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2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Electronics to the rescue
For the first time in Ducati history, the 849.4cc L-twin engine teams up with the excellent Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system, which offers a choice of eight profiles, or sensitivity levels – another first in this particular price range. The gear ratios of the 6-speed transmission have been revised for road use, but the hydraulically controlled wet clutch from the Superbike 848EVO is unchanged.

The new Trellis frame, characterized by a rake angle of 24.5 degrees and a fork yoke offset of 103 mm, has the same geometry as the Superbike 848. The 35mm longer single-sided swingarm uses thinner aluminum, while the rear tire comes from a 600cc Supersport race bike (180 mm vs. 190 mm for the 1098).

It may not be the most convenient sport bike out there, but the new Streetfighter 848 will prove more comfortable thanks to 43mm Marzocchi upside down forks as well as a Sachs rear monoshock that offers softer compression and rebound. Meanwhile, the powerful Brembo brakes will be easier to modulate.

The handlebars have been raised 20 mm and set far away from the axis to ensure a sporty riding position. The footpegs, slightly closer to the front, should make long rides a little less painful. And although ABS brakes aren't available on this model, standard equipment includes the aforementioned DTC along with the Ducati Data Acquisition (DDA) system and multifunction trip computer.

Bottom line

The 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 expands the Italian brand's lineup of sophisticated motorcycles and will certainly delight riders after a responsive sport bike designed for the road and not as challenging as the almighty 1199. The various efforts that went into the engine and chassis promise a more versatile (road and track) and more accessible (riding and pricing) machine.

Starting at $13,995, the Streetfighter 848 comes in red, yellow, or black.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 front view
With an aggressive front fairing, sleek lines and high-quality components, the new 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 arouses and captivates naked bike enthusiasts, who all seem to want one. (Photo: Ducati)

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