Monday, March 23, 2009

Ducati Streetfighter S to hit US dealerships in May

Yup, it's going to be a wild ride...

Unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan in November 2008, the smoking-hot Ducati Streetfighter is slated to go on sale in the US by May this year. Priced at $18,995, the Streetfighter S will go on sale in May, while the base model Streetfighter, priced at $14,995, will probably be available by August.

While essentially based on the Ducati 1098, many of the Streetfighter’s bits and pieces are unique to the bike – it has a new subframe, more relaxed steering (25.6 degree rake, compared to 24.5 degrees on the 1098), a swingarm that’s 35mm longer than the 1098’s item, a redesigned cooling system to reduce the width of the bike and a new, fully digital dashboard.

The Streetfighter S is fitted with proper, high-spec bits – 43mm Öhlins USD fork, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock, five-spoke forged alloy wheels from Marchesini, the Ducati Data Analysis system and Ducati Traction Control (DTC). The Streetfighter S will be available in two colours – red and black – with bronze-painted chassis and wheels, while the base model Streetfighter will come in red and white, with black wheels and dark-grey wheels.

Next week, Ducati will be organising test rides of the Streetfighter for some motorcycle magazines, in Malaga, Spain. In the meanwhile, here are technical specifications of the bike:

Engine: 1,099cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder L-Twin
Power: 155bhp@9,500rpm
Torque: 114Nm@9,500rpm
Chassis: Tubular steel trellis-type frame
Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
Front Suspension: Fully adjustable 43mm Showa (Öhlins on the Streetfighter S) USD fork
Rear Suspension: Aluminum single-sided swingarm, fully adjustable Showa monoshock (Öhlins on the Streetfighter S)
Brakes: Twin 330mm semi-floating discs with radial-mount Brembo Monobloc four-piston callipers (front), single 245mm disc with twin-piston callipers (rear)
Dry Weight: 167kg

For what Damien Basset (the man who's designed the Ducati Streetfighter) has to say about the bike and about motorcycle design in general, see our exclusive interview here
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theslayer said...

Does this mean the elite few will have moral dilemmas as to whether attend church on Sunday or simply get the Streetfighter out of the garage?

I'd rather worship the Ducati :D

Anonymous said...

I'd rather ride the streetfighter to Church on Sunday morning then ride all afternoon. Got to get the priorities right!



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