Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2010 Ducati Streetfighter/StreetfighterS Review,And Pics

No wonder, considering the fact that both the standard Streetfighter and the S version are powered by an L-Twin, Testastretta Evoluzione 1098 engine, the same one found on the 1098 superbike (except the shorter intake tracts), makes these very promising Italian bikes…as promising as 155 hp and 85lb-ft of torque at 9500 rpm can be.
Ducati built the Streetfighter with pure performance in mind so apart from using Showa suspension on the base model and Ohlins on the special one as well as lighter forged-aluminum Marchesini wheels and carbon fiber pieces (front fender and cam-belt covers, like on all other “S” models of the Italian house), both models feature magnesium cylinder-head covers, clutch and headlight bracket for even lighter overall weight.

While the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) system, which gathers crucial information concerning throttle opening, gear positions, revs, speed and lap times, is optional on the base Streetfighter, this comes as a standard feature on the S model. This last was built as a version for those who cut no corners and go for the best of the best, not necessarily the best bang for the buck. And the fact that the Streetfighter S features a traction control system sets it further apart from its sibling. Using information from the wheel-speed sensors, the traction control will first intervene by retarding ignition timing and then, if necessary, cut out fuel supply to the engine with the use of the fuel injection system and so prevent dangerous wheelspin.
Although the Ducatis are still new entries on the streetfighter market and stand out as truly unique rides, this is not the first time that the world sees such a courageous idea being put into practice.


10. 2010 MV Agusta 990R and 1090RR
The MV Agusta Brutale 1090RRmight not look as aggressive as the Streetfighters do, but the fact that the inline four-cylinder engine produces 144.2 bhp and 85 ft-lbs of torque makes this also Italian bike a fierce opponent for the latest arrivals.

Triumph can also brag about being a class expert if we take a look at the Speed Triple’s sales charts, but we have a hunch this isn’t quite THE Streetfighter competitor. The looks are quite different and the Triumph’s inline-triple is a whole different story compared to the Ducati twin. 


2010 Ducati Streetfighter

The whole idea behind the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter is to have a stripped down superbike, so if we look at the “totally necessary pieces” such as the front fender, fuel tank and rear tail section it is easy to spot the same design lines as on the Ducati superbike models.
Designing an aggressive bike was a must and the excellent results show when looking at the main headlight underneath which are found the twin air intakes and LED lighting components. The bike also features an LED taillight, which is perfectly integrated in the sharp tail. Still, this piece of the bike looks like being positioned a little too high given the fact that there are no exhaust pipes running underneath it. In fact, the right rider side shotgun exhaust will have your eyes running between it, the tail and the stylish rear wheel (on both models), which stands out thanks to the single-sided swingarm.
No fairing means more work masking all the wiring and making components that would have normally been covered look good. We must say the Streetfighter’s engine department unveils nothing but a muscular L-twin motor when looking between the tubular steel trellis frame’s tubes.
The instrument panel is brand new and designed in the Ducati style. This offers digital speed and revs display as well as time, ambient air/coolant temperature, battery voltage, trip meters and warning lights – neutral, turn signals, high beam, rev limit, low oil pressure, fuel reserve, DTC intervention status (on the “S” model) and scheduled maintenance.

5. 2010 Ducati Streetfighter
In both cases, color options include Red, while the Pearl White characterizes the base model and Midnight Black stands for the “S” one.

Press Reviews

2010 Ducati Streetfighter S

"Once triggered into life, the liquid-cooled V-Twin emits a burly rumble through a pair of stacked muflers that portends near-Superbike power production. We brought our bike down to legendary tuner Carry Andrews’ Hypercycle Speed Center where it spat out 133.2 roaring ponies at 9800 rpm." – motorcycle
"This is actually about five horsepower less than the Superbike, due to the shorter air intakes that are inevitable without the full fairing, although the Streetfighter’s engine is actually seven pounds lighter thanks to the cast-aluminum crankcases. Having recently ridden a 1098R, there is no way from the seat of the pants you can notice the minor power loss." – ultimatemotorcycling
"As you roll out of pit lane and onto Ascari’s 3.3-mile, 26-turn road course, the Streetfighter feels relaxed and less twitchy than the Superbike. As soon as you crack the throttle a tremendous wave of torque greets you. But with its slightly longer wheelbase, controlling that power wheelie feels a little friendlier." – motorcycle-usa
“The L-twin motor revs up quickly to the 10,700-rpm limit, indicated by a flashing red light since the LCD bar tachometer has no redline. With 85 lb-ft of torque trying to pull the bike out from under you, gear changes are more about prerogative than necessity, though the transmission is very accommodating.” – ridermagazine
“But the real kicker is what happens when the road bends: the Streetfighter S turns in so willingly, it’s easy to forget you’re on a bike with a 1099cc engine. Direction changes are accurate and immediate, and adjustable with minimal effort throughout the turn-in/apex/exit process.” – motorcycles.about
"Our S model’s Öhlins suspension exhibited a firm ride around town but excellent control in the turns, and the Marchesini wheels felt willing to change direction with ease, with midcorner corrections coming effortlessly." – popularmechanics
"As I pushed harder (after adding a few clicks of both compression and rebound to the fork), the DTC was a bit intrusive, softening power earlier than I wanted, so I backed it off to level 4, then eventually 3, and really began to enjoy the bike. Electronic intervention, when it’s this tunable, is a Very Good Thing." – cycleworld
"Think of it a cross between a big supermoto and a Monster and you’ll be on the right track. And for speed, the S version rated here has better front and rear suspension, traction control and data analysis built-in." – MCN


The 2010 Ducati Streetfighter comes with a $14,995 MSRP, which is quite fair if you ask me. Yet, the $18,995 MSRP of the Ducati Streetfighter S makes it impossible for me to say the same thing about it. The $4K difference is simply not justified, not even by the fancy DDA and traction control systems. This last definitely addresses to those for which money is not an issue. 


2010 Ducati Streetfighter S

Ducati does offer the best there currently is in matter of superbike-derived roadsters and, looking at the Streetfighter’s potential, it’s easy to reckon this situation won’t change a long time from now.

Following the same recipe used by MV Agusta to build the Brutale 1090RR, Ducati manages to dethrone the “teacher” and start giving lessons of engine performance, handling and refinement on its own.


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