It is now confirmed. Ducati will present an all-new naked model featuring the engine on the 1098 at the EICMA show this November.
The 2009 Ducati Fighter has already been presented last week to authorized dealers under a strict confidentiality regime and despite all previous controversy, it is now a fact that its price will hire it just between next year’s Monster 1100 and the Ducati 1098 models.
A future fierce competitor for the MV Agusta Brutale, Aprilia Tuono and the Benelli TNT, the Ducati Fighter is yet another great way of exploiting the mighty 1099cc water cooled V-Twin powering the Ducati 1098 though it is expected that the engine will be retuned for low-and-mid rpm fun. Also, the gearbox is expected to undergo the same treatment.
Apart from the engine, the Ducati 1098 will also donate the frame and rear end to this future naked cousin, but no more as the Ducati Fighter drifts away from the super sports bike by featuring a shotgun-style exhaust and, possibly (hopefully, if you ask me), a single-sided swingarm.
In expectancy of the EICMA show on the 3rd or 4th of November, this is all the info we have on the bike, but be sure that this won’t be the last you hear of it.