DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100S (2009-2012) Review

Published: 14 May 2009

"Looks like a crashed 1098 but packs so much presence and attitude it works standing still"

Ducati Streetfighter S

"Looks like a crashed 1098 but packs so much presence and attitude it works standing still"

  • At a glance
  • 1099cc  -  155 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  158 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Ducati Streetfighter looks like a crashed 1098 superbike but packs so much presence and attitude it works standing still. It needs to because at £13,995 for the S-version we rode here, it has a hell of a lot of competition on its hands in one of the biggest-growing classes in the UK.
Ducati claim it’s the lightest bike in the class, at 167kg (17kg lighter than the S4Rs it replaces) and it’s also the most powerful Ducati naked bike ever made.
It’s a liquid-cooled, 155bhp V-twin bruiser that uses a hybrid 1098/1198 motor, a modified frame for more stability and a slightly longer swingarm. Think of it a cross between a big supermoto and a Monster and you’ll be on the right track.
The S version rated here gets better front and rear Ohlins suspension, traction control and data analysis built-in. But you wouldn't miss these features on the road, so the standard version would be our choice. At £2,500 cheaper, it's a better value package.

Video: Ducati Streetfighter first ride

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The chassis is good, letting you get into a corner hot, using the fiercest road bike brakes in production to get the front-end nailed to the track, giving it a chance to overcome the slight pogo suspension before you dial in maximum lean. Which on the track means dragging the oil/water cooler on both sides, though if you did this on the road you deserve to make friends with whatever hedge you find yourself nestled in next. But while the chassis is good, the engine is a bit of a let-down.
Say the name Streetfighter and you expect it to fight its way off a low-speed turn, wheel in the air, struggling for grip. But it’s all a bit too EU-sanitised.  It’s noisy alright, with bigger bore pipes than the 1098, and it’s just 5bhp down on that bike thanks to a more restrictive air assembly, but it just hasn’t got the bottom end bite to match its name. The anti-spin traction control numbs the fun (it is adjustable), and the engine just doesn’t bite off the bottom the way you’d dream a 1098 motor would.

Engine 4 out of 5

It’s definitely not the low-down grunt fiend we all expected, but is a very capable motorcycle that makes a Honda CB1000R look like a soft girl’s bike and would give a Speed Triple a run for its money. It hasn’t got the grunt off the bottom end to match a KTM, but at higher revs the Ducati will undoubtedly clear off.
On the throttle the fuelling is perfect. Clean delivery, no hesitations, and every millimetre of twist being dialled into the rear tyre. But it takes a bit of revving, and that’s a real surprise. Maximum torque is at 9500rpm, the same place that it makes maximum power, which means you have to rev it to really ride it. On the road, that won’t be much of a problem, but why Ducati didn’t change the power characteristics beats me. One theory is that the bike would almost be too grunty and then it would run wide in corners, the other is the cost associated with redeveloping the engine from scratch. There’s plenty of power available from 7000rpm but it’s in a much narrower window than you would expect with a bike of this kind, eventually bouncing off the limiter at 10,250rpm in a blur of LED dash. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

It’s well made and uses some of the best quality components fitted to a naked bike. It’s the pimp daddy of naked bikes with stuff that wouldn’t look out of place coming out of a BSB paddock. Lashings of carbon fibre, Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, full race-spec Brembo brakes and that deep red paint all look like a bike that will last the distance. What we’re not so sure about is the unfinished look with pipes and wires sticking out and a it looks like it could be a nightmare to clean.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

It’s a mental road bike but perhaps just a bit too mad for most of the time. But if you want a sports bike but don’t want to feel like you’re riding everywhere at 130mph this could be the bike, as by that speed it’s tearing your hair off. It truly is a good bike but the Triumph Speed Triple is almost half the price. If money was no object though we’d have one of these every time. But more realistically buy the standard bike and go through the accessory catalogue. Find a Ducati Streetfighter S for sale.

Equipment 3 out of 5

This bike is all about attitude and it has tons of it. I still can’t get away from the fact that it looks like a 1098 that has been crashed and squashed. But spend some time with it, look past the ugly black rubber pipes and see the thing as a whole and it starts to make sense. Take in the stance, the Audi-style LED headlight (a first for the motorcycle world), the bronze frame and wheels (the standard bike has a black frame), those fat twin exhausts and the most incredible brakes yet fitted to a road bike – the 1098-spec Monobloc four-piston Brembo calipers. Compare and buy products for the Ducati Streetfighter in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100S (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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Naked Nutter

15 May 2012 by peteoconnor

What a totally bonkers motorcycle, can't believe how much fun it is to ride AND has a 7500mile service interval! If you are gonna go naked, get the big guns out :D Read more

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 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

a lotta fun

29 June 2009 by lucas66

great bike and extremly comfortable riding position, goes quick very fast but runs out revs just when it gets fun. also feels a little heavy but great for long trips..... Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £14,695
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 155 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 154 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 158 miles
Specification
Engine size 1099cc
Engine type L-Twin cylinder, 8 valve Desmodromic
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 190/55 ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

All-new model for 2009.

Other versions

Cheaper Streetfighter version also available without the datalogger and traction control. Also uses cheaper suspension and wheels.

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