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2009 Ducati Streetfighter First Look

Monday, November 3, 2008
Set to hits dealers in the Spring of 2009  the Ducati Streetfighter blends 1098 performance with a stripped down Monster Hypermotard look.
One lovely Italian evening the 1098 Superbike shared a bottle of vino with the Hypermotard, nine months later the Ducati Streetfighter was left on the Bologna firm's doorstep.
Ducati unveiled its all-new Streetfighter November 3rd at the EICMA 2008 Milan Bike Show. The Italian firm debuted the new model, essentially a naked version of its popular 1098 Superbike, alongside its other big ’09 design – the 1198 Superbike.

Set to hit dealers in the Spring of 2009, the Ducati Streetfighter blends 1098 performance with a stripped-down Monster/Hypermotard look. Sourcing the Desmo Testastretta Evoluzione powerplant, the Streetfighter commands a claimed 87.5 lb-ft of torque and 155 horsepower from the L-Twin.

The 1099cc engine (104mm bore x 64.7mm stroke) features Marelli fuel injection. The air pumped through the 4-valve cylinder heads will exit out undertail twin stainless steel pipes which Ducati promises “sound as mean as they look.” Remember, this is a streetfighter, so it’s okay to be mean. The distinctive Ducati sound will also include the rattle of a dry multi-plate clutch.

The Ducati Streetfighter sources a 1099cc  104mm bore x 64.7mm stroke  L-Twin featuring Marelli fuel injection.
The 2009 Ducati Streetfighter will hit showrooms this Spring.
Housing the liquid-cooled mill is a purpose-built trellis frame. Ducati claims the frame, large fork clamps and a longer swingarm deliver “a chassis geometry special to the Streetfighter.” Hard numbers from the spec sheet indicate a 58.1-inch wheelbase with 25.6-degree rake.

Suspension comes via 43mm fork and monoshock, both from Showa and fully adjustable. Like many other Ducati models an “S” version is available, featuring Ohlins components. Differences between the standard and “S” include 10-spoke light alloy wheels on the regular, while the “S” model utilizes 5-spoke forged Y-shape Marchesini hoops.

The Streetfigher S also features the high-tech Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Data Analysis systems right off the showroom floor.

New Ducati Logo
No word yet on US pricetags for either version of the Streetfighter but both will benefit from top-line braking components - with a pair of 330mm rotors squeezed by 4-piston, radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers. A single 245mm disc with 2-piston caliper takes care of things out back.

Ducati chose Milan to reveal the new Ducati Streetfighter, alongside its 1198 Superbike (featured in another article). And while the Streetfighter is the headliner, Ducati also announced some minor changes to the 2009 street bike lineup – like the Hypermotard and Multistrada now being available in pearl white. The GT1000 is now also available in a special touring version.

Ducati didn’t limit its Milan news to new motorcycle designs either, as the Bologna firm also revealed a new logo. The old ‘D’ logo is replaced by a red shield with new graphics.

2009 Ducati Streetfighter Specs
2009 Ducati Streetfighter
Engine: L-Twin, 4 valves, Desmodromic
Displacement: 1099cc
Bore and Stroke: 104 x 64.7mm
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Horsepower: 155hp @ 9500rpm
Torque: 87.5 lb-ft @ 9500rpm
Fueling: Marelli fuel injection
Wheelbase: 58.1 in
Rake: 25.6 degrees
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted Showa fork, fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Showa monoshock, fully adjustable
Front Brake: Dual 330mm disc, 4-piston Brembo monobloc calipers
Rear Brake: Single 245mm disc with 2-piston caliper

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hari -Duc  December 17, 2010 02:15 AM
Ducati's all model is verry nice in Ahmedabad Show room......
George -SportBikerDelmar  August 7, 2010 03:35 PM
I've read everything and I have to get one.

It should make a nice stable mate with my Ducati 748

I ride the 748 more than my Yamaha R1 now, so I can anticipate the R1 getting dusty.
luke -holly crap dude  April 20, 2010 01:27 PM
i so want to get one of those ducatis!they must be soooooo much $$$$$.they are so fast and that one has a like face on the lights.i want one with 300 horse power.
luke -holly crap dude  April 20, 2010 01:27 PM
i so want to get one of those ducatis!they must be soooooo much $$$$$.they are so fast and that one has a like face on the lights.i want one with 300 horse power.
Pro A.K.A Pr@$@nn -cost  February 7, 2010 09:31 PM
Guys i m a fan of ducati especially streetfighter .....can ny1 tell me wats da cost of this bike?? HAIL DUCATI....!!!!
JOey_C0ol -crazy!!  November 30, 2009 03:22 AM
that's too bad,,,,, to expensive!!... but i'll *buy it! it's really street fighter!!
Paul -just got one  July 20, 2009 12:41 PM
when by the dealer to get some work on my old S2R 1000 done, while I was waiting I test rode the streetfighter S and had to have one! traded that day
this is the most awsome bike I have ever ridden
Ken -Stree fighter rocks  June 1, 2009 02:24 PM
I ride a 2008 GS 1200 adventurer. I love my bike. I have always thought Ducati made awesome bikes I just don't like the aggressive posture required to ride one. This weekend I had the occasion to ride the Ducati Street fighter. The bike blew me away. The bike is power incarnate, handles wonderfully. and requires a less agressive posture. I am 6' 2" tall with a 32" inseam. When I got on the bike in the lot I felt cramped but once I was tucked in and roll'in the bike was a lot more comfortable. Probably the only reason I got outta there without that bike was I felt my 32" inseam may be a bit to long. I wonder if there are peg options that will allow me to stretch out my legs a little more. I barely got out of there without purchasing that bike.
Rick -It IS done right  May 21, 2009 09:35 AM
The concept was executed perfectly in my opinion. Having seen and felt one in person, it is not a stripped-down 1098 at all. The chassis was tweaked to work with the upright riding position and handlebar. The riding position feels more natural than anything out there. Cosmetically I think they hit the mark. Personally, I'd rather have the traditional streetfighter, such as a bodywork-removed superbike...but I own an old rat-fightered Buell...so what do I know.
Toby Gillis -Sore Starfish  May 15, 2009 10:36 AM
If you guys don't absolutely love the DSF than you have been hiding sausages where they don't belong. Go back to your pink busa and ride around Grenitch Village in your speedo.
Terrance -wow!  May 8, 2009 07:07 PM
Huge difference over buell you do not have to go to the Harley dealership to buy it or service it what is that worth easily 4-6 large ones!
Jacob Peterson -1125cr  May 6, 2009 11:46 AM
Jc, could you please tell us more about the 1125cr? I have desided to buy it, and the only other option I really consider is the 1098 streetfighter. It looks to me that you could simply buy performance exhaust, and beat the weight, torque, and hp of the 1098, for thousands less, and I love the looks of both. Very masculin. Anyone who complains it is to much should be watching the development of mopeds, not Buells and Ducatis. Anyways, if you could test ride the 1098 and tell us the comparison, that would be awesome. :-)
Chris -So a "Streetfighter" is not a race bike with the fairings stripped off, eh?  April 11, 2009 10:14 PM
That is PRECISELY what it is! Ask all the rabid Brit bike crews that have been doing the "Streetfighter" thing for over 15 years. Secondly, WAY too much power for the street is EXACTLY what Streetfighters are all about. All of you that dispute this fact are either weenies that belong on a 50cc scooter or simply jealous that you blew your wad on a pseudo-streetfighter like a KTM Superduke, or a Brutale, (neither of which even qualify as the correct species). This Duc is a sweet piece of motorcyling excess, and beautiful to boot.
jc -1125cr & duc  April 11, 2009 02:30 PM
The ducati has style that Buell could take notes on. Price is in Buell's favor especially since I got mine for 10 even. I will always like Ducati but the CR performs every bit as well as Fred says. by the way, im impressed that all of Fred's details were spot on.
khrieletuo -price of ducati streetfighter  April 2, 2009 04:27 AM
want to know the price of the bike and where i can place the order
Mike -Streetfighter vs Hypermotard vs 1125CR  February 15, 2009 08:47 AM
The 1125CR is a nice bike that could benefit from a little better fit and finish. You forget that, however, once you're rolling along. The bike flicks into corners like few bikes other bikes on the road, and its snorty engine has loads of grunt. Power rolls on like a strong wave from 4000 RPM on into about 9000 RPM, and only the most discreet riders will keep the front wheel down. In short, the 1125CR has what the Hypermotard lacks, namely, balls. The 'Tard is pure motorcycle, with its lightweight and tight angles. It has that dirt-bike sense of control and maneuverability, but it lacks serious punch anywhere in its rev range. Ultimately, it becomes more of a purist experience, rather than offering the kind of broad appeal that attends the marriage of big power and good handling. The Streetfighter was meant to do that, perhaps. But it appears to managed the power part of the equation better than the handling part. The bike seems more like a stripped 1098 sportbike rather than a real streetfighter. I hope I'm wrong about that, and if it turns out that Ducati has nailed the combination of power and street hooligan handling, I will be parking one next to my K1200R.
Sean -Streetfighter  December 13, 2008 01:17 PM
Fred -Peace...  November 17, 2008 01:36 AM
Ugene, Thanks for the reply and sorry if I got a bit frothy at the mouth. I do own a Buell XB12Ss and it's clearly a street bike -- not a racing bike. But I've owned too many brands (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Hodaka, Aprilia) to get overly emotional about any particular brand. While Ducati clearly races on Sunday, what it sells on Monday are, more often than not, street bikes. Buell has a long history of making race bikes, but its focus is making sport bikes that work really well on the street. The bike that performs best at Laguna Seca is seldom the one that performs best on the road. Everything from the riding position to the chassis geometry are all wrong for the road, which lacks the speed, predictability, and surface of a race track. A road rider whose wrists, neck, and back are aching from assuming a racer's crouch for a 200 mile weekend ride through the mountains is seldom performing at his peak by the end of the ride. I'm guessing that the Ducati Streetfighter will be a competent, fun road-going motorcycle and an interesting comparison with the Buell. I expect that it will be closer to the Triumph Speed Triple experience, though. I expect the Ducati to have better horsepower, lower weight, and slower handling (as suggested by the specs). I believe that the Buell is likely to be the better handling bike due the the shorter wheelbase, steeper steering angle, larger forks, and mass centralization. While I admire Ducati, their 90 degree V-twin is forcing them to stretch out the wheelbase too far. It's why Buell went with 72.5 degrees and Aprilia went with 60 degrees (which compromises breathing by a good bit). All of that said, I'd trade my XB12Ss for the Ducati Streetfighter without much hesitation (provided it fits me ergonomically).
Ugene -No Ducati snob  November 16, 2008 09:59 PM
Fred...I'm sorry, I didn't mean to come across with Ducati "snobbery". I actually don't have a Ducati or a Buell. I only meant that Ducati seems to more involved in the racing world while Buell seems more focused on the street scene (which could play a big part of why each would be good for what). Since I have neither bike, I'm unbiased at this time and would love to see a real world comparison between the Buell CR and the Ducati Streetfighter (on the streets where both are marketed as such). Ducati made a bold move calling their bike "streetfighter" (even the iconic Triumph Speed triple, while known as such, is NOT named "streetfighter") have, basically, called out on all takers to challenge them (for the "streetfighter" crown). Whether they live up to it or not... we'll have to see. No snobbery here.
Fred -Buell 1125CR comparison  November 16, 2008 02:58 PM
Ugene wrote: "I don't understand all the comparisons to Buell with this bike. The two have little in common. Ducati's are based on racing heritage and base their bikes with a definite racing bias. Other than tube bars and a V-twin...what do Buells and Ducati have in common?" While the Ducati lacks the innovation of the Buell 1125CR (Zero Torsional Load brake, fuel in frame, low unsprung mass belt drive, centralized mass exhaust location, ram air system, etc.), it's still comparable. The weight, horsepower, and ergonomics of the two bikes are similar. The Ducati has a wheelbase that's 3.6" longer and a steering rake that's kicked out to 25.6" compared to the Buell's 21 degrees. So the Buell is likely to have much sharper handling. Regarding your comment about a "racing heritage," that term describes Buell very well, with the first Buell being a race-only, not-street-legal, machine. The Buell chassis is the same as the 1125R, which has already racked up podium finishes all over the world, outperforming many Ducati machines. So the comparison at that level is also valid. Both bikes use Showa forks, but the Buell opts for a stout 47mm diameter vs. Ducati's much lighter-duty 43mm legs. In the rear, Buell created a chassis design that requires no linkage while the Ducati uses a linkage. In summary, the Buell is based on a race-proven design and has not dumbed-down the chassis or used last-year's engine. The Ducati Streetfighter, on the other hand, appears to be a styling exercise and a way to get some more life out of last-year's engine -- much like Suzuki did with the Katana and Bandit lines, using previous generation GSXR powerplants to create perfectly adequate street bikes. So let's stop with the Ducati snobbery. The Streetfighter is not a race-bred bike. It's yet another variant of the successful Monster line. I'm sure that it will be a wonderful, fun motorcycle, but let's not pretend that it's something that it is not. Whether it will be better than the Buell 1125R depends very much on the buyer. If being able to say that they own a Ducati is the most important thing, then the Buell will have little appeal. For others who value actual canyon carving ability in a real-world street bike, the Buell is likely to have that razor-sharp handling that the longer, more raked-out Ducati Streetfighter will lack.
bikewriter71 -super dukes and 1125cr on sale all of a sudden  November 15, 2008 06:26 PM
Local Buell dealer says they are willing to slash prices on the 1125CR and the KTM stealership which has 5 brand new Super Dukes on the floor flirted with "how about $9500 for any color?" Not saying it's because of the new Ducati; the economy and winter has most to do with that. I wonder how long Ducati dealers will stick to their msrp pricing next spring. I'm thinking forver.
Tom M -LOVE this bike  November 15, 2008 08:46 AM
LOVE IT! I ride a Hypermotard now, and have owned a Z1000, Tuono, and even a GSXR streetfighter that I built the proper way...but this new Duc is awesome!
Ken -progress, I guess.  November 14, 2008 11:12 PM
I know I have posted already on my distaste for Ducati using the "streetfighter" term for this bike. But I do see how things have to grow, I guess. I'm just a traditionalist and get a bit annoyed when a manufacturer uses the term for something I don't consider it to be. But perhaps that's how progress happens. Ducati DOES have a bike that I think would fit this term (streetfighter) well, though. I LOVE the 1000 monster and think that bike would wear the term well! Classic lines, streetable power, STREET oriented (unlike the track tech bike here), etc. Plus, I'm not sure where this bike fits in? It's an overpowerd naked street bike, or an unfaired track bike? The 1100 Monster hits the mark, this bike...I'm not sure where it fits in?
John -buell comparison  November 14, 2008 12:25 AM
The comparison to the 1150 cr is quite applicable. Ride and you will understand. It has liter class hp and a PHAT torque curve from low rpm. Great for street riding. The Aprilia engine in the tuono and mille are strong and similar but geared too high for the street. I had an '04 Z1000 which was fun but you had to be in the sweet spot above 7000 rpm to feel the dark side. Right now I ride a M109r and if anyone would put an engine with 100 or s0 hp and 100 or so ft/lbs of torque in a sporty frame it mould put a smile on a lot of faces. I think the v max fits that bill. Wish I would have gotten to ride it at Indy gp.
john -streetfighter hang ups  November 14, 2008 12:15 AM
Why all the hang ups on the use of the name streetfighter? Check out the UK streetfighter magazine and you'll see all sorts of stripped custom streetfighters. Many being based on 1100 cc based Suzuki air/oil cooled engines. Sure it may well have started when someone fixed up their crashed gsxr 750 with some headlights and renthal handle bars but the term encompasses a wide variety of bikes now. It's good the manufacturers have borrowed the term. Naked sportbike may be more appropriate but doesn't sound quite as bad a#$. Sporty standard, does that sound like something you'd want to buy? Streetfighter is much more marketable. As far as overkill basically all the liter class nakeds, streetfighters are overkill for the street. After 3rd gear you'll be doing 120 +, and where can you do that on a regular basis? The new 1100 monster is really more than adequate for the street. Too bad these types of bikes do so poorly in the states. A lot can be said about actually being comfortable on your way to the track, canyon or local twisty road.
Ugene -Why the Buell comparison?  November 13, 2008 08:24 PM
I don't understand all the comparisons to Buell with this bike. The two have little in common. Ducati's are based on racing heritage and base their bikes with a definite racing bias. Other than tube bars and a V-twin...what do Buells and Ducati have in common? I will agree with others here, though, and say that calling it a "streetfighter" is a bad move move on Ducati's part. This bike should not be called a streetfighter. It's too big and powerful to be associated with middle weight race bikes that made the streetfighter's popular.
Tom -Not a Streetfighter  November 13, 2008 08:10 PM
Ken has a point. It may be a fine bike...but "Streetfighter" it is NOT. You can't just take the fairings off a big sport bike and call it a streetfighter any more than you can put knobbies on a street bike and call it a "dual purpose" bike. Could be great bike, definitely wrong name.
Ken -LOL!  November 13, 2008 07:52 PM
Robb and Ciccio... I never mocked the price. It's worth whatever people will pay for it. My comments earlier were to remind people that the term "streetfighter" has been thrown around too much by people that have no clue what it means. Yes...original "Streetfighters" were typically made of GSXR 750's (which I do not own. Triump Street Triple here, thanks). Manufacturers like Ducati and Suzuki seem to think that if they just strip a HUGE sport bike, they have a "Streetfighter". NO...what they have is a "Naked sport bike". A HUGE sport bike has NOTHING in common with the middleweight "streetfighters" from which the term is based on. My issue is not with this bike...it is with slapping the term "streetfighter" on it (even Suzuki didn't have the ignorance to do that with the B-King) just to cash in on a current trend. Don't let my comments ruffle your "Duck's" feathers! LOL! It's prob a fine bike...but it's NO streetfighter!
robb -streetfighter is gorgeous  November 13, 2008 11:02 AM
ken I feel bad for you. Are you moaning because you need a reason, a justification as why you can't buy one? Or maybe you just do not have the taste for it? Or maybe you just like to talk down on people... I want a ferrari, but I wont/cant get one because I am not ready to sarifice so much for it. some people do. some people have dreams. I won't go arround insulting them anonimously on forums. The price of things is what it is. Justified or not is a matter of opinions. As well as the beauty and sense of aethetics. Just to put back things in perpectives, this bike is issue of the racing world ( just as the gsxr 750 you mention) It will be absolutly streetable thanks to it's power torque chassis and brake, updated ergos and large mirrors. I personaly believe it looks very well done, and will sacrifice a bit to own one...just because I want to, because it will make my day.By the way it is Ducati that gives regular lessons to those enormous corporations with limitless budget with their bike fueled by passion and know how. On the race track! I rather have a riding buddy with his senses on one of these things, than a hot head like you on a garage modified GSxr trying to teach a lesson to all the "Stupidz" dream and let dream, stupid
Ciccio -SF  November 13, 2008 09:29 AM
The bike looks great but you can not judge a bike until you ride it, so for many people here bitching, I guess you´re not riding it in the near future. I like the looks but until I ride it I´ms sticking with my S2R.. Oh, and Ken, do not forget your medication pal, you should chill out...
gix -???  November 12, 2008 10:31 AM
lol, lotsa duc haters here. buell comparison? u guys serious?
Rotten Randy -DO NOT WANT....  November 12, 2008 09:59 AM
I just sold my '07 Black S4Rs for an '08 KTM Superduke R. I had thought about waiting for the new Duc Streetfighter but I am so glad I didn't for this fugly MV Brutale wannabe. The 1098 motor is too much for a naked bike. This bike looks heavy like a B King even though it's not. And this bike will have nothin' on mine when you're in the twisties if you look at that raked front end. The tank is still too small at 4.4 gallons. Those giant throttle bodies will suck up the juice within 110 miles. The KTM is 4.9 gallons, has smaller throttle bodies, and it's range is comfortably in the 140-160 range.
Bambs.iswanto@yahoo.com -muscle motorcycle is smooth  November 12, 2008 12:19 AM
ducati street fighther color in black making this motor is very hard caracter, and muscle bicycle type diamond crystal good style,sadle using egois sadle (signle seater)only one pasanger model racermotorcycle,lamp frant insect type with two source lamp i thing two lamp in frant for foging lamp in double litle lamp, the body this motorcycle using frame system for interaction joint machine with all componen complete,miror reflektor type a like leaf down is nice caracter, frairing model naked bike, rem break using doublelarge disk in frant and singgle in the backand system near chain transmision, telescope suspension using upside down is modern motorcycle, cool for machine using big double radiator, muffler using double muffler in the side vertical system. All the character this motorcycle is motor cycle is good forwrd for motorcycle modern
Malandragem -are you serious? can they rip off the MV Agusta Brutale any more?!  November 11, 2008 05:10 PM
OK, so I used to own a 2002 Monster 750, which was my first bike and I friggen loved that thing. Then I sold that bike to my girlfriend and I bought a 2007 MV Agusta Brutale 910R. This new Ducati Streetfighter is a direct rip off of the Brutale... it's pathetic! The '07 Brutale has 150hp, only 5 less than this, and it is pumped out of a smaller engine (910cc vs. 1099). Ducati... you guys are disappointing me. Get back to your roots, do something innovative and original. Your original Monster is still one of the best selling, more highly sought after bikes. This thing is a joke.
Me -Nice  November 11, 2008 04:45 PM
When I first saw a picture of this thing, I thought that it was a new Buell. Pity it's not, but still seems cool. Wonder how it compares to the 1125r on things like price and comfort.
AFw -Another Great Ducati  November 11, 2008 02:16 PM
Why all the hate for this bike? A 1099cc high torque motor, upright ergos and killer style? Nothing compares in this class, Ducati stomps on everything with this one, fantastic.
Joe -Price  November 11, 2008 09:54 AM
Just heard the price is around 14k. Due to release in May. That's a hell-of-a price tag for a street fighter.
Ken -Shame on DUCATI!!  November 10, 2008 09:49 PM
Ducati should be ashamed of themselves. This bike is about as STUPID as STUPID gets. They have tried to cash in the "streetfighter" craze without even a clue what makes a streetfighter. Middleweight race bike stripped down (like a GSXR 750). Light, fast, street friendly, no frills. Plain and simple. STREETABLE power, FUN. Ducati version of streetfighter?...NONE of the above. This is a TRACK bike, stupidly stripped of it's fairings. Hey, Ducati...I have a Corvette Z06 that I'll put Honda Civic tires on...we'll call it a "streetfigher car"!! STUPID. What's next?..a "cafe racer" from a hayabusa?? But it will be fun embarassing these things on public (REAL) streets with bikes costing half as much!! :-D
Damond -neat  November 10, 2008 06:37 PM
But it looks expensive. I bet it'll cost more than a 848.
obama -1125cr  November 10, 2008 10:37 AM
damn only 8 lbs... How much in carbon bits and other magnesium parts do you have to spend to shave off 8 lbs? about 180 mph... I agree ...I don't want to know that my torquey twin is capable of such speed safely...hell I'll buy a vespa instead and promise I ll never try to reach it's top speed....
Jacob Peterson -1098 streetfighter  November 10, 2008 10:26 AM
this bike is obveously the #1 class leader. No other naked bike will compare equally with it... except the Buell 1125cr. 9 less horsepower, 2 less ft/lb torque, and 8 more pounds.... It is extremely closely comparable, and for about 4 to 8 thousand less. buell has proven competitive with the new 1125 to any other bike, and especially the 1098 and ktm rc8. to overlook the buell as a contender is pretty dumb. Specs this close come down to rider, for alot less money, more reliablility, cheaper labor, and a equally good looking, if not entirely differantly styled bike. I love Ducati, and this is a sweet ducati. Im just sayin, don't rule out the beauty of a Buell.
Rudi -consider this..  November 9, 2008 09:45 PM
Just thinking...the horsepower and torque figures are just a hair off from the Suzuki BKing...YOW... I still think its a tad too busy and spendy tho, but a bike Ducati hadda do to place it's entry into the 'top tier' of the streetfighter class. I dont see any comparison to the Brutale here, which is fortunate. This Duc looks mean..yet busy. The Brutale just looks a tad too overy styled and sculpted, in short 'Beautiful' (no pos or neg implied). I kinda prefer mean looking brutes but either way I cant fit on the Brutale, gives me a charley-horse; its too damn tiny. what was that statement about 180MPH...just plain crazy on a naked. It had better be stellar below 100 which is where most of the fun on a naked bike is to be found..
PhatBiker -Nice Try  November 8, 2008 03:08 PM
A good but ultimatley unsuccessful attempt to match the beauty of the MV Agusta Brutale.
obama -tuono, mv  November 8, 2008 02:32 PM
sorry it just hurts to see people mixing a sbk world champion package in the same category has the tuono , tnt or other mv... the tuono is 185 kg which is 16kg overwheight in comparison... the tnt is a lemon of a bike the Mv is the greatest but 10 years old tech: still overwheight still underpowered in comparison. now some other idiots are also making comparisons with buell, and there, i won't even extend my comment...I would get censored anyway...c'mon be serious it's 19 grand (15 in the base version) but is there anything better?
gary -hated it  November 8, 2008 02:12 PM
just came back from the milan show. I am a proud Ducati owner (1098, 916 race mule, s4rs, and also a F4 and softail ...to ride with my wife;-)). At first, I hated what I saw: those black pictures just made me vomit...(wtf! not even a speck of red on that duke???) I hate to admit I was wrong.....way wrong this bike is absolutely gorgeous. Even the Jap' looking headlight is so madly pissed-off, so much character, so low , so 916-ish. Ducati boys explained it had to be a flat, horizontal headlight, similar to the 1098 fairing for aerodynamic issue at 180... 180mph?!?!?!?!?!?!?! un-faired.....?!?!?!?! whatever looked awkward, is actually so well integrated in reality. whatever seemed over-designed, is actually sweetly and elegantly handled in person .I couldn't believe how good the packaging.... specially knowing so well what's under the 1098 plastics... and they added more too: traction control, an additional water radiator...amazing: it's tighter than my cellular phone in there!!! it comes in red with gold frame (as the original monster), so sweet... the only downside is the designer, he's a french prick! so much for italian style!
Dan -This is Horn!!  November 7, 2008 09:55 PM
I have seen a naked 1098 with a Tuono front and I thought that looked hot but.....this is a bike not to be missed. Design is similar to the S4RS but has been styled for a more aggressive look. Specs are what you would expect from this sort of bike and would expect alot of lower end torque. Red is OK but the black looks heaps better!!!
Dave -Perfect.  November 7, 2008 01:17 PM
Ducati may have just built the first bike I'm willing to pay the "Ducati Price" for... This is a true high spec superbike that's built for the street. I love how purposeful it looks and if it's not detuned and hasn't gained weight I might have to sell my ZX10!
Pappa Bear -EEHH!  November 7, 2008 07:41 AM
Looks are a very personal thing. With that said, in my opinion the Duc is NO match for the beauty & unique style of the MV Agusta Brutale. Then if you want nasty attitude there is NOTHING like the Benellie TNT 1130. Not only that at first glance the performance numbers are off from the Aprillia Turno (God that thing sounds like a beast!) Oh! and lets not talk about reliabilty or repair costs unless your second bike is a Pick Up the Duc is nothing more than a money pit!!!!!!!
Brian -It's cool but...  November 7, 2008 05:56 AM
I still really would rather have an MV Agusta 910R or 1078RR or even a KTM SuperDuke R. This looks too much like a Tuono and although that is a great bike, I just think it's fugly. For 19 large Ducati has to do better to get me to buy another Ducati.
H -Good Effort  November 7, 2008 04:57 AM
This is a good effort from Ducati to make something "wilder" than their Monsters. Hard to comment on the looks, but I think it looks too heavy with the two-piece radiator up front. Now, looking at the performance figures, what really bothers me is the torque figure. Max torque is at 9'500 rpm, which in my opinion is much too high for a twin street fighter. Take as a comparison the Moto Morini Corsaro, which has a torque figure of 91 lb ft at 6'500 rpm. It has more torque which comes in much lower. The fact that it is down to 140 hp compared to the Ducati's 150 matters little for a street fighter as such. The chassis is a purpose made one according to the text, and so it is not straight from the 1098, unlike the Tuono which has its chassis straight from the RSV. This might be for the better, but it does take away a bit of the edge the bike could propose. Ultimately it needs to be tested and compared to the likes of the Tuono, Corsaro and Super Duke to see how it goes. For me, I will certainly stick to my Corsaro...
Corey -Love it  November 6, 2008 06:05 PM
I have owned 4 new Buells and all four gave me problems, the 1125R rear right wheel bearing went at 4500 miles and yes that is correct 4500 miles and half was riding to and from the dealership trying to get other things fixed, ulysses right rear wheel bearing went at 8700 miles one week before the 1125R and its fork leaked the fork oil out, and last october the oil pump broke at 6000 miles and seized the top end, and took over two month to get it back which is not right, so great customer service. I do not want to buy a non USA bike but looks like I will have to now, I just can not trust Buell after having all four bikes I have I have bought from them had problems, and they way I was treated by customer service left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I know have another option from Ducati
Ken -"Streetfighter"?  November 6, 2008 01:28 PM
Seriously...more like "Trackfighter" with it's fairings missing. On what "street" could this oversized beast possibly rule? NONE.
Get some! -About Time!  November 5, 2008 12:13 PM
How will any other streetfighter compete with this? The Aprilia Tuono was the closest thing to a naked superbike but this this is one step beyond that!! It seems Ducati should have done this a long time ago with their Monsters but it looks like it may have been worth the wait!
Mike -Amazingly nice bike, but......  November 5, 2008 07:39 AM
Yeah as far as I am concerned my second bike to augment my Concours 14 is between the Streetfighter, and the 1125CR. All things equal, I would more than likely go with the Streetfighter. But all things are definitely NOT equal. Buell wants $11,695 for their 1125CR. Ducati wants $14,500ish for the regular Streetfighter, and $19,000ish for the Streetfighter S (Ref: http://www.motorcycledaily.com/03november08_newducs_milan.htm). What the hell?? That is A LOT of scratch for a naked sport. $19 grand? Really? I do not know about that...
Turtle -Schwing!  November 4, 2008 09:17 PM
Sickest bike ever. Buell?? lmao apparently youve never riden anything but a buell or you would never buy that underengineered crap. Im calling to fbf to order mine tomorrow
swamp donovan -monster  November 4, 2008 06:47 PM
It looks like a 2007 Ducati S4RS With Different plastics/exhaust/headlight and wheels.. not that this is a bad thing.... so where is the red one??
ben -dangg  November 4, 2008 08:39 AM
this bike is a monster. Tough to consider it a real naked though since it comes from such a high-class lineage. Can't wait for Buell to make another beast to destroy this. SHOW US THE NEW DUCATI EMBLEM!!
LT -Traction Control - are you sure?  November 4, 2008 08:21 AM
The official Ducati website doesn't list traction control for any Streetfighter model. It lists it only for the 1198 S and the 1098 R Superbikes. Which is correct?
Don -Streetfighter  November 4, 2008 08:10 AM
That thing looks sick! Maybe a little over-the-top for my tastes but I bet it's a beast.
dwihary a putro -finally the real italian stallion  November 4, 2008 05:45 AM
great bike, finally the duc got their idea about the real exoticism! not just streetbike or sportbike built in old fashion. guys, try to do some more in colors!
Luiz -wow  November 4, 2008 02:21 AM
Look at the size of that pipes!!! Ducati did a really god job this time, the bike has a evil look >=). I especially like of how low the painel is, now we only need a tricolore paint scheme