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Old 08-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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CBR600 v Duc 848?s

I have an 07 CBR600 with about 11,000 miles on it. I love the bike(overall) but I also love the 848's(looks).

From a handling perspective how do they compare? I do an occasional trackday and ride twisties fairly regular(10,000 mi/yr) so handling is pretty important to me. I'm no racer but I want it to handle good, so which one do you think handles the best?

Also, from a power perspective what are the differences? Know the Duc is a 90* twin and the power is different as far as where it comes in and out but would I like going from an inline 4 to this or is it something that I would be dissapointed with?

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i would stick with the Honda if i were u. my buddy has a new 848 and the tranny has locked up on it twice already. both times have been covered under warrenty.

the Honda is bullet proof. i beat the outta mine for 2 seasons and never once had an issue with it.
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Ask Scorpio here on the board, he has an 848 now and he's been a Honda guy for awhile.
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Ask Scorpio here on the board, he has an 848 now and he's been a Honda guy for awhile.
Maybe he'll chime in on the topic. Thanks.

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i had a 04 gsxr 600 and then moved to a 06 ducati 749 and would pick the ducati hands down. i haven't ridden an 848 but i hear it handles better then the older 749. if you can afford the upkeep i would make an upgrade.
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ive ridden both... and in stock trim the 600RR blows the 848 away as far as handling goes. i can take a bone stock 600RR and run a few seconds off my race pace. the 848 in stock trim was so lame on the front end that i made it to turn 4 and brought it right back to the pits. the front end was retarded. the suspension on the 848 is not balanced at all. after my buddy spent $1500 on suspension it started to handle somewhat like a normal bike. lets just say he has $20k invested in it and id ride my fairly stock $6000 1000RR over it any day. dont get all caught up in the bling factor... the bikes will out perform the 848 anyday of the week.
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ive ridden both... and in stock trim the 600RR blows the 848 away as far as handling goes. i can take a bone stock 600RR and run a few seconds off my race pace. the 848 in stock trim was so lame on the front end that i made it to turn 4 and brought it right back to the pits. the front end was retarded. the suspension on the 848 is not balanced at all. after my buddy spent $1500 on suspension it started to handle somewhat like a normal bike. lets just say he has $20k invested in it and id ride my fairly stock $6000 1000RR over it any day. dont get all caught up in the bling factor... the bikes will out perform the 848 anyday of the week.
Thanks, that's what I was wondering.
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I enjoy the bike.
Jody is a much more seasoned rider than me, soo if he tells you the honda the better performer, then thats good enough for me.
I know if I could only have one bike, it would be a honda.
The 848 does take a little setup to handle good.
The rear preload was cranked WAY too high from the factory.
The tranny has been somewhat problematic for me with my upshifts not going in all the time.
I only do trackdays, but I know if I was a racer, I woulda canned it and went back to a honda for this reason alone.

Other than that, I don't have any complaints. The engine is a gem and comes on strong early pulling all the way up to redline.
, I'd keep this thing for the sound alone. With the LV slip on's, it sounds even badder than my old RC.
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I enjoy the bike.
Jody is a much more seasoned rider than me, soo if he tells you the honda the better performer, then thats good enough for me.
I know if I could only have one bike, it would be a honda.
The 848 does take a little setup to handle good.
The rear preload was cranked WAY too high from the factory.
The tranny has been somewhat problematic for me with my upshifts not going in all the time.
I only do trackdays, but I know if I was a racer, I woulda canned it and went back to a honda for this reason alone.

Other than that, I don't have any complaints. The engine is a gem and comes on strong early pulling all the way up to redline.
, I'd keep this thing for the sound alone. With the LV slip on's, it sounds even badder than my old RC.
When's the next TD your doing? I'd like to take a closer look at it if you'll be at the MSR TD on 9-7, I'm trying to make that one.

Thanks for the input and help.

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eww la la!! If I had the extra 5 grand I so would have bought the pearl white Duc!! SO PURDY!!

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If I get one that's the one it'll be, pearl white.

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i have one, and i think it's highly over rated. It's hard to find a place that can work on ducatis. the ride is no where as smooth at a I4. I would rather have my 06 r6 or my 05 600rr than my 08 848.
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i have one, and i think it's highly over rated. It's hard to find a place that can work on ducatis. the ride is no where as smooth at a I4. I would rather have my 06 r6 or my 05 600rr than my 08 848.


Most of the reviews I've read have been on the race track, and most of those have been overwhelmingly possitive. I think the Ducati's were designed more for this arena than street riding. The bikes are the better all around do everything bikes and I would'nt want the 848 for a street only bike.

No twin is gonna be as smooth as an I-4. Some don't like it, but I think it gives the bike character enhancing the riding experience. Supposedly the twin hooks up better than the I-4's also as the tire has a longer "recovery time" between firing pulses.

There are 2 ducati dealers in town that I know of and Andy over at Metric can work on desmo's as well. Motorcycles Unlimited has done routine maintanaince on mine also, soo theres another option.
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Most of the reviews I've read have been on the race track, and most of those have been overwhelmingly possitive. I think the Ducati's were designed more for this arena than street riding. The bikes are the better all around do everything bikes and I would'nt want the 848 for a street only bike.

No twin is gonna be as smooth as an I-4. Some don't like it, but I think it gives the bike character enhancing the riding experience. Supposedly the twin hooks up better than the I-4's also as the tire has a longer "recovery time" between firing pulses.

There are 2 ducati dealers in town that I know of and Andy over at Metric can work on desmo's as well. Motorcycles Unlimited has done routine maintanaince on mine also, soo theres another option.

IDK... my rc ate tires.
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IDK... my rc ate tires.
Twins have more twist(torque) than a I-4, soo I can see how that might be true. Not to mention the RC was an overweight bike to begin with.
I would'nt say my old RC ate tires much faster than any of my liter bikes though.
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Most of the reviews I've read have been on the race track, and most of those have been overwhelmingly possitive. I think the Ducati's were designed more for this arena than street riding. The bikes are the better all around do everything bikes and I would'nt want the 848 for a street only bike.

No twin is gonna be as smooth as an I-4. Some don't like it, but I think it gives the bike character enhancing the riding experience. Supposedly the twin hooks up better than the I-4's also as the tire has a longer "recovery time" between firing pulses.

There are 2 ducati dealers in town that I know of and Andy over at Metric can work on desmo's as well. Motorcycles Unlimited has done routine maintanaince on mine also, soo theres another option.
Motorcycles Unlimited is the only ones that have done anything to my Duc, Joe and Brandon LOVE working on Ducs. Never an issue, always done right the first time.
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