Off The Record
Brian Catterson, Editor-in-Chief
Weight: 215 lbs.
Inseam: 34 in.
A good rule of thumb when building a naked bike is to extend the wheelbase as much as you raise the handlebars. Fail to do so and your creation will wheelie and run wide at corner exits, meaning that to ride it fast, you'd have to hang off more than on a sportbike. Kinda defeats the purpose, no?
Ducati's engineers might not have followed that exact formula in creating the Streetfighter, but they did manage to make a naked bike that, while undeniably wheelie-happy, is still rideable. Unfortunately, they stood the thing so far up on its nose that it only feels normal when you are wheelying!
The Monster 1100 is nowhere near as wild, and is arguably a better real-world ride, but it has a flawed riding position that ruins it for me.
So given the choice between these two Ducatis, I'd take the one behind door #3: a Hypermotard.