2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S Overview
With Rennie Scaysbrook, Pictures by Ducati
Being a motorbike journo is tough. It’s important to journey all these new bikes, journey the world, eat nice meals and hang around with your folks in unusual international locations, and punch out a number of phrases on the finish of all of it.
I do know. Bloody laborious existance. Boo hoo.
All jokes apart, the reason is a motorbike journo generally is a laborious gig within the present local weather is except you’re testing one thing on the low worth finish of the size, discovering real critiques of sure bikes generally is a relatively troublesome activity.
Living proof being the gray and black 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S I’ve simply ridden across the Andalucía racetrack in southern Spain. I’ll be sincere and prevent the studying time and say there’s very, only a few issues I didn’t love about this bare monster.
Its 153 kW/208 hp V4 motor, a chassis so agile it ought to have ballerina slippers, and rider electronics so rattling good at what they’re designed to do — that’s, saving you from your self — make this a motorbike so robust to throw shade at I’m struggling to take action as I write this.
“You name your self a journo?” laughs the Streetfigher at me, who’s LED face is impressed by The Joker from Batman. I ought to dangle my head in disgrace.
Okay, for these wanting a extra in depth evaluation, learn on.
The $39,000 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S isn’t terribly completely different to what got here out a few years in the past. Ducati received the unique V4 nakedbike just about spot on that there wasn’t an ideal must reinvent the wheel, so nearly all of the modifications centre round swiping the rider electronics off the Panigale, one thing the Streetfighter is relatively adept at.
At its core, the Streetfighter V4 S is a Panigale V4 S simply with out the fairings and a way more comfy 60 mm thick seat.
The Panigale donates the 1103 cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale V4 motor with that monster 208 hp taken at 13,000 rpm with torque coming in at 123 Nm at 9500 rpm, because it does the aluminium Entrance Body chassis, the digital Ohlins suspension, the Brembo Stylema brake calipers, and the electronics suite.
The motor is unchanged for 2023, which is loads tremendous for me. This factor is so fast it’s fairly tiring to journey for any nice size of time at pace, particularly if you’ve received every part turned as much as 11 by way of the new-for-2023 Full energy mode.
Full energy mode takes over from Excessive energy mode as the massive daddy of the efficiency household. Nonetheless, even in Full energy, which is accessed within the Race ECU mode by way of the revised sprint board, you received’t get the total whack of the motor in first gear.
Just like the Panigale, the Streetfighter V4 S now has torque metering for every particular person gear, with first gear’s torque supply metered probably the most, whereas each continuing gear step by step provides the rider increasingly torque.
Beforehand, the torque metering was finished in gear teams (first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth).
“Making a high-performance bike is just not straightforward as a result of a number of energy is just not manageable by lots of people,” says Ducati’s Automobile Testing Division Supervisor, Luigi Mauro. “You even have to contemplate this side. We don’t make a motorbike just for skilled riders. Alessandro (Valia, Ducati’s Lead Take a look at and Improvement rider) is comfortable with out the torque discount, however he’s completely different to most riders! I’m pleased with torque discount.
“Relying in your driving capability and relying on the boldness you have got on the observe and with the bike, you possibly can change this mode in the course of the day. At this Andalucia circuit, I may journey with the Full energy mode, however in lots of tracks, for instance after I journey at Vallelunga in Rome, a observe I take advantage of so much, for me, driving the Panigale with the Full mode is an excessive amount of. My lap time is slower as a result of it’s too laborious to handle. I can journey just for two or three laps very quick, after which the lap time will increase as a result of it requires an excessive amount of effort in driving.
“Once I use the facility mode with the torque separation, every part turns into simpler. I can journey six, seven laps with the identical lap time. I’m extra fixed. I’m extra targeting the observe, and my lap time is slightly bit decrease. So, every part is less complicated.”
I might be sincere and say I didn’t really feel the distinction as I’m not ok to essentially inform, particularly with out driving the previous bike and this new one back-to-back. What I can inform you is energy supply in all however the highest energy mode is exceptionally clean, particularly when you think about the quantity of energy on faucet, and it will get step by step extra violent the upper up the size you go.
There’s an infinite unfold of efficiency with the Streetfighter and the electronics with IMU-controlled wheelie and traction management, engine brake management, slide management, make a cappuccino management, are such that your journey will be as sedate or as hardcore as you want. Nonetheless, the majority of the efficiency is within the increased rpm ranges, the place the superbike genes of this nakedbike come to the fore.
Spend any nice deal of time above 9000 rpm and issues occur in a short time on a Streetfighter. The shortage of wind safety from the absent bodywork solely amplifies the state of affairs because the V4 rockets you into your very close to future with distinctive drive.
When it’s time to gradual, the Stylemas have you ever lined, as does that glorious Ducati Fast Shift system that allows you to ram again by means of the gears with out touching the clutch lever at excessive rpm ranges that the majority bikes would merely refuse to play together with.
This 12 months’s Streetfighter body will get the 4 mm taller swingarm pivot peak change applied on the 2022 Panigale to assist the anti-squat behaviour of the chassis. This may in flip assist cut back understeer and permit the rider to dial in additional go juice.
There’s delicate modifications to the bodywork as properly, particularly within the gas tank design that takes cues from Ducati’s racebike the place a part of the gas tank extends below the seat to assist in mass centralisation.
The tank is one litre bigger (an ideal factor when you think about the V4 motor drinks gas like champion), and the design is barely rounder on the base with bigger indents to lock your knees in on the prime. It’s a small change, however, all within the title of progress.
You discover extra the indents on the prime of the tank thank the rest whereas driving. In the event you’ve received longer legs than common this might be a welcome addition whereas on full lean, as you possibly can hustle the chassis by means of corners with slightly extra management than earlier than.
The tank form goes hand in hand with an general massive chassis for a contemporary nakedbike, which might be my favorite characteristic of the Streetfighter. This can be a chassis designed for ‘regular’ folks, not the Dani Pedrosas of the world, and the ergonomics are such with its 845 mm seat peak you possibly can journey this factor all day (or so long as it’ll take earlier than you rip by means of the 17 litres of gas, which, if on observe, received’t be lengthy).
Mated to the Ohlins Sensible EC2.0 event-based suspension with its NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock and myriad of settings, the Streetfighter is infinitely adjustable and may go from road comfortable to racetrack stiff immediately.
The Ohlins dynamic digital system is so good lately that after one session at Andalucía I commented to Ducati’s lead check rider, Alessandro Valia, I may simply race this while not having to place it in guide suspension. Simply rip the lights off and go. Castrol 6 Hour fashion.
Nonetheless, there’s so many different security nets resembling multi-stage wheelie, traction, slide and engine brake management, that to highside such a motorbike is completely unattainable with all of them turned on. Flip them off, nevertheless, and your ambition higher not outweigh your expertise…
Every thing is adjusted by means of the revised sprint that, once more, comes off the Panigale. When the Superleggera got here out again in 2020, we received the “Dovi sprint”, named in order it was the popular format of the corporate’s then lead MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovi favored his gear place huge within the heart and all his parameters on the suitable facet if the sprint, so Ducati copied it, put it within the Superleggera, then the Panigale, and now the Streetfighter V4 S.
Contained in the sprint additionally sits a GPS lap timer, so that you needn’t fear about flicking the excessive beam swap every time you cross the stripe. This, I guarantee you, is an excellent factor, as a result of the journey is so concerned on a Streetfighter that you just want each ounce of your psychological functionality simply to remain on the straight and slender.
I really like bikes just like the Streetfighter V4 S. It’s so far faraway from what I can pull as a rider as to make me really feel downright inferior. I’m positive I’d be quicker on one thing with 50 much less horsepower, however I wouldn’t be having as a lot enjoyable.
The Joker and I’ve turn out to be mates, laughing our solution to the apex then leaving black signatures as we make out escape.
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S Specs
|2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S Specs|
|ENGINE||Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled|
|BORE X STROKE||81 x 53.5 mm|
|POWER||153 kW (208 hp) @ 13,000 rpm|
|TORQUE||123 Nm (90.4 lb-ft) @ 9500 rpm|
|FUEL INJECTION||Digital gas injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle our bodies.|
|EXHAUST||4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 4 lambda probes|
|GEARBOX||Six-speed with Ducati Fast Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Straight reduce gears; Ratio 1.80:1|
|RATIO||1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24|
|FINAL DRIVE||Chain; Entrance sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42|
|CLUTCH||Hydraulically managed slipper and self-servo moist multiplate clutch. Self bleeding grasp cylinder|
|FRAME||Aluminum alloy “Entrance Body”|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Öhlins NIX30 43 mm absolutely adjustable fork with TiN therapy. Digital compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Sensible EC 2.0 event-based mode|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Totally adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Digital compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Sensible EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminium single-sided swingarm|
|WHEELS||Marchesini solid aluminium three-spoke, 3.50 x 17 in, 6.00 x 17 in|
|TYRES||Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa 120/70 ZR17, 200/60 ZR17|
|BRAKES||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted, Brembo Monobloc Stylema 4-piston callipers, 245 mm rear disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS|
|INSTRUMENTATION||Final technology digital unit with 5″ TFT color show|
|DRY WEIGHT||178 kg|
|KERB WEIGHT||197.5 kg|
|SEAT HEIGHT||845 mm|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||17 l|
|EQUIPMENT||Driving Modes, Energy Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Management (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Management (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Management (DSC), Engine Brake Management (EBC) EVO 2, Auto tyre calibration, Ducati Energy Launch (DPL), Ducati Fast Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Operating Mild (DRL)**, Ducati Digital Suspension (DES) EVO, Öhlins steering damper|
|WARRANTY||24 months limitless mileage|
|MAINTENANCE SERVICE INTERVALS||12,000 km / 12 months|
|VALVE CLEARANCE ADJUSTMENT||24,000 km|