The 2010 Ducati Streetfighter, which is manufactured in Italy, was initially introduced to the market in 2009. When Ducati made information on the Streetfighter available, many eager riders assumed the bike would amount to little more than a restyled version of the 1098 Superbike; after test-riding the bike, however, those same riders knew the Ducati Streetfighter was something infinitely more special than that.
Though the Ducati Streetfighter does differ from the 1098 Superbike, it also shares a few things in common with it, including its liquid-cooled 1099cc L-Twin engine that is fueled via a pair of Marelli fuel injectors (similar to the 2008 version of the 1098 Superbike), as well as the same 104 x 64.7mm bore/stroke dimensions, and the same cylinder head, which makes use of four 42mm intake valves in addition to four 34mm exhaust valves, adequately controlled by Ducati's Desmodromic valve actuation system. What's different, though, is Ducati's new vacuum die-cast manufacturing process that went into the Streetfighter. This manufacturing process offers a lighter crankcase on the bike, while little to no overall strength is compromised.
Without the 1098 Superbike's convenient side body panels, underneath which were hidden various wires and hoses, the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter instead received a redesigned engine cooling system, engineered specifically for the bike so as to preserve the overall aesthetics the Italians are known for. Other well-engineered and aesthetically pleasing components on the bike include twin curved black radiators that rest on top of each other, as well as a water-to-oil heat exchanger that is nestled in behind the lower radiator, out of sight. The remaining power train elements on the Ducati Streetfighter are again identical to the 1098 Superbike. These include the bike's close-ratio six-speed transmission, and the dry multi-plate hydraulic clutch.
The Ducati Streetfighter chassis consists of a black steel-Trellis frame whose steering geometry is slightly less bold than the 1098 Superbike, with a 25.6-degree rake, and a black-anodized single-sided swingarm that is 35mm longer than the 1098 Superbike, making for a wheelbase that extends to 58.1 total inches. Finishing off the bike's mix of potent power and classic Italian aesthetics are new Graphite Grey 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, manufactured by Marchesini.
The suspension of the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter again resembles the 1098 Superbike, with the bike's shock, fork, adjustable rear linkage, and steering damper all the same. The Streetfighter's Showa 43mm inverted fork in the front is 3-way adjustable and offers the rider a choice of three options, ranging from rebound, compression, to spring preload. In back, the Showa rear shock absorber is likewise adjustable.
Riders of the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter will find Pirelli Super Corsa III tires, with 120/70-17 up front, and 190/55-17 in the rear. The Steetfighter is equipped with Italian-manufactured Brembo brakes, a component partner that Ducati outsources parts to for many of its bikes. Riders of this sleek machine will find that stopping is relatively easy, thanks to the Streetfighter's pair of radial-mount monobloc calipers and 330mm rotors up front, and a 245mm braking disc with a twin-piston caliper in the rear.
The ergonomics of the Ducati Streetfighter are sound, offering plenty of comfort to even the most aggressive of riders, given the Streetfighter's standard aluminum handlebar, appropriately engineered to lessen a rider's stretch from the seating position. And speaking of the seat, Ducati created a thicker version for the 2010 Streetfighter model, allowing for greater comfort, and more legroom. The base model 2010 Ducati Streetfighter motorcycle is available in the following colors: Red, Pearl White, while the S Model comes in: Red, Midnight Black.