Aprilia RST Futura vs. Ducati ST4 —

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Ducati ST4 S

Two Italian Hearts in the Heart of Country

Somewherein, California, 4 2001

Once again, we try to one of life’s greatest questions: Can we everything we want? And, as if not a large enough feat, can we get it all in one package, please? Oh, and while being picky, make it’s Italian, too.

Jeeves. As Russell Baker opined, people seem to things more when know a lot of other people been left out of the pleasure. And so it with sport-touring bikes.

A one can do everything well, crossing lines with ease or your buddy on his race up and down your favorite

He’ll just look at then the bike, and scratch his wondering how any one bike can do both so competently. As is usually the case all-’rounders though, good become okay things, room for bad things to also okay things.

What ends up happening is that a tries to sell a bike doesn’t handle like a bike, and won’t travel a touring bike. It’s slower, wider, uglier and plain not as much fun as the bikes it from. But, hey, you do a little bit of everything on them if you worked at it.

In the great sport-touring pantheon of that are supposed to do all things well, it’s no surprise so few bikes manage this in anything that vaguely a competent manner. But either one of the two bikes we have here are as to hitting the bulls-eye as anything produced.

When Ducati it’s ST2 sport-tourer to the world in 1998, it replaced the company’s aging Paso as the do-it-all in their range. Then, a year later, the Italian released the ST4 which upped the and power output of their new Other than a larger tire and some other differences, the ST4 and ST2 would be sold side of each other, by a $2,000 price gap and about 22

The larger of the two Ducati sport-tourers the other twin-cylinder machines it was to against, and has pretty much onto this superiority for the few years.

Some time year, however, Aprilia us a drawing of its newly proposed There was also some that leaked out, at the bike’s supposed superiority anything ever built for the market. And though it would be months before we got our first of the new RST Futura, as it was to be called, we knew would have a serious on its hands when this arrived on our shores.

After spending a good of time on the Ducati last we grew rather fond of the It seemed to have everything a sport-tourer needed without of the bolt-on silliness that these types of bikes from their sporting The Ducati is, after all, by something very closely a 996 motor.

Why dilute that and it down?

For starters, both are aimed at offering the rider without giving away too of their ability to do the turn and on weekends once you pop the bags

Similarly, when we first got the to test out Aprilia’s Futura a few ago, we were impressed by how the bike worked in all things making just enough for comfort and the ability to put more behind you in a day than the motor has centimeters. This motor, by the by, has to the company’s Mille, the same that goes up against the 996 in the Superbike wars every Despite the seemingly parallel of the design philosophies inherent in of these two bikes, the outcomes are different when you get to know bike’s intricacies.

Then again, why would you pop the off on either of these two bikes? can both hold enough for a string of overnight rides and are enough to contain most They also weigh little and only minority each bike’s overall Still, the bagged edge to the Aprilia for its integrated looks and larger volume, while the tend to be easier to pop on and off.

systems feature the same entry system that a key to either open or remove bag. Maybe somebody in needs to ring up somebody in as BMW still has the best working in the business, even if the bikes affixed to fall behind two when sport-touring leans to the former than the latter.

along the highway, getting the to enjoy each bike’s side-by-side, a funny thing The Ducati’s motor felt polished and noticeably smoother the Aprilia, especially under When droning along at throttle, the motors on both felt very similar. was only the familiar V-twin coming through, and it was never

The Ducati’s rider felt the in the buttocks and foot pegs while the Futura pilot most pulses through the with only a little bit into the pegs. Again, little vibes on either and to say one had more or less could be discerned when ridden then back-to-back once just to confirm things.

protection on both bikes is good, with the edge to the Aprilia.

Under acceleration, it is a different story all together. we got the first signs of just how the Ducati’s motor is and how smooth flat) the Futura’s motor is. is surprising when taking account the fact that the RST to pump out 2.2 more horses and 6.1 foot-pounds of torque at peak RPM the Ducati, thanks to a displacement of some 61 cubic centimeters.

making power, the Ducati about its business with a reminder of its racing roots. In comparison to the Futura, it’s lively, offering up a nice towards the upper end of the powerband, a V-twin VFR800. Vibes are in the same places they up while just droning coming through only a bit intensely, though never us.

Conversely, the Futura’s motor rather bus-like. The 997 cc motor may out more power and move the along at a faster clip the Ducati’s mill is able to (comparing claimed dry weights on bikes shows only one pound residing with the but the way power is made is seamless and

There’s never any surge or in power, and the motor tends to more than the Ducati’s the throttles are whacked open. is especially felt through the and is most likely due to the larger as well as the more rigid frame. Its taller, squared-off end keeps a rider’s entire in still air, providing a for even our tallest testers who creeping up on six and a half feet.

So the ST4 does a good job, the manages to take things a further. Also found on the exercise that is the Futura’s end is the best headlight we’ve tested.

At night, climbing up out of the valley in heading into the hills of National Park, Minime the climb in the lead on the ST4. a handful of miles, he pulled and swapped the Ducati for the Aprilia, that he was getting more from the Futura that was him than from the ST4 he was actually

When daylight dawned the morning, our first stint of the day was a ribbon of asphalt heading up 49, out of Mariposa (our previous beverage and lodging stop) the town of Sonora. This section of the day was about as clear, and tight as things would be all We knew this, and proceeded with throttles open than these bikes are to see under normal operating

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