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Old 07-22-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Looking like a jet fighter in its matte black finish, Ducati has revealed the latest evolution of its 848 bike. For 2011, Ducati's updated middleweight bike holds onto its numerals, but thanks to a significant overhaul, it has been named the 848EVO.

Weighing in at 167kg, the 848EVO is powered by an upgraded version of the 849cc engine, utilising new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts to produce 104kW at 10,500rpm and 98Nm of torque at 9750rpm.
New black cylinder cases set the 848EVO's engine apart from its predecessor.

The 848EVO also boasts upgraded brakes and a revised chassis. A cross-mounted steering damper is now featured for greater control, and new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres hold up each end.





Brake upgrades come courtesy of Brembo Monobloc calipers, single-piece units machined from solid alloy designed to offer higher rigidity and resistance during extreme braking.
A matte-black 'Dark' version of the 848EVO will feature in the bike's colour palette, and unlike previous Dark variants, this one is almost entirely black from front to rear.

The 848EVO launches in the US in late August. Australian availability and pricing is unknown at this stage. US pricing remains unchanged, so if Ducati Australia follows that lead, pricing for the 848EVO should be around $20,000 for the Dark and $22,000 for the Ducati Red 848EVO.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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I will take the black one.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:21 PM   #3
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Gorgeous! Would love the flat black one except that I would fear that it would blend in too much for the idiot drivers around here.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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Oh hells yeah!
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:25 PM   #5
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the flat black is amazing looking
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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Nice bikes but the upkeep is a pain and parts are way out of line.
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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Great looking bike.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:48 AM   #8
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Nice bikes but the upkeep is a pain and parts are way out of line.
They've gotten better.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:58 AM   #9
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I showed my girl this bike and all she could say was this is the sexiest bike shes ever seen, then I showed her the price and still she shrugged it off...does this mean I have the go ahead lol.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:12 AM   #10
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I don't even ride bikes and I want the flat black one.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:14 AM   #11
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They've gotten better.
Reliability has never been a factor. Valve adjustments are..... unless you can do them yourself in which 90% of owner don't or can't. Parts are extremely expensive. Dent a tank and see what that costs..... I know!!!! Love the bikes but to be honest look at your options.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:56 AM   #13
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Wow, the black matte finish is very nice...drooool
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:08 AM   #14
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There's no letdown when you fire up the menacing-looking 2011 Ducati 848 Evo. It starts with a gruff bark before settling into an irregular idle. Let out the clutch and it moves off smoothly on just a little throttle, its engine at a casual canter. Ridden gently, the 848.4cc V-twin Evo sounds much less busy than the four-cylinder Japanese bikes it's designed to compete with.

Crack the throttle, though, and the bike's mechanical potential makes itself obvious. The exhaust note deepens to a nasal growl and then to an angry drone as the revs rise. Allowed to rev to its 10,500-rpm power peak, the 848 Evo hurls itself at the horizon with amazing intensity that requires serious concentration to keep in check.

Yet there's plenty of poise in this machine. It has the chassis, the tires and the long years of racing experience in its DNA to help you guide it accurately. A new steering damper helps out, steadying the front wheel against unwanted inputs from the road, or a too-rigid grip from a tense rider. Given the kind of acceleration the 848 is capable of, a little insurance against over exuberance is probably a good idea.

Uniquely American
As Italian as it may be, the 2011 Ducati 848 Evo is a peculiarly American model. That's because racing rules in our local AMA Daytona Sportbike series allow the larger-displacement 848 to compete against the smaller Japanese middleweights.

So, to improve the bike's chances against the shrieking hordes of modified four-cylinder 600s running in Daytona Sportbike, Ducati made some important changes to the Evo model that now takes over as the sole 848 model in the U.S. lineup.




The cylinder heads were modified for higher compression (12:1 to 13.2:1) and improved flow, the cams have higher lift and longer intake duration, while the elliptical throttle body throats are 4mm wider (at 60mm). The changes bumped the bike's peak output up to 140 horsepower (up from 134 hp) and 72.3 pound-feet of torque (up from 70.8).

Much of the power gain has been neutralized by the U.S. market's 2-inch-longer exhaust canisters, the result of ever stricter sound regulations. A switch to Ducati-approved replacements will undoubtedly restore the extra thrust, but even in bog stock form the V-twin's rush to the redline still delivers the adrenaline pump you expect from an Italian superbike. And with a power peak now at 10,500 rpm instead of at 10 grand, there's a little more overrev available for track use.

Still Plenty Streetable
On the street, the changes stifle the 848's midrange torque a bit; at least that's how it felt in less aggressive riding. It's hardly a deal-breaker, though, as Ducati's V-twins (or L-twins, as the company prefers to call them) have always had good torque characteristics, so the 2011 Ducati 848 Evo is still plenty tractable around town.

The bike's light weight (Ducati claims 370 pounds dry) and fairly low-slung center of gravity lends responsiveness, so it turns willingly, adopting lean angles that feel stable and natural. It stays on line without argument, and you can slice canyon roads with laser accuracy once you get into a rhythm with this athletic chassis. Although the 848 is not equipped with the high-end Öhlins suspension pieces found on the 1198 SP, the standard Showa fork and rear spring-strut work a lot better than expected. Despite its firm setup, the chassis blunts the initial impact of bad bumps quite well. There's some abrupt displacement over undulating pavement, but the taut suspension arrests pitching motions under braking, and it's very stable in midcorner.
The riding position is pretty committed. Either accept that this is a full-bore sport bike or buy something else.
Like so many modern sport bikes, the 848 often feels underutilized on the street. It's almost as if the bike would like you to try harder, a not undesirable trait that would probably make you a better rider over the long haul. However, the relative lack of drama on twisty roads is never boring, partly because of how confidently the machine negotiates them. The combination of its surgical steering, muscular throttle response and brilliant brakes is plenty entertaining even when you're not riding at your own personal limits.

All the Ducati Superbikes now wear Brembo four-piston monoblock calipers on the front end, pinching 12.6-inch rotors, and these may be the best brakes available on any two-wheeler anywhere. Requiring just a slight pressure at the lever to produce intense braking, the mechanism is nonetheless so readable and linear you never feel in danger of inadvertently grabbing too much.

The riding position is pretty committed. You either accept the fact that this is a full-bore sport bike or buy something else. There isn't much padding on the otherwise roomy seat, so long distances will eventually take their toll. As ever, the mirrors on Ducati's Superbike range are so bad that optional extenders are available from the dealer. The digital gauge cluster is only slightly better when it comes to delivering relevant information. And although the 848 is equipped with rear-passenger foot pegs and a biposto seat, the idea of riding two-up for more than an hour doesn't bear thinking about.

The Last Middleweight Standing
With its smaller displacement, the 2011 Ducati 848 Evo benefits from some important advantages. It has lighter reciprocating masses, so it produces less of the low-rev jack-hammering vibration typical of big Ducati twins. There are also fewer high-frequency vibrations at very high revs than the range-topping 1198s. Plus, with a peakier output, the Evo has a lower 6th-gear ratio than its more muscular brethren, a change that works to its advantage on U.S. highways where the V-twin spins at higher — and smoother — speeds.



Being the kid brother in Ducati's two-level superbike range, the Evo doesn't come with the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDR) feature or its race-bred traction-control system. The former is a nice gadget for data geeks and available as an accessory, but the latter is hardly missed on a machine with 140 hp. We're actually glad Ducati left the traction nanny to the flagship Ducati 1198 SP with its 180 hp and kept the 848's price down.

Besides, the 848 Evo has plenty of technology already baked in. The tires are Pirelli's grippy Diablo Supercorsa SPs, and although the 848 mounts a 180-section rear rather than the wide 190s of the 1198s on its beautiful five-spoke Enkei rear wheel, the tire provides an amazing combination of grip and communicative feel. The front wears a 120, just as on the other models, and it, too, sends back an ample sense of what the contact patch is doing.

No Less of a Superbike
But even people not connected with motorcycling know they're looking at something special when they see a 2011 Ducati 848 Evo. The latest design and fabulous new colors (Arctic White Silk with red frame and red wheels, and "dark stealth" with a black frame and black wheels now accompany the traditional racing red) are the final distillation of a model that's been steadily improved for years.

As a result, even though the 848 Evo is the baby brother in the Superbike stable, it's still very much worth the $12,995 asking price. In fact, it's a pretty good argument for skipping the 1198 altogether, as the 848 still gets the latest engine technology, fantastic brakes and the drop-dead good looks of its pricier siblings. Only riders of outstanding speed and experience will find it lacking.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:12 AM   #15
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:28 AM   #16
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Reliability has never been a factor. Valve adjustments are..... unless you can do them yourself in which 90% of owner don't or can't. Parts are extremely expensive. Dent a tank and see what that costs..... I know!!!! Love the bikes but to be honest look at your options.
You need to find a friend who's garage looks like this.....
It makes living with one a lot less costly and time consuming.



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the "flat" black looks like total crap. Its merely unpainted black ABS plastic, not really matte at all, more like eggshell if anything. Entirely unimpressive in person, and really cheap looking.

Plus the 848 is incredibly overrated.
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Old 01-01-2011, 03:30 PM   #18
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I prefer MV Agusta.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:05 PM   #19
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the "flat" black looks like total crap. Its merely unpainted black ABS plastic, not really matte at all, more like eggshell if anything. Entirely unimpressive in person, and really cheap looking.

Plus the 848 is incredibly overrated.
first of all its not unpainted its matte paint. that comment had no bearing. secondly if you dont like it fine. everyone else seems to and thirdly the 848 is incredibly tourqy for its dispacment and has an incridible top end for a v twin. and with the 1198 brakes the tractioncontrol and the full throttle shift that the new 848 comes with. for the price it is an amazing bargain for an italian. all that stuff is now standard and its in the ball park of 13k . thats a great deal for that quality
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they are not a bad bike at all. i like them. but im planning on getting this evo in red this spring
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first of all its not unpainted its matte paint. that comment had no bearing. secondly if you dont like it fine. everyone else seems to and thirdly the 848 is incredibly tourqy for its dispacment and has an incridible top end for a v twin. and with the 1198 brakes the tractioncontrol and the full throttle shift that the new 848 comes with. for the price it is an amazing bargain for an italian. all that stuff is now standard and its in the ball park of 13k . thats a great deal for that quality
did I hurt your feelings or something?

It may be paint, but its not matte, its eggshell at best. It has a sheen. It looks cheap and was disappointing in person when it looks a lot better in promo shots.

Have you ridden one personally yet? I have more than a few times. I think its overrated. Nothing special at all. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I dont think that just because it says Ducati on it or the fact that its Italian makes it a great bike. Now the 1198, thats another story altogether.



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Old 01-01-2011, 07:53 PM   #22
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That's a nice bike. I'm new to bikes, i always thought Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles, but isn't 140 hp and ~11k rpms kind of weak for a 849 cc compared to normal Honda or Yamaha bikes producing more power in a 600cc. Maybe i'm wrong.
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That's a nice bike. I'm new to bikes, i always thought Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles, but isn't 140 hp and ~11k rpms kind of weak for a 849 cc compared to normal Honda or Yamaha bikes producing more power in a 600cc. Maybe i'm wrong.
This is precisely what I am getting at. Basically anyone who doesnt really know much about bikes automatically puts Ducatis into some kind of ultra-bike category. So of course they release a middle range bike in a flat black and everyone goes gaga over it for no good reason, and when you have some bike knowledge and ride one you end up seeing its not really that big of a deal. There are a ton of other comparable and arguably better bikes out there for that money. Plus despite what anyone says, the valve maintenance of the desmo engines is still far worse than less complex Japanese or euro bikes.

If youre willing to drop 13 Gs on a bike, you should be willing to shill the extra few grand for the real thing in the 1198. Thats where the deserved accolades live.
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