Ducati Streetfighter - countdown to first ride

Published: 23 March 2009

MCN will be the first people in the world to ride the new 155bhp Ducati Streetfighter at the Ascari racetrack in Spain on Wednesday morning.

MCN editor Marc Potter will be riding the 1098-powered motorcycle on Tuesday morning, and we want to know what questions you want to ask the factory.

The bike is the most powerful naked motorcycle ever made by the Bologna factory, with a claimed 155bhp at 9500rpm from the 1099cc V-twin. It also makes a claimed 85ft-lb of torque.

Factory insiders say the men running in the bikes for the world launch claim it has far exceeded their expectations. But they would say that, they work for Ducati.

The motorcycle is also the first naked Ducati road bike to feature fully adjustable traction control, similar to the system developed for the 1198 road bike, something it is highly likely to need if the power claims are true.

Ducati claims the motorcycle is a modern interpretation of the Streetfighter movement of the eighties, combined with Ducati’s style and design. It also scooped the ‘best-looking bike’ award at the recent Milan Motorcycle Show in November.

We’ll put the Ducati factory’s claims to the test on Tuesday morning when we ride the bike. Click back for more updates as it happens from the world riding launch.
Send us your questions and we’ll put them to the men behind the 155bhp naked 1098.

Email them to: james.keen@motorcyclenews.com

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