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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ducati Streetfighter S (2009-2012)

Detail Value
New price £14,695
Dealer used prices
£8,720 (2009) - £9,210 (2009)
Private used prices
£7,850 (2009) - £8,290 (2009)
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Engine size 1099 cc
Power 155 bhp
Top speed 154 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 2 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Insurance

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 154 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 155 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 167 kg
Seat height 840 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 158 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1099 cc
Engine specification L-Twin cylinder, 8 valve Desmodromic
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 190/55 ZR17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • The Naked Nutter

    peteoconnor

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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

    15 May 2012

  • a lotta fun

    lucas66

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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.....

    29 June 2009

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jonnyconcrete

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"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."

Which is why you gave it three stars out of 5 !!!!!

14 May 2010 12:23

camilobueno

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Rating accuracy?

Apparently Michael Neeves reviewed this bike with a higher rating on his long term report! I don't understand the 3 stars when he says that is one one the best bikes he has ever ridden in 98% of the times! I don't get it really...

28 April 2010 04:25

ducsea

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look closer

If you look at the torque curve you will see it comes within .5 - 1 ft.lb at 5000rpm and continues virtually straght across the board to peak at 8000rpm and then some.  

http://ducatiseattle.smugmug.com/photos/542483133_itCcw-M.jpg

 

29 May 2009 06:04

benjybobs

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Real world bike

I had a go on one of these and I found it was good at everything. It's got plenty of bottom end power for most people(normal riders will find it quite rapid, unlike mcn riders, lol), it seems to pick up about 4000 rpm but below it pulls pleasently. I never had the chance to really get it on the move but it definately a missile. The steering is effortless and the sitting position is more upright so the comfort isn't too bad, some say the exhaust pipes kind of get in the way but I never noticed that because I was having too much fun. It's a very easy bike to ride and i've even rode one in the wet which I was slightly concerned about having lots of power and strong brakes but it don't feel like it's going to do anything wrong. The brakes are fantastic and need just a gentle touch but are very powerful when you need them to be. The suspention feels like your floating on air but you can feel what is happening at the same time. It basically does the riding for you whilst you look where you want to go. It's definately an awsome machine. Going slow is fairly easy but with a large torquey vtwin I very much doubt your want to stay in town for too long. It isn't too hard to go slow on but it's far easier to get a move on. Test ride one for yourself.

18 May 2009 18:11

toe_down_sv_racing

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Nahhhhh

Go for a MV Brutale .....

17 May 2009 18:52

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