Ducati 848 Overview
Created to replace the 749, the 848 was once championed by Ducati as an entry-level superbike but in some ways this statement does a disservice to a bike which can more than hold its own. It offers a level of flexibility, handling well on either the road or track and although it lacks a little in power what you are ultimately left with is a bike which works, and works well.
A few issues which were frequently experienced with the 748 and the 749 have been remedied in the 848 including a more robust engine than the former V-twin, and some common electrical faults. Riders have reported that occasional issues do arise with upper left radiator mounts and the misting of the dash but these are easily overcome when faced with a bike which offers as much as the 848. Regular servicing of the bike should help deal with any possible problems as well.
Although offering more engine power than its predecessor, the 848 is surprisingly lighter. This may have something to do with the trellis frame and simplified tube layout bringing the bike in a 1.5kg lighter than the 749. Another new, additional feature worth noting includes the use of a wet clutch, which was not commonly seen in Ducati bikes before the arrival of the 848.
Finding a seller privately offering an 848 is a pretty rare occurrence in today’s market so you are likely going to be looking at purchasing second-hand and there are some good deals to be had; making this a cost-effective option too.
Look at the Ducati 848 in all its glory…
Ducati 848 Spec
- Top speed166 mph
- Weight (Dry)168 kg
- Average fuel consumption27 mpg
- Seat height800 mm
- Engine8v V-Twin
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Ducati 848 Photos
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Amazing. Lightweight and takes corners like you cannot believe!
More than enough
Perfect. No problems whatsoever.
Light for size, very flickable and that rev range. Mmmmmm! I must state thought that mirrors are as much as tits on fish!
As much power as I will ever need, and then some!
Never had to really trust the brakes but always very reassuring
It’s very light but then I have a full carbon body and tank on mine. It’s a little bit of a deliberate process to get smoothly into 1st but no more than most other bikes I’ve ridden and in terms of adjustment I have to say I’ve never ridden a bike that felt so different after turning the settings a click. Setting the bike up for me on the road was fairly painless and now it probably the best handling bike I’ve ever owned- shame it’s too pretty to have the heart to thrash really!
Obviously plenary of torc and the power delivery is smooth and substantial, I’ve mostly ridden 4 stroke historically and the lack of screaming from the power plant took some getting used to but saying that when I felt like I was plodding along on the way home I did get a shock when I noticed how fast I was taking some of the bends compared to my GSXR, in short it feels effortless and sort of civilised
It’s a Ducati and it’s beautiful so not really relevant, if I wanted a cheap to run bike I would buy something a little more ‘not Italian’
The details are great, everywhere you look there’s great design and this isn’t just apparent on the outside, once the fairing is peeled away the precision engineering is a delight to see. Shame it’s so difficult to start at times but you have to love the quirks as once you hear that v twin bellow into life everything is forgiven
The Brenna brakes are awsome and to be honest a let out a big ‘yeehaa’ in my helmet when I fully tested them for the first time