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Confident contender – Supreme fighter

2012 sees the excellent new Streetfighter 848 take its place alongside the awesome firepower of the
Streetfighter S to broaden the stylish and exciting, high-performance naked family.

The Streetfighter 848 delivers pure motorcycle enjoyment with the sophisticated combination of a brand new
and brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine and the enhanced geometry of a frame that ensures
optimum agility with confidence-inspiring “feel”. With user-friendliness now enriched by a smooth and flexible
power delivery, revised ergonomics and DTC, Ducati’s unique fighter style is set to create more excitement
than ever.

The Streetfighter S takes its 155hp 1098 Superbike soul and mixes fighter attitude with naked sophistication
to create a cocktail of Desmo adrenaline. Stripped to the bare essentials, its race technology, skeletal 368lb
(167kg) styling, and 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of torque takes Ducati’s big naked concept to the very top of the
fighter food chain.

The Ducati Streetfighter S scored a round one knock-out when it entered the ring for the first time at the
Milan show back in November 2008. Its supreme elegance stole the ‘Most Beautiful Bike’ award and raised
the bar for extreme nakeds. Its asphalt-ripping reputation became the desire of sport naked connoisseurs
throughout the world and the Streetfighter 848 now widens that desire with everyday accessibility.

The new 848 fighter is dressed in red with a red frame for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a
comeback and the stunning dark stealth scheme underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image, both with
frames finished in racing black. The Streetfighter S comes to the fight in Ducati red and the brand new for
2012 “race titanium matte”. Both schemes have red frames and black wheels.

Streetfighter reborn

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. Ducati took 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, racebred 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. 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 ride.

Add the awesome street-going Ducati Traction Control as standard equipment and Ducati Data Analysis ready electronics and it’s clear that the Streetfighter perfectly balances the essential DNA of an exciting
naked motorcycle with the latest race-derived electronic technology.

Ducati passion

Ducati’s original 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 are not just a means of transport, they are the realisation of dreams that set their riders
apart from the rest of the world. They are an extension of character and the ultimate personal statement.
The Streetfighter is built with pure Ducati passion and it’s ready to impress.

Naked Ducati detail

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 pulled it off with impressive results. Add 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


Taking control

The Streetfighter 848 and Streetfighter S riding positions are now even more empowering, with 20mm
higher handlebars enhancing the overall ergonomic triangle and, for the 848, 10mm wider foot-pegs
improving foot positioning. This continuous study on seat, footpeg and handlebar relationship has
maximised comfort without losing the desired feeling of 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 slimline
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 with adjustable
levers by Brembo to complete the clean and uncluttered controls arrangement.

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 DTC status and level selected, lap times, 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 and scheduled maintenance.

The instrument display can also be used to manage Ducati Traction Control settings, list lap times recorded
by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch and additionally as a control panel for the activation of
the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance for the
Streetfighter 848 and supplied as standard equipment on the Streetfighter S. It consists of a special DDA
software and memory key that slots into a plug under the seat, which also doubles as the connection for a
handy battery charger also available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.

Intelligent muscle

The Streetfighter S was Ducati’s first ever naked sportbike to be fitted with the awesome Ducati Traction
Control (DTC) system and now the Streetfighter 848 inherits the same full eight-level DTC as standard
equipment. In developing its World Championship-winning traction control system for road use, Ducati
continue to demonstrate their strategy of transferring technologies from their race bikes into the production
environment, and show how solutions developed for performance on the track really can be applied to
enhance safety on the road.

Accessible from the left-hand switchgear and displayed on the digital instrumentation, the system offers a
choice of eight profiles, or ‘sensitivity levels’, each one programmed with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to
progressive riding levels of skill, graded from one to eight.

While level eight administers a confidence-building, high level of interaction from the system by activating
upon the slightest amount of wheel-spin, level one offers a much higher tolerance, resulting in less
intervention for highly competent riders. Once the level is selected and DTC activated, both are displayed
on the Streetfighter’s instrumentation. The system then analyses data sent from front and rear wheel speed
sensors to detect wheel-spin. Should the system recognise wheel-spin above a certain threshold, the DTC
ECU instantly evaluates the many possible wheel-spin scenarios before administering two types of
interaction in varying amounts.

DTC is able to sense the exact use that the Streetfighter is being put to. From slow mid-corner acceleration
with considerable vehicle inclination to high speed corner exits while almost upright, DTC is intelligent
enough to react according to each and every situation. It’s even smart enough not to intervene during a
burnout or a wheelie.

The first ‘soft’ stage of system interaction is executed by high speed software that instantly makes electronic
adjustment to the ignition by administering varying amounts of retardation to reduce the engine’s torque
output. During this initial stage of DTC interaction, both outer warning lights on the Streetfighter instruments
– normally used to signify over-rev – illuminate to signify that DTC is being applied.

If the DTC software detects that the first ‘soft’ stage of system interaction is inadequate to control the wheelspin, it continues to administer ignition retardation and instructs the engine ECU to initiate a pattern of
constantly increasing injection cuts until, if necessary, full injection cut. During this second stage of system
interaction, both outer and central warning lights fully illuminate to signify that DTC has also initiated
injection cuts.

After either stage one (ignition retardation) or stage two (pattern of injection cuts or full cut), the system
incrementally returns to the original ignition and injection mapping as the wheel speeds approach
equalisation. This carefully programmed return to full power delivery is the real key to DTC’s smooth and
efficient operation.

Exhaust system

The stylish 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 a brushed steel for the Streetfighter 848 and black brushed
steel for the Streetfighter S, both delivering the famous Ducati L-Twin sound synonymous with raw, Desmo

Single-sided swingarm

At the rear-end of both Streetfighters is a brand new, black-finished, single-sided swingarm beautifully cast
in aluminium. 35mm longer than the Superbike it brings the total wheelbase to 1,475mm (58in) and ensures
the Streetfighter’s acceleration is never compromised.


The 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.
Preserving the clean and stylish design, 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.


Streetfighter-style excitement

The 848 Testastretta 11° engine is a masterpiece of Desmodromic engineering. 132hp and an exhilarating
69lb-ft of torque is delivered with silky smooth precision by using innovative cam timing solutions proven on
the now legendary Multistrada and Diavel power plants. The new engine lives and breathes Streetfighterstyle
excitement, while revised chassis ergonomics and race-derived, eight-level electronic Ducati Traction
Control ensure enhanced rider comfort and a confident ride.

A chassis born to fight

At a class-leading 169kg (373lb) dry weight, the Streetfighter 848 boasts an incredible power-to-weight ratio.

The beautifully built Trellis frame uses the same 24.5° of rake as the Superbike 848EVO to provide optimum
agility, while 103mm of trail gives the confidence-inspiring “feel” of a well-planted front-end.

The Streetfighter 848 is armed with fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi forks up front and a fully adjustable
Sachs monoshock at the rear, giving the bike high performance handling and the rider absolute confidence
and a comfortable ride. The matte champagne coloured fork bodies house natural chrome finished sliders,
are fully adjustable in spring preload and compression and rebound damping and feature radial mounts for
the Brembo brake callipers. The lower triple-clamp is formed in a strength-enhancing gull-wing shape for
increased rigidity, it maintains a vice-like grip on the fork legs, giving a precise and solid feeling through the
bars on fast direction changes.

On the rear, the single Sachs unit operates through a progressive linkage and single-sided swingarm and is
also fully adjustable in spring preload and damping in both compression and rebound. The new Streetfighter
uses Brembo’s powerful four-piston radial callipers gripping twin 320mm discs on the front and a two-piston
calliper on the rear with a 245mm disc to provide user-friendly and dependable braking performance.

10-spoke wheels with a rear rim width of 5.5in and 3.5in on the front are made in black-finished, lightweight
aluminium to help 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
includes 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 performance of the motorcycle and the
Streefighter pulls out all the stops achieve the best results.

New tyre technology

The Streetfighter 848 confidently relies on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres created using technologies
developed in the Superbike World Championship and perfected for street use - the ideal methodology for
bringing race technology to performance street products. The construction and profiles ensure optimum
agility and control by providing enhanced support during vehicle inclination.

The 120/70ZR17 front tyre uses a 0° steel belted construction that guarantees maximum support under
heavy braking and corner entry. The new 180/60ZR17 sized rear tyre is constructed with three compound
zones, featuring a softer compound on the shoulders (25% on each side) for performance in cornering and a
harder compound on the centre section for longer tyre life.

The 180/60ZR17 rear tyre implements an aspect ratio used in World and National Supersport competition
and offers a larger contact patch compared with the 180/55, further enhanced with an increased “slick” area
when at maximum lean angle. The higher and slightly wider profile improves riding comfort and the larger
contact patch spreads road stresses throughout the contact area for reduced wear of both rear compounds.
Transversal grooves between the rear tyre’s central and side shoulder sections quickly disperse residual
water, providing excellent grip in wet conditions, while the central non-grooved rib ensures maximum rubber
on the ground for traction under acceleration and improved straight line stability.

848 Testastretta 11°

Ducati’s 848 mid-range Superbike engine has been a massive success since its first introduction in 2008.
Enhanced to “EVO” spec for 2011, its thrilling, flexible and user-friendly power delivery made it a popular
Superbike choice. Now, combined with the factory’s latest Testastretta 11° technology, it is transformed into
what many consider to be Ducati’s perfect engine and provides the Streetfighter 848 with a power-to-weight
ratio to be proud of.

With 132hp @ 10,000rpm and a colossal 69lb-ft (93.5Nm) of torque @ 9,500rpm, the 848 Testastretta 11° engine is all about authentic Ducati Desmodromic performance. Radical cam timing adjustment enabled
Ducati to achieve strong torque through a wider rev-range, considerably enhancing the 848 Streetfighter’s
ridability, while ensuring plenty of power remains on tap for high-rpm fun.

For an engine with brute power on tap when needed and smooth, user-friendliness available for an effortless
and comfortable ride, Ducati revised the configuration of the cam timing with particular focus on the valve
overlap angle. The overlap angle is defined as the interval of crankshaft rotation, measured in degrees,
during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. This overlap occurs between
the end of the exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. High performance engines, which are
subject to compromising smoothness for extreme power delivery, use high values of this parameter in order
to benefit from the pressure waves to improve engine performance by maximising volumetric efficiency.

On the 848 Testastretta 11° engine, this angle has been reduced from 37°, used in the Testastretta
Evoluzione engine which powers the 848EVO Superbike, to 11°. As a result, the fresh inlet charge from the
MotoGP-derived elliptical throttle bodies is less compromised by the exiting exhaust gases, producing a
much smoother combustion, improved fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions.

The valves are controlled by Ducati's signature Desmodromic system, which activates valve closure
mechanically instead of relying upon normal valve springs to follow the steep closure profile of high performance cam profiles. This system, which closes the valves mechanically with the same level of
accuracy that they are opened, is used on every single Ducati motorcycle including the world-beating
Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP power plants.

Ducati’s Streetfighter 848 engine harnesses the track-ready power of the Superbike and makes it smooth
and tractable, while a high performance six-speed box with user-friendly wet clutch ensures a smooth riding
experience in all conditions. Everything about the 848 Testastretta 11° engine is a direct result of Ducati’s
engineers making massive advances in balancing high-performance with an enjoyable ride.

Decades of experience combined with constant investment in advanced materials and precision engineering
techniques has enabled the distance between the major service intervals (valve clearence check) to double
from 12,000 to 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles). This continual attention to detail and development of twin cylinder technology makes Ducati ownership even more accessible and enjoyable than ever.

Streetfighter 848 colours

While the Streetfighter looks stunning in traditional Ducati red with red frame, yellow makes its return set
against a racing black frame and dark stealth underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image also with
racing black frame. All three options roll on 10-spoke wheels finished in black.


Power and precision

Ducati’s ‘S’ treatment of the Streetfighter pushes its tech spec to the red line. Öhlins suspension front and
rear and lightweight Marchesini forged wheels stack up serious credibility, while the front fender and cam
belt covers in super-light carbon fibre help reduce the dry weight to an extreme 167kg (368lb).

The true Ducati spirit is captured with a 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) 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.

1098 power

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 and now its
incredible torque powers Ducati’s most extreme naked and the results are mind-blowing.

Producing a ballistic 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of torque and 155hp (114kW), the Streetfighter’s awesome 1098
engine 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.

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. Engine surface features include enhanced detailing on the cam belt covers
as well as a new black finish for the magnesium dry clutch cover and main outer casings and carbon-grey
finish for the crankcases.

The Streetfighter’s power 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.

S-spec precision

At a class-leading 167kg (368lb) dry weight, the Streetfighter S also comes to the fight with the highest
power-to-weight ratio in its 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 fully cast aluminium single-sided swingarm
at the rear is new for 2012. The rake, longer wheelbase and cross-mounted steering damper ensure stability
even under the extreme acceleration of Ducati’s incredible L-Twin torque.

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 extreme conditions. Important
attention to performance detail is inherited from its Superbike bloodline with Streetfighter S having rear rideheight adjusters that allow fine correction after setting personalised spring preload.

Part of the weight saving of the Streetfighter S over the 848 is down to the incredible Y-shaped, 5-spoke
wheels by Marchesini, forged and then machined in lightweight aluminium. Reducing the unsprung weight
for enhanced performance, the wheels are finished in black, and roll into 2012 fitted with the new Pirelli
Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.

The Streetfighter S uses 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 racingstyle narrow braking surfaces.

Streetfighter S colours

The Streetfighter S continues to be dressed in Ducati red and now introduces the stunning “race titanium
matte” into the colour range, with both schemes using red frames and black wheels with red pin-striping.