Ducati Preps Streetfighter for Delivery

Publish Date: 
Mar 20, 2009

EXPECT THE Ducati Streetfighter to be featured in a variety of consumer motorcycle magazines in coming months following a round of media test rides in Malaga, Spain next week.

The Streetfighter and Streetfighter S were unveiled by Ducati in Nov. 2008 at the EICMA trade show in Milan. The Streetfighter S ($18,995) is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealerships in May, the base model Streetfighter (MSRP $14,995) is to follow a few months later.

Streetfighter Specifications
Engine: 1099cc liquid-cooled, four-valve per cylinder L-Twin
Bore X Stroke: 104x64.7mm
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Power: 155hp @ 9500rpm (10,700rpm rev limiter)
Torque: 85 lb.-ft. @ 9500rpm
Exhaust: Stainless steel 2-1-2 system w/ piggyback canisters, catalytic converter and dual lambda probes
Clutch: Dry multi-plate with hydraulic control
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
Rake: 25.6-degrees
Front Suspension: 43mm Showa fully adjustable upside-down fork
Rear Suspension: Aluminum single-sided swingarm w/ fully adjustable Showa monoshock
Front Wheel: 10-spoke, 3.50 x 17
Rear Wheel: 10-spoke, 6.00 x 17
Front Brake: Dual 330mm semi-floating discs w/ radially mounted
Brembo Monobloc 4-piston calipers
Rear Brake: 245mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper
Weight: 368 lbs. (6.6 lbs. lighter than the 1098)

The Streetfighter S differs from the base Streetfighter by coming with a 43mm Öhlins upside-down fork and Öhlins adjustable rear monoshock with top-out spring, 5-spoke forged 3.50 x 17 front and 6.00 x 17 rear Marchesini wheels, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Data Analysis.

Ducati says it designed the components of the Streetfighter to tuck in tight and not interrupt the silhouette of the bike. The componentry was designed specifically for this bike while maintaining a clear family resemblance to the 1098. The frame, while derived from the 1098, carries a completely new subframe and a rake of 25.6 degrees compared to the 1098’s 24.5 degrees. The swingarm, while also derived from the 1098, is 35mm longer than that of the sportbike. The newly designed cooling system reduces the width of the bike. The headlamp and taillight are LED equipped. The new fully digital dashboard features a speedometer, rpm, clock, trip fuel, water temperature, lap time, maintenance reminder, air temperature, over rev indicator and is ready for data acquisition.

The base Streetfighter will come in red or white, with a black frame and graphite wheels. The Streetfighter S will come in red or black with a bronze frame and bronze wheels.

— Submitted by Guido Ebert