Up for a fight?
This menacing piece of art is Ducati’s new naked sports bike, the Streetfighter V4. Based on the Panigale V4 just stripped of the fairings and the handlebars replaced with much higher and wider items. It is also powered by the same 1103cc Desmosedici V4 with 208hp which in the Panigale was staggering so expect nothing less. The kerb weight of the “S” version is a rather low 178kg which can be further lightened by 6kg with the optional Akrapovič exhaust system. It also boosts power to 220hp as well as increasing sound. Ducati aerodynamicists have developed “Biplane” wings for this new streetfighter. These wings are said to produce 28kg of downforce at 270kmh as well as aid stability during braking and cornering.
This new Streetfighter features the latest generation electronics package with a 6-Axis IMU which detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch. It’s there to help the rider when he runs out of talent. This package also includes three distinct riding modes: Race, Sport and Street. The 5″ TFT display relays all the information you could need in a neat easy to read form. Also included in the electronics is Cornering ABS, Traction control, Slide control, power launch and Engine Brake control. A Ducati quick shifter is standard and full-LED headlights with daytime running lights.
The standard Streetfighter makes use of a Showa 43mm BPF front fork while a fully adjustable Sachs mono-shock does duty at the rear. Meanwhile, the S version upgrades that to an electronically controlled Öhlins NIX-30 fork and the Öhlins TTX 36 shock as well as including the Öhlins steering damper. The S also rides on forged aluminium Marchesini wheels. Both versions come shipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 2 tyres. Overall this new streetfighter is set to be the hooligan of the Ducati family. So if you are the type of rider who prefers to travel everywhere on the back wheel or likes to back it into corners this might be the bike for you.