Ducati 848 Evo vs. Suzuki GSX-R750 vs. Triumph Daytona 675R

Middle Ground

By Ari Henning, Photography by Cali Photography, Joe Neric

2011 Ducati 848 Evo | Price $12,995

Tech Spec
Engine type:  l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train:  DOHC, 8v desmodromic
Displacement:  849cc
Bore x stroke:  94.0 x 62.1mm
Compression:  13.2:1
Fuel system:  EFI
Clutch:  Wet, multi-plate
Transmission:  6-speed
Measured horsepower:   117.0 bhp @ 10,500 rpm
Measured torque:   62.0 lb.-ft. @ 9500 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:   10.75 sec. @ 130.77 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:  4.40 sec
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):   40/29/36 mpg
Frame:  Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm
Front suspension:  Showa 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension:  Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake:  Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake:  Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire:  120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tire:  180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail:  24.5°/3.8 in.
Seat height:  32.2 in.
Wheelbase:  56.3 in.
Fuel capacity:  4.1 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):  430/406 lbs.
Colors:  Dark Stealth, Ducati Red
Availability:  Now
Warranty:  24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:  Ducati North America, 10443 Bandley Dr., Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 253-0499
www.ducati.com

Dyno
Predictably the V-twin makes the most torque, but those wavering lines make riding the 848 a chore. That dip in the midrange is annoyingly apparent, and the top-end recovery is abruptly interrupted by the rev limiter.





Ergos
The Ducati ranks last in comfort because of the slanted, rock-hard seat, exhaust heat and rigid ride. The 848 offers the most wiggle room, but the slanted seat encourages a forward migration that puts pressure on delicate equipment.


2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 | Price $11,999

Tech Spec
Engine type:  l-c inline-four
Valve train:  DOHC, 16v
Displacement:  750cc
Bore x stroke:  70.0 x 48.7mm
Compression:  12.5:1
Fuel system:  EFI
Clutch:  Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission:  6-speed
Measured horsepower:   122.1 bhp @ 12,500 rpm
Measured torque:   53.8 lb.-ft. @ 10,700 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:   10.40 sec. @ 134.70 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:  3.11 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):   37/27/33 mpg
Frame:  Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension:  Showa 41mm Big Piston Fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension:  Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake:  Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake:  Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire:  120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rear tire:  180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rake/trail:  23.5°/3.8 in.
Seat height:  31.9 in.
Wheelbase:  54.5 in.
Fuel capacity:  4.5 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):  424/397 lbs.
Colors:  Blue/white, black/silver
Availability:  Now
Warranty:  12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: American Suzuki Motor Corp., 3251 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea, CA 92821 (714) 996-7040
www.suzukicycles.com

Dyno
The GSX-R750 has more of the 1000’s power than it’s entitled to. Torque builds quickly and is sustained across the rev range while horsepower climbs to astronomical heights. From the saddle the thrust feels smooth, linear and unending.





Ergos
Even with its tight cockpit, the Suzuki is the most comfortable. A soft seat has a lot to do with that, as does a relatively upright riding position that keeps weight off your wrists. Too bad legroom is so limited.


2011 Triumph Daytona 675R | Price $11,999

Tech Spec
Engine type:  l-c inline-triple
Valve train:  DOHC, 12v
Displacement:  675cc
Bore x stroke:  74.0 x 54.3mm
Compression:  12.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Measured horsepower: 111.1 bhp @ 12,600 rpm
Measured torque: 48.4 lb.-ft. @ 10,600 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.72 sec @ 131.11 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 3.39 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 40/27/34 mpg
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm NIX30 fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Öhlins TTX36 shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 308mm discs
Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail: 23.9°/3.4 in.
Seat height: 32.7 in.
Wheelbase: 54.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 420/392 lbs.
Colors : Crystal white
Availability: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Triumph Motorcycles of America, 385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr., Newnan, GA 30265 (678) 854-2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

Dyno
The Daytona lacks the big numbers of the other bikes, but its peak figures aren’t too shabby, and look at those lines! Curves this flat are what make Triumph’s triples so endearing. Spin it up or short-shift it, the 675R has power everywhere.





Ergos
Narrow and high, the Daytona’s riding position feels purposeful but not uncompromising. Legroom is ample and the seat-to-bar distance is agreeable. With no appreciable vibrations to bother you, all the Triumph needs is a softer seat.

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AnnetteCarrion
Sorry about that, you should now see the correct dyno graph.
ktk_ace
I think the HP/torque graph for the 675R is missing on page 4...
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