about twins. It’s idling gets even more twin-like when it gets hot, and the rear bank of cylinders stops firing – making it a literal twin – in an attempt to curb legscorching heat from the motor while riding through town. The looks of the Streetfighter resemble artistry from a decade ago when Photoshop design gurus attempted to predict how futuristic motorcycles would look. The angry, robotic headlights glare out of the shadows of the pits, accompanied by the silhouette of double wings spiking out of its shoulders. It looks homicidal but not exactly beautiful. We suspect some heated negotiations were going on, accompanied by loud voices and arm waving as is the way with effervescent Italians, between the design department and the engineers. Engineers are hellbent on creating the highest performance possible while the designers want unrivalled beauty. Very often, the two are somewhat mutually exclusive, especially with a naked bike that displays more engineering than design. With that, South African backsides rested upon its svelte, racing seat and it set off down pitlane. Where Ducati has undoubtedly paid attention is with the complaint that the previous Streetfighter tended to leave its rider permanently disabled, and have graciously sought to avoid such things. The handlebars on the SF V4 are graciously high while the footpegs have been lowered slightly compared to the superbike equivalent, creating a gloriously “Where Ducati has undoubtedly paid attention is with the comfort complaint that the previous Streetfighter tended to leave its rider permanently disabled, and have graciously sought to avoid such things.” 42 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE AUGUST 2020 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE AUGUST 2020 43
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