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2012 Ducati Motorcycle

First introduced at 2008 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, the Ducati Streetfighter quickly gained notoriety, the naked sportbike winning the “Most Beautiful Bike” award.

The debut 2009 Streetfighter featured a 1098 desmo for asphalt-ripping power stuffed in a minimal chassis, a direct cue from the Monster and Hypermotard models.

Due to its popularity, Ducati continued to offer the naked desmo throughout the years, with the latest being the 2012 version. With the introduction of the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848, though, the Streetfighter is only available as a “S” model for 2012.

This “S” model features fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension and many weight-cutting items, such as lightweight Marchesini forged wheels, carbon-fiber front fender and cam belt covers. This helps the Streetfighter S arrive with a dry weight of 368 lbs.

Following are highlights, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter S.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Engine

Using the Testastretta narrow valve angle, super-straight intake ducts and specially shaped combustion chambers, the Desmodromic motor continues to breathe through MotoGP-derived elliptical throttle bodies and four large diameter valves per cylinder to achieve its incredible spread of torque.

A high performance six-speed box and racing-style dry clutch makes sure the transmission package delivers 155hp as efficiently as possible. Engine surface features include enhanced detailing on the cam belt covers as well as a new black finish for the magnesium dry clutch cover and main outer casings and carbon-grey finish for the crankcases.

The Streetfighter’s power is protected by twin coolant radiators, carefully curved in pure naked style for optimum performance and stunning with visual effect. The upper radiator is assisted by lightweight, high flow electric fan assemblies while the lower sits in the front of the belly pan, which also houses a highly efficient oil heat exchanger.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Chassis/Suspension

At a class-leading 167kg (368lb) dry weight, the Streetfighter S also comes to the fight with the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. The purpose-built Trellis frame, which uses 25.6° of rake compared with the Superbike’s 24.5°, ensures a well-planted front-end, while a fully cast aluminium single-sided swingarm at the rear is new for 2012. The rake, longer wheelbase and cross-mounted steering damper ensure stability even under the extreme acceleration of Ducati’s incredible L-Twin torque.

The Streetfighter S pushes the spec way up with 43mm Superbike-spec Öhlins forks that have sliders treated in low-friction TiN. Fully adjustable in spring preload and precisely adjustable in compression and rebound damping, they ensure ‘S’ feeling and finesse when the fight gets rough.

Taking care of the rear of the ‘S’ is a single high-spec Öhlins unit fully adjustable in spring preload with full adjustment and highly engineered control of compression and rebound damping. The unit is also fitted with a ride enhancing top-out spring which helps maintain rear tyre contact under extreme conditions. Important attention to performance detail is inherited from its Superbike bloodline with Streetfighter S having rear ride- height adjusters that allow fine correction after setting personalised spring preload.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Wheels/Tires

Part of the weight saving of the Streetfighter S over the 848 is down to the incredible Y-shaped, 5-spoke wheels by Marchesini, forged and then machined in lightweight aluminium. Reducing the unsprung weight for enhanced performance, the wheels are finished in black, and roll into 2012 fitted with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Brakes

The Streetfighter S uses Brembo’s powerful Monobloc calliper race technology. Machined from a single piece of alloy, the callipers achieve higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking. The result not only delivers planet-stopping brake power, but also gives an enhanced and precise ‘feel’ at the brake lever.

The twin Monobloc callipers each have four 34mm pistons that grip huge 330mm discs to achieve their spectacular performance. The weight of the discs has been kept to a minimum by using racing- style narrow braking surfaces.

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Specs:


  • Displacement: 1099cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 104 x 64.7mm
  • Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
  • Power: 155hp (114kw) @ 9500rpm
  • Torque: 85lb-ft (115Nm) @ 9500rpm
  • Fuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.
  • Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers
  • Transmission: 6 speed (Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24)
  • Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
  • Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
  • Clutch: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
  • Ducati Electronics: Ducati Traction Control


  • Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
  • Wheelbase: 1475mm (58.1in)
  • Rake: 25.6 degrees
  • Trail: 110mm (4.33in)
  • Steering lock: 58°
  • Front suspension: Öhlins 43mm fully adjustable usd forks with TiN
  • Front wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)
  • Front wheel: 5-spoke in forged light alloy 3.50 x 17
  • Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
  • Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock with top-out spring. Progressive linkage. Aluminum single-sided swingarm.
  • Rear wheel travel: 127mm (5in)
  • Rear wheel: 5-spoke forged light alloy 6.00 x 17
  • Rear tire: 190/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
  • Front brake: 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs. Radially mounted Brembo Monobloc 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Fuel tank capacity: 16.5l (4.4 US gal)
  • Dry weight: 167kg (368lb)
  • Wet weight: 197kg (434lb)
  • Seat height: 840mm (33in)
  • Max height: 1114mm (43.9in)
  • Max length: 2120mm (83.5in)

2012 Ducati Streetfighter S Color Options/MSRP:

  • Ducati Red / $18,995
  • Race Titanium Matte / $18,995

(Both schemes using red frames and black wheels with red pin-striping)