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Click above for more shots of the Ducati Streetfighter

Ducati is about to release a new naked performance bike, but it's not a Monster. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer has decided that all Monsters should be air-cooled, and so its liquid-cooled naked bikes will carry a new name. The 1099cc V-Twin engine comes from the firm's superbike range and pumps out 155 horsepower and 87.5 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty of arm-stretching power for a naked bike, and we're sure the Streetfighter will be quite the hooligan machine. This new platform has much more angular and menacing looks than its little Monster brother and carries the stacked exhaust cans from high-spec versions of the previous-gen Monster.

The S model gets the expected Öhlins suspension upgrades along with Marchesini forged aluminum wheels; bronze-painted frame, wheels and swingarm; carbon fiber bits plus electronic goodies like standard traction control and data acquisition. Ducati's got a short teaser on its home page and reveals that all the goods will be available shortly. Expect the price to fall in the mid-teens and the waiting list to start at your local Ducati dealership.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Still not as sexy as a Speed Triple. Sorry :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        ......and the speed triple isn't as sexy as the Thruxton. Sorry
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not as sexy as a Ruckus
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know, I wouldn't mind a piece of their whole lineup!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ugh, Triumph makes bikes so desireable it makes me sick some times.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been waiting for this ever since the 1098 came out. All I can say is..... that headlight, blah.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah i completely agree. I liked the older monsters for the same reason. The headlight has to go.

        Speed Triple does it right
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got the 696 in white, with the factory carbon slip-ons, for my girl as an upgrade from her '08 Ninja 250R. I picked the 250 R out for her because its such a great learner bike. But i let her pick this bike and out of all the bikes out there she picked the 696. RIde height had a lot to do with her selection, she is 5'4", but she loves it. I think it looks better than it did last year and better the Triumph speed and street. I am on an R1 via a gsxr-600 via a Katana 600, and I have been thinking of adding a hooligan bike to our garage. This may be the one. Its got the power I am accustomed to, its very edgy on design, and its doesnt look as motard as the aprilla and the Duc. Its a nice blend that the z1000 and the fz1 go for without detuning a great motor. Now I have to wonder what the Price is REALLY going to be like?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Regarding the Thruxton: Have you guys seen the Sport Classic 1000S in red with the white stripe? That's gotta be on the short list as well.

      Stunning: http://www.motoaustin.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?veh=61008
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a much nicer looking bike. A bit more style than just things just bolted together.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 1098 and 848 were the pinnacle of Ducati's designs. Such awesome lines. The new monsters don't really look that great, and this doesn't look too great either. From the front of the bike to where the seat starts just looks way too long.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $9000 for a motor that's probably weaker than the SV650. But then you say it's a Ducati! It's seksy! Bah, I say. I think its fugly, and for less than a grand, you could upgrade a $6000 SV's suspenders to be better than the Duke.

        Add a grand to that $9000 and get a Speed Triple instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is essentially a naked 1098.

      The tail section is very similar, other than the panel under the tail to fill the hole where the 1098's mufflers go, and the tank looks identical.

      And you thought the 1098 was a wheelie fiend...

      Ducati's take on the Aprilia Tuono, which is just a naked RSV superbike with a headlight pod.
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