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Video Ride of V4 Streetfighter at Laguna Seca
Breaking in a brand-new Ducati motorcycle on a track
Continuing my report from the October 26 Ducati REVS track day event at the Laguna Seca raceway, I’m sharing the video of my ride on my brand new Ducati Streetfighter with only 100 miles on it. To see part 1 of my report, check out my ride on my V4 Superleggera from that morning.
I prepared my Streetfighter for the track by switching out the stock wheels for some lighter Marchesini magnesium wheels. The lighter wheels allowed me to cut down total bike weight by 8 lbs (2 lbs from the front and 6 from the back). I also modified the base model with a better-looking Panigale V4 R tail section.
Out on the track, I had a lot more fun on the Streetfighter than I did on the SL because on the Streetfighter, I was more comfortable passing other riders and speeding through the turns. I didn’t have to worry as much about wrecking my bike because the Streetfighter is much more replaceable than the super-rare Superleggera. Since the bike only had 100 miles on it, I still did modify my riding somewhat in order to facilitate a smooth break in.
On the track, the base model suspension of the Streetfighter worked well – responsive, but not squirrelly. It did however have an odd feeling with the acceleration because there are noticeable restrictions in how quickly it accelerates in 1st and 2nd gear, yet none in the 3rd gear and up.