Ducati Streetfighter 1

Announced late last year in Milan, Ducati’s superbike— the Streetfighter, is finally hitting the roads. Effectively a monster in itself with a claimed 155bhp, it’s actually the most powerful naked motorcycle the Italians have ever built. Created for the race-minded, it’s just been revealed that the 2009 Streetfighter will feature racing silencers, undertank side panels, a swingarm guard, a passenger seat cover and a rear hugger all made of carbon. As for what helps that beast burn rubber, there’s a slipper clutch that prevents the rear wheel lock-up under aggressive downshifting and an electronic shifter that helps shifting faster. With traction control, Marchesini wheels and an Öhlins suspension, Ducati Streetfighter S is scheduled to hit US dealerships in May for a good $19,000 while the non-S version will be available in August for $15,000. That’s pure adrenaline … [via HFLM]