Ducati ST3 2004/5

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Okay, I’ll admit it I’m biased.

You see I used to a Ducati ST2 that I bought four years ago to take and my daughter touring around and Spain. I used it for a couple of until my daughter passed her test, then decided going on holiday with the wasn’t cool anymore, and I needed the space in the garage. But I was to see it go because it was utterly reliable and for press-on traveling with it was hard to beat.

Alright, the was a bit asthmatic over 7,500 the headlights weren’t the greatest on the and at low revs the vibes almost had the jumping out of the cockpit. But it was supremely handled well around the bits and pulled like a even when loaded up the veritable kitchen sink.

in 1997 . the idea of going on any Ducati was thought by many to be an act of lunacy. The words Ducati and were not often found in the sentence and even devotee of the Italian marque seldom far from home on their Having a mate following was considered essential to collect parts, and you never knew you might need a lift

Breakdown cover was a mandatory of ownership.

So when Ducati the ST2 under the label Sport many people thought the had finally cracked or maybe a sadistic sense of humour. But the worked, and it gave Honda and its VFR a bit of a call. Over the next few it spawned both the ST4 and ST4S bigger and more powerful until at the end of 2003 it got a complete and a new 3-valve engine, and metamorphosed the ST3.

The most striking thing the new ST3 is the front fairing which is sharper and angular than the old but still houses separate headlamps for main and dip beam are much improved over the and can even be adjusted electrically you’re sitting on the bike. And in the the other thing you notice is the of the fairing which at first is a bit sitting behind a glass door.

Strangely enough it seem to offer any more protection than the smaller when you’re on the move, I wasn’t able to test its properties as amazingly it didn’t the whole time I had the bike on The rest of the bodywork is unchanged, and I be surprised if the old panels weren’t with the new. However, the fairing panels the ST3 now sports an waistcoat, no doubt as a result of the more stringent environmental that regularly appear Brussels.

Like some of Japanese counterparts . Ducati started to improve bike and the ST3 uses a coded ignition key and like the Honda HISS The test bike even had a carried under the seat, I’m not sure that is standard equipment. Anyway, a of the ignition key lights up the Multistrada-like display, and the multi-function lcd panel through a test sequence, you that this is an English and then settles down to speed, fuel level, temperature, distance traveled and the

By pressing a couple of buttons at the top of the the odometer will also trip distance, average instantaneous and average fuel fuel used, the number of before you need to fill up, and the of gallons left in the tank. whatever kind of display you the system resets to show miles traveled whenever the is switched on. But on the plus side easy to switch the display miles and kilometres for those jaunts.

Thumb the starter and the engine turns over in a lazy V-twin manner makes you think the battery’s flat. But after a couple of the engine rumbles into and then settles down to a erratic tickover, that indicate a problem with the injection system. Pull in the which is surprisingly light for a snick it into first, and you notice the difference in the engine.

is a really willing unit pulls hard right the way the rev range. The extra inlet on the 3-valve head really the business. Gone is the old wheeziness in the part of the rev range and yet it still masses of torque from low that makes overtaking a Pick up is good at all revs and the never really seems to be hard.

In fact it’s so that its quite easy to be along at three-figure speeds and suddenly realise there’s cog in the box. There’s very vibration at any speed, just the V-twin rumble to remind you this is a Ducati.

The gearchange is no great shakes, and requires a prod with the left to select a gear. On a number of I also managed to find a neutral between 4th and 5th, was something you don’t really to find on bike these

The other surprise on this was a wet clutch. Yes! — you right — a Ducati a wet clutch! This was a severe to the system. No more rattling a bag of rusty nails in neutral, no embarrassing stares in traffic no more having to explain to the they all do that, I can tell you it some getting use to.

It turned out this ST3 was a 2005 model, and UK believe that the ST4 and ST4S also have wet clutches year. But if you buy a 2005 bike, still have to remove the lower fairing panel to top up the oil as Ducati haven’t taken the to move the oil filler plug its old dry clutch position to a more location on the clutch cover.

On the the ST3 still has the good handling of its predecessors. For normal riding the is firm and reasonably well-damped and the turns well and holds a line through the corners, it does need a firm to get it well leant over. is excellent and the bike never as though its going to get out of shape the corners.

Ducati ST3

This is a bike likes to be ridden, although equally comfortable clocking up the on the motorway or autoroute, just so you can get to the bits a little bit sooner. The new clutch also makes it a better experience to ride in towns and in traffic, although the limited Ducati steering means that you still a very wide piece of for that feet-up U-turn.

The problems only come you start to up the pace, and then the front forks begin to the plot. They are far too softly and under-damped for real sporty and with only preload to play with there’s not a lot you can do it. The situation is compounded by the excellent front brakes, which having the power to haul the speed down very with a two-fingered pull on the also have an alarming to grab.

This momentarily the soft front suspension and the bike to pitch forward It’s even worse you’re riding 2-up, and need to be very careful the brakes if you don’t want pillion hitting you in the back time you try to slow down. using the rear brake to the bike is not going to help you as the pedal has no feel at all and appears to nothing towards slowing the down — until it the back wheel!

Although the clip-on bars are a nice for a touring bike that’s to be sporty, I’d much have some properly adjustable front forks allowed me to quickly set up the bike for 2-up touring or solo riding. How about transplanting the off the ST2? And before you get too carried with those adjustable Ducati forgot to include the to loosen the clamp bolts in the

The rear suspension is a much sorted affair, but even there are some anomalies. The rates are good and everything’s — if only you could get to it! The adjuster is masked by the left-hand plate, you’ll need to the right side of the tailpiece to get to the rebound adjuster on the remote and adjusting the preload is something

Ducati thoughtfully provide you a C-spanner to do the job, but the adjuster is masked by the remote reservoir on one and the frame tubes on the other. You even change the preload by the length of the tie-rod like you can on the ST2 and as this is a one-piece casting on the The only practical way left is to use a and a large hammer, so make you pack these in your bag every time you head off on

There’s a new engine management to go with the new 6-valve engine, uses the same CAN-line as Formula 1 racecars. According to this is the first time a system has been used on a and has allowed them to simplify of the electrical system and save in weight. So it’s surprising the ST3 is 5kg heavier than its predecessor, the extra weight is not really

What you do notice though is the way the hunts and shakes on a closed below 4,000rpm. It’s as there’s unwanted droplets of leaking out of the injectors, or the throttle are vibrating slightly or are out of sync. On its own wouldn’t be too bad, but when you add it to the forks and the snatchy front the whole coming to a halt becomes something of a jerky

Sure, with a bit of practice you can around the problem, but in the 21st should you have to?

I started out on test . looking forward to an evolution of a very capable that had been such a experience to own, but after two of living with the new ST3 I wasn’t too to see it go back. Now it could well be the injection problems and the grabby were a one-off on the test which after all had probably given a hard time by journalists who are not known for lavishing care and tenderness on the bikes they use. However, no getting away from the that the suspension set up on the ST3 is a step rather than an improvement on the and is less than you’d from a bike that’s at the sporty side of touring.

Ducati ST3
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