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Ducati Streetfighter 848 – the breathtaking power of the L-Twin

Ducati Streetfighter 848

The Streetfighter features everything that has made Ducati Superbikes legendary: the breathtaking power of the L-Twin, the superlative suspension set-up, the awesome rear swingarm and racing-derived brakes.

As of today, the Streetfighter family just got bigger: whether you’re aiming to rip up the asphalt with the astonishing power of the latest Streetfighter S or weave through the bends with precision and assured control on the new Streetfighter 848, pure riding pleasure is guaranteed.

Control, precision and pure fun: the supremacy of the new Streetfighter 848

The new Streetfighter 848 offers pure motorcycling thrills thanks to its perfect combination of 848 Testastretta 11° engine and a new Trellis frame with Superbike 848EVO-derived geometry. Outstanding control and precision make the Streetfighter 848 irresistible. Thanks to the superb handling offered by the new frame, the progressive easy-to-manage power delivery provided by the Testastretta 11° engine, the confidence-inspiring upright riding position and Ducati Traction Control, which keeps watch over the power, this latest interpretation of the fighter concept delivers instant, knock-out riding enjoyment.

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Confident contender – Supreme fighter

The confident and urban-friendly Streetfighter 848 lines-up alongside the supreme firepower of the Streetfighter S to present two stylish and exciting, high-performance challengers from this unique naked family.

The Streetfighter 848 delivers pure motorcycle enjoyment with the sophisticated combination of a brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine and the enhanced geometry of a frame that ensures optimum agility with confidence-inspiring “feel”. With user-friendliness enriched by a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and DTC, Ducati’s unique fighter style is set to create more excitement than ever.

The Streetfighter S takes its 155hp 1098 Superbike soul and mixes fighter attitude with naked sophistication to create a cocktail of Desmo adrenaline. Stripped to the bare essentials, its race technology, skeletal 368lb (167kg) styling, and 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of torque takes Ducati’s big naked concept to the very top of the fighter food chain.

The Ducati Streetfighter S scored a round one knock-out when it entered the ring for the first time at the Milan show back in November 2008. Its supreme elegance stole the ‘Most Beautiful Bike’ award and raised the bar for extreme nakeds. Its asphalt-ripping reputation became the desire of sport naked connoisseurs throughout the world and the Streetfighter 848 further strengthens that desire with everyday accessibility. The 848 fighter is dressed in red with a red frame for Ducati traditionalists, while the stunning dark stealth scheme underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image and yellow offers a bold and stylish third option, both with frames finished in racing black. The Streetfighter S comes to the fight in Ducati red and sophisticated “race titanium matte”, both schemes with red frames and black wheels.

Streetfighter-style excitement

The 848 Testastretta 11° engine is a masterpiece of Desmodromic engineering. 132hp and an exhilarating 69lb-ft (93.5Nm) of torque is delivered with silky smooth precision by using innovative cam timing solutions proven on the now legendary Multistrada and Diavel power plants. The engine lives and breathes Streetfighter-style excitement, while revised chassis ergonomics and race-derived, eight-level electronic Ducati Traction Control ensure enhanced rider comfort and a confident ride.

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati Streetfighter 848

A chassis born to fight

At a class-leading 169kg (373lb) dry weight, the Streetfighter 848 boasts an incredible power-to-weight ratio. The beautifully built Trellis frame uses the same 24.5° of rake as the Superbike 848EVO to provide optimum agility, while 103mm of trail gives the confidence-inspiring “feel” of a well-planted front-end.

The Streetfighter 848 is armed with fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks up front and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear, giving the bike high performance handling and the rider absolute confidence and a comfortable ride. The matte champagne coloured fork bodies house natural chrome finished sliders, are fully adjustable in spring preload and compression and rebound damping and feature radial mounts for the Brembo brake callipers. The lower triple-clamp is formed in a strength-enhancing gull-wing shape for increased rigidity, it maintains a vice-like grip on the fork legs, giving a precise and solid feeling through the bars on fast direction changes.

On the rear, the single Sachs unit operates through a progressive linkage and single-sided swingarm and is also fully adjustable in spring preload and damping in both compression and rebound. The new Streetfighter uses Brembo’s powerful four-piston radial callipers gripping twin 320mm discs on the front and a two-piston calliper on the rear with a 245mm disc to provide user-friendly and dependable braking performance.

Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels with a rear rim width of 5.5in and 3.5in on the front are made in black-finished, lightweight aluminium to help keep the overall motorcycle weight down and maintain an all-important control on unsprung weight. This weight is made up of all the components between the suspension and the road and includes tires, brake discs and callipers etc, but when rotating at high speed, it is the wheels that store most of the kinetic energy and offer the most resistance when steering, accelerating or braking. Their weight saving, therefore, is a serious contribution to both the handling and performance of the motorcycle and the Streefighter pulls out all the stops achieve the best results.

Streetfighter tires

The Streetfighter 848 confidently relies on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires created using technologies developed in the Superbike World Championship and perfected for street use – the ideal methodology for bringing race technology to performance street products. The construction and profiles ensure optimum agility and control by providing enhanced support during vehicle inclination.

The 120/70ZR17 front tyre uses a 0° steel belted construction that guarantees maximum support under heavy braking and corner entry. The new 180/60ZR17 sized rear tyre is constructed with three compound zones, featuring a softer compound on the shoulders (25% on each side) for performance in cornering and a harder compound on the centre section for longer tyre life.

The 180/60ZR17 rear tyre implements an aspect ratio used in World and National Supersport competition and offers a larger contact patch compared with the 180/55, further enhanced with an increased “slick” area when at maximum lean angle. The higher and slightly wider profile improves riding comfort and the larger contact patch spreads road stresses throughout the contact area for reduced wear of both rear compounds.

Transversal grooves between the rear tyre’s central and side shoulder sections quickly disperse residual water, providing excellent grip in wet conditions, while the central non-grooved rib ensures maximum rubber on the ground for traction under acceleration and improved straight line stability.

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati Streetfighter 848

848 Testastretta 11°

Ducati’s 848 mid-range Superbike engine has been a massive success since its first introduction in 2008. Enhanced to “EVO” spec in 2011, its thrilling, flexible and user-friendly power delivery made it a popular Superbike choice. Now, combined with the factory’s latest Testastretta 11° technology, it is transformed into what many consider to be Ducati’s perfect engine and provides the Streetfighter 848 with a power-to-weight ratio to be proud of.

With 132hp @ 10,000rpm and a colossal 69lb-ft (93.5Nm) of torque @ 9,500rpm, the 848 Testastretta 11° engine is all about authentic Ducati Desmodromic performance. Radical cam timing adjustment enabled Ducati to achieve strong torque through a wider rev-range, considerably enhancing the 848 Streetfighter’s ridability, while ensuring plenty of power remains on tap for high-rpm fun.

For an engine with brute power on tap when needed and smooth, user-friendliness available for an effortless and comfortable ride, Ducati revised the configuration of the cam timing with particular focus on the valve overlap angle. The overlap angle is defined as the interval of crankshaft rotation, measured in degrees, during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. This overlap occurs between the end of the exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. High performance engines, which are subject to compromising smoothness for extreme power delivery, use high values of this parameter in order to benefit from the pressure waves to improve engine performance by maximising volumetric efficiency.

On the 848 Testastretta 11° engine, this angle has been reduced from 37°, used in the Testastretta Evoluzione engine which powers the 848EVO Superbike, to 11°. As a result, the fresh inlet charge from the GP-derived elliptical throttle bodies is less compromised by the exiting exhaust gases, producing a much smoother combustion, improved fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions.

The valves are controlled by Ducati’s signature Desmodromic system, which activates valve closure mechanically instead of relying upon normal valve springs to follow the steep closure profile of highperformance cam profiles. This system, which closes the valves mechanically with the same level of accuracy that they are opened, is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including the world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici GP power plants.

Ducati’s Streetfighter 848 engine harnesses the track-ready power of the Superbike and makes it smooth and tractable, while a high performance six-speed box with user-friendly wet clutch ensures a smooth riding experience in all conditions. Everything about the 848 Testastretta 11° engine is a direct result of Ducati’s engineers making massive advances in balancing high-performance with an enjoyable ride.

Decades of experience combined with constant investment in advanced materials and precision engineering techniques has enabled the distance between the major service intervals (valve clearence check) to be set at 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles). This continual attention to detail and development of twin-cylinder technology makes Ducati ownership even more accessible and enjoyable than ever.

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Ducati Streetfighter 848

Streetfighter 848 colours

While the Streetfighter looks stunning in traditional Ducati red with red frame, the stunning dark stealth scheme underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image and yellow offering a bold and stylish third option. The latter two schemes both have frames finished in racing black and all liveries rolling on black wheels.

Streetfighter reborn

The Streetfighter culture was born on the backstreets of Northern Europe during the late 70s and 80s. If the Café racer movement had taken traditional bikes and transformed them to establish out-and-out sportbikes, then Streetfighters were definitely anti-establishment. They evolved by removing the fairings from sport bikes, fitting higher bars and customising to create high-performance, over-the-top nakeds. Ducati took that concept and applied their own Italian sophistication to a stunning, factory-prepared Streetfighter.

The Ducati Streetfighter is equipped with everything that made the Superbike a legend: Awesome L-Twin muscle with brutal, big-bore torque, thoroughbred chassis technology, beautiful single-sided swingarm, racebred brakes and pure, sophisticated class.

While the tank and seat shapes leave no doubt as to the Streetfighter’s roots, it is the upright and commanding riding position that really starts to shape the character of this ultimate naked. Minimalistic controls, instrumentation and headlight design leave the front looking clean and mean, while twin-stacked right-side mufflers at the rear leave the tail-end high and sharp. No other Ducati has ever achieved such an aggressive stance while providing a comfortable, empowering, controllable and enjoyable ride.

Add the awesome street-going Ducati Traction Control as standard equipment and Ducati Data Analysisready electronics and it’s clear that the Streetfighter perfectly balances the essential DNA of an exciting naked motorcycle with the latest race-derived electronic technology.

Ducati passion

Ducati’s original Streetfighter project was inevitable. The passion to build the most successful Superbikes ever, mixed with the desire to create iconic, naked motorcycles was a rush of adrenaline just waiting to happen. Who else would create a bike for out-and-out purists to celebrate naked power in all its forms? A bike with muscle-engine performance, aggressive chassis engineering and intelligent electronics all laid bare to appreciate, respect and enjoy? Ducati build bikes for enthusiasts – for bikers who appreciate the details that come together to make an awesome bike, for perfectionists who instantly recognise excellence when they see it.

Ducati motorcycles are not just a means of transport, they are the realisation of dreams that set their riders apart from the rest of the world. They are an extension of character and the ultimate personal statement. The Streetfighter is built with pure Ducati passion and it’s ready to impress.

Naked Ducati detail

More attention to detail than ever before went into creating the Ducati Streetfighter. Repositioning many of the components usually hidden by bodywork and continuing to keep them out of sight was a major challenge for the design and engineering teams, but they pulled it off with impressive results. Add details such as the perfectly formed passenger seat cover, a rear hugger fitted as standard equipment and the pre-minimalised licence plate holder, and it’s plain to see that Ducati have gone that extra step to achieve the highest level of finish.

Ducati Streetfighter 848 : Price 848,000 THB

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