The term ‘hyper naked’ hasn’t been around for that long. Just a couple of years ago, the good old standard naked motorcycle was little more and then a sportbike stripped of its fairings, and fitted with upright handlebars. These days, however, naked bikes are more than just that. Today’s crop of high-performance naked motorcycles have been built and designed from the ground up to deliver at most performance in a street oriented package.
Today, we are going to take a closer look at two of the most powerful naked motorcycles currently on offer in the market. Both these bikes have Italy as their country of origin, and both of these bikes sit at the bleeding edge of performance and technology. That being said, let’s see which bike between the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR and the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S is the better option.
As far as performance goes, both these bikes are equipped with four cylinder engines, and produce whopping amounts of power. However, the way they do it is rather different. Let’s start with the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR. This bike makes use of a standard 998cc inline-four engine. Just like the motors we find in Japanese superbikes, the Brutale 1000 RR makes an amazingly intoxicating exhaust note which conjures up images of adrenaline-pumping racing. With 208 horsepower on tap, the Brutale 1000 RR is by no means a beginner-friendly motorcycle, and is sure to deliver more performance than most riders can handle on the street.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S, on the other hand, is derived from Ducati’s flagship superbike, the Panigale V4. It incorporates the same 1,103cc V4 engine which has been tuned for better street riding. It still churns out a whopping 208 horsepower, putting the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR right in the center of its crosshairs. It offers just a little bit more punch at the lower reaches of the rev range, thanks to the torquey nature of its V4 engine.
When it comes to features, there’s no denying that both these bikes sit on the bleeding edge of technology. Before we dive into these two bikes’ advanced electronics, let’s first take a look at their suspension and braking hardware. For starters, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR gets a pair of radially mounted disc brakes upfront. Supplied by none other than Brembo, this bike’s brakes are some of the sharpest in the market. It comes equipped with cornering ABS which makes use of a sophisticated six-axis IMU, which also controls a whole host of other features. Suspension duties are handled by high-end Öhlins dampers with complete adjustability, making for a razor-sharp corner-carving machine.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S boasts similar hardware, too. It gets an Öhlins NIX-30 front fork that features full adjustability, and an Öhlins TTX36 rear mono-shock which can also be tuned to perfection. Braking hardware consists of Brembo-supplied front and rear disc brakes, equipped with multiple cornering ABS modes, also via a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU). Just like the Brutale 1000 RR, the Streetfighter V4 S gets a whole host of sophisticated features such as wheelie control, traction control, and launch control—all of which accessible via a switchgear that controls the bike’s full-color TFT display.
In terms of price, both these bikes command quite a premium, and are by no means budget-oriented offerings. However, when it comes to mere value for money, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S is more affordable at P1,605,000, for the top of the line Stealth Black colorway. It is, however, important to note that folks looking to add a motorcycle of this caliber to their collections aren’t merely after value for money. Having said that, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR’s P2,000,000 price tag, definitely comes with a sense of exclusivity the Ducati can’t compete with, especially given how radically styled and immediately captivating the Brutale 1000 RR simply is.