facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Ducati’s Knockout Punch

Basem Wasef

Shorn of bodywork and clad with angular, armor-like skin, Ducati’s new Streetfighter looks like a hard-edged menace to two-wheeled society. But creased styling tells only half of this bike’s story.

Based on the 1198 super bike—a rather fierce bit of kit—the Streetfighter has a more relaxed fork angle and a longer swing arm, for less twitchiness and greater stability. An 1198-sourced engine produces a meaty 155 horsepower and 85 lb-ft of torque, but the bike’s more manageable ergonomics make tapping into that power a relatively confidence-building affair. There are the usual Ducati trademarks like a wake-the-neighbors exhaust note and head-turning road presence, but the bike’s finest features are savored from the saddle. The “S” version adds top-shelf Öhlins suspension, a downloadable data acquisition system, and eight-setting traction control. For those seeking super-bike performance and everyday usability, the Ducati Streetfighter takes the edge off without losing its brutal side. (www.ducati.com)

Read Next Article >>
Though electric and hybrid cars have existed for quite some time now—in...
The Sealy, Texas, tuning shop that created the Hennessey Venom GT —the...
Photo by Scott Williamson/ www.PhotoDesignStudios.com
The 507 roadster was one of the most beautiful cars of the postwar era and...
The folklore and religious figures depicted in the Lüftlmalerei , the...
The motorsports manufacturer Polaris—known for its off-road vehicles and...
As fuel prices and climate-change concerns continue to rise, so too does...
Photo by Rod Foster
The Fast Toys Club , a new members-only automotive program based in...
Photo courtesy of TRG-AMR North America
Hundreds of racing enthusiasts will gather this month in Monterey, Calif...
Maserati is marking its centennial with concours, rallies, and events...
By all rights, Ducati should have crested the horizon and become a...