Spy Photo: Ducati Streetfighter 848

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Ducati appears to be expanding the Streetfighter range downwards if this photo, snapped at the factory gate in Bologna, is any clue. Unlike the 1099cc Ducati Streetfighter which uses a six-bolt rear hub and Brembo Monobloc front calipers, the bike seen here is fitted with a five-bolt rear (the same arrangement as the Ducati 848 Evo), cheaper radial Brembos and forks that look to be the same USD Marzocchis fitted to the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo.

The larger 1099cc Streetfighter makes 155bhp and 85lb/ft of torque. The Ducati 848 Evo makes 140bhp and 72.3lb/ft. It’s likely that Ducati will knock some top end power off that smaller v-twin for the Streetfighter, maintaing a clear advantage for the more expensive bike and adding in longer service intervals/cheaper operating costs. Look for the Ducati Streetfighter 848 to leak pre-EICMA. In other news, tragic fanny packs are expected to be the item in Ducatisti circles for S/S12.

via Ducati News Today

  • Ted

    May have just found my next bike.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Why? The regular Streetfighter is pretty janky. Don’t expect this thing to be much different. Just get the 848 Evo and, if comfort’s an issue, adjustable rearset and different bars.

      • aristurtle

        Styling is sometimes an issue. A co-worker of mine has a Streetfighter. It’s beautiful in a way that the 848 really isn’t.

        Although personally, if I wanted something from this genre I’d probably get a Street Triple.

      • Ted

        Because I’m not the next Rossi.

        Something that borders on the performance of the 848 with the style of the SF appeals to me. I’m not going to max out its potential and the look of a full faired bike doesn’t do it for me. I test rode an SF when they came out and I was pretty impressed. It would most likely come down to this and the StripleR with the dollars leaning toward the Triumph.

        To the average rider the maxium potential of these bikes is never truly realized. Most folks want something that will scare them silly and look good in the process. That’s where this falls for me.

        • Thom

          @ Ted -Can’t say as I blame you one bit . To my eyes the SF is a real looker as well as one Hell of an Urban Assault M/C

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          You’d probably be better served by the Speed or Street Triple. They’re just less compromised vehicles. With this thing, you’re paying a premium for fairly basic components and poor ergonomics.

          • Ted

            I can’t completely disagree, the StripleR is an amazing motorcycle.

            • http://www.facebook.com/cheese302 Cheese302

              i have one, its awesome, 5 more months of shoulder healing though…..

          • Dan

            Are the SF ergos bad? At 5’11″, I remember thinking it was pretty upright and comfortable (or at least more comfortable than you’d expect based on its looks).

            • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

              It’s a personal thing, but I’d agree that they are pretty rough.

              I was madly in love with the Streetfighter until I sat on one in a regular riding position compared to the other bikes in the same segment. Nearly every journo commented on it, too.

              I still love the look of the bike more than any other naked out there, but picking the new Z1000 was a no-brainer when everything factored in. Worse looks, comparable performance, very comfortable ergos, drastically lower costs (base price/insurance), etc.

      • hooligan317

        Janky? This is one of those “to each their own” situations I guess. I absolutely love my SF.

        • 1

          What does “janky” mean anyway?

      • robotribe

        Compared to the recent Monster, I’d say aesthetics tip in favor to the SF only because it’s “fugly with a purpose”, vs. with the Monster, which I deem “fugly because it couldn’t best the previous line” and only retains enough to wish the previous model was still around.

        To me, the SF isn’t trying to be sexy more than it’s trying look scary.

        • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]


  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I would much rather have the 1100 Evo. The Streetfighters are cool, but not my cup of Desmo.

  • Thom

    Now if Ducati would just downsize the Multistrada . Well at least I think it’d be a good idea .

    • AHA

      I give Ducati 12mths to bring out an 848 MTS. Otherwise a biblical plague of tragic fanny packs will hit Borgo Panigale. This is a warning.

  • Edward

    So the existing streetfighter is based on the old 1098 architecture, and comes with the older, more frequent valve adjustment intervals and concomitant higher operating costs? I hadn’t factored that into my lust for the current streetfighter. It seems like the intervals on other late model ducatis have gotten pretty reasonable.

    • Ted

      This may shock someone that doesn’t own an Italian bike, but the intervals got longer without much internal change.

      Luigi looked over at Guiseppe and said “thesa Americans, they don’t lika da maintenance every 6000 miles”

      Guiseppe nodded thoughtfully and replied “Thena tell’em we make’a it bettah, now they only needa to checka da vavles every 7500 miles”.

      Valve adjustments aren’t a big deal and I haven’t done any more maintenance on my Duc than on other bikes I’ve owned other than three hours every other year to check the valves. I’ve only ever had to change one shim at one maintenance interval.

      • Edward

        The best kind of upgrade, the one that’s built-in.

      • Duncan

        Valve checks @7500 mi and you only need to do them every other year? That works out to only 3750 mi a year….which is equal to one good month of weekends on my street triple. So…if you had to do those valves every other month would it make a difference? It is what keeps off of Duc’s. Oh, I owned one but could not justify the $$$. My wife on the other hand loves her Hyper! DT

        • Ted

          I do them every 12,000 personally because I have the archaically wonderful 2-valve motor. But yeah, if you’re putting ~4k a month on your bike the checks are a slightly bigger deal, but typically once you get through the first three or four services the motor is pretty well settled and the checks are literally checks. On a Monster it involves pulling the gas tank and a few small parts. On a 4-valve Superbike with full fairings, etc to remove it is a far bigger deal.

  • Coreyvwc

    Is the guy on the bike wearing mandals?

  • Liquidogged

    This actually looks cool and the bike makes a lot of sense. Sort of like a very nice SV650 – better looking, better components, way more power. I would probably prefer an 848 at the end of the day, but I definitely see the appeal of a bike like this and if the runaway success of the SV650 is any indication, so do a lot of other people.

    On the other hand, maybe it’s the quality of the photo but that yellow is disgusting. I never really understood yellow Ducatis anyways. Even a 996 looks bad in Yellow. As for the SF styling in general… I’m not sure I like it, but I think the design is successful in that they intentionally made it controversial, and got the result they were looking for.

    • Ted

      A 916 based bike look bad in yellow? You shut your whore mouth :) Those things look amazing in hot pink.

      • Thom

        Hell a 916 in any color , even if I hated the color , would look good !

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

      I used to have a yellow, prev-gen, metal-tanked Monster, and lots of yellow-highlighted gear that matched well-nuf. To me, ever since I started lusting after a Duc, I thought of that yellow as “Ducati Yellow”.

      I also had a “Ducati Yellow” MTS 620 before I upgraded to an 1100 after I got married. (The 620 was terrible in the NH and VT mountains two-up.) Sadly, the 1100 wasn’t available in yellow, so I got red.

  • JonB

    $10,000 for 796 Hyper/M796
    $12,000 for M1100
    $14,000 for 848 Evo
    $15,00 for SF

    Where do you price the 848 SF, $13,000?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      $13k sounds about right.

      • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

        Which is about the cost of a STripleR with every farkle, bell and whistle Triumph makes for it. $10k-ish for one stock and still nicely sorted.

        • Kevin

          Triumph is a value brand, and I mean that in the nicest way.

          • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

            Guess that depends on how you define value. Objectively, performance for the dollar, the Japanese have the value market cornered. Subjectively can go in everyone’s favor depending on who picks.

  • Chris

    I’m almost ready to start contemplating my next bike purchase, and this could very well be the one.

    I love the looks of the SF, but I don’t need all that motor, which makes it hard to justify the price. The 848 SF has more then enough motor, great looks, and will be priced better for the average for most people, buyer. Thats a big win for Ducati customers.

  • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

    I’m a little surprised it took this long.

  • Sam

    As someone who builds, rides, and appreciates the uniqueness of real streetfighers, this is still the worst and most insulting name ever given to a motorcycle.

    • JonB

      I would disagree, the Ducati Xtreme 1199 is.

      • Sam

        Besides the fact that the Xtreme is an internal name, you’re missing the point. A Streetfighter, by definition, is not a production bike. It’s like if Triumph rather than “Thruxton” called it “Cafe Racer.” Fail. Anybody can build a Ducati Streetfighter…except Ducati.

    • Alex


      Call it the Ducati Svestito or something. A streetfighter this is not.

    • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

      Very true. I’ve likened it to buying $300 jeans with holes pre-worn in the knees.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

      Reminds me of Cannondale trademarking the term Freeride back in the ’90s for their line of freeriding bikes and then threatening legal action against Rocky Mountain’s exhibition team, Freeriders. Rocky Mountain published the letter from Cannondale’s lawyers in a print ad and then renamed the team Froriders (and equipped them with wigs). The backlash was huge, and the incident was a huge brand awareness event for Rocky Mountain, making it a household name (at least for mountain bikers).

  • noone1569

    Reminds me a lot of an XB9S

    • Wereweazle

      Except not gay………. <3

  • Kyle


    Why do I have to choose between the F3 and this now, it was so clear cut with the mv agusta being the only bike i wanted.

  • Roman

    I think the moto world world at large owes a big thank you to Triumph for making high-spec middleweight nakeds in vogue all of a sudden.

    • Myles

      Middleweight standards have been selling well forever, American customers just kind of didn’t buy them for a long time.

      Even though they haven’t sold well, standard motorcycles have been available in the states as well. SV650, 599, monster, etc.

      • Roman

        Middleweight standards have been around forever yes, but high-spec middle weight standards with adjustable suspensions, modern brakes and kick ass engines, are a new development. SV650, Honda 599, Monster 696, etc….those are nice bikes, but none of them have proper sportbike components.

        The under-appreciated Triumph Speed Four started the trend (naked bike with a fully adjustable suspension) and the Street Triple really helped make the segment popular. So I do think Triumph really created this niche and deserves recognition for it.

  • Alex

    I’ll stick to the streety R over this Ducaturd.

  • dux

    Lol. Tragic fanny-packs

  • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

    Brutale 675. If only it existed.

  • TreMoto_Eddie

    Do want.