Ducati Streetfighter 848 – 2012 sees the launch of the new and slightly less crazy version of the Ducati Streetfighter.
Ducati have made a few changes to the insane Ducati Streetfighter and 2012 sees the arrival of a more real world version of this crazy bike. The original Ducati Streetfighter was basically a naked Ducati 1098 super sports bike with the fairing removed to give it that Streetfighter profile. It was equipped with the torquey 155bph L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine, which although sounds like a barrel of laughs, was perhaps a little too much. Not to say that the original 1098 Ducati Streetfighter was unsuccessful, it’s just that it was almost a little intimidating for the majority of riders. It was by no means a surprise then, when Ducati recently told us that they will be releasing the more toned down Ducati Streetfighter 848 version in 2012. It will still be a crazy naked sports bike, with all the torque and power you could wish for, but it will be a little more accessible to the leisure riders. To date, it’s still a bit of a rarity to see Ducati Streetfighters on the road, perhaps because the bike is more suited to track riding. But I can see that 2012 and the 848 version is going to change all of this. Be prepared to see more Ducati Streetfighters on the roads, it’s going to get crazy!
The Streetfighter culture was born on the backstreets of Northern Europe during the late 70s and 80s. If the Café racer movement had taken traditional bikes and transformed them to establish out-and-out sportbikes, then Streetfighters were definitely anti-establishment. They evolved by removing the fairings from sport bikes, fitting higher bars and customising to create high-performance, over-the-top nakeds.
Ducati’s Streetfighter project was inevitable. The passion to build the most successful Superbikes ever, mixed with the desire to create iconic, naked motorcycles was a rush of adrenaline just waiting to happen. Who else would create a bike for out-and-out purists to celebrate naked power in all its forms? A bike with muscle-engine performance, aggressive chassis engineering and intelligent electronics all laid bare to appreciate, respect and enjoy? Ducati build bikes for enthusiasts – for bikers who appreciate the details that come together to make an awesome bike.