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RideFast Nov 2019

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Yes, there is a pillion

Yes, there is a pillion seat as standard for those brave enough to go on the back. Both the engine and the front monocouque frmae come directly from the Panigale V4 and the Streetfighter is stripped of anything not deemed necessary to obtain that authentic “streetfighter” style. This includes the higher handlebars and separate light unit, which, for Streetfighter V4, is a combination LED DRL and projector light setup located low in front of Ducati’s naked superbike. Ergonomics, More Comfort, More Control Above: The main difference between the two flavours of Streetfighter V4 is in the suspension, with the base model getting fullyadjustable suspension while the Streetfighter V4 S gets electronic suspension lifted off the Panigale V4. Of note is the power output of Ducati’s naked superbike, which gets 208 hp at 12,500 rpm and 123 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm from the liquid-cooled 1,103 cc Stradale V-four engine. Of course, the track-ready 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 S has its own set of biplane winglets, too. It was the Ducati team that first used these winglets in MotoGP; the other teams just followed suit. The new winglets on the Streetfighter and the Panigale are almost identical to the firstgen aerodynamic wings used by the MotoGP team, but were later modified for safety reasons. Elsewhere, the new Streetfighter V4 looks quite unique and extraordinary, especially with the application of what the Ducati styling department describes as the “Joker’s face” for the bike’s fascia. The dual LED headlamps feature sleek, tiny winglets, too. Obviously, just the aero kit is not enough to keep the bike stable when the rider pushes to the limit. The new Streetfighter V4 is equipped with an agile rolling chassis that’s similar to that of its Panigale V4 racing sibling. Also, a road bikes like this must provide a solid, comfortable perch for the rider, prompting Ducati to pad the seat with 60mm of foam versus the Panigale V4 S’s 25mm cushioning. As regards safety, the Streetfighter has an impressive suite of performance-oriented electronic aids: cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, power launch, quick shifter (up/down), engine brake control, and an electronic suspension. High Power The new Streetfighter V4 is powered by a 1103 cm3 Desmosedici Stradale engine. In this configuration the 90° V4 delivers 208 hp at 12,750 rpm, an unrivalled power level within the naked segment, perfectly in keeping with the all-out character of the new Streetfighter V4. Maximum torque is 123 Nm at 11,500 rpm, practically unchanged with respect to the Panigale V4. Dedicated engine mapping lets riders safely make the most of Streetfighter V4 performance on the road. Power and torque can be raised to 220 hp and 130 Nm by fitting the full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovič that also reduces weight by – 6 kg. Brembo supplies Stylema M4.30 Monobloc front callipers on 330 mm semifloating discs while a 245 mm diameter disc on at back is stopped with a two-piston calliper with ABS Cornering EVO as standard. A full suite of electronics is supplied including Evo 2 traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine braking, power launch and up-anddown quickshifter. Check out those wings?! No doubt they are needed to help keep this beats nose from pointing to the sky. Compared to the Panigale V4, the riding position - with an above-ground height of 845 mm - has been redefined as per the specifications of a naked model. In keeping with streetfighter culture, the semihandlebars have been replaced by a high, wide bar that, together with a seat with 60 mm of foam thikness and moderated footpeg position, ensures sports-style comfort during inner city rides and the control needed to tackle country roads or racetracks. While maintaining many of the Panigale’s stylistic features, the tail is supported by a steel subframe and has been redesigned to enhance passenger comfort and give the rider more lengthways space. MotoGP-derived Electronics The latest-generation electronics package on the Streetfighter V4 is based on a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles. The electronics package has controls for every part of the ride: some oversee start, acceleration and braking, others govern traction and others again lend a helping hand on corners and out-of-the-corner stretches. • ABS Cornering EVO • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2 • Ducati Slide Control (DSC) • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO • Ducati Power Launch (DPL) • Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2 • Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO • Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO Operational parameters for each of these controls are associated by default with the three Streetfighter V4 Riding Modes. Riders can personalise parameters to suit their riding style or restore Ducati factory settings. DTC, DWC, DSC or EBC control levels can be adjusted quickly via the left switchgear. 24 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019