The 2009 motorcycle sales year brought with it exciting additions from Ducati. Building upon the popularity of offering stellar motorcycles with no clothes on, the team at Ducati stripped down something similar to the 1098cc Superbike and presented the public with one of the meanest looking naked bikes available via mass production: the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter.
This motorcycle was aptly named by the design and marketing team. At first glance, the 2009 Streetfighter looks like something from a science fiction film, but after looking closer, it is easy to see all of the little Ducati mechanical signatures, along with the Ducati name stamped proudly on several sections of the bike.
It would be foolish to ignore the obvious when it comes to the first year for the Ducati Streetfighter. For those who love the look of naked bikes, this motorcycle is worthy of being fawned and ogled. Perhaps with enough flattery, one could ask the owner for a quick sit, and who knows, maybe even for a ride? The best bet is to admire this at a Ducati or other dealership, in order to get the most enjoyable experience before outright ownership. Nearly every inch of the tubular frame of this sport beast is on display. The tank is robust, which is typical of Ducati design. The single swing arm is hidden by the final drive, and the dual exhaust looks as if it could double as a cannon in a post-apocalyptic world. For anyone curious, it can't. The indicators, headlights, and taillights are well disguised until they're engaged. These features lead to an overall bike appearance that simply looks like a street fighter.
More impressive than the complex simplicity of the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter's aesthetics is the motorcycle's capability when the engine is turning. Marked by the familiar sound of a Ducati L-Twin, the 1099 cubic centimeters of displacement are attached to a smooth shifting six-speed transmission—a feature that most riders will forget exists, desiring the performance of the top two gears. The Streetfighter is lightning-quick off the line and will surpass legal speeds long before every bit of the transmission is needed. With that, working through all six gears will take very little time. The suspension and resultant handling enhance the engine's performance. At 348 pounds, this bike serves as a worthy paradigm of street-legal power and maneuverability.
Sport bike enthusiasts looking for a slight change will thoroughly appreciate the looks of the Streetfighter, as well as the responsiveness of the machine from the time it's started. Fuel delivery is offered through a Marelli fuel injection system, allowing for the ultimate in throttle control, coupled with impressive fuel economy.
The 2009 Ducati Streetfighter will certainly serve as an inspiration to young motorcycle enthusiasts, but in no way is this bike for a beginner. Trying to tackle this two-wheeler with little to no experience would equate to jumping straight from first grade to college level courses. This bike possesses eye opening and jaw dropping power.