DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100 (2009-2012) Review

Published: 21 June 2010

"This base-model Streetfighter, complete with its retuned 1098 superbike engine, is still one hell of a machine"

Ducati Streetfighter

"This base-model Streetfighter, complete with its retuned 1098 superbike engine, is still one hell of a machine"

  • At a glance
  • 1099cc  -  155 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  163 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

It might not have the traction control, Ohlins suspension and Marchesini wheels of the more expensive ‘S’, but this base-model Streetfighter, complete with its retuned 1098 superbike engine, is still one hell of a machine and a better value package. Super naked machines like these make more sense on the roads than small, uncomfortable race replicas. The Ducati combines high performance, superb handling and stunning brakes with a comfy riding position and hot-and-cold-running wheelies on tap.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Ride quality is excellent and the handling is good enough for fast road riding or trackday work. There’s enough suspension adjustment for you not to wish you had the Ohlins-equipped bike and the twin Brembo four-piston calipers a 330mm discs are top-notch. It’s comfortable enough to ride across Europe, although the lack of wind protection limits top speed to under the ton, which we reckon is a good thing, anyway. Using a tank bag on long journeys acts as a mini-fairing and keeps a lot of the windblast away.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Streetfighter is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1099cc V-twin ‘Testastretta’ motor, putting out a claimed 155bhp and 85ftlb at the rear wheel. The throttle response is flawless and thanks to a low dry weight of 169kg acceleration is scintillating. If you’re feeling strong and can hang on against the windblast the Ducati will hit a genuine 155mph and returning 45mph, the Streetfighter is frugal too. The only thing missing from the package is a slipper clutch, which would make the riding experience even smoother.    

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

We ran a Streetfighter in our long term fleet in 2009 and it did various trackdays, commuting and touring holidays to Ireland, France, Spain and Ibiza and it never missed a beat. The build quality is outstanding and attention to detail impressive.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Streetfighter is far more expensive than its Japanese rivals, like the Kawasaki Z1000, Honda CB1000R and Yamaha FZ-1, but the level of performance, quality and fun-factor is on a higher plane too. It’s pricier than Triumph’s mighty Speed Triple, MCN’s favourite super naked, too, but for Ducati fans it’s worth every penny. Find a Ducati Streetfighter for sale.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

You get a multi-function dash, operated conveniently by buttons on the switchgear, Brembo radial brakes, fully adjustable Showa suspension and a booming V-twin Ducati superbike engine. The ‘S’ model comes with traction control, which is a nice gimmick but rarely useful on the road. This standard model copes very nicely without it. Compare and buy parts for the Streetfighter in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100 (2009-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

True Beast!!

19 September 2011 by MrVM

SF handles like a dream, it has plenty of power to get you into all sorts of troubles and it looks darn right sexy. Coming from riding inline 4s it took me a while to adjust to riding the twin but once your mind adjusts it’s all good. The sound this... Read more thing emits especially with the termignoni's on is amassing and as Mr. Neeves has said in his test it does set off car alarms sometimes :). I’ve had the bike for about a year now and I did not have any major problems except from a small leak at the clutch fluid reservoir cap which got replaced immediately under warranty. It is built well and the finish is excellent, no complaints there. I have no issues recommending this bike to anyone. Servicing is bit more than for my K8 GSXR1000 but it has much longer servicing intervals which brings the cost down to equivalent level.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £12,095
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 155 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 163 miles
Specification
Engine size 1099cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled V-twin
Frame type Steel trellis frame
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 169kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake Brembo four-piston caliper, 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake Twin piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17in

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2009.

Other versions

Ducati Streetfighter S - comes with Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels and traction control.

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