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Old 02-17-2015, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question Ducati Streetfighter 848 2013 vs Ducati Monster 821 2015

Hey guys! Time for me to buy a new bike and I've been watching the Monster, which I kinda dig. Yet, a possible alternative came up: a brand new, zero kilometers, Streetfighter from 2013.

Which one would you choose for commuting and the twisties? Mainly, as a fun bike, since I drive a car most of the time because of my kid.

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- Ducati Monster 821 2015 (dark version, stock)
(10.500 euros)

- Ducati Streetfighter 848 2013 (yellow, with Termignoni Racing exhausts + Confort Pilot and Passenger Seat + Front Window)
(11.500 euros)


I'm just a bit scared the 848 might be a bit "old". I don't know how the current Streetfighter is and never tried one, but I'm pretty sure the 2013 version doesn't have ABS and the likes of that.

What would you do?

Oh! I'm a 1.91 meters tall guy. Size does matter!
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Old 02-17-2015, 12:16 PM   #2
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By the numbers:

http://m.ducatiusa.com/bikes/compare/index.do

I had a similar decision and picked up a Monster 1200S over the street fighter.

2 up riding was a little.more friendly, Ducati sells bags for the Monster 821/1200, Ohlins suspension, much lower maintenance, and for me the monster ergonomics were better.

If it was 821 vs Streetfighter as the options, I would choose the streetfighter.
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Old 02-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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I rode a Streetfighter once and didn't like it much. It was the larger version if it matters. The SF also has a plastic tank which I would avoid if at all possible.

I now own a Monster 1200S FWIW.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

How come the Streetfighter maintenance is more expensive than the Monster?
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

How come the Streetfighter maintenance is more expensive than the Monster?
I was referring to the maintenance intervals. Monster has the advantage.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:21 PM   #6
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Oh man! I am pondering the same thing. I want to get a bike for around town yet fun. The new Monster 821 Dark is amazing visually and ergos (only sat on it at the dealer--did not ride it) are much better than the SF-848. The Street Fighter meets many other of my needs and it is even more amazing visually.
I have a Speed Triple so my "fun" street fighter inch is scratched so would go with the Monster.

But if I could only have 1 bike it would be extremely difficult to decide!!!

Good luck, follow your heart (and gut).
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.

How come the Streetfighter maintenance is more expensive than the Monster?
Ducati significantly extended valve service intervals with the Testastretta engines over the water cooled L-Twin. Buyers of the new Scrambler with the even older air cooled L-Twin are in for a nasty surprise when they take it in for the 7,500 mile service.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:45 PM   #8
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Performance wise the Streetfighter would blow the doors off the Monster.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:42 PM   #9
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Ducati significantly extended valve service intervals with the Testastretta engines over the water cooled L-Twin. Buyers of the new Scrambler with the even older air cooled L-Twin are in for a nasty surprise when they take it in for the 7,500 mile service.
Why ?

My Hypermotard 1100S was a couple hundred dollars for that service.
Valve check, oil/filter etc. I actually did the oil and filter myself, and most Ducatis don't need any valve shimming at 7500 miles, so I doubt there will be many "nasty surprises".

Given the 2 choices ONLY, 848 Streetfighter without any doubt for me. I've ridden one several times, and it fit me much better than the newer Monsters.
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:55 PM   #10
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If you have average to larger size feet, be sure to sit on the bike to get a feel for the pegs. I've found my feet to be cramped when I put the balls of my feet on the pegs. The exhaust/passenger pegs limit me getting my feet as far back as I'd like and the exhaust kicks my heels out. I've just sat one them while waiting for tires to be mounted at the dealership, but reviewers have noted their right heel started getting toasty.

I wear a size 10.5 US.

Edit: This is referring to the Monster.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:28 PM   #11
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Performance wise the Streetfighter would blow the doors off the Monster.
Are the 60ft and 330ft times likely to be any different ON THE STREET between the lights I wonder, or for the first 100m out of a corner before you need to brake again?

I rekn try both, then buy the one that makes you go "Oooooooo!"
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:13 AM   #12
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Would take the 821 easily.

To hell with trying to live with an 848 engine anywhere near a city.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:48 AM   #13
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Aren't the maintenance intervals the same between these two bikes?

What about the cost of that maintenance? Shouldn't it be the same?

And yes... this is be my only bike. Unfortunately I don't have extra garage space for a second bike...


It's a bit weird for a Ducati dealer to have a brand new, zero kilometers, 2013 Streetfighter in 2015. Should I be any worried? Are there any differences between the 2013 and 2015 models?
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:28 PM   #14
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Maintenance interval for the SF848 is 15k for valve checks. So service should be a wash. The motor in the SF848 is also an 11-degree motor, not the standard SBK motor. That makes it much more manageable to ride, but at the cost of top end power: it is only ~132hp/69ft.lb vs 140hp/72ft.lb on the SBK.

I wouldn't trade my SF848 for the new Monster 821 or 1200, based on exhaust and engine sound alone. But it is all down to personal preference. I bought the bike I wanted, and I suggest you do the same.

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Old 02-18-2015, 03:47 PM   #15
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I'd go for the 821, I just think it looks better... but I've got a thing for round headlights...
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