It happens from time to time, we go crazy. Suddenly, the limits are no longer really. And there is the cut above. The one where reason is only a vague memory, when instinct is no longer even functional. Once you’ve crossed that threshold, you can grab the handlebars of the craziest roadster Ducati has ever created: the Streetfighter V4..
Is it permissible for such a machine to have its place on the road? The doubt is legitimate. But looking in the rearview mirror, what do we see: there was a time when we considered bad the big roadsters of 100 horses … around 150 nags, concern was felt … Then the Tuono V4 and 1290 Superduke have established a gateway to the foolish. In Bologna, we took a huge bowling ball to sweep it all away with a strike. Their supercharged ball of nerves immediately scares people and admires them. Let’s stop waiting, let’s use the anguish: there are 208 horses. 208 HORSES !!! Gentlemen, forget the jackets and sliders; opt for an anti-G combarde.
Bestiality! There is no other word to qualify this bike. By stripping the Panigale V4, the factory allows the Streetfighter V4 to exhibit essential mechanical parts. We appreciate more the casings, some hoses, like a muscle partly scratched. Although naked, the bike retains some lines worked to maintain the affiliation with the sportswoman, by its set of shoulders joining the tank, or its gaze hidden at the bottom of the fork crown. A block as aggressive as you want, with an evocative light signature. Between the wheels, all the mechanics seem to have been put in with a shoehorn and then compressed by an industrial press as the force seems explosive, right to the end of the materials. Is that saying something? It is beyond !
Most of the time, to design a very sporty roadster, a brand takes its big track and then removes a good series of bullets in favor of more availability at low and mid-range. Usually between 25 and 40 horsepower. What remains is already enough to fold the road. The Streetfighter V4, on the other hand, only gives … 6 horsepower to the Panigale. 3% less power, in other words an almost insensible difference. The couple ? Barely weaker. 12.6 mkg, the maximum of which will be reached a little higher in the revs, at 11,500 rpm.
OK, the Streetfighter V4 isn’t the first to draw so many watts. The new generation MV-Agusta Brutale spits as much with its 1000 4 cylinders. Except that MV is closer to the high-end craftsman than to the classic manufacturer. Ducati, premium generalist, offers its insane machine in larger series.
Hardly retouched, the 1103 cm3 will be as impressive in this roadster as in the sports car. He will still be able to show some comfort via an interesting trick. At idle speed, when the temperature of the cooling circuit exceeds 75 °, the system deactivates the rear cylinder bank. Suddenly, less heat produced when you stand at a red light.
Fans of engine technology will enjoy the banana as well as the Panigale. The Desmosedici Stradale is not just insane power. It also highlights the benefits of a counter-rotating crankshaft, for more agility. Its “Twin Pulse” setting promotes a gritty sound signature and better traction. At the heart of this engine are cylinders whose bore is identical to that of MotoGP (81 mm), 52 mm oval injection bodies, a battery of double injectors, 16 steel valves controlled by the essential desmodromic process and a small bonus in terms of final transmission. Its ratio, shorter than on the Panigale V4, transmits 10% more torque. Something to further boost acceleration … as if the 208 nags were not enough.
Maybe because the bike is heavy, it needs so much power? But no. Full facts, it allows itself to be less heavy than an 821 Monster. Once ready to roll, the twin only has to take 201 kilos. Tripant, et déglinguos’ – there are more horses than masses.
To achieve this contained weight, barely higher than that of the Panigale, while offering a chassis capable of exploiting all the power, the simplest and most effective was to … take that of the sports car. Even if it means operating the same engine, you might as well steal everything. Ducati thus ensures a sacred level of road performance; and in apotheosis on the circuit, the only place where pilots can really exploit this missile with high handlebars.
The minimalist “Front Frame” weighs only 4 kilos and rests on the engine casings for optimum rigidity. Moreover, almost everything clings to the propellant: the rear structure, the single-sided swingarm, the toe clips, the shoe, the ailerons. Fins ?
Yes, winglets, as they say in the middle. Aerodynamics are at the center of the concerns of Italian engineers at the moment. The Panigale V4R began to bring them to the road, the Aprilia RSV4 1000 RF Limited Edition followed, the 1100 Panigale V4 and V4 S in turn adopted it. Winged appendages are now growing on the Streetfighter. The manufacturer emphasizes the need for stability at high speed and when braking. The 4 fins are supposed to provide 28 kilos of downforce at 270 km / h. What to counter the strong pressure exerted by the air on the chest, the helmet and the shoulders at such a speed. A thought for the fork which will have to collect forces in all directions. A 43mm inverted model, the Big Piston Showa BPF, assisted by a Sachs steering damper. Which also provides the rear shock absorber. Peripherals on each edge are both adjustable in compression, preload and rebound.
To brake, you have to plan my foam. The pilot is the stone, installed in a slingshot, itself seated in a catapult. Everything has been planned, with large 330mm discs, Brembo Stylema calipers (better than the M50s) and active cornering ABS. To find better, you have to look for racing parts.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 is stuffed with dynamite. But he will know how to be attentive to his pilot. Already, he is thinking of modifying the 16-liter tank to install a saddle a bit thicker than on the sisters of the circuit. Then, it will not give you the controls without a large on-board electronics. I’ll let you guess where all the piloting assistance comes from ;-).
Let’s see the panoply:
– A 6-axis inertial unit to better analyze the movements of the motorcycle
– DTC EVO 2 traction control, with predictive analysis, optimized intervention and 8 levels of settings
– The shifter Up&Down DQS Evo 2, reducing the shift time in both directions, taking into account the machine angle
– ABS cornering EVO, with 3 more or less intrusive intervention levels
– DSC glide control, 2 levels
– DWC EVO wheeling control
– The standing start assistant, with 3 levels to favor performance or stability
– Management of the EBC EVO engine brake, with 3 adjustment possibilities
– Three Riding Modes, called Race, Sport and Road.
To set all this, follow the pulse of the mechanics and realize the speed acquired, no need for a dozen counters. The beautiful 5-inch TFT color display informs you of what you need and more. Its 800×480 resolution allows a crisp, precise, condensed display; while the software allows two display themes, Track or Road.
As an option, you can have the DMS installed to connect your Smartphone, the DDA + GPS to do telemetry or the DLT GPS to let the system automatically time your lap times. When you consider that the Streetfighter before, the 1098, only had DTC; only on version S.
Do you feel the need to have an even more surreal roadster? No problem, Ducat provides the optional alienation. The full racing exhaust provided by Akrapovic (optional) saves big horsepower and weight, pushing the power meter to 220 nags and grabbing 6 kilos.
Or are you tempted by better suspensions? The S model allows you to taste the semi-active damping of home Öhlins, the Smart EC 2.0. With the added bonus of forged aluminum rims, 2 kilos less and more agility.
You can also combine the two, to obtain a Streetfighter worthy of a prototype under adrenaline colaïborn.
Funny detail, there is a saddle and passenger toe clips. Provide for him a defibrillator or even some medical assistance. It is not common to duet on an enriched plutonium grenade.
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1098 Streetfighter 2011
Model marketed in
sup 250 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1100 Streetfighter V4 2020
- Tank: 16 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,488 mm
- Dry weight: 180 kg
- Weight in running order: 201 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(81 x 53.5 mm)
at 12,750 rpm
at 11,500 rpm