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Ducati Streetfighter is basically a naked 1098
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Ducati Streetfighter 1098: Official pictures

By Chris Newbigging -

New bikes

 03 November 2008 17:00

Ducati has revealed the Ducati Streetfighter at the Milan show today, a new super naked bike based on the 1098.

The engine and chassis of the Ducati Streetfighter is almost identical to the 1098 superbike – peak power is only slightly less at 155bhp (compared to 160bhp for the 1098) and torque is down to 85lb-ft, compared to 90lb-ft on the 1098. But the rest is identical – the steel trellis frame, Showa suspension (Ohlins on the more expensive Ducati Streetfighter S), Brembo monobloc calipers and even most of the bodywork is taken straight from the 1098.

The Ducati Streetfighter is also the first Ducati ever to come with traction control fitted and active straight out of the box – even the £24,000 1098R requires a race ECU and exhaust cans for its traction control to function.

The system has seven levels of intrusion – the lowest setting is for fast trackday riders who want to get the power down as hard as possible, ranging to a more restrictive setting which cuts in early for less experienced riders or in slippery conditions.

The Ducati Streetfighter S also retains the 1098’s datalogging system – owners just need to plug a USB memory stick in to a socket under the seat to download up to 3.5 hours of riding data from the bike’s memory.

Price is expected to be slightly less than the 1098 at around £11,000 with the first bikes arriving in the early part of 2009.

  • For more information get the November 5 edition of Motorcycle News