2010 Ducati Streetfighter
Soul of a Superbike – Attitude
of a fighter
The Ducati Streetfighter scored a round one knock-out
when it entered the ring for the first time at the
EICMA Show in Milan back in November 2008. Its brutal
elegance stole the ‘Most Beautiful Bike’
award and raised the bar for extreme nakeds. The 2010
Streetfighter and Streetfighter S first hit town back
in March 2009 and its asphalt-ripping reputation was
an instant hit with connoisseurs of sport nakeds.
With countless awards around the world already, the
Streetfighter is shaping up to be an undisputed champion.
The Streetfighter’s Superbike soul combines
fighter attitude and naked sophistication to create
pure adrenaline. Stripped to the bare essentials,
its combination of state-of-the-art race technology,
skeletal styling and contemporary design takes Ducati’s
big naked concept to the very top of the fighter food
The true Ducati spirit is captured by an incredibly
powerful Desmodromic L-Twin 1098 “Testastretta
Evoluzione” engine producing 155hp with an incredibly
wide spread of power thanks to 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of
torque. The Streetfighter’s power and precision
is further maximised by weighing in at just 368lb
(167kg) - S version - and further benefits from technology
derived directly from Ducati’s MotoGP and Superbike
projects. Ducati Traction Control and Data Analysis,
racing-style braking system, fully adjustable suspension
and forged wheels all come as standard equipment on
the ‘S’ to complete the battle-ready package.
Streetfighter made good
The Streetfighter culture was born on the backstreets
of Northern Europe during the late 70s and 80s. If
the Café racer movement had taken traditional
bikes and transformed them to establish out-and-out
sportbikes, then Streetfighters were definitely anti-establishment.
They evolved by removing the fairings from sport bikes,
fitting higher bars and customising to create high-performance,
over-the-top nakeds. Now, Ducati have taken that concept
and applied their own Italian sophistication to a
stunning, factory-prepared Streetfighter.
The Ducati Streetfighter is equipped with everything
that made the Superbike a legend: Awesome L-Twin muscle
with brutal, big-bore torque, thoroughbred chassis
technology, beautiful single-sided swingarm, planet-stopping
Monobloc brakes and pure, sophisticated class.
While the tank and seat shapes leave no doubt as
to the Streetfighter’s roots, it is the upright
and commanding riding position that really starts
to shape the character of this ultimate naked. New,
minimalistic controls, instrumentation and headlight
design leave the front looking clean and mean, while
twin-stacked right-side mufflers at the rear leave
the tail-end high and sharp. No other Ducati has ever
achieved such an aggressive stance while providing
a comfortable, empowering, controllable and enjoyable
Ducati’s ‘S’ treatment of the Streetfighter
takes its sophistication way off the scale. Superbike
spec Öhlins suspension front and rear with lightweight
forged Marchesini wheels add extra street credibility
when in town and that all-important ‘feel’
when exploring the Streetfighter’s sports soul.
Add the awesome street-going Ducati Traction Control
and Ducati Data Analysis as standard equipment and
it’s clear that the Streetfighter S is not just
muscle – it’s intelligent too.
Ducati’s Streetfighter project was inevitable.
The passion to build the most successful Superbikes
ever, mixed with the desire to create iconic, naked
motorcycles was a rush of adrenaline just waiting
to happen. Who else would create a bike for out-and-out
purists to celebrate naked power in all its forms?
A bike with muscle-engine performance, aggressive
chassis engineering and intelligent electronics all
laid bare to appreciate, respect and enjoy? Ducati
build bikes for enthusiasts – for bikers who
appreciate the details that come together to make
an awesome bike, for perfectionists who instantly
recognise excellence when they see it.
Ducati motorcycles aren’t just a means of transport,
they enable a lifestyle that set their rider apart
from the rest of the world. They’re an extension
of character and the ultimate personal statement.
The Streetfighter is built with pure Ducati passion
and it’s ready to impress, whatever the lifestyle.
If you’re riding downtown, the Streetfighter
is sure to make the coolest arrival. If you’re
out of town carving a line through the curves there’ll
be nothing more exciting than the Streetfighter –
except maybe the crowd that gathers when you pull
into the next diner.
Ducati have captured the essence of motorcycling
life with the Streetfighter and it now takes ownership
of the naked category. It’ll be a tough act
to follow so get ready for Desmo domination.
The Streetfighter riding position is empowering.
The lightweight aluminium tapered bars are higher
than on a Superbike, but still flat enough to ride
hard, so machine control is enhanced and the relationship
with the front-end remains in tact. Considerable study
on seat, footpeg and handlebar position has maximised
comfort without losing the feeling that you’re
aboard an extreme naked Ducati.
Showing attention to detail typical of all new Ducatis,
the handlebars are gripped by beautifully shaped clamps
that flow sleekly into the bar-risers. Even the switchgear
presents minimalism at its best. The slim-line bodies
house easy-to-use switches and buttons and feature
a unique weapons-like ‘trigger catch’
that slides down to cover the starter button when
activating the kill-switch. Symmetrically mounted,
remote brake and clutch reservoirs are small, low
and compact and feed slim, radial master-cylinders
by Brembo to complete the clean and uncluttered controls
The Streetfighter’s instrumentation continues
that same clean look with a compact shape that blends
into the aggressive line of the headlight. Information
additional to the default read-outs is managed from
the left-hand handlebar-mounted switch gear, allowing
the rider to scroll through and select from various
menus. The display presents rpm and speed, with the
former displayed across the screen in a progressive
bar graph. Additionally, the instruments display lap
times, DTC status and level selected (if activated
on Streetfighter S) time, air temperature, coolant
temperature, battery voltage, two trips and a trip
that automatically starts as the fuel system goes
onto reserve. Warning lights illuminate to signify
neutral, turn signals, high beam, rev-limit, low oil
pressure, fuel reserve, DTC intervention (if activated
on Streetfighter S) and scheduled maintenance. The
instrument display is also used as the control panels
for the DDA and DTC systems as well as listing lap
times recorded by using the high-beam flash button
as a stopwatch.
A chassis born to fight
At a class-leading 169kg (373lb) dry weight for the
Streetfighter and an incredible 167kg (368lb) for
the Streetfighter S, both come to the fight with the
highest power-to-weight ratio in their class. The
purpose-built Trellis frame, which uses 25.6°
of rake compared with the Superbike’s 24.5°,
ensures a well-planted front-end, while a 35mm longer
single-sided swingarm at the rear ensures the Streetfighter’s
acceleration need never be compromised. The longer,
beautifully created aluminium swingarm follows the
same dual construction detail as the Superbike models
and is anodised finished in black.
The lower triple-clamp also gets more muscle development.
Formed in a strength-enhancing gull-wing shape for
even more rigidity, it maintains a vice-like grip
on the fork legs, giving a precise and solid feeling
through the bars on fast direction changes.
The revised rake, longer wheelbase and cross-mounted
steering damper ensure stability even under the extreme
acceleration of Ducati’s incredible L-Twin torque.
The Streetfighter is armed with fully adjustable
43mm Showa forks up front and a fully adjustable Showa
monoshock at the rear, giving the bike high performance
agility and the rider absolute ‘feel’
and confidence from sure-footed handling.
The forks feature a natural chrome slider finish
and radial mounts for the brake callipers and are
fully adjustable in spring preload as well as compression
and rebound damping. On the rear, the single Showa
unit operates through a progressive linkage and is
also fully adjustable in spring preload and damping,
both in compression and rebound.
The Streetfighter S pushes the spec way up with 43mm
Superbike-spec Öhlins forks that have sliders
treated in low-friction TiN. Fully adjustable in spring
preload and precisely adjustable in compression and
rebound damping, they ensure ‘S’ feeling
and finesse when the fight gets rough.
Taking care of the rear of the ‘S’ is
a single high-spec Öhlins unit fully adjustable
in spring preload with full adjustment and highly
engineered control of compression and rebound damping.
The unit is also fitted with a ride enhancing top-out
spring which helps maintain rear tyre contact under
Important attention to performance detail is inherited
from its Superbike bloodline with both the Streetfighter
and Streetfighter S having rear ride-height adjusters
that allow fine correction after setting personalised
10-spoke wheels in lightweight aluminium keep the
overall motorcycle weight down and maintain an all-important
control on unsprung weight. This weight is made up
of all the components between the suspension and the
road and consists of wheels, tyres, brake discs and
callipers etc, but when rotating at high speed, it
is the wheels that store most of the kinetic energy
and offer the most resistance when steering, accelerating
or braking. Their weight saving, therefore, is a serious
contribution to both the handling and the performance
of the bike and the Streefighter pulls out all the
stops to be the best.
The Streetfighter S reduces weight even further by
using Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels by Marchesini, forged
and then machined in lightweight aluminium.
The Streetfighter wheels are finished in graphite
grey and the ‘S’ in bronze with both models
rolling out on Pirelli tyres.
Both the Streetfighter and Streetfighter S use Brembo’s
powerful Monobloc calliper race technology. Machined
from a single piece of alloy, the callipers achieve
higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during
extreme braking. The result not only delivers planet-stopping
brake power, but also gives an enhanced and precise
‘feel’ at the brake lever. The twin Monobloc
callipers each have four 34mm pistons that grip huge
330mm discs to achieve their spectacular performance.
The weight of the discs has been kept to a minimum
by using racing-style narrow braking surfaces.
The world-beating 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione needs
little introduction. Debuting in 2007, it went on
to form the basis of a motor that powered Ducati to
Superstock and Superbike World titles that left the
competition stunned. Now, its massive bore, short
stroke and incredible torque powers Ducati’s
most extreme naked and the results are equally as
Producing a ballistic 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of torque
and 155hp (114kW), the Streetfighter’s awesome
1098 power house fears nothing of the naked sports
competition. The L-Twin, Testastretta Evoluzione engine
gives both the best power-to-weight and the best torque-to-weight
ratios in its class.
Surface features include enhanced detailing on the
cam belt covers and the magnesium dry clutch cover
as well as a new black finish for the main outer casings
and carbon-grey finish for the crankcases, which employ
the same weight-saving technology used for the 1198.
The vacuum die-cast process used to make the crankcases
ensures consistent and precise wall thickness and
increased strength from absolute material purity while
reducing weight an incredible 3kg (6.5lb) compared
to those of the 1098 Superbike engine.
Using the Testastretta narrow valve angle, super-straight
intake ducts and specially shaped combustion chambers,
the Desmodromic motor continues to breathe through
MotoGP-derived elliptical throttle bodies and four
large diameter valves per cylinder to achieve its
incredible spread of torque.
A high performance six-speed box and racing-style
dry clutch makes sure the transmission package delivers
155hp as efficiently as possible.
The Streetfighter’s power house is protected
by twin coolant radiators, carefully curved in pure
naked style for optimum performance and stunning with
visual effect. The upper radiator is assisted by lightweight,
high flow electric fan assemblies while the lower
sits in the front of the belly pan, which also houses
a highly efficient oil heat exchanger.
Having more experience and success with twin-cylinder
high performance engines than any other manufacturer,
the air-cooled L-Twin remains central to Ducati's
philosophy of motorcycling. This experience, plus
constant investment in quality by design, advanced
materials and engineering techniques, has enabled
the distance between service intervals to increase
to 12,000km (7,500 miles) making Ducati ownership
even more enjoyable than ever.
The massive Streetfighter 2-1-2 exhaust system is
made from weight-saving 1mm thick steel and flows
from 58mm to 63.5mm diameter pipes. The system uses
two lambda probes to ensure precise fuel mapping for
optimum performance and an electronic valve in the
mid-section to achieve a wide spread of power.
The cannon-style, vertically stacked mufflers sport
the same finishes as the Superbike family: Brushed
steel for the Streetfighter and black brushed steel
for the Streetfighter S, both delivering the famous
Ducati L-Twin sound synonymous with raw, Desmo power.
The new aggressive looking headlight is the ‘face’
of the Streetfighter and it leaves little doubt as
to its character. While the main lighting source and
multi-reflector design provides powerful illumination
to cut through the night, its two evil eye strips
of LED positioning lights give a striking and unmistakable
identity to the bike.
Keeping design matters clean and stylish, the directional
indicators remain unobtrusive with clear lenses and
coloured bulbs, while the rear light is integral to
the shape of the tailpiece, providing unobscured illumination
while maintaining the smooth and elegant look to the
high and sharp rear-end.
More attention to detail than ever before went into
creating the Ducati Streetfighter. Repositioning many
of the components usually hidden by bodywork and continuing
to keep them out of sight was a major challenge for
the design and engineering teams, but they’ve
pulled it off with impressive results. Add to this
details such as the perfectly formed passenger seat
cover, a rear hugger fitted as standard equipment
and the pre-minimalised licence plate holder, and
it’s plain to see that Ducati have gone that
extra step to achieve the highest level of finish.