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Ducati ST3 S ABS

First Ride: 2006 ST3

First of all lets get a few things up. Yes, Ducati used to a poor reputation for reliability. But Ducatis are well built so touring on a Ducati is a possibility.

so with that sorted new on the ST3s? For the £8495 asking (£845 more than the ST3) you get an Öhlins shock, TiN on the forks and ABS as standard. The engine, and everything else is identical the two models, but ABS isn’t an option on the ST3, so if you want ABS then go for the

But should you go for it? Well, as a tourer the isn’t a bad machine at all. The engine, with its three-valve for better low end grunt, is very going and, although it with a slightly heavy it’s not that bad through

At motorway speeds the V-twin vibrate a bit, which can to slightly numb hands, but the position is really comfortable. And makes a huge difference on a

Off the motorway the uprated suspension on the gives a much smoother and forgiving ride than the harsh ST3, while keeping the sporty side Ducati tends to give its tourers more of an emphasis on than ‘tour’, and the ST3s is than capable on the bends. We an ST3 to the Nürburgring last year and it itself very well.

Now we come to the ABS. I wasn’t impressed by the ABS on the ST3s. Having it both in the wet and the dry it seems a bit too willing to the front wheel, in my opinion before any chance of a lock up. I’m not a huge fan of ABS on bikes I can see how it be beneficial and why some riders it, but for me the Ducati’s system is just a bit too

Ducati ST3 S ABS

Although it is well worth that, unlike many Ducati has had the foresight to include the to turn the ABS off.

Overall the is a good sports tourer, but the is the competition is better. Triumph’s ST and Honda’s newly improved have moved the sports game on a notch, and the ST3s quite match them. If you do a Ducati sports tourer try the ST3 if you’re on a budget, or an s if you’re

However, if you just want a tourer and don’t care the badge on the tank, then the Honda or Triumph are better


A very competent touring tool. You’ll get for your money from and Triumph, though.

Ducati ST3 S ABS

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