It is said that siblings have 99% of their DNA in common. But with a bit of genetic manipulation, good dottore Ducati came to the youngest 848 a machine better than its predecessor, the 1098… Long live the science.
Ergonomics painful, difficult engine brutality, dry clutch and especially a nosewheel to the unpredictable reactions: the comparison between the KTM Super Duke and the Ducati Streetfighter 1098 (bike Mag n ° 270 had turned to the correction for the beautiful Italian. But with this “848” version, it now belongs to the past.
The changes are small but numerous revised riding position enhanced with 20 mm handlebars, rake closed 1.1 °, reduced hunting 9 mm, while retaining the same wheelbase (modified tees offset), more flexible depreciation and smoother engine the Testastretta 11 ° version 848 equipped with a clutch in oil bath.
Add a price more in line with the market while keeping series traction control, and here the Streetfighter 848 small ready to face his destiny! At first glance, we noted that the budgetary purges took their… Exit the monoblock calipers, steering damper, aluminium radiator and other housings made of noble alloys caches. But the typical and racy line suffers more than that.
Ah, this is better. Even if there is still support on the wrists, bust is less swung on the front, an approval which adds to a direction reduced by its new geometry and the disappearance of its damper. But the warmth of the twin and the turning diameter (more than 6 m) remind you that a Ducat’, it is made for large spaces. Enroute, therefore, to the hilly surroundings of Maranello (you know, the Ferrari..).
From the first curves swallowed at a sporting pace, the new geometry of the chassis reveals its strengths. Need more coolest forced to turn, of Cued exaggerated to follow a curve. This “SF” is more neutral, more easy, short, more intuitive and fun and reminds the good chassis of a Monster 1100 Evo, even if it is necessary to strengthen the fork before relaxation and preload, much too flexible in original settings. Just as the shock absorber back, indeed.
As for the engine, it is a true gem, much nicer than the temperamental “1098” on a daily basis. Pretty flexible, full of roundness and angry 5,000 to 9,000 rpm, this ‘848 11 °’ is in total harmony with this redesigned chassis. It likes to modulate reports to hear him scold and release its 132 HP (the ideal power for this kind of machine). The only downside is the couple, perched at 500 rpm maximum power, which limits the elasticity of the twin: under the 3,500 rpm on the intermediaries, no salvation.
Approved motorcycle Mag! This 848 and its relevant technical options (chassis, motor) could spell the end of the career of the “1098”, especially that for 2012, only the “S” version to nearly €19 000 (€6,500 more!) will remain in the catalogue. But beyond this fratricidal war, the 848 Streetfighter presents itself as a serious contender for the title of best sports roadster. His price of €12 490 makes it competitive against the European race (Triumph 1050 Speed Triple, Aprilia Tuono 1000 and KTM 990 SMT) It smells like the upcoming sharp comparative.