2009 Ducati Streetfighter S Review — Review of the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter S

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Ducati 999 S

Raw, Naked Superbike (Well-Heeled) Willing and Able

The Ducati 1098 was a seriously sportbike before it was succeeded by the more formidable 1198, but for riders both fully-faired (and even the smaller 848 are too for daily use.

Enter the Streetfighter. Priced at $14,995 for the model and $18,995 for the ‘S’ this … bike from its more aggressive in a number of crucial ways.

The Less Bodywork is More

is everything with sportbikes, and Streetfighter models are real 373 lbs dry for the base model, and 368 lbs for the ‘S’ Our test bike was an ‘S’ and its weight savings come from its 5-spoke forged and Marchesini wheels. Both get massive, radially mounted disc 4-piston 330mm monoblocs. and the S features -hlins components, front and rear.

The forks are 43mm Superbike-spec with low-friction TiN coating, and the unit is also fully The Streetfighter’s single-sided aluminum is longer than the 1198’s, more stability, less to wheelie, and a longer overall Just above the rear is a cannon-like duo of exhaust cans. are polished black in the ‘S’

The premium model also various carbon bits, these engine covers. The L-twin employs lighter from the 1198, and puts out 155 and 85 lb-ft of torque— each is five clicks less the 1098, due to a different intake

The ‘S’ package also the Ducati Data Acquisition which can download performance to a PC. But the most notable addition to the model is Ducati’s Dynamic Control, which can be set to one of eight (or switched off entirely.) The system the difference between front and wheel speeds, using angle to calculate how much is permissible before retarding ignition. And hooligans rest DTC allows burnouts and wheelies. woo

Swing a Leg Over: Lean and

Photo © Basem Wasef

Ducati superbikes like the or 848 have unforgiving ergonomics, the is more accommodating— kind of a slightly more aggressive of the surprisingly uprightHypermotard. The Streetfighter’s 33 seat height is relatively but the narrow saddle actually it feel lower, since it your legs to extend down to the pavement.

Fire up the and, after a couple of cranking, the engine spits to with a distinctly Italian The rattle of dry clutch resonates at rpms, and twisting the throttle the exhaust note considerably. your leg up onto the pegs, and get folded into a fairly bend. Weirdly, the bike is so that your legs practically parallel when against the tank.

The feeling makes you almost where they hid the engine.

the saddle, the view across the reveals almost nothing a steering damper, the small instrument pod. fluid and mirrors. The Streetfighter’s cockpit is even more sparse that of the Hypermotard. which a lot.

On the Road: Easy to Fast!

Though the Streetfighter’s posture is pitched somewhat it’s comfortable enough for rides. Once you let out the hydraulic the rush of forward momentum makes it feel like missing out on speed. Gears with light left effort (though some neutrals can be hit in higher cogs), and engine revving produces less front wheel than in the 1098 .

Ducati 999 S
Ducati 999 S

But the real is what happens when the bends: the Streetfighter S turns in so it’s easy to forget on a bike with a 1099cc Direction changes are accurate and and adjustable with minimal throughout the turn-in/apex/exit process. riding doesn’t present opportunities to trigger the traction system, but I did sense acceleration holding back during one turn.

It was nonetheless reassuring to know the was there when I hit a stretch of wet especially with a torquey, 155 twin directing power to tiny contact patch at the

Equally impressive are the Streetfighter’s the huge Brembos have bite, and feel is excellent at the The ride is responsive but not punishing, no doubt by the ‘S’ model’s unsprung weight.

Though the feels confidence inspiring the wide handlebars can be leveraged easily than a low-slung the tradeoff of not having a fairing or is the constant blast of air, is especially noticeable at higher

The Bottom Line: Loads of Tons of Performance. and Quite a Few

Photo © Basem Wasef

My with the Ducati Streetfighter S spoiled me; after nearly 400 of enthusiastic riding, I quickly accustomed to its ease of use, speed, and incredible agility. thousands less than its stablemates, the Streetfighter wins on levels. It’s lighter and to ride fast (though got ten less horsepower than the and the entire package is far more for day to day use.

But there’s the rub: at 15 grand and leaping to 19 grand for the model, the Streetfighter is a pricey that’s out of reach for many Sure, it performs with a feel, and character that’s than its Japanese competition, but shoppers will find it to justify this premium when so many other perform so well. on paper.

If money is no object, the Streetfighter is a no But if money is a consideration— as it is for most there’s consolation in the fact these bikes will become available on the used for significantly less dough. then, the Ducati Streetfighter incredible performance with usability— and that’s enough to us dreaming.

Ducati 999 S
Ducati 999 S
Ducati 999 S

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