After 20 years of world-level racing and a world championship in World Superbike in 2011, Carlos Checa has officially decided to retire from the sport. Checa, who turned 41 just a few days ago, made his debut on the world scene back in 1993, when he took part in the GP 250 championship. In the twenty […]
2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 Spied
A photograph has emerged of what is reported to be a new, smaller version of the Ducati Streetfighter featuring the company’s 848 engine.
The photograph, posted by a user on the Ducati.ms forum, was reportedly snapped outside Ducati’s factory in Bologna.
The banana yellow motorcycle sports a five-bolt hub on the rear wheel, similar to the Ducati 848EVO, whereas the current 1098cc Streetfighter has a six-bolt rear hub (pictured below from our 2009 Ducati Streetfighter review).
Also different is a new front end which, according to Ducati News Today, appears to use a upside-down Marzocchi fork and Brembo radial-mount calipers similar to the Ducati Monster 1100EVO. The larger Streetfighter has Ohlins forks with a Brembo monobloc, so the 848 version will be priced quite a bit lower than its older sibling.
An official announcement is expected in September.