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Ducati Streetfighter

Ducati Streetfighter S

By Kevin Ash


It was only a matter of before the Ducati 1098 engine found its way into a down streetbike chassis. The for a lot of people was that the new machine become another Monster, a for the S4Rs which essentially was a 999 with its bodywork removed. Ducati created a new line: in essence a 1098 with its removed.

Click on image for So why this and not a better, faster Ducati General Manager Domenicali is clear about he wants to do with these two of bikes: -We want to emphasise strongly that the Streetfighter is based, so it-s not styled as a This is a much more and hard-edged bike than the and remember the Monster range the entry-level 696, so it would be to market Monsters coherently such extremes.-

The term anyway comes from Europe where sports riders would — and do — strip down sports bikes (or crash and have no choice because the damaged bodywork was too expensive) and fit bars to create wild and high performance urban Several other manufacturers been doing this too okay, not crashing their but stripping down superbikes notably Triumph first the Speed Triple, Aprilia and the even BMW with the K1200R.

There-s rather more to the though than a 1098 its body panels. In fact, to designer Giulio Malagoli, all the components are new. The frame is derived but features a 25.6 head angle instead of the 24.5 degrees while the subframe is all new, reducing the of the tail section by around 3 (75mm).

The fuel tank is an (25mm) shorter than the too, but you do get 2.4 inches of seat rather than the 1198-s 1.6 (40mm), while the handlebars are not higher but closer to the rider The footrests meanwhile are a little and further back than the

The dash display shows the information as the 1198-s MOtoGP-derived but the Streetfighter-s is smaller, and the switchgear is new including a rather cool switch arrangement where the kill switch hides the button. Only the Italians of such details.

At the front the LED lights are shaped as a smaller of the 1198-s headlight layout, similar intakes beneath to the family connection.

The exhaust is new with fatter pipes the 1098, at a chunky 2.3-2.5 (58-63mm) diameter. The engine is essentially a 1098 motor but 1198 crankcases, used these are made with the new process that reduces — some 6.6lb is saved this way. Ducati-s obsession with minimalisation has resulted in an overall dry of just 373lb (169kg) for the model and 368lb (167kg) for the S.

Power output is similar to the 153bhp (155PS, 114kW) at and 84.5lb.ft (11.7kgm, 114.6Nm) also at 9,500rpm. And if a few years ago the torque and power figures at the same rpm was an indication of a very tuned and peaky motor, in case there is a very torque peak at 9,500rpm a fat and flat curve lower that looks very

The S, which is the model I rode, is with Marchesini forged in place of the stock bike-s wheels, and has Öhlins suspension and rear in place of Showa. the same as the 1098-s but the rear is softer because the new swingarm is 1.4 inches (35mm) longer, it greater leverage. It-s fitted with carbon front mudguard and cambelt and comes with Ducati Control (DTC) and the Ducati Analyser (DDA) which can back information about recent ride via a USB stick plugs in beneath the seat.

If you see a white Streetfighter it-ll be a model, while a black one be an S. Red could be either.

With all lot proven up to World Superbike the Streetfighter is bound to be brilliant, it? Well yes, but. The launch took place on a race circuit, the long and Ascari track near in Spanish Andalusia, which great (and indeed it except when riding the around it, you couldn-t help there are better bikes this for this kind of not least Ducati-s own 1198.

nothing wrong with the at all, it simply wasn-t in ideal environment, although it did very well once you got to the relatively upright riding Inevitably the front end is particularly with less weight on it a superbike and wider bars a wind-blown rider hanging them, so you have less in the front end and there-s a twitchier than on an 1198.

The bike is set up fairly soft as standard, but improve usefully with a few of the suspension — I increased and compression damping by two clicks and rear and left the preload and the bike-s fore-and-aft pitching braking and acceleration became better controlled. There-s more to play with and the manners no doubt can be improved which will make a serious tool for track day But an 1198 would be better.

The brakes — a pair of Monoblocs up front lifted the 1198 — inevitably are powerful, but as with an increasing of superbikes are too strong for general use. In the wet, one quick grab as someone pulls out and have to work hard to upright.

Unusually for Ducati were a few issues with the On my bike, selection was a little and I had two of three missed changes, other riders reported problems and one would find neutrals when changing when this happened into a tight right the lack of engine braking him to run wide and crash. Another suddenly refused to change and the had to pull out of the session.

Ducati Streetfighter

This hasn-t arisen with the which has the same gear and crankcases so this could be to our batch of bikes — I-m confident Ducati will and sort the problem, as the company-s usually are fine.

Nothing with that fabulous engine meanwhile. It pulls real muscle from low torque pulses shuddering the bike as the exhausts bellow a surprisingly loud voice, and a small torque dip at around the bike pulls hard to beyond 10,000rpm.

There-s some vibration the footrests which troubled a few although for me it was their shape I found an irritant, the raised on the end preventing me from sliding my around on them as easily as The exhaust shield beside the footrest kicks your out a little awkwardly too, nowhere near as much as on the S4Rs.

Direction changes are rapid, so much so you can get the bike and flighty when flicking side to side simply it-s turning so fast, with the S you can drive out of a turn as as you like, letting Ducati-s traction control look the rear tyre-s grip just whack open the and let the electronics do the rest. Our bikes off at level six of the possible eight, intervened too early, but with four or less set via the dash, the out of corners is phenomenal, and it won-t whatever you do.

So, it-s good as a bike but not 1198 great, is pretty much what expect, and as we didn-t ride it on the I-ll have to make an guess about its performance in the world. In fact I think it absolutely rock: a track as Ascari tends to hide the you can get from a bike like although I did try circulating as if it was a road when I discovered ferocious low acceleration, that it wheelies a demon, sounds fabulous and all of a becomes the adrenalin-pumping wild it didn-t really feel as a track bike.

As for its low-fronted, super compact it-s certainly appealling, for me the older S4R in blue with the central white stripe is one of the best looking street yet made.

Price: £13,995 £11,495)

Available: April

Contact: Ducati UK, 0845 www.ducatiuk.com

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