Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

Published: 04 June 2009

• First ride of standard Ducati Streetfighter • £2500 cheaper than S version • Still costs £11,495 though

MCN’s Michael Neeves is the first journalist to ride the standard Ducati Streetfighter. This isn’t quite as bejewelled as the £13,995 S model, but it is a significant £2500 cheaper.

The standard model shares the same basic engine and chassis as the S, but is 2kg heavier and does without the traction control system and lightweight wheels, and it runs Showa suspension instead of Ohlins.

At a glance the easiest way to tell the difference between the two models is that the S has a bronze frame and wheels, the standard bike a black frame and grey wheels.

Both Streetfighters come in red, but you can also get the standard version in white (the second colour for the S is black).

On the road you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference, though – see the exclusive test in MCN on June 10 for all the details.
 
THE FACTS

Ducati Streetfighter
Engine:
Liquid-cooled, 1099cc
Power (claimed): 155bhp
Torque: 85ftlb
Weight (dry): 169kg
Colours: Red, white

RIVALS

KTM 990 Super Duke
£9895, 118bhp, 78ftlb

MV Agusta Brutale 989R
£11,999, 142bhp, 76.4ftlb

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  • The 'cheaper' Ducati Streetfighter costs £11,495