Ducati 848 Updated

Ducati is all over the bike world at the minute and just keep going from strength to strength.  With the Multi-strada 1200 the darling of high-tech adventure bikes, and its power cruiser causing a stir, the Italian company has now revitalized its middle weight sports bike, the 848, making it a 140bhp rocket.

The new 848 EVO features a tuned Testastretta Evoluzione engine producing 140hp at 10,500rpm and 72.3lb-ft of torque at 9,750rpm making the 848 the most powerful sportsbike the company has ever produced.  Giving the bike this set of awesome specs challenges, and technically surpasses, the current class leader the BMW’s S1000 RR.

Ducati seem to be making a challenge in virtually every bike market at the minute, and are putting some fantastic bikes in competition against their fellow motorcycle companies.  Best of all though is that while the company bosses have made this somewhat bold decision to regenerate Ducati, none of the Ducati quality, or essential ‘cool’ seems to be being sacrificed.

Technical Specs for the 848 EVO are below and head over to Ducati’s web site for more details.

Chassis

FRAME
Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
WHEELBASE
1430mm (56.3in)
RAKE
24.5°
FRONT SUSPENSION
Showa 43mmfully adjustable usd forks
FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL
127mm (5in)
FRONT WHEEL
5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
FRONT TYRE
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 120/70 ZR17
REAR SUSPENSION
Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL TRAVEL
120mm (4.7in)
REAR WHEEL
5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
REAR TYRE
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17
FRONT BRAKE
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc 4-piston callipers
REAR BRAKE
245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
FUEL TANK CAPACITY
15.5l – 4.1 gallon (US)
DRY WEIGHT
168kg (370lb)
INSTRUMENTS
Digital MotoGP derived unit with displays for: Speed, rev counter, lap times, time, air temp, coolant temp, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Plus: Integrated immobilizer system.
WARRANTY
2 years unlimited mileage
BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL)
Red (red / black) – Dark Stealth (racing black / black)
VERSIONS
Dual seat
SEAT HEIGHT
830mm (32.6in)

DDA

DDA
DDA system-ready for Ducati Performance accessory

DTC

DTC
Not available on this model

ABS

ABS
Not available on this model

Engine

TYPE
L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
DISPLACEMENT
849.4cc
BORE X STROKE
94×61.2mm
COMPRESSION RATIO
13.2:1
POWER
140hp (103kw) @ 10,500rpm
TORQUE
72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 9,750rpm
FUEL INJECTION
Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
EXHAUST
Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers

Transmission

GEARBOX
6 speed
RATIO
1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
PRIMARY DRIVE
Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
FINAL DRIVE
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
CLUTCH
Wet multiplate with hydraulic control

Emissions

STANDARD
Euro 3

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2 Comments

  1. LOVE the new Evo!!! Although I ride a 1000cc Superbike, I really don’t need 1000cc’s on the street. Have always loved the 1098/1198’s but, again, thought they were overkill for street riding. The 848e is JUST RIGHT for me!!! 🙂

    • I think a lot of people will agree with you, and when it comes to owning a bike for any situation, street, track, adventure, cruiser, it seems Ducati has a tailor made solution. A garage full of Ducatis, (sigh) one can only dream : ) Nice to hear from you Paul


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