Nothing specific was reported except. All I knew was that it basically did what Ducati did with the first-generation Streetfighters – the 2009-2012 1100, and 2011-2015 848. Ducati took its leading sportbikes and stripped them down for comfy ergonomics and aggressive styling.Ducati follows that same strategy for the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and updated V4 S, but provides just a bit more.Following are the first look fast facts of Ducati’s second-generation Streetfighter.1. Ducati didn’t mess much with the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine that’s also offered in the Panigale V4. The power numbers are slightly reduced due to more streetable engine maps.
Horsepower: 208 @ 12,750 rpm vs 214 @ 13,000 rpm on the Panigale V4
Besides that, the engine remains the same. Ducati makes it known in the press kit that the Streetfighter can produce 220 horsepower and 95.8 ft/lbs of torque if a full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovič is installed.2.In simplest terms, the Streetfighter is astripped-down Panigale V4 fitted with a higher and wider handlebar (no clip-ons here). Though “stripped,” the Streetfighter has a heavier curb weight (with fluids) of 443 pounds (V4 S) versus the Panigale V4 S’s 436 pounds. The SFV4’s alloy versus the Panigale’s aluminum wheels is the main contributing factor to the extra weight.3. Yes, those are winglets. These MotoGP-inspired dual wings, also stock on the 2020 Panigale V4, help generate much-needed downforce at high speeds. Ducati says they add 66 pounds of downforce at 168 mph, and also help cool the engine by increasing the water and oil radiator airflow by two and ten percent, respectively.4. The Streetfighter borrows the 4.2-gallon aluminum fuel tank from the Panigale. The lower section of the tank is modified to accommodate a seat with thicker padding for on-road comfort.5. Before going further, let’s quickly explain the differences between the V4 and V4 S.The Streetfighter V4 S is updated over the standard updated suspension and wheels:
Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO
Öhlins NIX-30 forks with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
Öhlins steering damper with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
Forged aluminum Marchesini wheels
6. The Streetfighter receives all the benefits of the Panigale V4’s electronics suite, which was updated for 2020 with “Evo 2” versions of the up/down quickshifter and eight-level traction control.The electronics utilize a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles.The 2020 SF arrives with:
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 (V4 S ONLY)
7. Three Riding Modes are available that change engine and electronic parameters (including the suspension setup on the S model):
Race: Full 208 horsepower, low electronic intervention for maximum performance
Sport: Full 208 horsepower, electronic intervention set maximum on-street safety
Street: 155 horsepower, electronic intervention for maximum traction on surfaces with poor grip
Also, the electronics can be personalized based on the rider’s style.8. Though the V4 S arrives with electronic Öhlins suspension, the base model is no slouch. The base arrives with a fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork, and a Sachs shock absorber. The base model’s suspension also is enhanced with a Sachs steering damper.9. Like the Panigale V4, the Streetfighter V4 relies on Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers for stopping. Two 330mm discs are squeezed by four-piston calipers up front, and a 245mm disc out back is squeezed by a two-piston caliper.10. The base Streetfighter arrives with aluminum five-spokewheels, and the V4 S 3-spoke Marchesini forged-aluminum wheels. Both are shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires – 120/17 ZR17 up front, and a massive 200/60 ZR17 out back.11. Thankfully Ducati also borrowed the five-inch full TFT instrumentation from the Panigale V4. The high-resolution screen is easily navigable, and the rider can choose between a “track” or “road” layout.12. Aesthetics are typical of a Ducatinaked, and feature a minimalist full LED headlight that “evokes the crazy grin of the Joker,” the DC Comics character that Ducati designers used as aninspiration. LED lights are also used for the taillights. 13. The Streetfighter V4 will need valve adjustments every 15,000 miles, and services (oil change, etc.) every 7,500 miles.14. Both the SF V4 and V4 S are available in one color: Ducati Red with a dark gray frame and black wheels.15. USA pricing for the base Streetfighter V4 is $19,995 MSRP. The S version adds another $4,000 for a total of $23,995. Both arrive in dealerships in spring 2020.
2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S Specs
Type: Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4
Displacement: 1103 cc
Bore x stroke: 81 x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio: 14.0:1
Maximum power: 208 horsepower @ 12,750 rpm
Maximum torque: 90 ft/lbs @ 11,500 rpm
Valvetrain: Desmodromically actuated valves; 4vpc
Fueling: Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride- by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
Transmission: 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
Clutch: Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”
Front suspension: Fully adjustable Showa BPF 43mm fork (S Model: Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 43mm fork w/ TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode)
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs shock (S Model: Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode)
Wheels: 5-spokes light aluminum alloy (S Model: 3-spoke Marchesini aluminum)
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!