Published on February 15th, 2010 | by Boris



“It works for me on a visual level and it certainly works on the road…”

Would it impact on my ability as a rider by screwing with my own innate ability to decide how much throttle is needed in any given situation?


Does it bother me?

Yes, because I ride lots of different bikes. Were the Streetfighter my only ride, then it wouldn’t be that much of an issue. It would make you a faster rider by allowing you to get on the gas earlier and in situations where you may be hesitant. For old dinosaurs like me, it was a leap of faith to try it in the first place – but I did and it works.

The whole bike “works”.


The view from the Captain’s seat

It works for me on a visual level and it certainly works on the road. I have no doubt it would be an absolute blast to punt around a racetrack where you don’t have to keep an eye out for cops and cars.

What didn’t work?


155bhp and 85 foot-pounds of torque

The instruments take a little getting used to. The LCD screen is confusing to read at a glance and you actually have to drop your head, rather than your eyes, to see it.

The right-hand footpeg is another small issue. It’s very hard to get on your toes because the heat guard from the mufflers interferes with your foot position.



Those two not-insignificant foibles are the only things that really caused me to ask: “Why did you do that?”

The rest of the time I was utterly immersed in the sheer visceral riding whoopee the Streetfighter S serves up in big, smoking, hot, hooligan-inducing lumps of Italian brilliance.

I am besotted. A bit more than I thought I would be.


Boris is besotted. And besoaked.


About the Author

is a writer who has contributed to many magazines and websites over the years, edited a couple of those things as well, and written a few books. But his most important contribution is pissing people off. He feels this is his calling in life and something he takes seriously. He also enjoys whiskey, whisky and the way girls dance on tables. And riding motorcycles. He's pretty keen on that, too.

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