Ducati Streetfighter V2: from superbike to hypernaked
It looks easy from the outside: just pull away the fairing, put wide bars instead of clip-ons, and there you go - you have a hypernaked. It's not that simple. We ask Alessandro Valia
The Germans have been doing this since the late 80's: they bought Japanese sport bikes, stripped them of their fairing, mounted a wide handlebar, and maybe adjusted the rear suspension a bit to compensate for the change in riding position. Streetfighters were born a bit like that, almost by chance.
But if the dynamic result has to be up to expectations, nowadays obviously the matter is not so simple. The process of development and testing is indeed very complicated, because the change of use of the model requires many changes, small and large, to the substance of the donor bike, all to be verified and developed. That's why we wanted to delve into the subject with Alessandro Valia, official Ducati test rider, who defined the passage of... undressing the Panigale V2 to transform it into Streetfighter V2.