Ducati ST4s ABS — Feature Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Ducati ST3 S ABS

Quick, comfortable and confident Ducati’s sportiest, ABS-equipped ST

ST4s: bold new Terblanche-penned same familiar Bologna-bred excellence. Larger, redesigned affords much-improved wind and serves as a fine home to the Multistrada-sourced multi-function gauge

Ducati ST4s: bold new face, same familiar sport-touring exc

During our recent to Barcelona, Spain, to attend the release of Ducati’s new ST3 sport-tourer, we had the opportunity to ride the similarly ST4s ABS. Built the same frame and bodywork as the the $16,295 ST4s ABS (subtract for the non-ABS version) is distinguished by its powerful, four-valve Desmoquattro uprated suspension and Brembo-built braking system.

The ST4s’ 996cc V-twin, unchanged from last produces 117 horsepower and 72 foot-pounds of (both claimed). This quick-revving motor is an adrenaline on fast, open roads, with authority well double-digit revs. As fun as it is at speed, a slight off-idle stumble and low-rev snatchiness (a common complaint) make it less ideal for stop-and-go duty.

Suspension, on the other hand, is Pairing a fully adjustable, 43mm Showa fork titanium-nitrided sliders and a similarly Oehlins rear shock, is suitably taut for the hyper that the eight-valver encourages, and excellent absorption of both and low-speed bumps. Everything as expect on a bike with a tag north of $15,000.

Conditions the first half of our day-long through the Guilleries Mountains excellent, but the skies opened lunch and a steady rain throughout the afternoon—perfect conditions, it out, for evaluating the ST4s’ ABS Brembo’s electronic antilock is described as a noninvasive ABS, that the antilock algorithm activates when the wheel is on the of lock-up.

Ducati ST3 S ABS

Practically speaking, noninvasive ABS is less likely to engage or during the course of normal In addition, a manual override on the left handlebar switch the rider to completely disengage the ABS if

In practice (i.e. stabbing the in a wet parking lot), it takes a aggressive input at the lever to the wheel and activate the ABS. not an overly sensitive system, it perfect for such a sport-oriented Once the ABS is engaged, except for jackhammer sounds emanating under the seat, sensations are a slight vibration through the as the bike brakes straight and to a (slightly longer than stop.

The only downside to the ABS option box is a notable decline in feel at the lever. The ABS control is hidden beneath the saddle, so the lines, which feed this unit, are significantly than on the non-ABS bike. with hard steel replacing flexible lines the chassis, feel at the lever is sponge city.

There is much to be said, for the spike of confidence that ABS provides —especially when at a spirited pace on wet, foreign roads. This will justify the extra expense for many riders. P. Frank

Ducati ST3 S ABS
Ducati ST3 S ABS

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