FrontRunners: Raw Power
With its minimal body paneling, which leaves its inner workings exposed, the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter (www.ducati.com) represents the Italian company’s latest take on the naked motorcycle body style that it pioneered in the 1990s. The bike’s most noticeable change from previous naked models is its seat position, which has been pushed back on the frame to give you a better view of the road and a more comfortable ride. Outfitted with an L-Twin, 1,099 cc engine capable of 155 hp and 87.5 ft lbs of torque, the standard-model Streetfighter is priced at $15,000. The Streetfighter S—equipped with front and rear Öhlins suspension and lightweight Marchesini wheels, among other features—is priced at $19,000. The standard version is available in red or pearl white, the S in red or midnight black; both will arrive in America later this spring.