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Ducati Streetfighter

13 Mar 2012 | Ducati’s middleweights often been the pick of the

Story: Alan Cathcart; Milagro

While all eyes on Ducati’s new 1199 Panigale the Italian marque also its junior sportsbike range the addition of a downsized 848 version of its Streetfighter.

Powered by a retuned of the 848 EVO’s testastretta eight-valve and priced to sell Downunder at (plus ORC), the new bike is in a choice of dark grey, red or and is expected to go on sale across in December, 2011.

The original has struggled a little in the marketplace, and against the best-selling Triumph Triple, largely due to a combination of (the Ducati is significantly and performance (as in, the Streetfighter has too much, than too little!). Essentially a version of the 1098 superbike, the performance more than up to the expectations raised by its aggressive Complete with an extreme ratio, the big-engined Streetfighter has required a high degree of skill to exploit its true – it’s an uncompromising machine.

the debut of the new 848 version whose Ducati admits, is delivering rideability in everyday use – inevitably but less frenetic to ride, it have a far broader market Not too much slower, though – 97kW (132hp) delivered at and 93.5Nm (69ft-lb) of torque at 9500rpm in a bike scaling 169kg dry, there’s of zest on tap.

Ducati invited the world’s to sample the new machine at Modena’s a tight 2km circuit that let us test the bike’s performance to the full. This was backed up that day by a 100km blast the undulating hills of a region as terra di motori – the land of – being home to the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and more. It’s home for the Streetfighter, and a battlefield in which it as I would shortly discover.


Straddle the tall 840mm high and you immediately notice how distinctive its riding position really is, your chin seemingly above the front axle, with a great view the traffic ahead. You’re quite far forward on the bike, to the Streetfighter’s smaller, shorter, fuel tank, with the handlebar pulled back to quite a relaxed stance, lots of leverage for carving The footrests are positioned quite low and further forward, and the result is a natural riding position.

riding the new Ducati hard those switchback hillside revealed what a completely bike it is to go fast on – much so than its bigger-engined cousin, you have to maintain total Here, on the smaller-engined bike, still plenty of performance, but of the accessible kind, which you up almost on autopilot.

The Streetfighter 848 is almost toy-like in its that more radical geometry delivering big time in of agility – and fun – without any instability. It precisely, with a big factor in being the rear dual-compound Diablo Rosso Corsa, comes in a new 180/60 format, to the more usual 180/55. A 5mm sidewall may not sound like but the tyre’s rounder profile down that radical geometry and offers sharp and predictable handling, plus a larger footprint.

The Brembo brake package fitted to the 848 is the slightly lower-spec version from the Monster 1100 with two-piece radially-mounted calipers gripping the twin front discs, with a large 245mm rear and twin-piston caliper. The package dependable but also user-friendly power, and it’s backed up by DTC traction control.

Coupled radial master cylinders for the brake (and for the hydraulic lever, which is surprisingly for an oil-bath unit), the 848 Streetfighter’s work brilliantly well, lots of feel, and excellent You can also use loads of engine without chattering the rear even though there’s no clutch fitted.

I tested this repeatedly in our two sessions at Modena, where of the ‘green’ track I was reluctant to tucking in the front wheel heavy braking for the second-gear at the end of the main straight. Solution: do as any of us did who raced Ducatis in the pre-slipper-clutch and buzz the motor on the overrun by bottom gear under braking, safe in the knowledge the desmo valve gear stop you touching a valve accessing all that lovely braking. Lovely, because using 10,000rpm of engine on the overrun, there wasn’t a of chatter – and nor did I ever feel the wanted to tuck in the front even when trail-braking an apex on that greasy surface.


up the desmo V-twin engine a mellow throb from the twin stacked silencers, as it to a rhythmic 1200rpm idle. As as a computer-controlled electronic power in the large-diameter 2-1-2 exhaust, is aimed at delivering a broad of power, there’s a lambda oxygen sensor in each pipe, delivering optimum thanks to treating each as a separate single motor.

I was a surprised how Ducati has tuned the 848 engine for top-end power than low-down torque, but I guess it is a bike they to live up to its name, rather a totally tame commuter. being the case, performance low is rather disappointing, with urge below 3500rpm, and you to get it revving above 5000rpm to get the pulling cleanly when open – below that speed there’s noticeable snatch and some vibes the footrests under hard though you can indeed coax it that at part throttle. But there to the 11,600rpm revlimiter a lovely, linear surge of with a glorious burble the pipes behind my right as I worked the throttle back and while negotiating the undulating countryside.

The only downside is that the 848 is once again grossly as is often the case with these days, meaning with that lack of torque I often had to use bottom in a tight bend to keep the revving above that power threshold, ready for a exit to the turn. Ride-by tests for homologation purposes are the culprit, so just put up with it and you like five-speed gearboxes, as the Streetfighter 848 effectively has in real use.

This new middleweight boxes clever, in delivering intuitive, controllable performance at the same time completely the essence of a streetfighter.

The extra from that high makes light work of turns, with pin-sharp that allows you to hit the right of the tarmac every time, yet excellent stability, too.

Ducati’s new Streetfighter 848 is a minimalist motorcycle that indeed above its weight. Lean and in appearance, it’s essentially a more user-friendly motorcycle in world riding than its 1098 cousin – an everyday with attitude that can hold its head high on the The Doberman just got house-trained…

Ducati Streetfighter


o create the junior of its … superbike, Ducati’s headed by project leader Caprara, shook up a cocktail of ingredients found on other models, while retaining the Streetfighter’s minimalist, aggressive

So the 94mm x 61.2mm DOHC 849cc (don’t ask – call it testastretta engine is essentially the 848 uprated powerplant introduced a ago, but fitted with new delivering altered valve These embrace the so-called cylinder-head technology first two years ago on the Multistrada 1200, reduced valve overlap both inlet and exhaust are all open) compared to the 37-degree on the 1098/1198 Superbike and 848 EVO engine, for torque, better fuel and reduced emissions.

Yet this without unduly sacrificing performance, as those 97kW/93.5Nm stats confirm, with a spread of power and torque to the peakier 848 EVO’s 103kW/98Nm. ratio is 13.2:1 – quite – but service intervals are pegged at

While retaining the same transmission as the bigger-engined Streetfighter, to a wet clutch with hydraulic the Streetfighter’s 848 engine is mounted in an tubular steel trellis with sharper steering with a 24.5-degree rake and of trail, versus a 25.6-degree and 114mm or trail for the 1098. To tame those sharper by throwing more weight the Streetfighter 848’s swingarm has lengthened by 35mm to 1480mm.


Type: 849cc, four-valves-per cylinder, 90-degree

Bore x …: 94mm x

Compression ratio: 13.2:1

system: Marelli electronic

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