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Ducati ST4 S

Ducati ST4

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Hopped-up engines in standard have always been a for fun. More power more thrills, especially if the appearance gives no hint of the fury burning within. have known this for along with Renault and crowd-pleasing F1-engined Espace.

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But Ducati are making just a Q-vehicle widely available, and called the ST4. While identical to the ST2, which the two-valve air-cooled engine the old 907ie, the ST4 benefits from the water-cooled 916 unit. Cue instant power gain and a grin than the Cheshire Cat’s.

But the wasn’t as straightforward as just the sporting motor into the sports touring frame. The cylinder heads needed to be redesigned in order to get the engine to fit and the unit was eventually 10mm front to rear, as well as shorter. The modifications were to stop the front cylinder the front wheel under and also to make room for a sized airbox.

The newly sized engine also be placed in the appropriate in the frame, keeping the 49/51% distribution. The only giveaways to the new character are a small ST4 sticker on the unit, while some on the ground and peering up the fairing a water-jacketed cylinder poking the radiator and the oil cooler. On the move the a complete street-sleeper.

The suspension is a from the ST2 (despite the additional the ST4 is only 1kg heavier than the model) so a leap from to 106bhp can unsettle it a bit. No with a conservative 24°-head the ST can still be chucked over its footrests rapidly enough, and cranked over it remains Keep the engine between and 9000rpm and the sporting side over, but conversely the reprogrammed injection allows the engine to lug from as low as 2500rpm even

The second year of production saw an in the rear rim width for even rubberwear, while the notoriously sidestand of previous Ducatis was replaced by one that didn’t the whole plot on its fairing at the earliest opportunity.

The engine endows the ST4 with wheelie-pulling and a real turn of speed in the but ride it sedately and everyone think it’s the sensible ST2 Open the taps and surprise

Alternatives: Honda VFR800Fi; SLV1000 Falco; Triumph ST


THE ST4 is proving by racking up huge mileages. But are problems to be aware of though, the list isn’t too long or The biggest culprit, according to and trade members, is the clutch.

It has a habit of shedding its entire since the retaining nut that the basket to the drive shaft can

The only cure is to make it’s done up really in the first place, and secured Loctite, or similar. In fact, Ducati dealers suggest the torque setting should be FTM . stands for F***ing Tight !

Like the clutch, the generator can loose if the bike has been hard. This will itself as a deep rumbling when the bike is on tickover. In cases all that is required is a tighten-up.


Make sure the bike has a service history with a Ducati dealer.

As a part of the the cam belts should be replaced 16,000 miles. Be aware of when looking and ask the owner the time it was done. You may catch him out – surprising how easy it is to do if you know the service intervals for all major

For instance, if he says the bike has 10,000 miles but he also the belts have been the odometer may well have fiddled, or replaced with one a lower reading. However, accept that the belts be changed at 36 months even if miles haven’t been


Good new, the brakes tend to their bite as the miles on the increase. A new set of braided lines help to bring the performance to its former glory but check the aren’t overly corroded or Rear suspension problems up from time to time.

Straight from the crate, the ST4 is a little under-sprung and under-damped, and especially true if pillions are for any length of time.

After a few miles have been up the damping and spring lose a more of their ability to so check the shock before you buy by the owner to set the damping to its maximum push down on the rear Notice how quickly the seat to its normal position. Now repeat the with the damping settings on lowest settings.

There be a marked difference between the If not a new shock may be in order.


Though rare, there been examples of the nylon filter breaking down, strands to get caught in the line fuel starvation. The ST4 is built to and cover long distances, so chains and sprockets to be nearing the end of life. If they’re not, a bonus. Also expect bikes to sport aftermarket Ducati’s own luggage system is a addition and robust.

But check it locks and closes

Ducati ST4 S
Ducati ST4 S
Ducati ST4 S

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