Family Feud: Ducati Monster 1100 vs. Streetfighter

Twin sons of very different mothers

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing
Ducati Monster 1100 | $11,995
Tech Spec
Engine type: a-c 90-deg. V-twin Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable ride height, spring preload, compression and rebound damping Measured horsepower:82.1 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Valve train: SOHC, 4v desmodromic Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs Measured torque: 66.2 lb.-ft. @ 5750 rpm
Displacement: 1078cc Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.46 sec. @ 114.05 mph
Bore x stroke: 98.0 x 71.5mm Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT016 Top-gear roll-on: 3.33 sec.
Compression: 10.7:1 Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone BT016 Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 54/35/43 mpg
Fuel system: Siemens EFI Rake/trail: 24.0°/3.4 in. Colors: Red, silver, black
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate Seat height: 31.4 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Wheelbase: 57.1 in. Warranty: 48 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm Fuel capacity: 3.8 gal. Contact: Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.253.0499
www.ducati.com
Front suspension: 43mm Showa inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Weight (tank full/empty): 412/389 lbs.

Dyno
The latest iteration of Dr. T's Pompone twin is a much more relevant sporting powerplant than its underwhelming numbers might suggest. Linear power flows from 3000 to 7500 rpm with no significant interruptions in between. As always, it's all about the midrange.

Ergos
The new Monster's more balanced riding position is skewed to accommodate shorter inseams, with a forward-sloping saddle that discourages fore/aft movement. The broad, flat bar is a comfortable reach for most riders, but those with long arms will wish for more room.

Ducati Streetfighter | $14,995
Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable ride height, spring preload, compression and rebound damping Measured horsepower: 135.1 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 8v desmodromic Front brake: Dual radial-mount Brembo Monobloc four-piston calipers, 330mm discs Measured torque: 74.1 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Displacement: 1099cc Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.73 sec. @ 127.38 mph
Bore x stroke: 104.0 x 64.7mm Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Top-gear roll-on: 2.90 sec.
Compression: 12.5:1 Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 46/33/38 mpg
Fuel system: Marelli EFI Rake/trail: 25.6°/4.5 in. Colors: Red, white
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate Seat height: 33.0 in. Availability: Now
Transmission: 6-speed Wheelbase: 58.1 in. Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis with single-sided aluminum swingarm Fuel capacity: 4.4 gal. Contact: Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.253.0499
www.ducati.com
Front suspension: 43mm Showa inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Weight (tank full/empty): 427/400 lbs.

Dyno
Though it's allegedly stronger than a 1098 below 5000 rpm, who cares? Predictably lean above idle and respectable in the midrange, this Testastretta Evoluzione twin is at its best between 7000 and the 9750-rpm power peak.

Ergos
The 'Fighter sits somewhere between a very aggressive naked bike and a humane supersport, sans fairing. The tall, flat saddle and a long reach to that oddly angled bar are a better fit for long, lanky types than shorter folks.

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