Ride Review: Ducati Streetfighter 848

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Ride Review: Ducati 848

04/06/2012 @ 1:28 pm, by Jensen 11 COMMENTS

An amalgamation of three existing Ducati models, is nothing surprising about the Streetfighter 848. A pick-and-pull from the Ducati engineering the Streetfighter 848 draws upon the defined by the Ducati Streetfighter the Ducati Superbike 848. and the Multistrada 1200 .

A mirror of the more well-endowed Streetfighter the Streetfighter aesthetic has been in the eye since its Milan unveiling in Like its predecessor, the Streetfighter 848 is off its Superbike counterpart, and shares the old Ducati Superbike 848′s geometry and namesake. At the heart of the Fighter is an 849cc Testastretta 11° engine. and as the implies, the motor features the power-smoothing 11° valve overlap that first debuted on the Multistrada 1200, and has since forth with the Ducati

We have seen before all the that comprise the 2012 Streetfighter 848. and indeed is nothing revolutionary about latest street-…, so it begs the is the Ducati Streetfighter 848 merely the sum of its Or is it something more? Continue as we explore that question

Breaking from our urban in the San Francisco/Bay Area, Asphalt was hosted this week by North America in the high outside of Palm Springs. the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter on a 150 route, we got a good mix of mountain tight switchbacks, in-town racing, and straight-shot freeway With the Southern California smiling down endless of sunshine, we put the Streetfighter 848 through its and were pleased with the

Perhaps the most important to remember when thinking the Ducati Streetfighter 848 is the fact the machine is a direct replacement for the model Streetfighter 1098. You not hear anyone at Ducati that fact, but your tip-off should be the fact only the Streetfighter 1098 no remains on the Italian company’s for water-cooled street-… motorcycles. only 249cc separating the two trims, the Streetfighter in its 849cc naturally has to distinguish itself its 1098cc sibling.

When the existed as only the 1098, differentiation was accomplished by having two trim packages, and the differences ones of components and pricing. has changed that for 2012 as the Streetfighter 848 differs from the 1098 S on a multitude of levels. Yes its yes it comes with lower-spec but what is perhaps the most thing about the Streetfighter is that Ducati has managed to the character of the model just to make it function for a different than the raison d’être of the 1098 S.

“Raw” would be the I would use if I had to define the SF1098 succinctly. As poorly mannered on the as its Superbike forefather, the Streetfighter 155hp v-twin power is like bringing a gun to knife and the bike’s blunt delivery of power is like packing chamber with a magnum Add into the mix the excess of the “S” package, its Öhlins suspension, forged rims, and Ducati Data (DDA), and you have a motorcycle comes with a handsome tag of nearly $19,000 for bits and that will have a effect on the bike’s intended use as a steed.

Counterpoint to this exercise in the Ducati Streetfighter 848 does with Ducati’s problem of two absurd models in its streetfighter and instead brings a package has been refined for the purpose of a sporty, yet more sensible, that equally speaks in both fun urban-hooliganism and fast

Helping the Streetfighter 848 achieve its factor is the bike’s borrowed from the Superbike 848. the rake to 24.5°, from the 25.6°, the Streetfighter 848 benefits having greater front-end something the original model during hard riding. to its supersport roots, the 848′s is sharp, flickable, and confidence though the only thing back the SF848 chassis is use of lower-spec suspension, wheel, and components.

With 43mm Marzoochi forks up front, and a Sachs shock, the Ducati 848 has decent enough suspenders for the it was designed for, though you be ranting and raving at bike about the suspension package. of note, the SF848 comes a steering damper. Like the the radially-mounted Brembo brakes are and have a nice progressive to them, but true spec-sheet will lament the absence of units.

These choices by serve two purposes: 1) They the Streetfighter 848 into its $13,000 point, and 2) they get the job done. this is sport bike has a practical side. For riders “need” Öhlins and monoblocks, and the utility they bring to street riding, the Ducati 1098 S bragging rights is readily available.

That all being said, I lament the fact that the rear-ride height adjuster did not it onto the SF848, though its purpose of fixing the 1098′s is not as critically needed.

Continuing the side of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 is the talked about Testastretta 11° motor, has been the defining feature of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and the Diavel — though this the engine is displacing 849cc of its regular 1199cc. Sacrificing peak power for a smoother delivery, the peaky nature of the 848 is replaced with a progressive and 132hp power curve on the 848 that makes the rev range 9,000 rpm actually seem You can only tame the beast so though, as the SF848 still living above 5,000 and has a healthy torque boost starts at 8,000 rpm.

staple of the Testastretta 11° motor is its wet clutch, which provides for smoother gear shifts and clutch feel when to its dry counterpart. Long thought to be amongst the Ducati-loyal, the Ducati 848′s wet clutch is a progression the farm equipment inspired that was born out of Ducati’s heritage.

The truth is that the 11° oil-bathed clutch is a marked over Ducati’s previous dry Bologna has embraced this and it is about time Ducatisti did as

Cherry-picking some of the best available in Ducati’s arsenal, the Streetfighter 848 also continues the of how electronics are becoming the new horsepower. the Ducati Traction Control system, the electronics package has its both in town, as well as in Selectable to nine levels levels “on” settings + the DTC system operates over a gamut of wheel-spinning restriction.

of a wet-weather setting, Level 8 on the DTC well throw a wet blanket on the most mild-mannered twist of the and should be reserved for wet days questionable road conditions In our testing Level 5 proved to be a setting for aggressive riding, and showed itself in our spirited dreaming, whereas the Level 1 should just be renamed Checa” as it would only be in a track environment.

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While riders still scuff at the of electronic aids, the fact that traction control and brakes provide a safety net for the rider error. Providing a control system that can in the two worlds that the Streetfighter 848 was to operate within, Ducati has thought of Luddite riding who can simply turn off the DTC at their

There is no ABS on the Ducati Streetfighter which is interesting, since the has found its way onto everything the Ducati Monster to the Ducati Panigale. With each of Bologna’s bikes getting its leaves one to wonder why this aid was left out of the package.

That reason could well have to do with one Priced at $12.995, the 2012 Streetfighter slots in well Ducati’s product line-up, where it sits with its is perplexing to gauge since simply are not very many models in this motorcycle For the money, a rider gets a machine that we can’t too many faults with riding it.

Like the Streetfighter you will either love or the aggressive design that Damien has penned. For me, seeing the bike in changed my opinion dramatically, as the coming out of Milan at the time do the bike justice.

Basset few errors when working on the but it is troubling that one of the bike’s complaints from riders was not with the SF848. Yes, the foot clearance is still by the exhaust routing and heat Because the Streetfighter 848 uses exhaust headers, the clearance is but only slightly.

With left-turn, my right boot was from turning fully, my knee had to make the difference. a day of canyon riding, you will like an old man with arthritis of this problem. Is it a deal-breaking

Not really, but you will curse time your right hits the shield and runs out of

Coming in three colors, Corsa Red, Fighter and Dark Stealth, our money have to go towards the all-black that we tested on the ride. The red on the red model is a nice touch and with the Streetfighter 848, has brought yellow back the fold. Not quite the Italian yellow of old, Fighter is a few shades lighter and less in color.

That’s not to say the color is not striking, but it “banana” when you see it.

Lots of fun to ride, and well-priced, Ducati has a fine replacement for the base Streetfighter 1098. For riders for a fast and fun street-… that rip their arms off at every the Ducati Streetfighter 848 in our opinion is the bike on the market (sorry Street Triple owners).

and with plenty of power for a bike, if you have trouble up with your superbike friends when speeds are 120 mph, you best not blame the if you were on a Streetfighter 848. units being delivered to dealers next week, you can by your local Ducati for a test ride on a Streetfighter

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