Thefathippy’s Ducati Streetfighter 848 review

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Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati Streetfighter 848 2012

Living with the Ducati’s smallest capacity had promised to hurt. And it did. The down and … up riding ensured maximum weight on my wrists, and rock hard did its best to let me know about road imperfection. I coped for years, but then I realised only ridden about km in the previous 12 months, and I was no longer forward to any rides involving a of traffic or lower speeds.

my body had cried enough, and my agreed.

Testing, testing.

already owned five over the years, I knew I go too far wrong with another. and it was time to go for another …. time I was almost resigned to a Monster, and spending money the bars and seat combo were bad enough to put me off before I the old 848. But there was a new kid in town, and it was an 848, the Streefighter 848.

written off the idea of a Streefighter for the same reason I’d off the idea of a 1098 — bikes, but simply too much for me — but now there was an 848 version, and the err. magazine reviews very positive. Some rated it as Ducati’s best High praise indeed.

I the market and other brands really appeal. Some looked horn, but weren’t or were too heavy for my taste. that weren’t, were down on power and torque to the Ducati range, or were fugly. I read reviews, at stats and dyno charts, and everything in a spreadsheet, Sad, I but it was a good way to see what was closest to my ideal on paper, and I could by different features.

BMW’s appeared a few times, but the one I test a few years ago had felt flat and the stats agreed. I’m not yet for another big chook chaser, or a BMW have risen to the top. Triple?

Maybe, but not quite.

So, was it to be a 1100 Evo, or the Streetfighter It was time for me to find out.

I down to Frasers for a test This time I didn’t go to the branch. Dean, the salesman who got me on the no longer worked there, so my to his good service didn’t and my local Duke dealer had closed, leaving Frasers at was the next closest.

My first test was a brief to back run on the Monster and the 848 around the of Homebush and the Olympic precinct. By the I was close to buying the Monster the ergos were better for me the 2009 model, and it was great I thought it was quite a bit better, than the Streefighter 848, but the motor felt better.

Had the had the 848 motor, I’d have on the dotted line. But there was those nagging doubts was it just because I’d used to the 848 motor and wanted was it that the Monster was looking a bit compared to the Streetfighter?

I went and thought and thought, and decided was only one way to figure it out — a test ride, in the sort of I normally ride — isn’t suburbia. I thought have to beg to get what I wanted, but were happy to take me on a back to back test and in my head, I knew I’d be one or the other when we got back.

flexi day, another trip to Frasers, but the payoff was a from Frasers all the way to the Wisemans and back, on some near winding country roads. I down on my crappy commuter GPX 250) so I wouldn’t be directly either bike with my motor.

I went out on the Monster and was loving it. However, the further we the less comfy the ergos getting — the weren’t just not as good as I’d The motor was very vibey, and I like I was turning into way too early. The vibes were they were just and I was sure I would adjust my to suit quite quickly.

we stopped at outside the pub at Wisemans, the big air Monster ticked away my old 860 GTS after a hard run, me back to some happy I liked it, and had a big grin stretched my face. I knew I could buy bike and be happy.

We swapped bikes and headed to Concord. By the time we were on top of the out of Wisemans, I’d decided bike to buy. I knew if the ergos weren’t too bad, I cope — the Streetfighter 848 was

A beautiful powerful, smooth (a little down on low down next to the 250cc bigger but not so you’d notice if you weren’t back to back), and simply inspiring through the corners. the fun bits, we went through heavy traffic thanks to a and I realised that the ergos, not brilliant, were at least as as the Monster. On the open road, I they were better.

clinched it, even if the Streefighter came without ABS (seriously traction control is great, but have ABS too).

I signed.

Once again trade-in on my old was a joke, so I decided to sell it An interstate friend of mine had some joking interest, so I and made sure he got to see the pictures the … lines. My friend much more interested, and me an offer not too far under the advertised

We haggled a bit, and a deal was Once again, I got lots going private than had offered.

Living with my

I’ve left my Streetfighter 848 standard — the only are radiator guards (should be and a tank protector (should be and a rear seat cowl be standard). The suspension’s a tad softer the 848’s, and a few tweaks have it very well. I could pay to get it set up properly and would be amazed, but it’s good for me as is.

The comfort is better than the clip on 848, although it’s a sporty ride and has the same seat. The bars are set at a height I a perfect compromise — enough to get down on the tank hammering, high enough to most of the weight from my My wrists still complain a after a long day or if the traffic’s but again, nothing like the clip ons.

Touring the Streetfighter’s primary purpose, but throwover panniers and not too much you could certainly go a long A backpack, credit cards and would be the best option.

As I thundered through the Capertee on a mix of dirt and narrow winding tar I realised that, compared the old 848, this bike is so much better for me. The bike my commute easily (very stop start traffic, highway and rural riding). still not perfect, the mirrors are a big — at least I can see behind me.

My day ride has been 550 km, and I’ve a couple of 450 km days — back road kms, not but I’m still coming quite fresh. One day I did a few hundred km on the in the morning, then came and headed out on my mountain bike for a of hours. That was never to happen on the 848.

One of my longest on the old 848 included Bylong Valley way and the Road, both with of corners and requiring lots of When I got home from day, I hurt all over wrists, arms, shoulders, I was physically and mentally exhausted. I hit the I really want to stop now with about 100 kms to go.

After the ride on the Streefighter I still quite fresh, and felt I have handled another of hours before screaming get me off thing!

I don’t think the has quite as much go as the 848, but not much in it, and that may just be I lowered the gearing on the 848. My of my pants dyno says the makes it’s power in a linear fashion — it surge when it hits a band, it just gets quickly. I think the delivery is suited to the street than the

Handling is great — bike is much more to throw about than the old the upright and wider bars much more leverage for changes of direction. Although it lend itself to high travel as well as the old one, much better at the speeds likely to go.

I’ve worn a angle on the toes of both on a local set of twisties, and managed to the sidestand once. I don’t kneepads, so I’m not trying any scraping, no matter how much the encourages my inner hooligan. And it does.


Have I had any warranty Well, yes. I bought a Ducati Performance carbon tank protector and had it fitted in Looked good, but it sucked the carbon look layer to delaminate within a couple of km.

I had it replaced under warranty, for the same thing to happen in the same time. Sheesh. Not but definitely not good quality.

Ducati have happily the replacement under warranty.

disc rotors. I thought my rotors felt warped, and have confirmed this, but say brakes aren’t warranty. arguing with them, I believe that they covered when they’ve so few kms — fit for purpose, etc, so see how we go.

I prefer to flow through rather than extreme and have never stopped after hard braking, so the shouldn’t have had a chance to If not warranty, I’ll go aftermarket.

developed a slight oil weep behind the front sprocket. The will be replaced under

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Tank. The key guard on the tank was because it was butting up against the instead of the ignition being in the hole, but it still needs I’ll have to go back.

It to me like the whole tank has forward a bit, or the ignition’s in the spot. I don’t believe the oft reported (in the States) ethanol — I’ve never put fuel in the Streetfighter, although I did on my old with no issues. Maybe we less E in the mix down here.

The hugger has cracked, which may be If not, some carbon will be on its way.


I think the paint quality is as as it should be. After my first very wet) ride the tank was scuffed from my thighs pressing through my wet The old Duke got ridden in just as rain on numerous occasions this problem.

On the same my boots scratched through the on the exhaust heat shield all the way to metal. I thought this be an easy fix with a can of heat paint, but despite baking the to harden my work, the repainted scratched on next ride.

Fueling. If you read the forums, see numerous complaints about on the Streetfighter 1098, and some the issue on the Streetfighter 848. I the reports were exaggeration, all, the motor was nearly the as my old 848, which had no fueling other than some hunting at low revs.

Adding to my was the fact that there no fueling issues apparent in any of my rides.

Had the demo’s fueling like that first I wouldn’t have bought one I felt like one of those old nodding dogs you used to see on car parcel shelves, or a bobblehead. at there’d be over 500 rpm variation second to second. Open the exiting a corner, and nothing happen, then it would much harder than I It was like there was no fuel, there was plenty.

I wasn’t but when I put it in for its first service, it was so wet the weren’t allowed to take it so they asked me to run it in some and bring it back on a dry day if it didn’t get Hmmm.

Well, running in has it a lot, but part of the improvement is to me riding a gear higher I normally would, which softens the surging. The poor is most apparent at light in the 3-5k rev range. Unfortunately, coincides with speed cruising in the appropriate gear.

On the out in the fun bits I don’t notice any at all, because I’m on and off the not trying to hold a steady

Ducati Traction Control. DTC cut in a bit on my test ride, but it was set at 8, which is designed for rain. Every take off from lights was to trigger DTC (possibly stopping but it was smooth enough that I disconcerted. On the one I bought, I’ve set DTC at 5, and only seen the lights on on bumpy dirt or going too over a speed bump.

I would be breaking the rear end while cornering without DTC is a point, but DTC does give me the to keep the revs up and push. complain about that.

The OEM tyres have been ( Pirelli Rosso Corsa ), but I only lasted 7500 km. those that came the 848, they’ve been inspiring in all conditions. I only had small chicken strips and the were nice and sticky.

The have a harder compound the middle, and a softer compound on the for cornering grip. I’d a bit more mileage, but as this will mainly be used for I’d rather have the One thing to be aware of is that I options in the unusual rear size (180/ 60 ZR17) limited.

No doubt more appear.

I have had one tank (see

0:45 ) — no damper is supplied — seems to have happened bouncing over some surface. No harm done, but I was one away from new undies.

isn’t even a chain tool (or an allen key big enough to the pinch bolts), something I was to resolve with assistance eBay. I thought the 848’s was lame, this one’s Definitely the lamest toolkit ever had on a new bike, and frankly, not good enough, Ducati.

to the dealer to adjust your is ludicrous, even for us soft and Ducatisti.

Maybe I’m maybe I’m old, but as with my 848 I’ve kept the pipes, and I reckon they pretty good for legal and look better than On the overrun, there’s a crackling like you’d expect some lumpy-cammed behemoth. or like my old 860 when the exhaust were shot. I like the but I’m not convinced it should And it’s not like I need to do extra to attract police

I couldn’t justify the $3k expense of + chip, and Staintune don’t Streetfighter slip ons — not to that Ducati will your warranty if you fit pipes than Termis. Bah.

Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati Streetfighter 848


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