2023 Ducati Diavel V4 | First Look Review

2023 Ducati Diavel

The Ducati Diavel has seen some dramatic evolutions since the power cruiser was introduced in 2011. The Diavel originally featured a 1198cc Testastretta L-twin that made a claimed 162 hp. In 2016, Ducati introduced the XDiavel, with more conventional cruiser styling and ergonomics and a new 1,262cc Testastretta L-twin offering more low-end torque, and in 2019, Ducati released the best-of-both-worlds Diavel 1260.

Related Story: 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S | First Ride Review

This year, Ducati is changing the Diavel game again with the introduction of the 2023 Ducati Diavel V4, featuring the 1,158cc V4 Granturismo engine making a claimed 168 hp and 93 lb-ft of torque.

Ducati says the V4 Granturismo is “the ideal engine for a muscle cruiser, capable of combining linear power at lower revs with vigorous torque throughout the rev range,” adding that the Diavel V4 should appear to a wide variety of riders, “from the sports enthusiast looking for a more comfortable and stylish bike to those looking to ride in an urban and relaxed setting to the lover of performance and drag racing iconography.”

2023 Ducati Diavel
2023 Ducati Diavel in Thrilling Black

From a visual standpoint, the Diavel V4 continues to offer the mix of conventional yet still muscular styling characteristic of the 2011 bike. Ducati says the bike was inspired by the look of muscle cars and superhero aesthetics and results in a style reminiscent of “an athlete ready to sprint off the starting blocks, with all the masses concentrated on the front and an agile, streamlined tail.”

2023 Ducati Diavel V4 Engine

The V4 Granturismo engine is a central element of the Diavel V4’s design. Ducati says this technical choice simultaneously improves performance, dynamics, and riding pleasure as a result of a counter-rotating crankshaft, which reduces the gyroscopic effect while increasing the bike’s agility. The light and compact V4 Granturismo derives from the Desmosedici Stradale of Panigale and Streetfighter V4.

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The V4 Granturismo is also characterized by low operating costs, with major maintenance at 37,000-mile intervals, and is efficient in fuel consumption and emissions due to the extended cylinder deactivation system. This feature allows the engine to operate as either a two-cylinder or four-cylinder by shutting off the rear bank not only when the vehicle is stationary but also while riding at low engine speeds under reduced engine load.

2023 Ducati Diavel

2023 Ducati Diavel V4 Chassis and Ergonomics

Compared with the Diavel 1260 S, the 2023 Diavel V4 has shaved 28.6 lb off the curb weight for a total dry weight of 491.6 lb.

The Diavel V4 has an inverted 50mm fork and a cantilever-pattern shock absorber, both fully adjustable. Travel has been increased by 0.6 inch over the outgoing model. The supersport-like braking system features 330mm discs and Brembo Stylema calipers.

2023 Ducati Diavel

The bike has a wide and low seat (31.1 inch), central footpegs, and a high handlebar set 0.78 inch closer than on the Diavel 1260, and passengers ride on a spacious seat, footrests that retract under the tail, and a telescoping rear grab bar. With the retractable aspects of footrests and the grab bar, the easily installed standard passenger seat allows the Diavel V4 to be transformed from a two-seater to a single-seater with minimal effort.

2023 Ducati Diavel

2023 Ducati Diavel V4 Electronics

The Diavel V4 comes with three power modes and four ride modes: Sport, Touring, Urban, and the new Wet mode, designed for low-traction surfaces. Riding aid systems include a 6-axis IMU, Ducati Traction Control in Cornering version, ABS Cornering, and Ducati Wheelie Control, as well as Cruise Control, Launch Control, and Ducati Quick Shift.

2023 Ducati Diavel

All the electronic systems are managed through backlit controls on the handlebar and the new 5-inch color TFT display, which also offers Bluetooth connectivity to pair your smartphone for calling, text messaging, and music. An optional turn-by-turn navigation system is also available.

2023 Ducati Diavel

Other options include semi-rigid cases with 48 liters of capacity, a passenger backrest, and a touring windscreen. Billet parts, carbon parts, dry clutch (for racing use only), forged wheels, and red or black brake calipers further expand the possibility of customizing the new Diavel V4. The 2023 Diavel V4 will be offered in classic Ducati Red or Thrilling Black and will be available in U.S. and Canadian dealerships beginning in Spring 2023.

2023 Ducati Diavel
2023 Ducati Diavel in Ducati Red

Pricing will begin at an MSRP of $26,695 in Ducati Red color or $26,995 for Thrilling Black.

More information available at the Ducati website.

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2022 Sonora Rally: Special Stage 5

Enjoy coverage from the 2022 Sonora Rally from our friends at WestX1000.

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Riding the Wave

Racers Find their Rhythm on the Final Sonora Rally Stage  

The wind was on today, skimming across the Altar’s sand sheets with unadulterated freedom, not an object in sight large enough to obstruct its path and slow it down. Khaki-colored granules pelted the skin like a thousand needles pricking in unison. But it kept the heat down, and so a gale was welcomed by everyone. Out of five strenuous days of competition, the final day is supposed to be the easiest (they say). But with a wide-ranging pool of talent, the Special ended with mixed reviews. If the dunes are a familiar place, the course felt comfortable, dare we say, enjoyable. But any anxiety someone could experience in the waves, humps or faces can exponentially grow into a taxing escapade if those emotions are put in check. Even so, if a pilot doesn’t know how to read the terrain properly, they would be ill-fated to an exhausting slog through the Sonoran desert.

Sharp ridges are drawn into “S” shapes against the horizon slithered away as racers cut blazing trails across their paths, disturbing the tranquil environment. This was no truer for anyone more than Skyler Howes #1. He flew over these massive ripples in the earth like the all-star he is, proving his worth to the Husqvarna Factory Racing team. A Waypoint waiting at the end of a CAP heading, Howes charged through the HP sections without notes, tracks or even a road to direct his trajectory. Just full speed over peaks and valleys, like the wind, unobstructed and free. He won this day without contest, fulfilling his personal goals of finishing First in every stage and securing the overall victory – fresh on the heels of his Triumph at the Rallye du Maroc.

“Obviously, Sonora [Rally] holds a special place [in my heart]. This was my first rally, kind of my start into the sport and why I was able to go to the Dakar for the first time. Now, we’re here as a factory racer, and I’m happy to have chalked up another win. This is my second win at Sonora, so I’m super happy for this, and I’m glad the team allowed me to be here and race this because it was incredibly good training. And just super fun to be here. I had a great time. I’m happy for my team and for my crew who came down to help out. This was really fun, not easy. It was obviously a tough five days, but we made it through clean so I’m super happy.” – Skyler Howes #1, Husqvarna Factory Racing

While he seemed invincible all week at the 2022 Sonora Rally, presented by Method Race Wheels, Howes wasn’t the only unstoppable athlete in the field from the front of the pack to the back. Success isn’t always determined by the accolades at the end but instead by the gravity of those burdens carried to the finish line on the shoulders of each racer. David Black #31 left the couch and began riding off-road just over a year ago. Inspired by his lifelong love of the Dakar Rally, he chose to turn his sedentary life around and pursue a (seemingly) impossible dream. The first day in the dunes, he dropped his bike “at least 25 times.” At the end of the stage, three blocks from the bivouac, he ran out of gas and had to push his motorbike to Timing & Scoring. And the final special was not any easier. Perhaps his off-bike moments may have reduced, but the obstacles were no less daunting, no less tiring. But if a man’s value should be measured by his heart, over ephemeral accomplishments, then Black left Sonora a champion.

The Rookies took the brunt of it, but they weren’t the only battle-worn soldiers in the field. Veteran to rally raid, passionate enthusiast and former volunteer of this event, Willem Avenant #25 had recovered from a broken leg earlier this year and was eager to jump back in the saddle. Already competing in two other races prior to his arrival in Hermosillo, under the Freedom Rally Racing umbrella. All things were going as planned for the South African (who had invited his friend and countryman Yugandhar Prasad Jasti #26 to join in the fun) this week, when at SS4, he endured some mechanical issues relating to his clutch. With the FRR coming through and managing to bring him to the Starting line for the finale, Avenant was hopeful for a clean break, and unfortunately, that’s exactly what he received. Suffering a crash which ultimately broke his collarbone. An abrupt end to an amazing run, it was a bittersweet goodbye to beloved friends, course and competition. But there wasn’t a grumble or a word of complaint from him at the ceremony. Instead, he was enjoying the little time he had left with a community he cared for and set his focus on the future.

Two days of true Dakar-style dunes in a row, with two fairly different scenes at Timing & Scoring. Back in El Golfo, people staggered and limped through the bivouac – bruised and beaten but content. However, in the closed street just outside of the Araiza Hotel in San Luis Rio Colorado, vehicles pulled into the avenue and settled under the Polaris arch to shake Race Director Darren Skilton’s hand, receive a Finisher medal and sip a specially brewed Sonora Rally cerveza. And while bruises were still present among the group, they were eclipsed by huge bright smiles. Organizers credit their ability to satisfy all the participants’ needs and wants to the many partners involved, like Method Race Wheels, Polaris, Yokohama, Motul and Aventura Travel. But they point to the grassroots racers and resident pros who’ve inadvertently built this competition from the ground up as the key to their recent venture into the World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC) – an FIA/FIM sanctioned series kicking off with the Dakar. At Awards, Skilton was adamant to assure his guests that they are the core of the event. That he had no intention of squeezing them out in favor of the inevitable elite crowd attending this new round in the W2RC on April 22nd – 28th, 2023. And that the Sonora Rally would continue to incubate the budding rally raid community in North America to the best of their ability. And it was those individuals who stood atop each podium Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Huibregtse #18 traveled all the way from Indiana to Sonora for another time hoping only to finish the competition. And what he takes away from his second navigation race (ever) with a First Place Trophy in the Malle Moto class. An undertaking already challenging under normal circumstances. But to win a race in the most difficult class that exists in the roadbook world was an exceptional end to his journey. With limited supplies available to him, no mechanics at his aid, no team to cheer him on, Huibregtse was charged with conquering a Goliath and came out a hero. Positions Two and Three received $500 and $750, but Malle Moto sponsor Motul gifted Jordan with $1,000, further incentive to continue his path to greatness.

“I raced last year, and unfortunately, I blew my engine up on the last day. I was 50km from the end of the last stage, and the engine just locked up, dropping a valve. So, I was determined to come back and get a finish, get a good clean run in. I can’t be happier. This is as much as I could have hoped for. I was in a good spot to conserve my bike, conserve my body, today. Rode a safe race and brought it home, so really, really happy with the results. Something I’ll remember most are the dunes and just pushing through it. I struggle in the dunes, so to me, the beautiful scenery combined with how much suffering that scenery can put you through. But digging deep within yourself, and really finding that strength you need to keep going, keep pushing.” – Jordan Huibregtse #18, Privateer in Motos

Another well-deserved award was given to American Rally Original rider, David Pearson #3, whose free entry to Dakar will likely be a bit of financial relief to the team as a whole. And it was just in time, as the five men – Pearson, Kyle McCoy #8, Mo Hart #9 and two who weren’t present, Jim Pearson and Paul Neff – prepare to leave for Saudi Arabia at the end of December. Their effort isn’t for themselves alone. It’s to represent the US as they attempt to break startling records taking every bike across the last finish in January among the Originals by Motul (Malle Moto) category. A feat not yet achieved by even one American, let alone a band of them. As the last opportunity to train before packing up and shipping off to the Middle East, the guys put their all into the Sonora Rally, and it seems to have paid off.

“Darren does a phenomenal job at these races. He really puts a good organization together and it was awesome this year. We did two big dune days in Stage Four and Five. It was demanding. I’ve been pushing hard all year to get onto the Dakar ticket, and if all goes well, I won the Road to Dakar today. So that’s coming off 16 days of racing between the Qatar** Rally, the Baja Rally and Sonora, so I’m very appreciative. We have a hell of a team, the American Rally Originals; We’re all going to the Dakar. We’re going to break a record being some of the first Americans to ever finish in the Originals by Motul (Malle moto) class in the Dakar in its 45-year run. Let’s go ARO. A huge thanks to KLIM for all my gear, and Giant Loop and Seat Concepts; everybody just put all the and support in so we’re just super excited. My wife has been awesome. ” – David Pearson #3, American Rally Originals

Hard work is a necessary component of a roadbook rally, yes. But to finish strong, especially at your first event, takes talent. Did we mention that Kevin DeJongh #21 rode in on a borrowed 16-year-old Honda CRF450X at the behest of his buddy Skyler? Because this is crucial information considering he nabbed Second Seed behind his “Husky” friend. Comrade of the pair, Brendan Crow #35 also displayed his skills on-track rounding out the podium in Motos. They shared a common goal: to finish. And when it was all said and done, the duo also shared a similar outcome. One which they are interested in repeating in the Spring, no doubt.

“This was my first navigation rally. It was fun; it was long. I’m pretty tired. Just learned that I have a bit of motion sickness in the dunes, which was not ideal the last two days. But other than that, it was a lot of fun – something new and cool to do, and I hope I can do more in the future.” – Kevin DeJongh #21, Privateer in Motos

This win was more of an underdog story. A privateer native to Sonora who is up against a woman at the top of her game – and her sport. Daniel Gonzalez #55 is a figurehead at the Sonora Rally, volunteering and aiding the event since its inception several years ago. He’s always been involved and donated his time generously to help the organizers succeed to the best of their ability. And October 17th – 22nd, he stood up to the plate to bat for an outfield hit and landed a home run. With his partner Jorge Hernandez, the Polaris Mexico crew colored the course red, green and white after a grueling fight for disqualified entrant, Polaris Factory RZR’s Sara Price #51, and a more steadfast one for side-by-side #55. They don’t just bring this win home, they keep the trophy on Sonoran soil.

“We had made our plan just the night before Special Stage Four to run at a medium pace, drive safe and go Waypoint to Waypoint without losing time and ended up winning. So, at the hotel, we scanned our Polaris Turbo R from A to Z to make sure no harm was done and have it ready for Stage Five. After doing a full Inspection the RZR, everything was still in excellent shape, and the only change we did was put the larger tires back on, air them down – even using the same Gates G-Force Redline belt – then wished for a clean day. We did not know if it would be two or three UTVs in the field that next day. If something were to go wrong, we could still easily lose the rally. We decided to make a solid plan to not risk more than needed knowing more dunes were on the way to the finish line. The plan was to take our time, keep a safe pace and keep our eyes open because, this race being in the backyard of my hometown, I’ve seen it all when it comes to Dune Riding. In a blink of an eye, accidents happen. All we had to do was complete the Stage. We arrived at the start line and noticed only two of the three UTVs ready to go. Ours and our great new friends from Pennsylvania, Brock Harper and Steve Geist #52, Sarah Price was not able to get her car running again after the incident the day before.

Jorge, my Navigator said: ‘Daniel, this stage is like the Sunday drives you take all the time. We’ve got this. Then, he started singing “We Are the Champions” by Queen, followed by some rousing Banda music. It was such an amazing experience for both, but in my case, winning this event in my country, my state and, most importantly, my hometown of San Luis Rio Colorado left me speechless. We had so much support, including my good friend Poncho with whom I had started the Geek Racing Team. And a very special guest, my son Dany. He has learned so much about these machines from watching and helping me work on the machines at GR UTV Powersports, plus he has a talent all his own, which makes me proud to watch. Huge thanks to Darren and the team for creating this event. And to Polaris Mexico for giving us this opportunity in the first place!” – Daniel Gonzalez #55, Polaris Mexico

What can you say about an event that’s provided adventure, sport and access to the world of rally to North American communities in a way no one else ever has? For just shy of a decade, the Sonora Rally has served up a platter of killer routes, rally towers, and a gateway to the Dakar, among many (many) other things. As a race approaching the event horizon, it’s important for the event to maintain its soul. To give back what it gets and remember where it started. That is what Darren’s has set his sights on. Much like the racers who attend this intimate, he’s steely-eyed and focused on a very specific outcome. One which honors its past but welcomes a different sort of future. Possibly more refined. Definitely with more international recognition and respect. Soon to have a larger presence of the global circuit in Mexico, with rally aristocracy shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals.

“We appreciate all of the volunteers, the racers and all of our sponsors who have brought us to this point, through a long tiring week. I’m just excited for the future of North American rally raid and just looking forward to having new competitors and an international field come and share the joy that is Sonora to do something unique and special. So, I just wanted to thank everybody, really and just enjoy that this year the rally was great. It was well organized, everything was done on time, the roadbooks were good, and I think the competitors really enjoyed it. We’re getting started on the next one already.” – Darren Skilton, Sonora Rally Race Director

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event by participating, volunteering or even just watching as the Sonora Rally traversed the Mexican state just south of Arizona. It couldn’t be possible without people’s continual friendship. To learn more, visit: https://sonorarally.com/ Or, follow the fun on Instagram @sonorarally & @aventura.eventos.

KEY NOTES

Ø El Golfo to San Luis Rio Colorado; Liaison > 25 km & Special > 123 km

Ø San Luis Rio Colorado is a border town adjacent to San Luis, Arizona and Baja California to the west. It’s the fourth largest community in the state, despite being quite young (awarded city status in 1958) in comparison to other Sonoran cities all with roots dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The city is one of the gateways to the impressive Gran Desierto de Altar. It was also once an important inland port for steamers traveling the Colorado from the Gulf of California. But since the early 1900s, the Colorado has been completely or nearly completely drained for irrigation. The once-formidable Colorado is usually dry or a small stream.

Ø In the morning the Altar dunes were a bit moist and cold, giving riders (and drivers) a solid surface to circumnavigate for a while. This helped the group shorten the gap between them on-course. While Skyler Howes #1 maintained a solid distance away from the other strongest riders, they managed to stay on his tail – relatively – throughout the day. While the motos all made a great show of the final roadbook route, Howes still managed to put almost two hours behind himself and friend Kevin DeJongh #21 who nabbed a remarkable Second Overall placement in his very first rally raid.

Ø This iteration of the Sonora Rally hosted teams from all over North America and the world. Dedicated racers and enthusiasts willing to travel hundreds to thousands of miles just to reach the starting line in Hermosillo. UTV #52, Brock Harper and Steve Geist, brought their team all the way from Pennsylvania, and they weren’t the only representation from the eastern side of the United States. John Henson #11 ventured from Georgia with a friend he convinced to fall in love with rally. Jordan Huibregtse #18 made a trip to his second year at the rally from Indiana. And much of the Freedom Rally Racing team home bases out of Kansas. But the borders are broader than that.

Of course, the Canadians made a big showing – as they usually did before the pandemic – this year: Matthew Glade #13, Jordan Reed #14, Grant Cousar #16, Rick Hatswell #23, Etienne Gelinas #29, David Beggs, #32 and Anthony Bonello #36. But it goes a bit further. Friends from all over the world have a presence at the competition. Olof Sundstrom #22 jumped the pond from Sweden. Plenty of Mexican locals like Patrick Reyes Morrison #7, Daniel Gonzalez and Jorge Hernandez #55 made their presence known. And to round it out, the furthest traveled racers came all the way from South Africa: Willem Avenant #25 and Yugandhar Prasad Jasti #26. If nothing else, this displays the sincere international recognition which Sonora Rally is given, and graciously accepts.

Ø The big announcement this week has marked a milestone for Sonora Rally and the North American off-road racing community as a whole. But many in the US and Canada, and even Mexico, don’t quite understand the significance of this achievement. The World Rally-Raid Championship (officially abbreviated as W2RC) was created by the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) and co-sanctioned by the FIA (Federation Internationale de L’Autombile) and FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) to offer a global rally raid series culminating in international titles for the four-wheeled and two-wheeled categories. As of 2022, this series replaced both the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship as the top echelon of the sport of rally raid. The ASO will serve as series promoter for a period of five years, and they recently (as we all know) inducted two new events to their calendar: the Andalucía Rally in Spain and, of course, the Sonora Rally in Mexico.

QUOTES:

Anthony Bonello #36, REV’IT!: “Today was awesome. It felt longer than any other stage, even though I was still having tons of fun. But I kissed my roadbook here after the backside of a dune. Just a big camel grass hump and it was fresh sand just two feet left of the track…I wasn’t going fast, but I just got eaten and spat out. Thankfully, I was ok. Just a fat lip. A Little check-up – motivation to just finish. Don’t be silly. And so, we’re here! I realize now, finishing is not easy, so I’m just happy to be here. Amazing event with such good people from the top guys like Skyler who are super humble to the guys that are here just finishing, like Yuga and David Black, those guys, just so much determination and heart. Really, really cool. Very happy. I’m probably only going to have one chance to win anything in a rally, so I’ll take the Enduro class gladly before they (apparently) put me into the next category. If I make Top Ten with everybody, I’ll be really proud. [He took 9th.]”

Ace Nilson #5, Privateer in Motos: “Today was a good day. I tried to just be smooth, not make any navigation errors, try to avoid crashing, which I only did a couple times, so it was good. Overall, a great route. There were a few penalties which I wish I could reverse, but that’s okay. That’s what rally is all about. We overcame a lot of obstacles to get here and to finish and given the attrition rate this year, we’re really happy to be here at the finish. One step closer to Dakar 2023, which is our ultimate goal. So, we’ll keep training, continuing to get in better shape. We ship out in December, so there’s a little bit more fundraising to do between now and then to be ready to go. We have T-shirts available to help raise money, just hit me up on Instagram or Facebook, and I’d be happy to send you one.”

Brendan Crow, #55 Privateer in Motos: “I’m honestly surprised I made it here, and then to even finish Third is even better. I’m just happy with that. I really enjoyed it this week, it was a lot of fun. Honestly, I’m a little speechless. I’m just happy that I made it here all in one piece. Had a good ride today, pretty smooth, just tried to take it easy, not doing anything stupid and throw it away (or anything like that). I didn’t have any navigation issues – fell over once quickly but nothing major. After my crash on Thursday, I’ve been on a lot of Tylenol and Advil trying to make it through the day, and it worked out. Luckily, the dunes (as hard as they are) were relatively smooth, versus rough, so it was easy. I could sit down a lot. Take a lot of the stress off my arms, which was really helpful. I’d love to come race Sonora again and I’d love to do more rallies, but it’s not cheap, so if I can find some support, we’ll see what we can do! But I’d love to do more. Sonora is close to California, so I definitely think I’ll come back here.”

Patrick Reyes Morrison #7: We made it to the end, thanks to Sebastian [Olarte #28]. Unfortunately, he didn’t finish, but graciously lent me half of his bike…We put my front forks, navigation tower and made it to the end, so I’m very, very grateful. [Sebastian: And I’m grateful to [Patrick] because thanks to him, a little piece of me made it to the finish. So he made it for both of us.]

TOP FIVE STAGE RESULTS

MOTO PRO

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 1:47:30
  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 2:05:41
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (CAN), Privateer – 2:13:32
  4. #14 Jordan Reed (USA), Privateer – 2:19:20
  5. #6 Nathan Rafferty (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 2:23:09

MALLE MOTO

  1. #8 Kyle McCoy (AUS), American Rally Originals – 2:20:40
  2. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 2:21:14
  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 2:31:54
  4. #34 Brett Fox (USA), REV’IT! – 3:25:17
  5. #22 2 Olof Sundstrom (SWE), Privateer – 6:39:06

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 2:25:54
  2. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 2:52:00
  3. #17 Clayton Zimmerman (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 2:53:10
  4. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 2:55:50
  5. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 3:00:53

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 3:16:21
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 5:16:39

TOP FIVE GENERAL STANDINGS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 13:36:30
  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 15:17:33
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer – 15:57:03
  4. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 16:10:37
  5. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 16:47:15

MALLE MOTO

  1. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 16:10:37
  2. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 16:47:15
  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 17:33:24
  4. #34 Brett Fox (USA), REV’IT! – 23:46:51
  5. #12 Matthew Glade (CAN), Privateer – 25:02:01

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 17:34:29
  2. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 18:16:48
  3. #17 Clayton Zimmerman (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 19:41:32
  4. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 19:51:15
  5. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 20:08:11

UTV

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 19:05:46
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 29:37:18

ROAD TO DAKAR

  1. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals
  2. #5 Ace Nilson (USA), Privateer
  3. #9 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals
  4. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer
  5. #23 Rick Hatswell (CAN), Privateer

DISQUALIFICATIONS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #37 David E. Bihn (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS
  2. #29 Etienne Gelinas (CAN), Privateer, SS3 DNS
  3. #28 Sebastian Olarte (COL), Diespro, SS3 DNF
  4. #26 Yugandhar Prasad Jasti (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing, SS4 DNF
  5. #25 Willem Avenant (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing, SS5 DNF

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR, SS4 DNF

CARS NAT4

  1. #53 Luis Perocarpi (USA) and Clayton Williams (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS
  2. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer, SS4 DNF

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The Decider: It all comes down to this

Some, like Zarco, have already said they’ve made sure to keep risk under control. Some, like Martin, have said it’s not much to do with him, for which read, most probably, “I’ll make up my own mind”. Miller has already been a team and constructor hero, as well as a teammate pep talker to get Bagnaia feeling confident in the wet. Bastianini, meanwhile, remains staring at the camera with the hint of a smile and an eyebrow raised, leaving many wondering how the Italian will take on the decider.

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New Champions, new winners: JuniorGP™ makes history

The final round of the JuniorGP™ season welcomed two races, and Race 1 was superb. Polesitter Collin Veijer (AGR Team) hoped to convert his third pole of 2022, but he had plenty of company from the start. Jose Antonio Rueda (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0), David Alonso (Aspar Junior Team), Facundo Llambias (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0), David Salvador, and Harrison Voight (SIC 58) all chased the Dutchman in the early stages, whilst from the seventh row due to penalties, Filippo Farioli (Aspar Junior Team) and David Almansa came through the order into the lead group. However, in the closing stages, Llambias crashed out at Turn 2, only for Almansa to follow suit at the same corner a few laps later – Almansa highsiding but walking away. On the last lap, a four-way fight saw Salvador move from third to first with a bold move at the last corner. Alonso attempted the same but got it wrong, tagging Salvador before crashing out, costing Rueda crucial time. In a run to the line, Salvador held on for one of the closest finishes of all-time, pipping Veijer by 0.002s, with Farioli third.

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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4, V4 S, V4 SP2 | First Look Review

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 in Winter Test

Adding another notch to the company’s proverbial belt of 2023 bikes, Ducati announced the continued evolution of its “Fight Formula” with the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models, as well as an exclusive Streetfighter V4 SP2.

Unveiled in 2019 for the 2020 model year, the Streetfighter V4, with aggressive and minimalist aesthetic and characterized by a front inspired by the Joker from the comic series, was hailed as setting new performance benchmarks in the supersport naked segment.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

Ducati says the 2023 Streetfighter V4 models push the concepts of the “Fight Formula” even further, the key elements of which are the Panigale V4 stripped of its fairing, high and wide handlebars, a 392-lb dry weight, a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale making a claimed 208 hp at 13,000 rpm (with revised calibration to match the larger diameter of the silencer outlet), biplane wings, and the latest generation electronic package.

But the removal of the bodywork isn’t the only area where the new Streetfighter V4 aligns with the 2023 Panigale V4.

Related Story: 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R | First Look Review

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Electronics

The new Streetfighter implements the Power Modes logic already developed in the Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S with calibrations dedicated to the Desmosedici Stradale engine in the Streetfighter configuration. In addition to the previous High and Medium power modes, which have been revised for 2023, two new power modes have been developed: Full and Low.

For the High and Medium power modes, a new throttle-by-wire map management system has been developed with a dedicated calibration for each of the six gears for optimal acceleration. The new Full power mode allows the engine to have its full potential torque without electronic intervention, except in 1st gear, and the Low Power Mode has been designed for riding on low-grip surfaces, limiting the maximum power of the bike to 165 hp and offering a softer and more manageable throttle response.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also sees the introduction of the new “Wet” ride mode to make riding even safer on low-grip surfaces. The standard equipment is upgraded by a lithium-ion battery for the S and the SP2 version (which is 3.7 lb lighter than the previous one and already equipped on the Streetfighter V4 SP).

The dashboard of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 also follows the evolution followed by the Panigale V4. The graphics are revised in all views, which Ducati says makes the information more straightforward and allows the rider to make calibration adjustments easier.

As on the Panigale V4, the gear indicator is displayed via an external green LED signal. The dashboard offers the “Track Evo” display mode, which replicates the layout used on the MotoGP Desmosedici and provides an immediate view of the most important information and the intervention of the electronic controls.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also features the new Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software, which is said to improves stability, precision, and directionality in the braking and corner entry phases. This software features a different gear-by-gear calibration on each of the three selectable levels. The new strategy was developed to optimize the amount of the engine brake based on the load on the rear end. In the first braking phase, when there is little load on the rear tire, the EBC EVO 2 provides less engine brake, increasing braking as the rider approaches the center of the corner. This upgrade provides additional control using the engine braking in all riding conditions and reduces locking up of the rear wheel in the most demanding braking sections.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also implements a new strategy for the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) that improves the fluidity of shifting at every throttle opening, having dedicated strategies with the two situations for when the throttle is partially or fully open.

In partial throttle shifting, the strategy acts both through an injection cut and a reduction of ignition advance, making shifting smoother on roads. In full throttle shifting, typical of track use, the DQS strategy is refined with an evolution of the torque return phase that reportedly gives more stability to the bike and more consistency, therefore reducing lap times.

Finally, the cooling fan control strategy sees an update that now offers better operating temperature management and greater thermal comfort for the rider at typical road use speeds.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Chassis and Ergonomics

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in Grey/Nero

On the new Streetfighter V4, the chassis also follows the evolution of the Panigale V4 family to offer enthusiasts stability improvements, front-end feeling, and riding safety. The chassis includes a Front Frame and a single-sided swingarm, both in aluminum, with an NIX30 inverted 43mm fork and mechanically adjustable TTX36 shock absorber.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4

The Streetfighter V4 S semi-active Öhlins suspension also features SmartEC 2.0 interface for versatility and improved effectiveness and set-up time. In addition, the V4 S version features Marchesini forged aluminum wheels that reduce unsprung weight versus the standard V4 model.

As on the Panigale V4, the swingarm pivot of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 is positioned 0.16 inch (4mm) higher, increasing the anti-squat action for greater stability, precision, and the ability to maintain the trajectory in all acceleration situations.

The weight distribution also moves toward the front, loading it more and thus increasing accuracy and speed in corner entry. Finally, the ergonomics benefit from the new layout of the fuel tank, which is the same shape of the 2022 Panigale V4 and offers greater support to the rider during braking and cornering. The wet weight of the 2022 Streetfighter V4 S stands at 435.4 lb (197.5 kg).

The new “Front Frame” and the Desmosedici Stradale are left uncovered as much as possible, with minimal bodywork and streamlined lines for what Ducati says is a “clean, essential combination.”

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in Ducati Red

The Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models will be available in the U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in spring 2023. The U.S. pricing for the Streetfighter V4 will start at $22,095 for the Streetfighter V4 in Ducati Red color, with the Streetfighter V4 S starting at $27,595 in Ducati Red and $27,795 for the new Grey/Nero color.

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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

To push the performance of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 even further, Ducati is also presenting its top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP2 model in a numbered version that’s ready to hit the track.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 in Winter Test

On the Streetfighter V4 SP2, the Desmosedici Stradale is equipped with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which Ducati says provides an improved slipper function, even in the most aggressive situations, and more fluidity in all “off-throttle” phases, essential to be effective on the track when riding at the limit.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Öhlins suspension has seen an update with springs and hydraulics identical to those of the Panigale V4. The bike features a carbon front fender and adjustable, machined aluminum foot-pegs that increase the lean angle and allow the rider to find the optimal position while riding, as well as a carbon clutch cover and block-off covers for removing the license plate holder and mirrors for strictly closed-course circuit riding.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Streetfighter V4 SP2 is equipped with five-split-spoke carbon rims, 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) lighter than the forged aluminum ones mounted on the Streetfighter V4 S, which contributes to a reduction in the moment of inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, impacting the feel of the bike when changing direction. The Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers give high braking power and consistent performance even in the case of extended use on the track.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

The Streetfighter V4 SP2 will also be available in spring 2023 in the Winter Test livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati taking inspiration from the Ducati Corse bikes used during the preseason tests of the MotoGP and WorldSBK Championships. The matte black of the bodywork, combined with the matte carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasts with the bright red accents and exposed brushed aluminum tank and side covers of the radiators. The progressive number of the bike is lasered on the handlebar. The 2023 Streetfighter V4 SP2 starts at $37,995.

More information available at the Ducati website.

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Dave Scott | Ep. 48 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Ep48 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast Dave Scott

Our guest on Episode 48 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is Dave Scott, who made a solo journey on the TransAmerica Trail. This is Part 2 of a three-part interview. We spoke to Scott in Episode 46, where he told us about the logistical challenges of just starting the TAT – dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, having his KTM shipped from Louisiana to North Carolina, and riding his luggage-laden KTM through a hurricane and on wet, mud-slick trails. In Episode 46, Scott had gotten as far as the Mississippi River. In this episode, we pick up where we left off, and Scott shares his adventures in the Ozarks, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountains, where he faced his biggest challenge of the trip. This is another freewheeling, uncensored conversation full of humor, tangents, side stories, and insightful observations about what it’s like to ride solo across America on a dirtbike. Stay tuned for Part 3, where we hope Scott will finish telling us his epic tale of adventure! And look for Scott’s story in the adventure-themed November 2022 issue of Rider.

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New Gear: TCX Infinity 3 Adventure Boots, Mid or Tall

TCX Infinity 3 boots
TCX Infinity 3 boots. On the left is the mid in Black/Green. On the right is the tall in Black.

Offering both a tall and mid model, the Infinity 3 adventure touring boot from TCX is made from a mix of microfiber, split leather, and engineered fabric. The mid model features a T-DRY waterproof membrane for protection against atmospheric agents, while the tall model has a GORE-TEX Performance waterproof membrane.

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The Groundtrax rubber outsole optimizes performance in all conditions, and the OrthoLite insole provides long-lasting cushioning and breathability. A dial fastening system adjusts the tension of the external lace, and an adjustable front band completes the perfect fit. Both models have a breathable and waterproof lining, ergonomic shin plates, and reinforcements for the toe, gear area, heel, and ankle.

The Infinity 3 boot mid model comes in Black or Black/Green for $329.99. The tall model is only available in Black for $419.99.

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2023 BMW R 1250 R | First Look Review

2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Style Sport variant colorway
2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Style Sport variant colorway

Building on the success of BMW’s naked boxer roadster history, which started with the 1923 494cc boxer-Twin powered R 32, BMW Motorrad is introducing the updated 2023 BMW R 1250 R roadster.

While many things remain the same, including the 1,254cc 2-cylinder air/liquid-cooled boxer engine with ShiftCam technology delivering a claimed 136 hp and 105 ft-lbs of torque, BMW has made several upgrades to the 2023 model – and all for the same $14,995 MSRP as the 2022 model.

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Several features that were previously options are now standard, including Dynamic Traction Control, ABS Pro (part integral), and Dynamic Brake Control. And joining the previous Road and Rain ride modes for 2023 is the “Eco” mode.

2023 BMW R 1250 R

In Eco mode, the rider is encouraged to ride as fuel-efficiently as possible, with a soft throttle curve and moderate engine torque limitation. As part of these efforts, the TFT color display provides an efficiency display. However, if a rider wants maximum performance – for example, for overtaking or riding uphill – the ride mode button will switch to a different mode quickly and easily.

Other new features of the 2023 BMW R 1250 R include LED turn indicators, a solo seat rear cover, and new Option 719 spoke wheels (optional).

2023 BMW R 1250 R
2023 BMW R 1250 R with new solo seat rear cover
2023 BMW R 1250 R
2023 BMW R 1250 R with Comfort passenger seat

The 2023 model still features the full LED headlamp but now offers an optional adaptive turning light, which provides better illumination into turns thereby ensuring safer riding at night. The adaptive turning light works by switching on additional LED elements in the main headlight that are fitted with their own reflectors, depending on the lean angle. It is activated from an inclined position of 7 degrees to 25 degrees and a speed of more than 6 mph. New standard features also include redesigned LED Comfort turn.

2023 BMW R 1250 R

Consistent with 2022, a slip/assist clutch, Hill Start Control, BMW Motorrad Paralever front suspension with an inverted 45mm fork, and rear spring/shock with preload and rebound adjustment and travel-dependent damping (WAD) are all still standard.

The optional Premium Package includes Keyless Ride, a Design Option rear muffler, a chrome-plated exhaust manifold, heated grips, TPM Tire Pressure Monitor, and cruise control. There are multiple Option 719 Billet Packs available, as well as numerous individual options.

2023 BMW R 1250 R

The 2023 BMW R 1250 R starts at $14,995. In standard trim, the R 1250 R is finished in Ice Grey non-metallic in conjunction with a black frame. With the optional Triple Black and Style Sport variants, the owner can choose from two expressive color combinations.

2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Ice Grey non-metallic standard colorway
2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Ice Grey non-metallic standard colorway

The Style Sport variant (see story’s lead photo) features a body color in Racing Blue Metallic, white frame, gold front/rear brake calipers, black sports handlebars, blue front spoiler, and solo seat rear cover or passenger seat.

The Triple Black variant has a Black Storm Metallic body color, Agate Grey frame, gold front/rear brake calipers, stainless steel radiator grille, stainless steel engine spoiler, Pure tank trim, and solo seat rear cover or passenger seat.

2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Triple Black variant colorway
2023 BMW R 1250 R in the Triple Black variant colorway

More information is available on the BMW Motorcycles website.

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Vote for 2022’s best overtake!

There will be four nominations for the Agostini Award, and the overtakes are nominated from the past calendar year, not just the season. In 2022, that means overtakes from the 2021 Valencia GP to the 2022 Malaysian GP have been considered, and fans will soon be able to vote for their favourite on social media.

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What to look forward to at the Valencia Test

Circuit Ricardo Tormo plays host to Round 20 of the 2022 Championship, and it’s set to be a spectacular finale to the current campaign. However, teams and riders won’t have much time to draw breath as on Tuesday, November 8th, preparations for 2023 begin with the Official Valencia Test.

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