It’s pretty hard to imagine that owners and potential owners of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S would require more performance from the worlds most extreme naked bike. Ducati obviously thinks so and has released a comprehensive performance-enhancing kit that takes the Streetfighter to a whole new level from its opposition.
Available from the Ducati website in the dedicated section and at all Ducati dealers, the kit is truly comprehensive.
A full Akrapovic titanium exhaust system developed from racing experience lowers the Streetfighters already impressive low weight by 5.5kg. It comes with a special map which allows the freer-flowing system to integrate with the parameters of the Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Power Launch and Slide Control. The titanium exhaust system also improves mid-range power and torque by a healthy 6%.
Aerodynamics have become the new frontier of motorcycle development, not just in racing but now also on road bikes, and Ducati has been at the forefront of this technology. The performance kit enhances this aspect still further with the structural rigidity and lightweight of biplane carbon fibre wings.
Lightweight 9 spoke forged magnesium wheels, type-approved for single-seater use and type approval as original equipment, reduce the unsprung weight of the wheels by 3kg (-33%) compared to a conventional aluminium wheel and 0.7kg (-10%) of the S versions forged alloy wheels. Inertia is also improved by 40% over a standard wheel and 12% compared to the S models forged aluminium wheels optimising the motorcycle’s dynamics during a change of direction and enhancing rider feel.
A dry clutch is also available reducing internal engine friction compared to a wet clutch (a dry clutch is standard on the race orientated Panigale V4 R ) while also keeping the engine oil cleaner. It’s an STM EVO-SBK unit made from billet aluminium and housing a 48-tooth plate pack. Benefits include a more effective “slipper” function during aggressive downshifts and greater fluency when off-throttle in corners. It also creates the sort of music Ducatisti dream about.
The dry clutch also has a carbon fibre clutch cover available that produces optimal cooling of the clutch plates while offering both lightweight and strength.
If you’re looking for more bling, there are adjustable Ducati performance billet aluminium footpegs by Rizoma that boast five different positions and are high quality anodised units incorporating a carbon fibre heel guard. A Ducati designed billet aluminium fuel cap with an anti-tamper system, again by Rizoma, is also on offer.
And yes, there’s more. A carbon fibre fuel tank cover compliments the overall appearance of the Streetfighter while a sturdy plastic passenger seat cover is a nice finishing touch and necessary if the forged magnesium wheels are to be used on the road. Ducati has thought of everything, including a pair of handgrips that provide excellent adhesion with gloved hands and also reduces engine vibration through the handlebars.
Words Geoff Dawes © 2020. Photographs courtesy Ducati Media House © 2020