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Sport Production Ducati Street Fighter In The Works

If there’s one thing Ducati is good at, it’s putting a big price tag on a pretty engine – and they’ve started work on a new SP model.

According to a report from MCN, a set of American Emissions Documents has given away the fact that Ducati is in the works of making an SP version of their popular Streetfighter V4 S

a side view of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S, in anticipation of a new SP model
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

While this may not come as a complete surprise, the exact details on what is getting updated have yet to be released. 

Despite this, we can still compare the information we have been given against the other SP Ducati models to guesstimate updates that will be installed under the proverbial hood. 

A side view of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in Black Stealth
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S in black livery

We’ve been told the power and range of the hyper naked will be the same, which means the shiny bits of new technology that inevitably follow every Ducati release will be the buggers contributing to the steep price tag. 

Suppose the updates are anything like the Panigale V4 SP model that Ducati released.

a front-side view of the Ducati Panigale V4 SP
The Ducati Panigale V4 SP

In that case, we’ll be getting a very lovely set of Stylema R calipers, an MCS master cylinder, carbon fiber wheels, and probably something like a dry clutch conversion to keep the traditional Ducati rumble and roar. 

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There’s also a couple of zero’s to chew on if we’re comparing the Panigale V4 S to the price tag of the V4 SP model. The Panigale V4 SP costs £32,295 in the UK – that’s a stiff £7000 more than the original V4 S model. 

a back-side view of the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

Expect the Streetfighter V4 SP to have a similar rise in price and for the release of the bike to hit later this year, given the EICMA tradeshow (the probable location of the new Streetfighter V4 SP reveal) has purportedly been delayed until November due to ongoing restrictions.
We’ll keep you posted, so make sure to check back regularly!

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Ducati honours Aussie Troy Bayliss

Ducati has honoured Australia’s three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss with a special Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary model.

The limited-edition serial-numbered bike will be available in Australia and New Zealand from January 2022 with an Australian ride away price of $27,489.

It comes in a special livery that celebrates the Ducati 996 R of Troy’s first World Superbike title in 2001 with his race number 21.

Troy Bayliss - Australia Day announces comeback
Troy Bayliss

He also won in 2006 and 2008 and his 52 World Superbike victories rank third in the history of the championship behind Brits Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty.

Troy also raced in the MotoGP, winning the 2006 Spanish GP.

The special Panigale V2 is more than just a special paint job, though.

Justifying the $4500 premium over the standard V2, the bike is equipped with Öhlins The NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber and is 3kg lighter thanks to a lithium-ion battery and solo seat.

It also comes wth sport grips, carbon fibre and titanium muffler cover, self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps, smoke grey oil tanks and Troy’s #21 on the saddle and fairings.

The above video was filmed at the Ducati Museum, on the track and at the Bayliss home in Australia.

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Ducati Boasts Double Podiums At Laguna Seca

​​This weekend saw the breaking of a couple of records at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca by none other than Loris Baz, who broke the record for the weekend’s fastest lap  – his best this season. 

Baz also did his team proud, challenging Yamaha’s Jake Gagne for the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati.

Loris Baz on his Ducati machine

“It’s been a great weekend; the best we’ve had so far,” Baz says. “We’ve had no real issues all weekend; besides the small fumble on Friday, we’ve been strong all weekend. I think since Road America, race one, we finally found a bass setup that I like on the bike, so I’m riding better and better.”

“I’ve really enjoyed riding the V4 R at Laguna Seca. I was able to put pressure on Jake during race one and race two. We put on a great show in front of the many fans around the track. Considering how new this project is, we are getting better and better, so I look forward to the future.”

The results won Baz two second-place podiums, punting him into fifth place. 

Toni Elias isn’t far behind either. His battle at the Panera Bread Ducati boosted him from 8th to 7th as he subbed in for Kyle Wyman, who broke his left arm at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on June 13.

Wyman plans on focusing his efforts on winning the Mission King Of The Baggers Championship (if you’re interested in baggers on a racetrack, check out the interview we did on Patricia Fernandez).

Toni Elias shaking hands

“I am really happy to come here and have the opportunity to ride Kyle’s bike,” says Elias. “I felt what it was like to be racing again, feeling the pressure, the nervousness, and battling all the way up until the last corner. It’s been amazing. We worked on improving every session to get better and better. We suffered with traction, and that’s what made me suffer a little, but in general, we made good steps forward.”

“I felt super great with Kyle’s team – a lot of good people. They were very open and listened to my opinion, which can be difficult when coming into a new team. Overall, it was a good experience, and now I have more information on the Ducati, so I look forward to the future to hopefully continue riding for the brand.”

Jake Gagne ahead of Loris Baz at Laguna Seca

Here are the official specs of the weekend’s results:
2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Standing – Top 5

P1 – Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 225

P2 – Mathew Scholtz (Yamaha) 160

P3 – Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 145

P4 – Cameron Petersen (Suzuki) 137

P5 – Loris Baz (Ducati) 122

P10 – Kyle Wyman (Ducati) 49

Best of luck to these young men in the continuation of the season.

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Updated Ducati Supersport 950 arrives in Down Under

The 2021 SuperSport 950 has arrived in Australia and New Zealand with new fairings and higher electronic tech, while prices have also increased.

The SuperSport 950 features redesigned fairings, developed by the Ducati DesignCentre, giving the bike a strong resemblance to the Panigale V4. 

Retail ride away price in starts at $19,390 ($20,229 in New Zealand), up from $18,000 while the SuperSport S starts at $20,229 compared with $20,250 last year.

The S model is equipped with fully adjustable Öhlins suspension and a passenger seat cowl.

Both are still powered by the 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder engine which has been revised to comply with Euro 5 standard. 

The bike also comes with electronic controls that use Bosch’s 6-axis inertial platform to detect the bike’s roll, yaw, and pitch angles in space. 

a rider enjoying a wet day on a motorcycle tour by Wild Triumph

The electronics package consists of:

  • Bosch Cornering ABS;
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO;
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up /Down EVO and;
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO which is a new feature.

All features are adjustable via the menu of the new 4.3” full-TFT display with graphics and interface.
The SuperSport 950 comes with three Riding Modes, called Sport, Touring and Urban – allowing the user to choose between different pre-set modes of the engine parameters and electronic controls to adapt the character of the bike to the rider’s style and environmental conditions.


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Recall: 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4

Ducati Australia has recalled all 2021 Multistrada V4 models over valve issues in the V4 engine which has now been at the centre of six recalls since its launch in 2018.

The latest recall, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the engine’s valve guides “may experience excessive, premature wear, and become damaged over time”.

“If the engine valve guide becomes damaged, the expected acceleration and responsiveness from the engine may be suddenly reduced, and the vehicle’s ability to accelerate or manoeuvre may not meet the rider’s expectations,” the notice says.

“This could increase the risk of an accident and injury to the rider, passenger or bystanders.”

Ducati Superleggera V4
Ducati V4 engine

Owners will be notified by Ducati and Authorised Ducati Dealers to have an appointment arranged to replace the complete engine unit, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact an authorised Ducati dealer or email [email protected]

This recall affects only 11 bikes with the following Vehicle Idnetification Numbers:


This is the third recall for Ducati this year following recalls for their XDiavel, XDiavel S and Scrambler 1100 models for issues with side stands and electrics.


blueprint 3D view of contactless electric motor owned by Mahle

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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Two custom kits for Ducati Monster

Ducati Australia has announced pricing for two customisation kits that make personalising a Monster even easier.

The Monster has always been a customisation favourite for owners using either factory accessories or aftermarket accessories from various manufacturers plus custom paint jobs.

Now Ducati has made it easier to personalise the naked bike using their extensive catalogue of factory accessories with an online configurator. 

It allows you to preview what your bike will look like before you commit to buying the accessories.

Many motorcycle manufactures now use these convenient online configurators; a feature you can’t get that from aftermarket accessories providers.

Ducati’s Monster configurator goes even further, including Ducati-approved accessories from premium Italian company Rizoma.

Ducati Monster
Rizoma accessories

Their billet aluminium accessories include handlebar balancing weights, footpegs, brake fluid and clutch fluid reservoirs.

The configurator will also let you see what the two new accessories kits and two decal sets will look like.

The Pixel kit costs $A1132.56 and consists of a tank cover, seat side panels, seat cover, headlight fairing and front mudguard.

worker holding up examples of patented solid-state batteries
Ducati Monster
Pixel kit

As the name suggests, the $A762.30 GP kit gives it a more race or Ducati Corse look with a special tank cover and seat side panels.

Ducati Monster
GP kit

Both kits are available for all three colours of the Monster and Monster Plus: Ducati Red, Dark Stealth and Aviator Grey. 

These are complemented by two sticker kits, Corse and Logo, also available for all colours of the bike.

The new Monster and Ducati Performance accessories can now be ordered from all Ducati dealerships.

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Ducati Hosting Photo Contest: Winner Will Get a Free Ducati

Ducati just announced its latest plans to engage with the Snapchat and TikTok generations by hosting a photo contest. The contest winner will receive a brand new Ducati Monster (sans trellis frame) and submissions will be accepted until July 10, 2021. 

Though I’m not a Ducati owner myself, I still felt personally attacked when Ducati announced the retirement of the iconic trellis frame found on the Monster. Change happens, and my inner ‘boomer’ will survive – but admit it, the trellis frame on the Ducati Monster was badass. 

Back to the meat and potatoes. 

Ducati fans can utilize augmented reality technology to create photos by dropping the 2021 Ducati Monster into their pictures. 

Per Ducati’s website, the photos will be judged on the following: 

Photo quality

Creativity, originality of the context

Visibility of the bike

Veracity of the photo (how real the photo looks)

Ola Electric Headquarters with Wayne Burgess

Judging by my photo below, the only thing I’m winning is a free one-night stay on the couch after I send my better half this photo to show off my “new bike”. Realistically, who needs a coffee table? A Ducati Monster looks so much better and I’m sure any rational interior designer would agree.

Monster Italian Virtual Tour

Seriously though, it took me all of 60-seconds to fill out the form on Ducati’s website, get the email, then take a photo after choosing which Monster livery I wanted. Once you’ve taken your photo, simply upload it to your public Instagram profile and use the hashtag #MonsterVirtualTour and tag @Ducati in the photo description. 

I have neglected to mention one small detail, the contest is only open to Italian residents – thus being called the Monster Italian Virtual Tour. We hope that Ducati will follow suit in other countries to generate more buzz surrounding their 2021 model lineup

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Ducati recalls XDiavel and Scrambler 1100

Ducati Australia has issued two separate recall notices this week for their XDiavel, XDiavel S and Scrambler 1100 models for issues with side stands and electrics.

In the first notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, X Diavel and XDiavel S models made from 2016 to 2018, the side stand mounting bracket may become damaged.

“The side stand may fail when the motorcycle is parked,” the notice says.

“If this occurs, the motorcycle may fall over, which could increase the risk of injury to the rider and passenger, or bystanders.”

That’s not good for a motorcycle costing more than $30,000.

Some 182 Scrambler 1100 models sold from April 2018 to January 2021, have an issue with the exhaust cable coming into contact with the battery positive cable, according to the official ACCC notice.

“If the two cables make contact with each other, there will be an electrical short causing a potential fire risk, increasing the risk of an accident and injury to the rider, passenger and/or bystanders,” it says.

“In the event of a serious accident, this may result in death.”

Owners of the above models will be notified in writing to contact their closest Ducati dealer or service agent and arrange an appointment for the respective cables to be rearranged, free of charge.

For further information, consumers can contact an authorised Ducati dealer or email [email protected]

Motorcycle paramedics


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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Australia confirmed for limited edition Scrambler

Ducati Australia has confirmed we will get some of the 800 limited-edition and numbered edition Desert Sled Fasthouse model.

The motorcycle was created to celebrate the collaboration between Ducati Scrambler and the American clothing brand Fasthouse, which in 2020 took the rider Jordan Graham to victory in the Hooligan class of the Mint 400, the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America.

Despite the American connection, Ducati Australia confirms the Desert Sled Fasthouse will be available here in August and have a ride away price of $A20,290.

That’s $1000 more than the current white model, but it does look more racey and has a couple of extra features.

They include a non-slip coating on the seat and off-road inspired foot pegs with removable rubber pads.

The black spoked wheels measuring 19” at the front and 17” at the rear are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in sizes 120/70 R 19 M/C 60V M+S TL front and 170/60 R 17 M/C 72V M+S TL rear. 

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The collaboration with Fasthouse on this bike also includes the launch of a capsule collection of apparel consisting of short and long-sleeved t-shirts, jackets and caps.

They will be available from the end of April on Fasthouse’s sales channels, in Ducati network dealers and on the Ducati Online Shop.

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Recall: 2016-2018 Ducati XDiavel Side Stand Issue

There has officially been a recall announcement made by Ducati North America on two of the XDiavel trim levels because of a side stand related issue.

According to the NHTSA, only two percent of the 1,601 bikes involved in the recall should be impacted by this issue. The target models of this recall are the 2016-2018 Ducati XDiavel S and STD models.

Ducati specified that the side stand bracket could become deformed over time due to repeated use of holding the XDiavel up. Once the bracket deforms, the bike will sit on a much steeper angle when parked and in extreme circumstances, the bracket can break causing the motorcycle to fall to the ground. If the 500+lb bike were to fall, it could cause injury to anyone on or around the motorcycle. 

2018 Ducati XDiavel

The Italian-based company does not specify the actual cause for the potentially faulty bracket. It could be a design issue or it could be a quality issue, but I doubt Ducati wants to broadcast that information in either case. As of right now, there have been no injuries reported but Ducati has received multiple reports of downed XDiavels due to the side stand bracket. 

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XDiavel owners will be receiving a notice in the mail welcoming them to have the side stand bracket replaced with a stronger one, free of charge. The official recall will begin on March 15, 2021, where XDiavel owners can reference safety recall number SRV-RCL-21-001. 

Owners who have already had the issue addressed or have incurred damages are eligible for a refund. Ducati owners who have questions, comments, or concerns are urged to contact Ducati customer service by calling 1-888-391-5446 (have your VIN on hand). As always, the NHTSA’s Safety Hotline service is available by calling 1-888-327-4236 or check www.safercar.gov for more information.

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