This is an unashamed race bike with lights. It’s cramped, has a hard seat, an extreme riding position, low screen, rubbish tank range and you can’t see out of the mirrors, but you forgive all this for the way it handles. Stick a set of racing tyres on it and it’s the ultimate trackday tool and able to carry massive corner speed. It’s slightly slow steering out of the crate, but the fully adjustable suspension can be tweaked to dial this out. On the road it’s very stable and can get from A to B as fast as the best sportsbikes in the world.
The Ducati’s 849.4cc V-twin Testastretta engine has new cylinder heads, revised ports, hot cams, new pistons (increasing the compression ratio from 12.1 to 13.2:1) and new elliptical throttle bodies, up from 56mm to 60mm. Power is increased from a measured 122bhp to 126bhp over the old 848, which might not sound much but it’s given the 848 Evo a far more aggressive edge. The 848 Evo loves to be revved and when you do, it rewards you with savage acceleration. Being a big V-twin, you can still ride the torque, be lazy with the gears and cover ground almost as fast.
The bad old days of dodgy Italian electrics and iffy reliability has gone, Ducatis of this era are as dependable as the best Japanese bikes. Service intervals are every 7500-miles and build quality is superb.
Costing just over ten grand new the 848 Evo was only slightly more than a Yamaha R6 at the time and on par with bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade. We know what we’d rather have… Find a Ducati 848 for sale.
Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.
The 848 Evo does without some of the flashy electronics of Ducati’s range-topping machines (although you can have Ducati datalogging as an optional extra), but it comes with Brembos monobloc calipers (which are phenomenal) fully adjustable Showa suspension and a MotoGP replica mutli-function dash.