Neal Bayly of SPEED and AllAboutBikes' own Julian Taylor compare a Ducati 848 Evo and a Triumph Daytona 675R at Carolina Motorsports Park. While the Ducati was tuned by Fast Frank Racing, stripped of its road gear, and equipped with an ECU and Termignoni exhausts, the Triumph, even with its Öhlins R suspension and a quick shifter, is a stock bike.
Both the 848 and the 675 are fitted with Bridgestone Battlax dry slick tires. The sticky Bridgestone slicks provided plenty of grip for confidence in aggressive leans even on this chilly morning.
While Bayly and Taylor agreed that both the Ducati's twin and the Triumph's triple deliver loads of mid-range power, they noticed a difference in the bikes' gearboxes. "There is a lot more gear movement with the triple," said Taylor. "With the twin, I knew where I was and where I had to be placed for each corner."
See what these two British blokes thought about the Ducati 848 Evo and the Triumph Daytona 675R, and look out for part two of this two-day shoot out.