The 2011 Ducati 848 EVO is a Superbike motorcycle, available in only one submodel, and new for 2011. While lacking traction control, the 2011 848 EVO is essentially a smaller displacement version of the Ducati 1198. All Ducati cycles are made in Bologna, Italy.
In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, American street bike manufacturers were perfecting cruisers, while Japanese makers were punching it out to see which company could build the Superbike with the highest top speed. At the same time, Ducati was perfecting steering geometry, suspension angles, and perfecting its Desmodronic (linked stroked) engine. Along with perfecting function, Ducati also designed some of the most stunning and iconic forms to have ever graced asphalt on two wheels. The 2011 Ducati 848 EVO is the direct result of Ducati’s obsessive drive for Superbike perfection and unmatched Italian flair. Few bikes can rival the 848 EVO’s ability to sweep a track and make nearly any rider look great while doing it. However, the EVO 848 is a super dedicated bike that demands as much from its rider as it gives. All Ducati Superbikes lack the all-day comfort found in other bike segments and a few hours in the saddle will have most riders rubbing backs and stretching shoulders. Even moderate commutes can be taxing on the Italian steed. Yet, all is forgiven as the EVO 848 possesses seemingly unearthly ability and charisma.
The 2011 848 EVO engine is a testament to Ducati's perseverance and innovation. Ducati has more experience and track wins with twin-cylinder, high performance engines than any other manufacturer. The V-twin or L-Twin (as Ducati names it), configuration remains central to Ducati's product plan. Experience, a continued focus on quality, and use of advanced materials and engineering techniques have enabled Ducati to deliver a rewarding ownership experience. In addition to being a quality engine, the Ducati’s powerplant produces immense horsepower and tree-stump pulling torque. From idle, torque builds quickly and eases off into a sweet spot at around 5000 rpm. Mid-rpm lull is felt from the slightest of throttle pulls while fuel delivery remains smooth. This allows the bike to cruise steadily at speed but also jump into action should a rider need immediate power. The L-twin delivers very modest engine vibrations to rider’s hands and sends rhythmic, visceral power pulses through the footpegs. Both of these sensations compliment the undeniably symphonic engine resonance escaping from the under-seat dual silencers. While center of gravity optimization doesn’t equal other bike designs, there really isn’t much driveline lash, even when casually lugging along in a taller gear.