Ducati Streetfighter 848 Chassis

January 21, 2015

Ducati Streetfighter 848 Chassis

Exceptional dry weight of 169 kg, the Streetfighter 848 has the best power-weight ratio in its category. The new Trellis frame, characterised by a rake angle of 24.5° and a fork yoke offset of 103 mm, has the same geometry as that on the Superbike 848, ensuring maximum responsiveness to rider control.

Fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks feature a natural chrome slider finish and radial mounts for the brake callipers and are fully adjustable in spring preload as well as compression and rebound damping.

The new Streetfighter 848 uses powerful 4-piston radially-mounted Brembo calipers on dual 320 mm discs at the front and a 2-piston caliper at the rear that acts on a 245 mm disc , thus ensuring efficient, instantly available, awesome braking power.

A fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear operates through a progressive linkage and is also fully adjustable in spring preload and damping, both in compression and rebound.

The riding position on the Streetfighter 848 gives maximum control thanks to a dominant stance achieved through in-depth study of seat-footpegs-handlebar distances, providing maximum comfort without changing the unique 'feel' that only a Ducati-designed naked can offer its rider.

The 10-spoke wheels, 5.5 inches at the rear and 3.5 inches at the front, made of lightweight black-finished aluminium, help reduce overall bike weight and also make sure that limitation of unsprung weight (i.e. the mass of all the components between the suspension and the road surface - wheels, tyres, brake calipers and discs etc.) is achieved. When these parts rotate they would, if too heavy, affect the handling characteristics of the bike on account of the gyroscopic effect.

At the rear, the all-new single-sided swingarm, finished in black, is a high-grade aluminium cast that has been lengthened by 35 mm with respect to the Superbike, thus taking the overall wheelbase to 1475 mm for even more uncompromising acceleration.

The Streetfighter 848 mounts Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, created using technology developed in the World Superbike Championship. The front 120/70ZR17 tyre is built with a 0° steel circumferential belt that ensures maximum performance during both extreme braking and at the turn-in point, while the new rear 180/60ZR17 tyre has the same aspect ratio as the tyres used in national and world Supersport competitions. The rear tyre offers a larger contact surface area than the 180/55, rendered even more effective by a slick zone at the maximum lean angle. The higher and slightly wider profile increases rider comfort, while the larger 'footprint' gives increased traction during acceleration and improved stability on the straight.

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