If there’s a common thread that ties the Buell 1125R and Ducati 848 together, it’s that they both thumb their noses at established engine displacement classes. Ducati and Buell have each scaled its latest sportbike model with the interests of the road rider in mind, racing rules be damned. While 276cc and $1000 in price separate this pair of sporting Twins, we felt they represent a comparable matchup in terms of outright performance.
Ducati 848 and Buell 1125R.
The Ducati 848 is in essence a 1098 Lite, sharing many parts with its larger sibling, winner of just about every moto-magazine accolade last year. Powered by an 849cc version of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine with a shortened stroke and smaller bore, the super-size middleweight 848 finds its place in Ducati’s 2008 lineup as a less-demanding-to-ride and more-affordable option to the 1098.
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