Ducati launch Streetfighter and other 2009 models at EICMA

The 2008 International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) kicks off today near Milan, Italy, and Ducati have used the occasion to launch three new models for 2009, as well as a re-design of their logo.

The previously-announced new Monster 1000 range was on show, together with the Superbike range, which includes the lightweight 848, the new 1198, the high-spec 1198 S and 1098 R, and a limited edition 1098 R Bayliss model, which marks the retirement of current World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss.

The climax of the catwalk display was the unveiling of the aptly-named Streetfighter, a model that has been in development for three years. Promising 155hp of L-Twin power in a super-light Trellis frame, the Streetfighter is an impressive model that has already been ear-marked as a candidate for best bike in the show.

There's a great report from the launch with pictures over at Bikes In The Fast Lane.