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2010 Ducati Streetfighter First Ride

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
2010 Ducati Streetfighter
The 2010 Ducati Streetfighter has finally hit the streets... and they will never be the same aboard the latest Duc.
For good or bad, first assumptions are an integral part of decisions. It’s why you first choose to date that girl you met at the bar and the reason why you lust after that low slung coupe resting inside the showroom. The motorcycle world is no different, thus I had already made up my mind on the all-new 2010 Ducati Streetfighter

Based on available info, like many I presumed that the Streetfighter was nothing more than a stripped down and restyled version of the Ducati 1098 Superbike. But after a day spent flogging (and crashing) it at what’s become my No. 1 favorite racetrack of all-time, the Ascari Race Resort in southern Spain, boy was I wrong…

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

Most parents recite this and Italian folks are no different, so it’s no surprise that the heart of the Streetfighter is Ducati’s tried-and-true liquid-cooled 1099cc L-Twin engine as used in the 2008 Ducati 1098 Superbike. The Streetfighter, however, benefits from a new vacuum die-cast manufacturing process (first introduced on the 2008 Ducati 848) allowing for a lighter crankcase without compromising its strength.

The cylinders use the same 104 x 64.7mm bore/stroke dimensions as the 1098. The cylinder head is also the same, making use of four 42mm intake valves and an equal number of 34mm exhaust valves controlled via Ducati’s unique Desmodromic valve actuation system.

Fueling the engine is a pair of Marelli fuel injectors that pump fuel into elongated oval-shaped throttle bodies. The injectors receive fresh air via a modified air tract that is required due to the Streetfighter’s unique front facia design. The results is a claimed five horsepower decrease in power output.

2010 Ducati Streetfighter
The new Ducati Streetfighter sources a near identical liquid-cooled L-Twin as the 1098 Superbike, with the Streetfighter sporting twin shotgun-style pipes.
Combustion remnants are passed though a 1mm-thick, 2-into-1-into-2 steel exhaust system, which exits via twin stainless-steel shotgun style mufflers on the right side of the motorcycle. Within the pipes, a pair of sensors read exhaust gases to ensure proper fuel mapping. An electronically-controlled valve inside the mid-section further aids performance and also keeps noise to a reasonable level at lower RPMs. One downside to the exhaust design is it requires the removal of the mufflers before taking off the rear wheel.

If you’ve ever peeled off the side body panels on a 1098 Superbike you’ll be surprised by how many hoses and wires are hidden behind the panel. Since the Streetfigher has no side body panels it can’t afford the same luxury. Therefore, Ducati engineers devoted tremendous attention to carefully hiding potential eyesores.

In doing so, a redesigned engine cooling system was engineered specially with aesthetics in mind. Where the 1098/1198 Superbike makes use of a radiator and an oil-cooler, the Streetfighter uses twin curved black radiators stacked atop each other. Additionally, a water-to-oil heat exchanger is tucked behind the lower radiator.

Last but not least, the right-side clutch cover is now constructed from magnesium and the left-side covers are painted carbon-grey. Capping it off are stylized carbon-fiber cam belt covers that come standard on the up-spec S model (the base Streetfigher’s are black plastic).

The rest of the Streetfighter powertrain, including the close-ratio six-speed transmission, final drive gearing (sprocket sizes) and dry multi-plate hydraulic clutch remain the same as the 1098/1198 Superbikes.

2010 Ducati Streetfighter2010 Ducati Streetfighter s swingarm is 35mm longer than the one on the 1098 1198 Superbike.Note the Ducati Traction Control  DTC  wheel speed sensor on the front wheel of the Streetfighter S.
The Streetfighter utlizes a steel trellis frame, Showa suspension (Ohlins on higher-spec S) and Brembo brakes.
The Streetfighter’s chassis is comprised of a black steel-Trellis frame (the S model gets a bronze painted frame) that appears identical to the 1098/1198 Superbike. The key difference, however, is the Streetfighter’s makes use of less aggressive steering geometry (25.6-degree rake compared to the 1098/1198’s 24.5-degree). The lower fork triple-clamp is also sturdier and of a unique shape while the black-anodized single-sided swingarm is 35mm longer compared to the Superbike, extending the wheelbase to 58.1 inches. Also new are the Graphite Grey 10-spoke Marchesini aluminum-alloy wheels.

Suspension components including: fork, shock, adjustable rear linkage and steering damper are identical as the outgoing 1098 Superbike. Up front a Showa 43mm inverted fork is 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound. The equally adjustable rear shock absorber is also manufactured Showa.

The up-spec S model takes things a step further by replacing the Showa pieces with equally adjustable Ohlins components as well as substituting lighter, bronze-painted 5-spoke forged aluminum Marchesini wheels. Both models utilize Pirelli’s versatile street/trackday Super Corsa III rubber in sizes 120/70-17 front and 190/55-17 rear.

Similar to Ducati’s other high-end motorcycles, the Streetfighter sources high-performance brakes from Italian partner, Brembo. Up front, a pair of radial-mount monobloc calipers latch onto 330mm rotors. A radial-mount master cylinder (with adjustable lever position) powers the set-up through stainless-steel brake lines. A 245mm braking disc with a twin-piston caliper handles rear braking duties.

Next to its chassis, perhaps the biggest difference between the Streetfighter and its Superbike brethren is in the ergonomics department. Most notable is its use of a standard aluminum handlebar, which reduces the rider's stretch from the seat to the handlebar. The seat itself is also thicker, which translates into more legroom for the rider.

Looks are Everything

Unfortunately.. she doesn t come with the bike..
Readers are no strangers to the Streetfighter's styling, the sleek-looking Ducati making its debut late last year.
Next to sheer performance, aesthetics rank high on a Ducati engineer’s list when crafting a new masterpiece. Yet again, they’ve managed to hit a homerun in the styling department. If you look closely at the front facia, the twin air intakes and LED running lights are located in the same position as the Superbike. Above, a larger halogen head light is flanked by sleek-looking stalk-mount turn signals. Also new are the stylized fluid reservoirs, and its smaller switchgear not only look cooler, they function more intuitively too.

A fresh-looking instrument display stays in theme with the slimmer handlebar-mounted switchgear. By default the display provides speed information digitally, while rpms are displayed in a bar graph style from left-to-right. Additional functionality, including time, ambient air/coolant temperature, battery voltage, and trip meters, can be accessed via the left-hand handlebar-mounted switch. The S model adds additional functionality with its standard Ducati Data Analysis (DDA) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) feature. The dash unit also incorporates various warning lights (neutral, turn signals, high beam, rev limit, low oil pressure, fuel reserve and DTC intervention status (on S model), as well as scheduled maintenance.

Besides from some very subtle differences, the front fender, fuel tank, and rear tail section all resemble the 848/1098/1198. However, the Streetfighter makes use of LED lighting components below the main headlight and within the taillight.
2010 Ducati Streetfighter
The Ducati Streetfighter riding position is less agressive but still hints to its sportbike style and heritage.

Sum of its Components?

On paper, you’d think that sharing many major technical components with its Superbike lineage would translate into essentially the same performance on the Streetfighter. And while there are many similarities, especially in terms of its drivetrain, when it comes to its handling, this is where these motorcycles differ most. 

Sit on the motorcycle and the first thing you notice is its racy, forward slanted riding position. It’s not nearly as aggressive as the Superbike, yet it’s still at such a level you know you’re not riding around on a cruiser. Like the Ducati Superbikes, the Streetfighter feels exceptionally slim between your legs. Roll around at parking lot speeds, however, and you’ll notice how it is much less daunting to operate compared to the Superbike—a definite plus on the street.

As you roll out of pit lane and onto Ascari’s 3.3-mile, 26-turn road course, the Streetfighter feels relaxed and less twitchy than the Superbike. As soon as you crack the throttle a tremendous wave of torque greets you. But with its slightly longer wheelbase, controlling that power wheelie feels a little friendlier.

Even with its longer wheelbase getting the front wheel of the ground is too easy.
Even with its longer wheelbase, getting the front wheel off the ground is too easy.
Stay in the power and you’ll be thrust forward with the immediate traction only a big-bore Twin can deliver. Despite its claimed five horsepower loss (due to redesigned ram-air intake tract) you won’t notice a difference. Yet, engine fueling remains both smooth and precise, while power increases in a progressive manner before the rev limiter cuts in abruptly at 10,200 rpm.

First gear is on the tall side which is great on the track but will require more clutch finesse when leaving the stoplight on the street. The remaining five gears feel especially close to one another, which work in unison with the absurd amount of engine torque to keep you accelerating forward in any gear.

Although Ascari’s surface is almost bowling-alley-lane smooth, the Streetfighter barely shows any hint of instability through the handlebars. Quite an accomplishment considering the 30-mph crosswind gusts as you motor down one of Ascari’s two straightaway sections.

I could blame it on the crosswinds, but the Streetfighter requires just a hair more effort at the turn-in point. By no means has the “relaxed” steering geometry comprised handling, it just doesn’t feel as sharp as the racetrack-oriented Superbike.

With the Ohlin’s components, the Streetfighter settles quickly into the corner. It feels balanced and delivers considerable amount of feel despite the relatively stiff construction of the Pirelli Corsa III rubber. It also has an adequate amount of adjustment to compensate for riders unique size and skill level.
2010 Ducati Streetfighter
The higher-spec Ohlins suspension components found on the Streetfighter S were well-suited to track work.

For some, (myself included) slowing down is one of the most entertaining elements of a ride. And with the voracious stopping power of the brakes, you’ll find yourself dive bombing into corners faster than you probably should. Fortunately, that speed-shedding power comes with an absurd amount of lever feel which makes it that much easier. One aspect that can still be improved on however is the rear tire’s tendency to chatter when slowing aggressively. Working the clutch smoothly can mask the problem; nonetheless a slipper-clutch would cure the issue for good.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features of the new Streetfighter S model is its employment of Ducati’s proprietary traction control system. Engineered based on technology used within Ducati Corse’s world-wide racing efforts, the DTC system uses independent wheel speed sensors to determine if the rear wheel is spinning, signifying a loss in traction. If a loss of traction is detected, the ECU then reduces engine power until traction is restored. Eight separate rider-adjustable profiles (1 being the lowest, 8 the highest) instruct the ECU on how much tire spin is tolerated.

Road Test Editor Waheed tests the abrasion resistance of his Alpinestars gear... And it passed.
Road Test Editor Waheed tests the abrasion resistance of his Alpinestars gear... And it passed.
Ducati had set our bike with a DTC baseline setting of six. On the warm-up lap, if you looked at the dash, you’d notice the red traction control activation light, yet you wouldn’t notice any rough engine running or pause in acceleration like you would on a non-wheel speed sensor equipped traction control system. The system also has logic to allow you to still pull wheelies without any intervention—another big plus.

In fact, with the system enabled, we didn’t notice the rear tire spin at all, which in itself is a testament to its effectiveness, especially when you consider how much power it puts down (approximately 135 at the wheel). Now if Ducati could just somehow discover a way to prevent the front wheel from losing traction…

So Is the Streetfighter for You?

Despite not actually riding the Streetfighter on the street (Ducati cited safety reasons, and after driving around in Europe
2010 Ducati Streetfighter
The Ducati Streetfighter may not be a true track motorcycle but it is still fun to fly though the corners - at Ascari or any circuit for that matter.
for the last few days you can’t blame them), for me I’d still take a 1098/1198 Superbike.

However, based on its more inviting ergonomics and kinder parking-lot speed manners, we think it will be much better suited for life in the city and will allow riders wishing to experience the unadulterated joy of Ducati Superbike ownership without all the associated flash of a “crotch-rocket”.

Nonetheless, its tall first-gear and slightly grabby clutch might dissuade potential riders from use on the streets. Yet it’s what makes this motorcycle feel like a true Ducati racebike, and the primary reason many continue to gravitate towards the brand.

It’s also important to note that at $14,995 in base trim, the Ducati Streetfighter costs $1505 less than its Superbike equivalent. Better yet, the $18,995 Streetfigther S costs $2800 less than an 1198 S. And still you get all the trick goodies (Ohlins suspension, lighter wheels, DDA, DTC, carbon fiber front fender and belt covers), making it quite a bargain for a motorcycle packed with that much performance and technology. Thus, if you’re looking for the fastest, most high-performance streetfighter motorcycle, without a doubt the Ducati Streetfighter is it. Interested in making one yours? Within the U.S. the bike should arrive in your local dealership circa mid-May 2009. 

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Ascari Race Resort
The 3.2-mile  26-turn Ascari Race Resort in southern Spain is about as good as a racetrack gets.
Consider for a moment, your idea of a perfect racetrack: First and foremost it would have to be long - minimum 3-miles right? Plus it has to be fast, preferably with some ultra high-speed kinks. Those are always fun right? But you’re also going to want some slow speed stuff because remember, Supersport motorcycles can be just as fun to ride as liter-class Superbikes. Then there’s elevation. Without a doubt, you’ve got to have some challenging uphill and downhill sections. Yet it’s also got to be smooth, I mean, bumps are cool sometimes but this is our dream track so, the smoother the better. Oh yeah, and how could we forget about banking?

Then there’s the matter of trackside amenities. How does a five-star restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, showers, WI-FI internet and complete catering sound? Well, this isn’t some whimsical dream. It’s Ascari Race Resort and you’re going to need a trunk-filled with cash to experience it.

Nestled in the beautiful hills of southern Spain, near the city of Ronda, this piece of motorsports nirvana is the brain child of motorsports enthusiast, Klaas Zwart, and was the chosen venue for the press introduction of the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter motorcycle. Constructed in 2000, based off Zwart’s need to develop his own-line of exotic street-legal racecars, Ascari can be yours too for upwards of $35,000 a day.

For that price you have access to the entire 3.3-mile, 26-turn road course which can be run in various configurations. Then there is the luxury 20-room hotel, restaurant, business center, spa, clubhouse, golf driving range, clay shooting range, off-road and go-kart tracks, pool, and even a helicopter landing pad all accessible for the right price. The racetrack alone is good enough to warrant its extreme price tag, but then when you factor in all of its world-class amenities, it’s one of the finest motorsports venues the world has ever seen.
2010 Ducati Streetfighter Specs
The Streetfighter’s chassis is comprised of a black steel-Trellis frame  the S model gets a bronze painted frame  that appears identical to the 1098 1198 Superbike.
Engine: Liquid-cooled­ 1099cc L-Twin; 8 val. DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 104 x 64.7mm
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Fuel Delivery: Marelli fuel-injection
Horsepower: 155 hp @ 9500 rpm (claimed)
Torque: 85 lb-ft @ 9500 rpm (claimed)
Clutch: Dry; Multi-plate; Hydraulic actuation
Transmission: 6-speed; Chain final drive
Frame: Steel-Trellis
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm inverted fork, 3-way adjustable for preload, compression and rebound; 5.0 in. travel; S Model: Ohlins 43mm inverted fork with TiN; 3-way adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Showa gas-charged shock, 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound; 5.0 in. travel; S Model: Ohlins gas-charged shock, 3-way adjustable; 5.0 in. travel
Front Brakes: 330mm discs with radial-mount Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Corsa III 120/70R17 190/55R17
Dry Weight: 373 lbs; S Model: 368 lbs. (claimed)
Wheelbase: 58.1 in.
Length: 83.5 in.
Rake: 25.6-deg,
Seat Height: 33.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal.
MSRP: $14,995; S Model: $18,995
Warranty: Two year
Colors: Red, Pearl White; S Model: Red, Midnight Black

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Comments
Jack -tall and heavy.....  December 16, 2010 05:54 AM
Anybody have any recommendations for a comfortable and powerful
ducati for a long time chopper rider. Plus I am 270lbs. I like the styling of the naked sport bikes, I don't like plastic on my machine.
Any advice please.

dave -roar  December 14, 2010 05:39 AM
BEAST OF A BIKE MATE!
donvitto -rear tire rubbing the swingarm on the streetfighter  November 13, 2010 03:47 PM
guys does anyone know the issue when changing the tires with this bike? basically any tire different than CORSA 3 rub the swingarm during the run due the small clearance between tire and swingarm.
In Italy we owners have signed a formal letter of complain and we sent the letter to Borgo Panigale plus motorcycle magazines.

DUCATI has formally responded and called all of us who signed the letter and assured us the tech team is finding a solution which will be available at early 2011. If you got the same problem go on the ducati.ms forum...there is a thread open for this.
Giovanni -for Stan  August 25, 2010 01:24 AM
quote: "Also, once you get tired of riding 1,000cc+ bikes, and you will, you'll grow to appreciate the fact that you USE the power more completely on an 800cc motorcycle, and that makes it WAY more fun to take out everyday and SMILE. It also challenges you to push the smaller bike to get the max out of it, always learning. always testing yourself." Try the Monster 1100S and than we talk again... here below just some data to motivate you for the test drive: Monster 796 (a great bike for public roads) power 58,8 kW - 80 CV @ 9'000 rpm torque 69 Nm - 7,0 kgm @ 7'750 rpm weight 167 kg (-4kg with carbon Termignoni) suspension Showa Monster 1100S (the perfect bike for public roads) power 69,8 kW - 95 CV @ 7'500 rpm (1500 more CV 1500 rpm earlier!!!) torque 103 Nm - 10,5 kgm @ 6'000 rpm (50% more Torque 1750 rpm earlier) I believe that on public roads torque is much more important than power weight 168 kg (-4kg with carbon Termignoni) (only plus 1 kg!!!) suspension Ohlins TiN (the 1100S is a much better suspended bike) the power delivery on the 1100S is absolutely linear and the combination engine chassis and suspension makes a very easy to ride bike. You can squeeze out all the performance very easily on public roads (I believe that on a very tight mountain road it is faster than the streetfighter, and the superbikes) and you can use it in the traffic as a scooter. The M1100 is expensive but with that money you are buying a lot.
Stan -Hmmmmm...  August 2, 2010 09:03 AM
I went to the Ducati dealership this Saturday. I'm mostly interested in the new 2011 Monster 796. I am surprised that it has a nice seat to footpeg feel. Maybe even slightly moreso than my Honda Interceptor. So I know it'll be comfy for longer trips, and maybe even some nice short touring. It was comfy, compact, light as hell, and the reach to the bars was the same forward lean as my Interceptor. I'm 6'2" with a 35" inseam. The 796 I like better than the 696 because it matches my Interceptor for horsepower (minus about 175lbs!). I also like that it has the single-sided swingarm.

I also sat on the Streetfighter. I have to give it one thing; The legroom was IMPRESSIVE! It sat higher. I should say high for a naked, although the Monster almost felt mini bike-ish when I threw my leg over and sat down.

One thing I don't like is the fact that you have to take the exhaust off the Streetfighter to get the rear tire off! Bulls**t engineering. Costly. Probably voids a friggin' warranty if you do it yourself or have another shop change your tires! Make no mistake, the 7,500 mile maintenance cost is about doible that of the Monster. I checked with their service department. Monster 696, 796, and 1100 are $400. The SF is about $900+. I ride too often to justify spending about $2k a year for maintenance, but $800 is reasonable to me.

Also, once you get tired of riding 1,000cc+ bikes, and you will, you'll grow to appreciate the fact that you USE the power more completely on an 800cc motorcycle, and that makes it WAY more fun to take out everyday and SMILE. It also challenges you to push the smaller bike to get the max out of it, always learning. always testing yourself.

Why do you think a ton of experienced riders love those Ninja 250's?! They're light, rev up from the word 'go', and you can ring them out in the twisties. Well, the Monster 696 and 796 can challenge them on the tightest backroads now, being they weight less than a Ninja 250 dry or wet.
sachin -bike  July 10, 2010 05:26 AM
beutiful bike in the world
Kyle -for all the ones that say its not worth it  May 19, 2010 05:23 PM
I own a 2010 Ducati Streetfighter with the full termigoni exhuast, ECU and air filter. if you have no respect for local traffic enforcement and want a bike you can control at high speeds flying down the freeway at around 280 kmh or 173mph (top speed)and then get into the city and pull the front wheel up out of a 90 degree right turn by just rolling on the throttle, this is the bike for you. ive ridin the 1198s and its a deffenetly quicker easier to throw around at 200kmh+ but for the street and everyday riding enviorment, the streetfighter takes the cake for basically every motorcycle manufacturer. fun factor on the sf is off the charts. thats why its what i ride
Quinn -Mr  April 27, 2010 02:11 AM
Test rode this bike yesterday. First impressions were- very comfortable, easy to ride, very very quick, and the sound! f"*king awesome sound!!! This had the termignoni slip-ons. The sound and badass look of the bike attract a lot of attention through town. plenty on thumbs up from passers by. At certain angles its not the most beautiful bike, but for some reason i like the modern styling and it has plenty of character. I'm not looking for perfection- like some of you here. I'm looking for a bike that makes you feels great, and this bike more than makes you feel great.
Giovanni -Monster 1100S for the road and 1198 for the track  April 13, 2010 02:19 AM
I do not think that the SF does not make sense but of course it lack of"focus"... I have a Ducati Monster 1100S and I like it because is a street focused bike. From 0-100 km/hr it accelerates as fast as the streetfighter and it keep up with almost every bike up to 160 km/hr. how often do you go over that speed on a real road? and for how long? Moreover, the M1100S is lighter (because it is air-cooled) and shorter than the SF and therefore the Monster is more agile and easier to drive. I believe that on a tight mountain road most of the people will be faster on a Monster 100S than on the Streetfighter. Now the M1100S is a street focused bike and therefore is not good for the track. I believe that you if you can afford it the best solution is to have a M1100S for the real roads and a 1198 Superbike for the track days. I believe that the Street fighter make sense for people that likes to go once in wile on a track but can afford to buy only one bike... still with this bike on public roads you need to be very responsible, because most of the fun with this bike is at high-speeds... On the SF I would loose my driving license very fast.
CAPONE -you can't fool me Ducati  April 11, 2010 06:11 PM
Although the look is almost perfect, the practicality of a streetfighter has been lost in this model. Giovanni is right, this bike makes no sense. I'm waiting for a fuel efficient naked bike with torque that doesn't break the bank, designed on the premise of less is more which is the true spirit of the streetfighter. If this bike were a car it would be a cadalac escalade. I want a "green" good looking motorcycle that celebrates structure, smart mechanics, and integrated design solutions. I want a bike that isn't pretentious. I want a "streetfighter" Ducati!!!
Giovanni -Streetfighter VS Superbike  January 22, 2010 08:27 AM
This is why I think that streetfighters are better on public road than superbikes. about the wind protection: for public roads I prefer to do not have wind protection because it help me to keep my driving license... without wind protection you feel to go faster than with wind protection. On a Superbike I would need to spend much more time at silly speeds to have the same fun... and It is all about the fun Also I think that for "real roads" a streetfighter position is better than the superbike one. To load all that weight on the front (as on a superbike) it is a good idea only if the road quality is as good as on the track, which is almost never the case... I know that some people prefer the superbikes also for real roads because the wind protection will make them more confortable on long trips. Still I do not see the point of doing touring on a sport-bike.
wong_gawe -stupid , if you choose ducati street fighter  November 17, 2009 10:32 PM
this bike are not for normal bike ducati street , not easy to ride
AB -Nice but impractical  September 26, 2009 11:23 AM
The bike will get you into the 200+ kmh zone but... then what. Anything going that fast needs wind protection from my experience. A naked bike is awesome, i love the position...but you need a head the size of a pencil-eraser tip to prevent head whip. And BTW. Ducati videos always look good, but use the worst music--over-worked derivative Techno. The music is made for cocaine or X crowds that have left their critical judgement of electronic music at the door. It has no place for sober viewers; it makes the entire episode look cheesy and desperate. Let the fragging bike speak (growl) for itself.
michael -ducati streetfighter  September 8, 2009 11:34 AM
how much do the normal streetfighters cost, not the s version? please email me at michaelvd97@gmail.com or answer on the forum to answer
kenny -looking to buy the street fighter  September 2, 2009 04:07 AM
I am looking to buy the 2010 street fighter s but the dealer will not let me test drive the bike, says he is not insured for test rides. I am a real buyer, does anyone know of a dealer in the NYC area that will let me test drive before laying out $18,000?
Giovanni -I do not understand this bike  August 14, 2009 08:11 AM
The first naked bike is the Monster which was born with the phylosophy is less is more... the monster is a bike for turnes, hill climb... real world roads. On these roads you do not need an high rev bike as on the track because there is no space from turn-to turn to rev so much, but you need a lot of low-end torque. So this is the reason of the 2 valves L twin air cooled on the monster. since the speeds are moderate on such roads you do not need the wind protection hence the bike is naked. But a naked bike on a track is a pain for the wind at high speeds, and a track-specs bike on a road is overpowered and will give the max torque at too high revs to be often accessible... So I think that superbikes are the bikes for the track and the monster is the bike for hill climb. In this sense I do not understand the streetfighter and any other naked over 100 CV with a max torque at 9000 revs.
Bryan Reinhardt -new street fighter  July 22, 2009 11:19 PM
Took the new street fighter for a test ride for the first time yesterday. Absolutely awsome, plenty grunt, handles corners well, very balanced, great looking bike, tourque in the low revs was a bit dissapointing though.
Negatives: The the rear brake peddle i feel was poorly designed as the swing arm should have been layed the other way round not the way it is at the moment. Many a time i was pushing pushing and pushing but the rear brake wasnt going down, very dangerous. Also for a naked bike the handle bars are too low and too far forward, i think.
Other than those little things its a weapon of a bike.
Will be plasing my order soon.
eericc -This bike is amazing...  July 20, 2009 04:03 PM
I've always been a fan of the "naked sportbike" look and was actually researching the Monster when my research brought me to the Streetfighter. THIS is the bike I wanted. I put myself on the list for purchase and as of June 27, am the proud owner of the 1st Streetfighter in the Hampton Roads, VA area! It's red, of course, and is the S model. In the three total weeks of ownership, I've ridden 1080 miles on it. It's too addictive! All I want to do is ride this bike! I don't know how much, much more I'll want to ride it when the Termignoni slip-ons arrive... :-)
Jonathan Olmos -Love The Monster  June 20, 2009 09:35 AM
I'm always been a fan of ducati bikes and I love their monster series. The looks are getting meaner and the engine is getting beefier. I'm looking forward to my 1st ducati monster soon... I'm very excited to be one of the proud owner of a DUCATI Monster. Love the MONSTER...
Eric Flotta -I'm convinced...  June 18, 2009 03:14 PM
Well, I went into the Ducati dealership the other day to check out a 1198. They had a pearl white one (my favorite color) and the bike looked amazing and sounded even better. I saw the pearl white Streetfighter that I had seen some pics of online and asked the salesman a couple questions, pulled it outside, sat on it and started it up. AMAZING!!! 1098 motor, as light and about the same price as an 848, and more comfortable than both but it's still a Ducati!!! I am saving right now to go buy one...
KT -Duc Streetfighter  June 1, 2009 09:35 AM
Just test rode the Duc Streetfighter S with the aftermarket termignoni exhaust system and ecu this weekend and OOOOOHHHHHH MAAAAAAAANNNN!!!! If I had an extra 20K lying around, I'd definatly purchase this bike. The Ohlins supension is so wonderful. The riding position is perfect for my 6'3 frame. It's an absolute treat to ride!!! Power delivery is top notch for a V-twin. The seat is comfy. The S model is regular $18k but if I'm paying that much for the bike, I might as well upgrade to the aftermarket termignoni exhaust system and ecu. Sound was AMAZING!!!!!!! Luv this bike!!!!
duc-lover -She's hot  May 12, 2009 11:23 AM
And not just the bike.
Art Avakyan -I love it  April 17, 2009 10:14 AM
Have to admit this bike looks different! And i LOVE IT. It has 21century look, its very beefy and aggressive, and i chose this bike as my first bike. I KNOW it stupid decision, this is not the first time bike. I like it a lot. Already put deposit on it. But i agreed with dealership if i dont like it they will transfer deposit to 848.
Emmet -Crashing is bruutaaall!  April 11, 2009 07:54 AM
Sorry to see you crashed your test bike, show us the roadrash pics!
Superlight -Smaller is better  March 28, 2009 05:59 AM
Jimbolaya, I share much of your passion for smaller/lighter bikes, but expecting two-strokes to come back in this emissions-focused economy, well, it just won't happen. Since we're talking Ducati, why not a back-to-basics SuperSport, which could be lighter than the water-cooled bikes, with over 100 HP, a broad torque band and a look that allows the engine to be highlighted like a naked, but perhaps with a 1/2 fairing for reasonable wind protection.
thesoapster -Cool bike  March 27, 2009 12:15 PM
Saw this at the IMS early in the year. Ducati wasn't letting anyone sit on it at the time, but it sure looked nice. Part of me wants to own a naked sport standard in addition to my sport bike. For the longest time I considered the Aprilia Tuono to be my fave, but this seems like it would do a good job thrashing it. Might give this line a look down the road...thanks for the article :)
x2468 -Randy  March 27, 2009 09:02 AM
the point is having all the power of a superbike, in a package that is more comfortable and "fun" to ride on the street. I put fun in quotes because it's a relative term, and everyone has their own opinion. it allows them to make their superbike as track specific as they want. anyone who can't deal with the stiff, uncomfortable, unforgiving nature of a track bike with lights in an urban setting can't go to ducati and complain. A lot of customers would go for a monster for more comfort, but don't want to sacrafice cutting edge engine performance.
x2468 -wow  March 27, 2009 08:57 AM
I'm typically not a big fan of naked bikes but....... this ducati is awesome. finally a naked bike that, in my opinion, looks finished stock. I like the triumph speed triple but.... the round lights look like someone crashed their daytona 675 and slapped some honda ruckus scooter lights on the front. or baja lights.
ryan -My next Ducati?  March 27, 2009 08:05 AM
I am currently riding a 999 and I've got way too much time and money invested in it. So I don't see myself letting it go yet. However, maybe in 2011 when they decide to put in the 1198 motor into it, the Street Fighter maybe the 999 replacement. It's the perfect mix. I love my KTM 690 and 999. This almost seems like a marriage of the two bikes into one.
Randy -The "Streetfighter"  March 27, 2009 06:30 AM
weellll,,,, What's the point of the bike? 155 Hp and sub 400 pounds means extreme tip-toeing around. I had a S4R for a while and you could hardly use that engine, and it was only 110 HP. And I suppose it's probably only me but I can't get the hang of the styling, seems angular and jumbled. Some of the bits are dumb, like the lighting bolt mask on the headlight. The 1098/1198 I get, The Hyper I get, The Monsters I get. This bike I don't get.
Jimbolaya -Smaller would be better...  March 26, 2009 06:42 PM
Regular readers may have already tired of me posting this. Mere mortals (I'd wager even author Adam Waheed) will get quicker lap times on the 848 vs. the 1098/1198. What does that tell you? When it comes to balanced overall performance (not straight line only), braking, cornering, etc...on bikes that are larger/heavier & w/ greater reciprocating mass (a gyroscopic effect making the bike resist all changes in vertical angle) than the 848...non pro-level racers would achieve quicker lap times on the 848. On bikes even more so than cars, you can not overcome excess weight & reciprocating mass w/ greater power. My ultimate street bike would probably be something under 325 lbs dry weight, probably a twin w/ razor-sharp cutting edge motor technology, low-100 hp range, silky smooth motor, great torque & midrange power. The Triumph Street Triple 675R is pretty close, but a bit porky. How about something like a naked version of this? http://www.twostrokeshop.com/index.htm , being an Aprilia RS250 w/ state-of-the-smoker-art 485cc/RZ350 motor, maybe 290 lbs dry weight in street form (replace the kick-start mechanism w/ button & battery). Website states motor is smooth & has plenty of low-end torque, 112 hp & a 4-stroke jockey beater. I'd sure like to try one. Go 'round an 848 at mid-apex?
thewall -Nice bike  March 26, 2009 05:16 PM
Looks sweet and seems to have the performance to back it up. I think I'll hold on to my Super Duke for a little longer but they did a great job with the Street Fighter. Seems to be what people have been asking for out of a street fighter for a long time. But, Ducati, this is how you make a street fighter video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM22jEfcm1Y
Ed -crash?  March 26, 2009 11:25 AM
Sorry you crashed, and I hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly. Especially since you're experienced, could you give a quick side-bar of what happened for the sake of posteritty - it always makes for good reading, too. Thanks - Ed
David James -2010?  March 26, 2009 10:28 AM
Nope, it's absolutely a model year 2010 dude.
Don -Video  March 25, 2009 10:41 PM
Guys, just so you know, that Streetfighter video was produced by Ducati. We like the engine sounds too and continue to try to improve the audio in our vids. Take a look at the 600 Supersport Shootout videos and let us know what you think.
chucker6 -music  March 25, 2009 09:04 PM
No music please. To many of us true gear heads, the bike's engine sounds are the best sound!
Gritboy -Stop with the music  March 25, 2009 07:04 PM
I love music... loud and f*ing in your face, but when I watch a video on a bike review I want to hear the damn bike's growl or howl or put-put as the case my be. Please leave out the cool soundtracks in the YouTube vids so we can savor the bike, not your music collection. Oh... and of COURSE the Ducati Streetfighter is all that, but I think a Speed Triple or 990 SuperDuke are still more my speed.
Joe -Ridding Position  March 25, 2009 12:17 PM
Adam, I know you have been working on your ridding style and all. But I think that’s a little too far over ;)
Don -Adam's Soil Sample  March 25, 2009 12:01 PM
Heed - keep your leg under that Ducati! I don't want to pay for more bike damage than absolutely necessary.
Damien Basset -2010?  March 25, 2009 11:46 AM
This bike is a 2009 YM sorry you crashed, happy you liked it.