DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100 (2009 - 2012) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
It might not have the traction control, Ohlins suspension and Marchesini wheels of the more expensive ‘S’ model, but this base-model Streetfighter, complete with its retuned 1098 superbike engine, is still one hell of a machine and a better value package. Super naked machines like these make more sense on the roads than small, uncomfortable race replicas. The Ducati combines high performance, superb handling and stunning brakes with a comfy riding position and hot-and-cold-running wheelies on tap.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Ride quality is excellent and the handling is good enough for fast road riding or trackday work. There’s enough suspension adjustment for you not to wish you had the Ohlins-equipped bike and the twin Brembo four-piston calipers and 330mm discs are top-notch. It’s comfortable enough to ride across Europe, although the lack of wind protection limits top speed to under the ton, which we reckon is a good thing, anyway. Using a tank bag on long journeys acts as a mini-fairing and keeps a lot of the windblast away.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Streetfighter is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1099cc V-twin ‘Testastretta’ motor, putting out a claimed 155bhp and 85ftlb at the rear wheel. The throttle response is flawless and thanks to a low dry weight of 169kg acceleration is scintillating. If you’re feeling strong and can hang on against the windblast the Ducati will hit a genuine 155mph and returning 45mpg, the Streetfighter is frugal too. The only thing missing from the package is a slipper clutch, which would make the riding experience even smoother.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
We ran a Streetfighter in our long term fleet in 2009 and it did various trackdays, commuting and touring holidays to Ireland, France, Spain and Ibiza and it never missed a beat. The build quality is outstanding and attention to detail impressive.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Streetfighter is far more expensive than its Japanese rivals, like the Kawasaki Z1000, Honda CB1000R and Yamaha FZ-1, but the level of performance, quality and fun-factor is on a higher plane too. It’s pricier than Triumph’s mighty Speed Triple one of MCN’s favourite super nakeds, too, but for Ducati fans it’s worth every penny. Find a Ducati Streetfighter for sale.
You get a multi-function dash, Brembo radial brakes, fully adjustable Showa suspension and a booming V-twin Ducati superbike engine. The ‘S’ model comes with traction control, which is nice but rarely useful on the road. This standard model copes very nicely without it.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled V-twin|
|Frame type||Steel trellis frame|
|Fuel capacity||16.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Front brake||Brembo four-piston caliper, 2 x 330mm discs|
|Rear brake||Twin piston caliper, 245mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 17in|
|Rear tyre size||190/55 17in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||155 bhp|
|Max torque||85 ft-lb|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||163 miles|
Model history & versions
Model introduced in 2009.
Ducati Streetfighter S - comes with Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels and traction control.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100 (2009 - 2012)
2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI STREETFIGHTER 1100 (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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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The bike has grunt and performance by the bucket load. If you're eager with the throttle then it will wheelie pretty much all the time in the first three gears. The seat is extremely high and you feel as if you're sat on a high stool with low handlebars immediately in front of you. The seat height does make the bike a bit ponderous at slow speed where you might want to get your feet down. Speeds much over 100 mph can get tiring very quickly on your neck (not really a surprise) but there's loads more in the tank so you can put quite a strain on neck muscles. It's not a bike to really consider taking passengers on as the rate of acceleration can be pretty fierce. All in all, it's a bike I really like but the high seat height is a bit of a gripe for me (ok I'm not the tallest but I do ride supermotos and have a Ducati Hypermotard 1100s and they're more manageable at very slow speeds).
The bike comes with a steering damper and it does need it on UK roads. The suspension is fairly firm and the front brakes are very strong. There isn't loads of movement required on the front brake lever before the calipers start biting. They're certainly some of the strongest front brakes I've had on any bike I've owned. The tank is very thin so I find it comfortable on my hips but the seat is reasonably firm. The handlebars with being a bit low in relation to the seat do put a bit of weight on your wrists so I find that the limiting function to really long runs.
Very strong engine with lots of low down torque. There is a very small amount of engine rev hunting at low road speed (eg 30mph and less). The engine is effectively a Ducati 1198 bottom end with 1098 top ends. This means the engine is fairly light but with very strong torque figures and enough power to really get a hustle on should you want. The air inlet tubes are a bit restrictive for the engine capacity so the engine can produce more BHP immediately by just fitting different air tubes with bigger openings.
Bike has been pretty much faultless for me. The only minor niggle is a couple of paint chips on the top yoke but that's easy enough to touch up.
I do my own servicing so running cost for me is just consumables. Fuel consumption is around 36-38mph in stop start type traffic but I suspect somewhat better on longer runs. Cam belts are meant to be changed every 2 years but if the engine is turned over regularly you might be able to stretch it out a little bit longer if the bike doesn't do many miles. Cam belts cost around £90 and upwards and changing them yourself isn't too arduous a task. If you want a full dealer service stamp history then cost of ownership will be slightly higher than a similar Japanese bike but it's got longer intervals.
Standard 1100 model so it just has the usual compliment of standard clock features. Mine came with a full assortment of carbon add ons. I've changed the clutch slave cylinder for an Oberon one as the standard one is a bit heavy.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer with 11,300 miles on it and a full assortment of quality carbon add-ons.Typically similar bikes (1099 engine) are selling for around £6500 - 7500.
SF handles like a dream, it has plenty of power to get you into all sorts of troubles and it looks darn right sexy. Coming from riding inline 4s it took me a while to adjust to riding the twin but once your mind adjusts it’s all good. The sound this thing emits especially with the termignoni's on is amassing and as Mr. Neeves has said in his test it does set off car alarms sometimes :). I’ve had the bike for about a year now and I did not have any major problems except from a small leak at the clutch fluid reservoir cap which got replaced immediately under warranty. It is built well and the finish is excellent, no complaints there. I have no issues recommending this bike to anyone. Servicing is bit more than for my K8 GSXR1000 but it has much longer servicing intervals which brings the cost down to equivalent level.