Boosted with energy, after a degree, you will see your self leaning over the deal with bar not simply combating windspeed, but in addition the texture of being left behind by the bike
With 208hp, that is the world’s strongest manufacturing bare bike (on par with the MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR), and it packs a power-to-weight ratio of over 1,000hp/tonne. That, with no wind safety and the added steering leverage of a large handlebar… Good lord!
It’s not as if the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S seems to be like some mild, approachable factor both. We’re using the higher-spec S mannequin, which comes on this imply shade of matte black known as Darkish Stealth. With these huge bi-plane wings protruding the aspect, the Streetfighter seems to be depraved, and never within the neo-cool manner the phrase is now thrown round on social media. It’s the motorcycling model of a heavyweight MMA fighter that may beat the residing pulp out of you in the event you a lot as have a look at it humorous. The bike arrived the night time earlier than our first day trip capturing and I recall the few hours of sleep that adopted not precisely being probably the most peaceable out of sheer pleasure.
Earlier expertise with this engine within the Panigale inspired me to stroll the bike nicely out of my society early subsequent morning earlier than firing it up. There was a chance that the now Euro 5/BS6 compliant engine could be just a little quieter, however no. Thumb the starter button and the 1,103cc V4 explodes into life earlier than settling into one of many loudest idles I’ve heard on an emissions-compliant bike.
Because the engine constructed some warmth, a minute or two had been spent fiddling by the simply navigable menus on the TFT show, in search of the kindest of the three using modes. With the bike set in Road Mode, we set off tentatively.
Ten minutes down the acquainted highway out of town, I discovered myself considering, ‘Wait a minute, this feels really docile!’ With the height energy restricted to 155hp within the decrease of the three energy modes, the Streetfighter is much more mellow than the smaller Panigale V2, which makes the identical quantity of energy. That’s in all probability as a result of the SF’s 155hp on this mode arrives a lot greater within the revs than the V2, however however, 10 minutes in, I used to be prepared for the total 208hp.
Switching to Sport mode makes a dramatic change. You now have full energy with not solely much more reactive responses to the throttle, however the Öhlins Good EC 2.0 electronically managed suspension additionally companies up a good quantity. However shock, shock, the bike continues to be fairly usable, even in the event you now must be much more cautious together with your inputs. Ultimately, some open roads current themselves and it’s time to expertise what 208hp on a unadorned bike looks like.
By the point you cross 8,000rpm, issues begin getting severely quick and you could lean over the handlebar, not simply to combat the wind, but in addition as a result of it feels just like the bike is making an attempt to depart you behind. You then realise that you’ve nonetheless acquired almost half the rev vary left… Screaming previous the ten,000rpm mark and at last to 14,500rpm is a daunting, but life-reaffirming expertise that may put something in need of a hypercar to disgrace.
It’s simply unreal how briskly this bike will be, however what’s superb is how Ducati has made this literal bomb of an engine really feel… usable. You’ll anticipate this to be a demonic wheelie machine, however someway, it simply hooks up and drives ahead from second gear onwards. Ducati has achieved this by limiting the torque within the first 4 gears, giving this bike the newest era eight-level wheelie management and in addition extending the wheelbase by 19mm over the Panigale. These wings should absolutely be performing some work as nicely — Ducati claims 27kg of weight over the entrance wheel at 270kph. And at last, this engine has a counter rotating crankshaft which additionally helps on this regard.
The motor can be shockingly clean for a Ducati. It’s nonetheless not turbine clean at low RPM, like an inline 4, however it’s miles higher than any V-twin Ducati on the market and you’ll really go as little as 50kph in sixth gear.
Issue within the using place, which continues to be very sporty however nothing just like the brutal Panigale, and you’ve got one thing that’s simpler to reside with on our roads. After all, it’s nonetheless a excessive strung, extreme-performance machine, so there are some compromises you’ll have to reside with.
First off, the 845mm seat peak is even taller than the Panigale’s as a result of this bike will get a extra thickly padded seat that’s comfy for what the bike is. Then there’s the heavy clutch that can be fairly grabby at metropolis speeds. The terrible superbike-style turning radius is a ache as nicely, however most of all, there’s nonetheless loads of warmth so that you can cope with.
The Streetfighter runs very heat always, even when there is no such thing as a site visitors round. The engine has a intelligent cylinder deactivation expertise that cuts off the rear financial institution of cylinders at idle, however issues can nonetheless get severely scorching if you’re caught in a heavy site visitors jam. That being stated, like most Ducatis, its cooling system does an outstanding job of managing the warmth, and the problem is mainly down as to if the rider can bear it.
It additionally has a thirst for prime octane gas and in the event you trip it laborious sufficient, the effectivity can drop into single digits. At this level, you realise that the bike has no gas gauge and all you get is a low gas warning gentle. We discovered that it ran superbly on 100 octane gas, which prices about ₹160 per litre. Enjoyable.
Then once more, it’s a related, if not worse story with the Panigale, and like with that bike, you set up with these hassles for the unimaginable manner it rides. This bike runs the identical entrance body chassis because the Panigale V4 and since we’ve the S mannequin right here, it will get the identical electronically managed suspension.
The suspension does an incredible job of being sporty, however by no means overwhelmingly stiff or harsh, regardless of the using mode. As for unhealthy roads, after all you could watch out, each with the edges and the low 121mm floor clearance. However with a cautious method, the Streetfighter acquired us by the standard pace breakers and damaged roads which might be so generously unfold throughout.
On the event that you just discover clean and winding tarmac, the dealing with feels very severe and high-level. Course modifications aren’t tremendous sharp, however the stage of really feel and management from the front-end is precisely what you’d anticipate from a top-tier superbike and the Streetfighter rails round corners with unimaginable confidence. Just like the Panigale, the Streetfighter’s dealing with skills really feel far above what you’ll be able to exploit on the highway and there’s no shaking the sensation that you’re not even scratching the floor of what this bike can do.
That being stated, it’s an pleasurable trip on the road, because of the additional consolation. Despite the fact that this bike will get Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2 tyres in opposition to the Panigale’s Supercorsas, these tyres are extremely grippy and stuffed with really feel. Fortunately, the Brembo Stylema brakes are precisely what you get on the faired bike and are just about the most effective brakes I’ve skilled.
It’s a related story with the massive electronics bundle that comes straight off the Panigale, together with the TFT display screen. Using modes, energy modes, launch management, engine brake management, slide management, traction management, this bike has all of it, and actually, it’s these unimaginable electronics that make it potential for such psychological bikes to even exist within the first place.
Naturally, with its insane efficiency, high expertise and sheer Italian exotica, this bike instructions a reasonably hefty worth. The usual Streetfighter V4 prices ₹20 lakh (ex-showroom), whereas it’s a must to shell out ₹3 lakh extra for the V4 S you see right here. The additional cash will get you Öhlins digital suspension and steering damper, lighter solid aluminium wheels and the unique stealth black paint. Positive, that’s some huge cash, however this can be a lot of motorbike.
What I used to be most impressed by was the truth that this bike didn’t attempt to kill me. What I assumed can be horrifying really turned out to be enjoyable and satisfying, even when you find yourself not chasing the stratospheric redline. This bike permits you to benefit from the full Panigale expertise on the highway, with out many of the ache. And that’s an unimaginable achievement.