DUCATI IS soon to unleash a V4 superbike that will aim to supersede its legendary V-twins and draw upon the mystique of the Desmosedici GP weapon.
And while it’s got a mountain to climb to overcome the attachment that Ducati fans feel to the firm’s two-cylinder heritage, the bike is without doubt going to be one of the most desirable new models we’ve seen in years.
But the V4 configuration has a history of desirability. Here’s a countdown of the 10 most wanted V4 machines (according to us), starting with.
10. Yamaha RZV500R
Yes, V4 layout has long been connected to two-strokes and the Yamaha RZV500R is arguably the holy grail of the 1980s GP-replica fad. Based around the engine from the RD500, the Japan-only RZV500R bolted it to an aluminium frame rather than the steel one we got over here, and added improved suspension to the mix, too. The engine was under-par at 64hp, but there was much more waiting to be unleashed with some judicious tweaking.