"This bike is not linked to racing, like the 749," Sairu said. "The 749 was designed to perform in Supersport races, so its dynamics were not ideal for the street. For the 848, we wanted the best dynamics for the street, with no constraints due to racing." Too bad, then, that these testbikes weren't registered for road use. The 848 is deliberately less intimidating than the 1098 from which it is derived, and thus more inviting (both in terms of performance and cost) to riders new to the Ducati brand. Though they look identical, behind the fairing the two siblings are totally unique. The new 849cc desmo engine is less oversquare (94.0 x 61.2mm for a bore-to-stroke ratio of 1.535, compared to 104.0 x 67.4mm/1.543), and utilizes smaller 56mm elliptical throttle bodies, lower 12.0:1 compression and a reconfigured combustion chamber. These changes are all engineered to provide a broad, street-friendly torque spread, and still produce a claimed 134 peak horsepower-a 26-bhp increase over the 749.