Ducati has a long history of effectively converting dedicated sports bikes into performance-naked ones. Now, for 2022, the manufacturers have expanded their Streetfighter series with the release of the Streetfighter V2. However, this is not a beginner's bike. The naked 153 horsepower (highest power) 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 is mainly influenced by the track-ready Panigale V2. It has the same engine, ergonomically designed adjustable suspension, and great electronics as the Panigale V2. The performance ranges between middleweight sports and a huge super naked. It's not inexpensive, but it's well-equipped and wonderfully designed. It's unabashedly sporty on the streets and capable on the racetrack. It's also pleasant and comfortable, albeit with little wind protection and a lack of liveliness. At normal speeds, it's also less expensive, sportier, and more exhilarating than its V4 sister. That being said, let's take a deeper look at the newest member of the Streetfighter family - which launched in 2009.
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 Quick Facts
Ducati claims that the Streetfighter V2 was designed with ergonomics in mind, including a broader, more cushioned seat and repositioned footpegs for a more street-friendly riding position. Let's take a closer look at the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2.
1. Ducati Streetfighter V2 Comfort
The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 is a strange bike in certain ways. It appears to be slightly smaller in the body but no less muscular than the Streetfighter V4. Despite its compact size, the inside feels spacious, with enough area on the seat for you to maneuver around whether you're searching for racing performance or just relaxation. Compared to Panigale V2, the most significant change is ergonomics, with the Streetfighter V2 having a more upright saddle than the Panigale V2. Instead of a clip-on, the V2 has a broad aluminum handlebar mounted on a riser. The seat is widened and padded, and the footpads are repositioned to create a more spacious cockpit.
2. The Aluminum Monocoque Chassis
The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2's chassis is built on the Aluminum monocoque component from the Panigale V2, but with several modifications. The most noticeable difference is the Streetfighter's larger wheelbase. Ducati lengthened the Streetfighter V2 swingarm by 0.6 inches, resulting in the bike's 57.7-inch wheelbase. This technique should help to stabilize the V2 when it encounters bumpy roads. Rake and trail remain unchanged at 24 degrees and 3.7 inches, respectively.
3. Front and Rear Suspension
Showa is in charge of the front suspension, while Sachs is in charge of the rear. Both sections are completely adjustable, and the clickers have a wide range, allowing the rider to modify the suspension for cornering speeds or street comfort. The suspension consists of fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Forks on the front and a fully adjustable side-mounted Sachs unit on the back. Sachs also makes the non-adjustable steering damper. Externally, the forks resemble those of the Panigale, although they have more open settings for road riding and relaxation. The rear Sachs setup is similar to the Panigale's, but the swing-arm is 16mm longer, so the shock has greater movement.
4. Engine and Gearbox
The Superquadro engine, now Euro 5 compliant, nevertheless packs a powerful punch. The 955cc Superquadro engine in the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 is the same engine found in the Panigale V2, but it has significantly less power in comparison to that. This is due to the Panigale's relative lack of ram air action entering the airbox. With 148bhp and 75lb-ft of torque on tap, you're in the fun zone of weekend rides. Furthermore, the 955cc Superquadro still produces more than 150 horsepower, which is more than Carl Fogarty had when he won his first WorldSBK championship for Ducati. Because a steep top gear - producing a high peak speed, isn't required on a naked bike, Ducati has lowered the gearing on the Streetfighter, allowing acceleration that is even faster than the Panigale V2. Because of the gearing adjustment, the Streetfighter V2 reaches peak torque at a lower speed than that of the Panigale V2.
5. Ride Quality & Brakes
The front brakes on the Streetfighter are the same Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers used on the Panigale V2. As a tribute to the Streetfighter's intended function, it receives brake pads with a less harsh first grip than the Panigale. The Brembo setup is excellent on the road, thanks to Bosch cornering ABS. Powerful with one or two-finger braking is more than adequate. Single direction braking on smooth terrain is astonishingly good on the track.
6. Ducati Streetfighter V2 Tires
The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2's rubber is slightly less aggressive than that found on the Panigale V2. The Panigale's Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires have been swapped out for Diablo Rossa IV tires on the Streetfighter V2, but there's still plenty of grips available. The Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV hoops don't heat up as fast as some other tire on the market, but they've been designed to serve a purpose for a wide range of riders. The lightening-shaped rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV sports tires grip well on the road and hold on gamely on track, although stickier rubber would allow you to explore the Streetfighter V2's capabilities even further.
- 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 Specs
- Engine: 955 cc desmodromic liquid-cooled L-twin with eight valves
- Transmission, final drive: Six-speed, chain
- Claimed horsepower: 153 @ 10,750 rpm
- Claimed torque: 74.8 ft-lbs @ 9,000 rpm
- Frame: Aluminum monocoque
- Front suspension: Showa BPF 43 mm fork with preload, compression, and rebound adjustment; 4.72 inches of travel
- Rear suspension: Sachs monoshock with adjustable preload, compression, and rebound; 5.12 inches of travel
- Front brake: Dual Brembo Monobloc M4.32 four-piston calipers, 320 mm discs, with Bosch cornering ABS
- Rear brake: Two-piston caliper, 245 mm disc, with Bosch cornering ABS
- Rake, trail: 24.0 degrees, 3.7 inches
- Wheelbase: 57.7 inches
- Seat height: 33.3 inches
- Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
- Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV, 120/70R17 front, 180/60ZR17 rear
- Claimed weight: 392 pounds dry, 441 pounds wet
- Available: February 2022
- 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 Price: $16,995 MSRP
The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 is significantly easier to ride and manage than Ducati's Streetfighter V4, as previously discussed, and is a superior road bike in many aspects than Ducati's Panigale V2. It's more spacious, more comfortable, and less expensive, yet it has nearly the same power, rider assistance, and frame. It wouldn't be much slower than the Panigale V2 with race tires on the racetrack. If you mostly ride on the road, the Streetfighter V2, with its more upright seating posture, makes a lot of sense. It won't let you down, whether on the road or on the track.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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