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Remembering The 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter

2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter

When it comes to vintage motorbikes, you can’t miss the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter. Ducati introduced the Ducati 848 Streetfighter in 2012 to cover a hole in its lineup, to offer a younger sibling to the 1099cc Streetfighter. Ducati had found itself in a position of having created a naked street bike, the Streetfighter 1098, which was too powerful for the safety and comfort of most riders. They hence required to tame the motorbike a bit by introducing the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter. So, what was the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter like? Here is an exclusive review of remembering the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter.

2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter Overview

The Ducati 848 Streetfighter is a 2012 sub superbike introduced by Ducati as a less powerful, middleweight version bike to the Streetfighter 1098. According to Bikesales, the company aimed to provide a friendlier bike at a more affordable price. This bike retained much of its predecessor performance, even featuring an enhanced side-to-side response from the frame-geometry changes that make it more suitable for the streets. The motorbike is available in three colors; matte black, red, and yellow.


The Streetfighter series has always combined elegance and aggression, and the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter was not left behind. While the 848 is not as aggressive as the 1098 streetfighter, with the rider triangle allowing for a more upright position, it’s still a naked bike with a one-track design. A minimalist motorbike, the Ducati 848 Streetfighter comes with just what it requires to accomplish its mission. According to Asphalt & Rubber, the exposed frame members highlight the lack of body panels while the narrow, L-twin engine maintains a compact frame with an adequately defined waist. This makes for a comfortable riding position for your legs. The small instrument display and molded lights keep the motorcycle looking well-designed and clean.


The 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter features a Testastretta 11° engine that produces up to 132hp at 10,000rpm. This engine is a smaller capacity version compared to the 848 Evo. The engine transmits the drive to a wet clutch that is one kilo lighter than the dry version. The clutch also has increased durability, an enhanced feel, and lower levels of noise-making. Riding the bike much fun regardless of the situation.Also, the Testastretta 11° comes with a high-quality crankcase made via pressure die casting that is significantly lightweight with greater strength and consistent wall thickness. The steering geometry has been enhanced to give the motorbike higher agility. With a lower maximum speed than 1098, the bike does not need to compromise its geometry to have high flat-out agility. The suspension has also been improved with gentler damping and a softer rear spring.


The Ducati 848 Streetfighter comes with a new Trellis frame characterized by a rake angle of 24.5 degrees and a fork yoke offset of 103 mm. this provides the model with similar geometry as the Superbike 848 and gives the maximum responsiveness to the rider control. The rider riding position on the Ducati 848 Streetfighter provides maximum control thanks to the dominant stance achieved via the comprehensive study of seat-handlebar-footpegs distances. This offers maximum comfort without changing the unique feel that just a Ducati-designed naked can provide its riders. Ducati did not leave out advanced technology when designing the Streetfighter 848. According to MotorcycleDaily, the bike comes with a Ducati Traction Control (DTC) with eight profiles or sensitivity levels, each with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to the advanced riding skill levels. The bike handling is sublime, mixing a neutral and natural feel with a sharp response to bar pressure and quick direction changes. Stopping this motorbike are four pistons featuring radially-mounted Brembo calipers with dual 320mm discs at the front and a rear 2-piston caliper featuring a 245mm disc. This Ducati 848 Streetfighter uses 10-spoke lightweight aluminum wheels, 3.5 inches wide up front and 5.5 inches wide at the rear. Pirelli Diablo Rossi Corsa tires designed with the World Superbike Championship technology have been mounted on these wheels.

2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter Specifications

  • Chassis
  • Frame: Trellis tubular steel frame in ALS 450
  • Front suspension: Marzocchi 43milimeters completely adjustable used forks
  • Front Tire: Pirelli Diablo Corsa 120/70 ZR17
  • Front-wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
  • Fuel tank capacity: 16.5l to 4.4 gallons (US)
  • Wet weight: 199kg (439pounds)
  • Dry weight: 169kg (373pounds)
  • Wheelbase: 1475mm (58.1 inches)
  • Rake: 24.5°
  • Seat height: 840mm (33inches)
  • Rear suspension: Completely adjustable Sachs mono-shock with progressive linkage.
  • Rear-wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
  • Rear Tire: Pirelli Diablo Corsa ZR17 180/60
  • Front Brake: 2 by 320mm semi-floating discs. Brembo 4-piston calipers, 2-pad.
  • Rear Brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Engine
  • Type: liquid-cooled, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic,
  • Torque: 69lb-ft @ 9500rpm
  • Top speed: 124 mph
  • Fuel injection: Marelli electronic, elliptical throttle bodies
  • Displacement: 849cc
  • Bore x Stroke: “over-square” 94 x 61.2mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.2:1
  • Power: 132horsepower @ 10.000rpm
  • Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with two lambda probes and catalytic converter
  • Transmission
  • Gearbox: 6 speeds
  • Clutch: Wet clutch with hydraulic control
  • Primary drive: Straight cut gears, of a 1.84:1 ratio
  • Final drive: Chain; Rear sprocket 42; Front sprocket 15


Now that you understand the history and features of the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter, you most likely wonder about the bike’s price. The price tag of the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter is around $12,490, which is a bit reasonable. By looking around the bike and its high-quality components, you will quickly realize that it offers excellent value for the price.

Bottom Line

Ultimately, we hope you now have a clear idea of the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter. If you are searching for an exclusive bike to play with, ride up and down the hills or play with, ride up and down the mountains or in canyons, you will find it hard to get a better bike than the 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter. It’s agile, fast, and light but also perfect of r relatively inexperienced riders. Although motorbikes models have evolved gradually through the years, the bike makes an ideal fast bike for riders coming off a tremendous fast bike or these tired of trying to make motorbikes designed for racing to work on the road. Like the actual streets and road corners, this 2012 Ducati 848 Streetfighter was made for that.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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