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Ducati rolled out its Streetfighter V4 SP firstly of 2022, bringing the subsequent degree of supernaked tech and efficiency into the arms of customers. In case you’re questioning, it’s one hell of a beast on the monitor and street alike. Should you’re fortunate sufficient to personal one, take into account your self a part of a particular membership, a membership that Scott Lawrence joined a number of months again. He’d beforehand owned a KTM 1290 Tremendous Duke R earlier than attempting out a Tuono V4 1100 Manufacturing unit for measurement. Each bikes he actually loved using, however after leaping on a Streetfighter V4 S, he realised he’d discovered one thing actually fairly particular. He purchased it, clocked a load of miles, after which acquired a name providing him the possibility to purchase a brand-new V4 SP… manufacturing quantity 1075, to be particular. He didn’t hesitate.
Scott primarily purchased his V4 SP as a street bike, however I used to be fortunate sufficient to catch him on his first ever trackday on it, the place he deliberate to get higher acquainted. He was particularly eager to see how the light-weight carbon wheels impacted round Cadwell’s tight and twisting manner.
The Streetfighter SP is powered by Ducati’s 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale, with Desmodromic timing derived from MotoGP, a counter rotating crank and its ‘twin pulse’ firing order. This monster delivers 205bhp and upwards of 123Nm of torque. Not like the V4 S, the SP makes use of Ducati’s favoured dry clutch; the traditional metallic sound of a dry clutch has grow to be linked with Ducati, and it’s not simply the sound that makes this thrilling. The nine-disc STM EVO-SBK dry clutch ensures a more practical ‘anti-hopping perform’ and is even able to placing up with excessive monitor utilization.
The V4 SP shares the suspension with its earlier mannequin, just like the S, sporting the Öhlins NIX-30 forks and the Öhlins TTX36 rear shock, in addition to the Öhlins steering dampener. Not like the V4 S, the SP shares the springs and hydraulics with the Panigale V4, the one distinction being that the fork preload is decreased from 11mm to 6mm.Added to all this good tech is a complete vary of electronics, together with ABS and traction, slide, wheelie and brake management, all accessible to be adjusted to fit your using model through the left swap dice. When Scott acquired his bike, he went with the total Akrapovic exhaust system; he had beforehand run an Arrow system on his V4 S however discovered it far too loud for prolonged street utilization. Apart from eradicating all of the street package for trackdays, the one different modifications Scott made had been purely for defense, becoming Evotech crash bungs, together with carbon rad covers to match the Ducati efficiency carbon wings and mudguard. We left earlier than the day ended, however evidently, he seemed in his ingredient out on monitor, which isn’t any shock.
We requested Scott…
Do you intend to make extra modifications?
“I would love a customized map because the Akrapovic map, though makes it higher, is just not excellent, particularly with off-throttle snatching. Additionally, the S had the T800+ up-map casting off the restriction within the first 4 gears.”
What’s it like to keep up this bike?
“Ducati quotes 7500miles for the second service! That’s far too lengthy and I’ll be servicing it each 2500/3000 miles. The water pump blew on the S at 7500 miles – that was coated beneath guarantee, clearly. The SP is now on 2100 miles and I’ve not had a difficulty. Since Audi purchased Ducati and the V4 has been launched, the reliability has acquired massively higher.”
The place are you off subsequent with the Ducati?
“We used to go round Europe yearly. I’ve made up a pillion seat rack for this. We went to the Picos in Spain a number of occasions on my earlier bikes. I went to Germany and the Nürburgring in June on the S earlier than the trade-in. If there are extra trackdays available, I’ll have a go. The SP made 164mph down Park Straight – it’s not nice at that velocity.”
2022 Ducati V4 SP
■ Displacement: 1103cc
■ Gearbox: Six-speed
■ Clutch: 9-disc STM EVO-SBK dry clutch
■ Exhaust: Akrapovic
■ Wheels: 5-split spoke carbon fibre
■ Gearing sprockets: Ducati
■ Entrance callipers: Brembo monobloc 4 piston callipers
■ Entrance discs: 2x330mm semi floating
■ Rear callipers: Twin piston calliper
■ Rear disc: 245mm
■ Entrance suspension: Öhlins NIX30
■ Rear suspension: Öhlins TTX36
■ Suspension electronics: Öhlins good EC 2.0
■ Handlebars: STD
■ Rearsets: STD
■ Grips: STD
■ Levers: STD
■ Tyres: Pirelli
■ Crash safety: Evotech
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