Ducati Streetfighter S 1098 (2009 - present)

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£11750
Available from
2009

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Overall Review

i think this is a great bike it has the looks, a strong engine, easy and fun to ride.

Strengths

nimble in traffic, good riding position, fantastic brakes.

Weaknesses

engine sounds a little ruff at low revs in higher gears, feel a little far forward on the handlebars.

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Submitted by Force-V4 on Wed, 29/01/2014 - 20:02

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Beautiful bike. Doesn't have the comfort of my previous Superduke but makes it up in looks and performance. Stonking engine and sounds sublime with the Termi's. Not as quick to turn in as the Ktm but very stable mid corner. Far better on juice and tires than the Ktm also. Optional flyscreen a good buy and the Rizoma handlebars make a big difference. Change the shite standard slippy footpegs for grippier ones to stop your feet sliding off on the exhaust side. Oh and be prepared for lots of questions when you parkup!

Strengths

Gorgeous looks, very strong motor, noise with the Termis, very usable, stable handling

Weaknesses

weird shape to the standard bars, some false neutrals

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Submitted by User 81883 (not verified) on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 20:39

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This was the bike that surprised me. I was a 4 cylinder sports bike only nut. Nothing else would do. Nothing until I rode this at the suggestion of the salesman! No other bike has made me smile so much. No other bike I've had has ever drab a crowd wherever I pull up. No other bike has driven dogs to try and attack it form the pavement(!) It looks great,sounds fantastic. People want to talk to you about it. It's the only bike I've owned in 20+ years of riding that I will NEVER get rid of. This is a keeper. I era all don't understand why it's not taken off in the UK. To ride it is to love it. Treat yourself to a ride on one of biking's best kept secrets!!

Strengths

Riding position. Handling. Power. Torque. Looks. Noise. The attention people give it. It's apparent rarity!

Weaknesses

The screws holding the mirrors in are temperamental. Apart from that,there are no cons!

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Overall Review

Having switched from 4's to V twin, it has taken a little while to get use to the difference, but one thing is for sure and the streetfighter loves to rev! It pulls like a train and just keeps going. The sound of the Termi's makes a huge difference over the stocks exhausts and the looks and sound of the typical Ducati really turns heads. On no other bike have people stopped to look, stopped to take pictures and even had the official nod of approval from an OAP smoking his pipe! I urge you to purchase you a streetfighter, forget about the z1000, street triple, fazer, brutale and any other naked bike. If you want thrill and to raise a smile every time you open the throttle you cannot go wrong! Comfort on the stretfighter is fantastic, the first time you get on,you just see road and no front wheel which was a little strange, but after covering 400 miles in a day there were no aches, lack of screen helps keep the speed down on motorways and avoid any of that unwanted attention! My advice, buy this bike!

Strengths

Styling Riding Position Sound Acceleration Braking Head turner Build quality reliability lack of screen does not half help to reduce the chances of getting pulled up for speeding!

Weaknesses

random neutral gears can be found sometime which require another kick to get through but nothing major! Heavy clutch for town riding/stop start riding

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Overall Review

coming from a hypermotard 1100s which was my first ducati in 30 years of road riding, the streetfighter is an improvement on all the slight negatives in my review of that bike,(in this forum) ie more power (a lot more, & more torque as well better tank range more comfortable suspension setup pretty good on standard settings I haven't had any false neutral problems, as have some just big grins when the termis start to boom & the front end comes up. test rode a s1000r just before buying the streetfighter, & for me the bmw had too many electronic gimmicks & no where near the low end thrust, which is what I really love

Strengths

Very strong engine,brakes probably the best I've had, 150 miles to fuel light, really comfy seat, looks gorgeous

Weaknesses

engine rattle at tickover is a bit disconcerting, indicators on my bike don't always turn off when they should (annoying & dangerous) Rear tyre is looking at bit worse for wear after not many miles

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