Ducati Streetfighter 848: smaller capacity, less money

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Think $15 grand is a bit rich for an outdated 1098 with crappier suspension? Well, then Ducati’s got the bike for you. If that bike is an outdated 848 with crappier suspension. No word on price, but that’s essentially what this Ducati Streetfighter 848 is; a less powerful version of the middleweight supersport, now with Monster suspension.

Update: The smaller Streetfighter has DTC

Rather than the 140bhp of the Ducati 848 Evo, this new 849cc Streetfighter makes 132bhp at 10,000rpm, nearly identical to the pre-Evo 848. But, rather than re-purposing that old motor, this new bike actually uses a version of the Testastretta 11° engine that debuted on the Ducati Multistrada 1200. Expect it to share that bike’s 15,000 mile valve inspection intervals and cheaper running costs.

And cheaper is the name of the 848 Streetfighter game. Rather than the Ducati Streetfighter 1098’s 43mm USD Showa forks and Brembo Monobloc brake calipers, this Streetfigher-lite uses the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo’s 43mm Marzocchis and non-Monobloc radial calipers. Presumably there’s other cost-cutting changes throughout.

But, while making the Streetfighter more financially accessible appears to be what’s happening here, there’s no word on price yet. The Ducati 848 Evo retails for $13,000 and the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo for $12,000, so somewhere in the middle would be a good guess.

No weight has been lost in translation from 1098 to 848, the little Streetfighter weighs the same as the larger bike: 169kg. It also obviously makes less power, down from 155bhp at 9,500rpm. The 848 Evo’s 72.3lb/ft drops to 69lb/ft in Streetfighter guise. The 1098 Streetfighter makes 85lb/ft.

Available in yellow, red or matte-black, the Streetfighter 848 succeeds in broadening the Ducati range into yet another obscure niche. It’ll likely be a great bike, just not much of a newsworthy one. You’ll need to be shopping for slightly more performance than a Monster at a slightly lower price point than the 848 Evo to appreciate it.

  • Mike

    Whew, it’s a bit busy, isn’t it? And that, ladies & gents is why the aircooled 2V Monsters are better looking.

    On the other hand, this one turns into a robot, right?

  • The other Joe

    Pretty damn ugly.

  • Tillman Hodgson

    I think there’ a real niche here: A cheaper urban performance Ducati. The “cheaper” comes not just from from the lower sticker price and longer maintenance intervals but also from cheaper insurance in those areas of the world where engine size has a large part to play in that.

    When I rode a demo Streetfighter (the 1098 version) this summer it was a very fun bike, more streetable than even the smaller-engined 848EVO. This new version seems to take it more in that direction. The numbers are lower, but until you get out of the city they won’t matter anyway.

    I like the overall lines of the new bike a lot (though Ducati could do a better job of hiding complexity on all their 4v bikes). It looks like what a Monster would look like if unburdened by tradition.

    I really like the 11º engine in my Multistrada, and an 848 variant seems like an obvious direction to go and hints at other new models to come.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If you’re looking for an urban performance Ducati, then the multitude of Monsters and Hypermotards are probably a better choice. Lower operating costs and engines that punch lower down.

  • tomwito

    I’d buy a used 848 EVO and put handle bars on it.

  • robotribe

    Hmm. 169kg is still respectable, but no difference whatsoever is still disappointing. The price? Well, considering they need to keep it a step above the Monster 1100, than I understand. On paper, however, it’s no bargain. There’s some serious marque-tax applied to both the big Streetfighter and this little brother. I’m not going to knock its looks; while not for my tastes (I was more into GI JOE than Transformers), I do recognize the appeal.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Wasn’t the frame supposed to be red?

    I may be in the market for a bike more powerfull than a monster and cheaper than a 848 evo, because my morini appears to have died saturday, but for me that bike would be a second hand old gen 848, not the sf.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    I’m bummed that they managed to not lose any weight when they went from the 1098 to the 848. I was looking for some competition to the STripleR, and was hoping this would be it. Maybe a test ride would make it all better.

    • Kyle

      if you want an italian striple competitor mv agusta’s new f3 powered brutale should be sick. I honestly cant wait for these bikes to hit US shores

      • HammSammich

        The Brutale will be a great bike, no doubt, but I wonder if the thousands of dollars premium over the Street Triple R will buy more than just the trackday cred that comes with the MV name? Either way, I expect that we’re looking at the contenders in next year’s inane three-way head to head Naked-bike comparo’s in which all three bikes are fellated as being wonderful and lacking any signficant flaws…

  • Ben Rendel

    i just talked to the owners of the ducati
    dealsership, the estimated price in israel:
    30.600$ (the M1100evo retails for 28.500$)

    so, you guys have it good.

    anyway, i do like the idea of a smaller SF, but
    there’s no mentioning of ABS and DTC that the monster 1100 evo do have. so that’s kind of a let down.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Not quite “affordable,” but still pretty cool.

  • BenP

    Is it me or are those mirrors huge? Might be a cool bike, but it looks too futuristic/overworked for my taste.

    • 80-wattHamster

      I think it’s you. To my eye, they look almost unusably tiny; hardly more square inches than bar-ends. But I like a large field of view.

      • Devin

        I think it’s the super long necks on the mirrors. They might actually show more than your elbows.

        • hooligan317

          The stock mirros on my SF were the first thing to go. Bar-ends were a must so I could get rid of elbow-vision. These units look to be identical.

          • jonoabq

            CRG arrow bar ends…work better than any stockers, look better, and clean up the dirty air created by the stalks.

  • nymoto

    “more than meets the eye”

    or less

  • Duncan

    Same ‘tune’ as the Evo ? One thing I seem to recall is it needed to be wound up to access the hp….

  • Johndo

    It matte black this will look awesome.

  • http://www.smartcycleshopper.com/author/doug-dalsing/ DougD

    I don’t know the exact provenance, but the headlight looks an awful lot like the one on the Z1000. Then again, that whole angular/Transformer-ish look is a bit overdone these days by nearly everyone.

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

      You’re right about the similarity, but the Streetfighter light is dramatically smaller. The straight on look of my Z is my least favorite part. The goal is an angular/aggressive look, sort of like a sportbike. I like the retro look of older nakeds/standards, but I do get a lot more compliments on the Z.

      However, swapping out the headlight aesthetically necessitates eliminating the upper fairings, which requires doing something about the coolant reservoir, and all kinds of other “tidying up” that I’m 99% sure I’d screw up.

  • Triman023

    Love the Baleen whale look from the front. Does it come with a tooth brush to clean all that exposed stuff?

  • Chris

    I’m super excited that the 848 is coming. this gives more ‘middle wight’ options for ducati which is good for consumers. this could very likely be my next bike when it’s time to upgrade in a year or two.

  • Penguin

    Is it just me or from the front does it look a little bit like a Honda Hornet having ‘roid rage?

  • DucatiGuy

    You should take a spin before you dis this thing. I spent a couple of days on the bigger Streetfighter and it was the most fun I’ve ever had on two wheels.

    Imagine a 250 trail bike with a stupid amount of power. It’s so tiny when you sit on it that you can’t even see it when you look ahead. It weighs next to nothing (it’s got a power to weight ratio in the ballpark with Barry Sheene’s 500GP bike). Engine and controls are incredibly responsive.

    When you ride you can’t keep both wheels on the ground. You want to scrape the handlebars on every corner. You want to ride past police stations with the front wheel in the air and your middle digit raised.

    This thing is a hooligan bike. I only gave it back because I figured I was going to be arrested and locked up pretty soon if I didn’t. And I’m the kind of guy that stops for little old lady drivers ..

    I imagine the 848 is a slightly more civilised version. Don’t believe the spec sheet (or even the photos), this thing is the best of Italian spirit, bottled.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      No one’s dissing it. But an 848 with crappier suspension is exactly, objectively what it is. That can’t be argued.

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

        Based on the reviews of both models of the larger Streetfighter, crappier suspension than the 848 could still be better than then big brother. Sad but true.

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Well, let’s say the price is $12,500 & the big brother is $15,000: If you’re bent on a Streetfighter but don’t have the extra $2,500 then it’s not such a bad deal.

    It would make sense, however, to save for the big brother. Just the cost of some Termi’s will cover the difference. And look at all you get for the extra scratch.

  • Tony

    I think throwing a slipper clutch, ohlins 30mm fork kit and ttx rear shock, brembo RCS MC, termi kit and this thing would would be perfect. Like a giant super moto.

  • Kevin

    Multistrada 848? One with ABS could still come in below the base 1200 model. That would be a killer deal, I think.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, that seems logical given Ducati’s idea of developing a single platform, then making it fill multiple price points.

  • Mr.Paynter

    I’ll stick to my vaguely similar ER6-N and spend the difference on being happy!