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2011 Ducati 848 Track Shootout Photo Gallery

The Ducati is always known as the cool machine in the group, but does it work as well as it looks? Find out in the 2011 Supersport Track Shootout.

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A non-adjustable steering damper is mounted horizontally between the fuel tank and triple clamp. This reduces head shake during hard acceleration over rough surfaces.
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2011 Ducati 848 Track Shootout
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Ducati returns to this year’s Supersport Shootout with a bigger, blacker gun in the form of its 848 EVO Superbike.
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Compared to the competition the Duc delivers a completely different feel from its engine, chassis and cockpit.
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2011 Ducati 848 Dyno Chart
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2011 Supersport Shootout Horse Power Dyno chart
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2011 Supersport Shootout Torque Dyno chart
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While average height and taller riders liked it, our most petite rider thought the Ducati riding position was a little overwhelming.
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2011 Ducati 848 Track Shootout
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The 848 EVO is unique in this stable of seven Supersport entries, its Twin power and stretched out ergos markedly different when compared with the typical 599cc conformity.
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Adam prepares to put the Ducati 848 EVO through its paces.
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Like the Honda and Triumph the Ducati still doesn’t offer a slipper clutch.
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2011 Ducati 848 Track Shootout
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The heaviest bike at 430 pounds fully fueled, the Ducati 848 EVO felt most at home once leaned on its side, where its thoroughbred racing pedigree allowed it to shine.
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2011 Ducati 848 Track Shootout
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Powered by the largest-displacement engine in this class, the Ducati delivers the most robust torque output at 62.68 lb-ft.
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It’s hard not to feel the added heft especially during corner entry, with it taking more muscle to get pointed in the right direction than the other bikes.
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Once cranked over on the side of the tire the Ducati felt like it was most in its element, and indeed it rated fairly well in the mid-corner and corner exit handling categories.
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In terms of braking the Ducati’s Brembo monobloc set-up rated third best both on our test riders note pads.