October is a great time to take a few days of and go to Cannes France rent a bike from Columbus International andÂ scoot around in the mountains. Last year that’s just what I did. Couldn’t make it this year unfortunately. But thinking of it reminded me that I never did that write up on the Ducati Streetfighter I tried down there.
The Ducati Streetfighter is a modern phenomenon. The bike world takes a lot of convincing that a bike is something special, and the Streetfighter has not only done that but made a special niche for itself with hardcore admirers. Having the Ducati pedigree is another plus. This famous brand actually is synonymous with quality, and even the people selling you your car insurance will stop and admire these bikes.
The science of the Streetfighter
The Streetfighter is a bike designed for real motorcycle enthusiasts. This bike measures its own wheel spin, and the Ducati Traction Control has no less than 8 separate levels of sensitivity. That alone is a major innovation, and itâ€™s also an extremely practical concept for bikers who want and need to handle their bikeâ€™s level of agility. Traction control drastically improves handling, and can be the difference between a great ride and a lot of hard work trying manage a very fast bike in any conditions.
This is a competition-level feature, and if youâ€™ve ever wondered why the bike superstars donâ€™t have hands and wrists like statues, thatâ€™s one of the reasons.
The Streetfighter has a 155hp twin cylinder liquid cooled engine. That level of grunt is attached to a light 368 lbs (168kg). This is the dazzling 1098 Testastretta Evoluzione which scared the life out of theÂ Superbike World Titles in 2007, and itâ€™s still evolving.
Thatâ€™s where the very high performance of the Streetfighter kicks in. These are extremely powerful bikes, and a high efficiency power source makes the difference. Add a super effective 43mm suspension, and you have a bike that can ride hard, smooth, and with perfect control, a bikerâ€™s dream.
The wheels and brakes are also studies in science and good design. When you have a good design platform like the Streetfighter, you donâ€™t mess with it. The Streetfighter has only two models, Streetfighter and Streetfighter S, which is a tribute to the design. Nobodyâ€™s playing around with the basics, just adding the best to a good bike.
The Brembo Monobloc caliper brakes are monsters, designed for â€œextremeâ€ braking, which will come as a relief to motorcycle enthusiasts who like brakes that actually work in the most dangerous situations.
The wheels are ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III with a Showa monoshock suspension on the rear and Showa 43mm adjustable forks on the front. These are just plain good looking wheels, and theyâ€™re also perfect for the lightweight approach Ducati has used to improve performance and include natural toughness in all areas of the design.
The Streetfighter Look
This bike would look good even without the design features which Ducati have added. The headlights are called â€œevil eyesâ€ which are unmistakable. Gold, pearl, and fire red trims give it the look of a ferocious beast. Some designers must have had a lot of fun with these features, but not as much as the generation of motorcycle enthusiasts who are picking up Streetfighters like priceless treasures.
This bike has been appreciated for its merits, not talked up into a â€œbrandâ€. Itâ€™s now on the way to becoming one of the worldâ€™s all-time great bikes on the basis of popularity, not hype. Indeed a super cool motorcycle for the experienced motorcycle enthusiast.