Already this year we’ve brought you news that the naked superbike from Ducati is going to take part at Pikes Peak later this year (see HERE for that) and now our friends at DDG Magazine have gone one better and caught the ultra-naked out in secret tests.

Filmed at the Autodromo de Pergusa in Sicily, the bike has been putting in some hard laps ahead of the American ‘Race to the Clouds’ on June 30th. The testing sessions are clearly also useful for Ducati to iron out any niggles with the bike ahead of the official launch of the bike later on this year in Milan, the show being held in early November.

With the V4 R superbike making 217bhp in stock trim (that goes up to 234 with a factory exhaust system fitted) and tipping the scales at just 172kg dry – 165.5kg with that factory exhaust) and being physically tiny to ride, expect the Streetfighter to be squarely aimed at the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100.


That Italian rival makes 170.5bhp @11,000rpm and costs a penny under £17k. The Ducati, in superbike trim, revs to 16,000rpm in the first five gears and 16,500rpm in sixth gear, price-wise the V4 R superbike costs from £34,995 – so will Ducati seriously play-down the spec of the bike and come in at a price near to the Aprilia? What do you think? Will the V4 R Streetfighter, essentially the superbike with higher handlebars and no fairing, command a top-price for it’s top performance?

Tony Carter

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