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Ducati 848


First seen by the public on November 7, 2007, Ducati released the 848 as the replacement to their lackluster 749. And in the same way the 749 was a toned 999, the 848 is a smaller version of their flagship Superbike, the 1198 (which was a 1098 when first released). Like its big brother, the Ducati 848 was totally changed from the ground up, reverting back to a more traditional Ducati look with under-seat exhaust and single-sided swingarm. Directly targeting the middleweight and supersport market, with a completive price of $13,995, the Ducati 848 is still more pricey than the standard Inline-Four Japanese 600, though it offers nearly the same level of Italian passion as the $16,000-plus 1198, while still performing on par with the best middleweights in class.
Ducati 848
The Ducati 848 is an all-new design representing Ducati's effort to "redefine the middleweight sportbike class."

Ascetically, the Ducati 848 looks nearly identical to the 1198, with the exception of the available slick color white scheme. Don’t fret though, it’s still available in the tradition Ducati red. It also features a smaller engine, the 849cc trademark “L-Twin” powerplant as Ducati calls it (90-degree V-Twin in our terms). As for the other differences between it and the 1198, these include a wet clutch, slightly down-graded radial Brambo front brakes and different Showa suspension, all aimed at keeping the price down. Otherwise, the 848 is essentially a smaller and tad slower version of the 1198. On the other hand, it does tip the scales a bit lighter, which is a plus.

But don’t think for a second the Ducati 848 lacks any performance in the real world. Despite being one of the best price-point Ducati Superbikes to date, it delivers far superior performance to any previous middleweight machine the Italian company has ever produced.


Ducati 848 Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Ducati 848 EVO Track Comparison
Monday, June 06, 2011
The Ducati 848 EVO is dominating AMA racing's Daytona SportBike series, but see how the pretty new Duc fares in our 2011 Supersport Shootout Track comparison.
2011 Ducati 848 EVO Street Comparison
Monday, May 23, 2011
Does the 2011 Ducati 848 EVO make for an optimal street mount compared to its Supersport rivals? Find out in our 2011 Supersport Street Shootout.
2011 Ducati 848 EVO Superbike First Ride
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Ducati releases a new hopped up 848 EVO Superbike and Motorcycle USA puts it to the test in this sportbike motorcycle review.
2009 Ducati 848 Comparison
Friday, March 20, 2009
Are you a man or woman of style? Do you have passion for elegant design with performance to match? If so, Ducati’s 848 may have your name all over it. Heck, it looks fast with the kickstand down...
2008 Ducati 848 Comparison
Monday, August 11, 2008
Exiles from supersport/superbike classes, Ducati 848 and Suzuki GSX-R750 represent two different middleweight takes on the high-performance sportbike.
2008 Ducati 848 Comparison
Monday, May 19, 2008
The high-revving 600cc supersport motorcycles take center stage as we gather six middle-weight track weapons for our sixth annual Supersport Shootout.
2008 Ducati 848 First Ride
Monday, December 17, 2007
The all-new Ducati 848 scores big in the looks department, but we test its real-world performance at Spain's Almeria circuit.
Ducati 848 First Looks
2012 Ducati 848 EVO Corse SE First Look
Thursday, November 10, 2011
With the release of Ducati’s next generation 1199 Panigale Superbike, 2012 will undoubtably be the final year of the 848 Superbike. To commemorate this, Ducati is offering an up-spec traction control-equipped version dubbed the 848 EVO Corse SE.
2011 Ducati 848 EVO Sportbike First Look
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ducati announces revisions to its middleweight sportbike with a higher-spec version of its 848, dubbed the Ducati 848 EVO.
2008 Ducati 848 and 1098R First Look
Monday, November 05, 2007
Ducati unveils two new Superbike designs at the Milan Bike Show in the form of the mid-sized 848 and its '08 SBK racer, the 1098R.
Ducati 848 Features
Ducati 848 Italian Renaissance Ride
Friday, April 02, 2010
Motorcycle USA's Adam Waheed tours Italy's Tuscan countryside aboard the Ducati 848 Superbike. Find out what happened in this sportbike touring adventure story.
Ducati 848 News
Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas for Streetfighter 848
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The latest addition from Borgo Panigale will use Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso Corsa tires as original equipment, featuring an innovative 180/60 sized rear tire that is derived from Pirelli’s experience in the FIM Supersport World Championship.
Ducati Supports Stay a Hero  Stay Safe
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Ducati is proud to be associated with Sussex Safer Road Partnership creative 'Stay a Hero, Stay Safe' campaign.
Ducati Releases New 2010 Sportbike Motorcycle
Friday, July 03, 2009
Ducati releases an new 2010 sportbike motorcycle during the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Get all the specs on the limited edition Nicky Hayden Ducati 848.