Ducati’s latest streetfighter model, a 155bhp and 114Nm motorcycle that was unveiled at the 2008 EICMA show in Milan is scheduled to hit US dealerships in May. The Italian naked style apparently starts to catch on to riders in America. We couldn’t be surprised as the Ducati Streetfighter S gets a new subframe, a redesigned cooling system that reduces width, fully digital instrumentation and 1098-derived features such as the 25.6 degree rake (24.5 degrees on the 1098), and the 35mm longer swingarm.
Also, units such as the 43mm Öhlins USD fork, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock, five-spoke forged alloy Marchesini wheels couldn’t have missed from any high-spec Ducati and neither the Ducati Data Analysis system and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) which are aimed at harnessing the loads of horsepower and torque moving the 167 kg mass (dry).
In what Ducati is concerned, where there is an “S” model, a standard bike must be around somewhere and this case makes no exception. There is the Streetfighter S available either Red or Black painted, but featuring bronze-painted chassis and wheels and the standard Streetfighter available in Red and White and featuring black wheels or dark-grey wheels. The difference between the two bikes is also made by $4,000 as the Streetfighter S starts at $18,995 and the standard Streetfighter model starts at $14,995. This last is expected to be available in the US by August.