In keeping up with the evolving motorcycle market, the time had come for us to reassess the definition of a middleweight motorcycle. The field has recently grown much larger, not only in displacement but in the vast number of worthy candidates. This required us to consider all sorts of supersport, standard, adventure and cruiser models before we ultimately decided on the Ducati 848 Streetfighter. Essentially an 848 EVO with streetwise ergonomics and no fairing, the Streetfighter pulls no performance punches in either its chassis or engine, and it includes traction control, to boot. This deliciously fun sport naked V-Twin stimulates the senses and ignites one’s playful spirit better than any middleweight we’ve tested this year.