I don’t to lose my edge for the trek down the mountain. Fatigue is not an Standing on the café’s terrace, I my espresso back and then in the undulating hills of the surrounding

Minutes later our gang of Streetfighters is back on the road into the Po Valley.

Ducati the Streetfighter 848 (in red, black, or for $13,995 beginning in February) is a for experienced “36-year-old non-sport-bike used to high performance This, apparently, in response to of the Streetfighter design concept presumably, 36 years of age) who the original 1,098 cc model too

Derived from Ducati’s 848 V-twin, the Streetfighter mill 132 crankshaft horsepower, down from the superbike. Just as reduced the valve overlap 37 to 11 degrees in adapting the 1,198 cc engine for use in the Multistrada and Diavel, so too did adapt the 848 engine. The goal is a more tractable engine at the of high rpm power.

Ducati then cradled mellowed engine in a superbike-derived frame that reduced the degree rake and 114 mm trail of the cc Streetfighter to 24.5 degrees and 103 mm,

According to Ducati, the revised geometry allows greater and improved front-end feel to the Streetfighter, and our ride through the backs up the claim. The 1,098 cc demanded a strong hand to it. Not so for the 848.

Careening through the on the new bike is not the laborious chore feared, even though it weighs the same 198 kg wet as the big bike. the new Streetfighter’s nimble handling, steering, and confidence inspiring allow me to keep up with the So-Cal dudes at the head of the three of whom consistently wheelies in formation when we the few straight bits of road.

I consider joining in on the stunting but think better of it. This is my motorcycle press launch, all, and I should really on getting through it without No such luck. Minutes we begin the journey back to Modena (and amped up on I trail-brake late into a left-hander and find myself to plow into the Californian in front of me.

I pull even harder on the to avert collision and the Streetfighter’s suspension pogo hops the furiously across the pavement and the weeds. To make matters the weeds are growing between protruding from the sheer that rises up immediately the edge of the road (in retrospect, a blessing that the cliff up instead of down).

There anywhere to go, and the Streetfighter and I violently a path through the scree at the of the hill, my right knee the cliff wall. Though spread-eagled on the tank and tossed like a bronco rider, I the Ducati to a safe stop.

I off to extricate the motorcycle from the before the last two riders in our catch up and witness my folly. But only a few seconds behind and stop and help me pull the back onto pavement and the weeds from the undercarriage. A inspection shows no real to the bike, only a few tiny on the end of its brake lever.

Instead, my right knee that’s the brunt of the incident. The right of my Draggin’ Jeans is torn, fortunately, only the denim layer. The protective Kevlar patch beneath is still and I come away from my with only a minor abrasion.

Earlier, at the café, a number of us had that our test bikes’ had been set too softly for our lively ride. We had all experienced rear-end in turns with uneven My near get-off was the result of too suspension, and, as always, error.

Unlike the big Streetfighter, has Showa suspension components, as on the superbike 848), the Streetfighter 848 is by the same lower-spec 43 mm Marzocchi and Sachs shock as found on the 1100. But all is not lostwith adjustability for preload as well as compression and damping, my suspension issues be resolved by more precise tuning.

Pottering through and negotiating hairpin turns on the way to Modena, the bike is as smooth and at low speeds as it is on the boil, unusual for the tall-geared Ducatis. While the big uses a 38-tooth rear and the superbike 848 a 39, Ducati fitted a sprocket to the Streetfighter 848’s wheel.

The larger sprocket may top-end speed, but it certainly to make the Streetfighter user-friendly at all speeds. Though Ducati its history has often been about rider comfort, the is 20 mm higher than the big Streetfighter’s for a upright posture. Unfortunately, the is steeply angled into the gas and testicular discomfort is ensured, I only noticed it on the less parts of our journey.

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The Streetfighter 848’s brakes are ferocious than those on the big (Brembo monobloc calipers been swapped-out for standard units). What is surprising is the of ABS, even as an option. A journalist I speak to during is convinced that this be a deal-breaker for German riders, 36 old or otherwise, and wonders how North will respond to the lack of

I tell him that I can’t for a continent with three countries, but the oversight is questionable.

ABS or the brakes are more than during our afternoon sessions at Modena, a new two-kilometre track of second-gear turns. A sharp at the end of the straight finds me cautious getting hard on the brakes after my morning’s misadventure. But our Streetfighters have been set up for the

The bike’s suspension is now very providing rock solid in all of the Autodromo’s 11 turns no pogoing and the I’d lost out on the street is Eight-level Ducati Traction (DTC) is standard on the Streetfighter Position eight has the greatest of intervention and position one the least.

during our road trip, one of the in our group pulled over his bike’s traction control was kicking in and restricting him from as aggressively as the rest of us. The machine’s rider had apparently set the DTC to eight. on the other hand, had been off, as I learned upon at the end of the ride.

For the track, all bikes have set to level three, and I insist on a confirmation from the technician to my machine.

I never consciously the DTC intervening during either of my sessions, and the circuit’s abundance of turns makes it difficult to my eyes off the track and watch the lights for the telltale sign traction control is employed. in my final session, I accelerate exiting a corner while leaned over. The tire then abruptly hooks up and the bike up straight. Perhaps I was over too far for the DTC to be able to help.

control, as former World champion Troy Corser told our editor, is not necessarily control.

As I accelerate up the Autodromo’s I certainly don’t feel the jolt of a litrebike, but the front gently lofts off the ground settling down again. For of the turns, I leave the bike in gear, where it’s to chug through slow and scream through the faster I never hit top gear on the short but eventually see over 190 km/h in

The Streetfighter 848 may not be a hard-edged sportbike, but be lulled into thinking a mild-mannered commuter.

Between I stand with my group in the garage (drinking Gatorade now of espresso) and notice the mechanics fresh tires. The road and Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber on the Streetfighterhave only 20 on them and yet they’re already changed. “Can you believe giving us new tires for the next I say to one of the Californians.

He chuckles. “It’s as if think we’re a bunch of Superbike riders.” If he only This is only my second on a track, and the fact that been able to jump on the 848 and not completely embarrass myself my road incident, of course) a group of very experienced speaks to the Ducati’s willing yet natureeven for a long-past 36-years-old like me.

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