Ducati Streetfighter V4 Review (2020)
What Is It?
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 is a premium naked bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 1,103 cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine, producing 205.2 bhp at 12,750 rpm and maximum torque at 11,500 rpm.
- Seat Height: Average (845 mm / 33.3 inches)
- Weight: Heavy (201 kg / 443 lbs)
- Economy: Poor (35 mpg / 8.1 l/100km / 12.4 km/l)
- Range: Average (120 miles / 193 km)
- Power to Weight: Very high (1.020 bhp/kg / 0.761 kW/kg)
- Top Speed: Very high (200 mph / 322 km/h)
What Is It Like?
I'm a 40 year old male, 5’10”, who started playing on MX bikes and who has been on the road since 16 on a DT50.
I've had a DT125, Bandit, CBR600, R6s, CB1000R, Streetfighter 1098, Monster 1200R, Speed Triple RS and now the Streetfighter V4.
Why did you choose it?
I loved the Streetfighter 1098 I bought new in 2009, at the time the best bike I ever had and loved it, regretted selling it after a few months with the Monster 1200R.
What is good about it?
Power, handling, grip, brakes. Easy to push hard. It’s even comfortable enough to do 600 miles in a day.
What could be improved?
Fuel range, a fuel gauge and cruise control - the gauge and cruise are not that important to me.
What's the economy like?
Slightly hard on petrol at about 28-31 mpg approx.
Any mods or upgrades?
I got the Akrapovic slip-ons for sounds and looks. I thought they were expensive enough at £2,200, list price was nearly £3,000, but got a deal as I ordered them on Black Friday. For me I didn’t need the extra cost of the full system plus the huge fitting cost, due to hours of stripping.
Living in the north of Scotland I found the £220ish for heated grips was a wise investment too and I find them excellent early in mornings now Autumn is here.
£195 for an easily home fitted Evotech tail tidy was a no brainier due to horrible huge pile of plastic spoiling the bike!
How is the engine?
Power, power, power, NOISE! Love it, anyone I know that I’ve past in their cars cannot believe the thunderous sound.
How does it handle?
On the Scottish twisties it drops in easily and I can push it well through bends on roads I know, plus it’s confident on roads / bends I don’t know too.
What are the brakes like?
Sharp and responsive with plenty of feeling.
Is it comfortable?
Yes. The Speed Triple RS I had for a short period previously was more comfortable, but this is more than acceptable for 9-10 hours in the saddle in one day. I have been used to big bakers for well over 12 years on long journeys, only one more comfortable was the Triumph.
How reliable have you found it?
I only got her in July 2020, but 2,000 miles and 3 months in, it’s been flawless.
To sum up
At over £20,000 the way it is, it’s been my most expensive bike yet, but I LOVE her. I can happily look at her for the Winter awaiting next spring without a problem.
The Triumph, Monster R and CB1000R always gave me a nagging “but” with the looks or feel of them. The original Streetfighter 1098 was the one I really loved and so far this has more than filled the hole left by her when she went in 2016.
I can keep up with sports bikes without a problem, I can do 600 miles in a day and the kids can go on the back for an hour to go for an ice cream. I’ll find out about how a little touring goes next year - 2020 was supposed to include that, but the bike arrived 4 months late.
I don’t regret anything about her including the cost!
- Andrew R, 2020
Gear & Accessories
Ducati Streetfighter V4 S - Premium version with a lightweight battery, forged wheels and Ohlins semi-active electronic suspension / steering damper.
Ducati Panigale V4 - Sports bike the Streetfighter is based on.
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