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Ducati ST4S ABS


It saddens me to that the closest thing we get to a here at MO is the occasional sport-tourer like this one. your troubles for a couple of and get away from it all? Not More like a change of really.

Ever been to the Sea? Sort of a less hell—but at least we missed the carp …-off. Mecca, is right on the north shore.

Why the third world when you can it? Joshua Tree National What’s it a monument to? All that is

Must’ve been the U2 album did it: camping there (not we would) is what it would be if everybody on my street decided to all up tents in the front yard one though there’d be much space between the tents on my and more parking.

There any Joshua trees or cholla on my street, but we do have telephone full of rusty nails and I can a couple beer bottles in the to simulate the friendly nature of the if you’d like. Joshua is like Disneyland but without the shows, food outlets, bar to to by taking the tram, running moving water, standing or cute mommies to ogle. You bitter? I got your bitter.

there’s no SV650 in this either, sorry (though the new is in the works). And there also are a lot of bikes missing that sure you’ll tell us idiots for leaving out: Honda?

Eighty pounds heavier and 17 fewer than the FJR1300 time we checked.

We weren’t in having to pan it all over again that Honda would be interested in giving us one to pan all over Kawasaki ZZ-R1200? We thought it, but that bike’s more GT ST—not quite the right fit in group—and the VFR800 Honda is moreso.

And it probably was inexcusable of us not to a BMW, but we were less bowled over by the new K1200GT. We taken an R1150RT along but then it’s a little TOURY than the others, it’s a fantastic motorcycle. You what?

We brought the dang we like the best and if you’ve got a with that we’re

Let this lesson be carried When a bike gets out of a comparison, it’s usually a case of us being cruel to be It’s also because rides of more than or five bikes rapidly into no fun, as MO test tend be as group-oriented as a bag of cats.

line is we brought these bikes because they are faves, really nice, broadband motorcycles of our very ilk—those which can dog frontline all day on the way to greener pastures with two full of stuff.

The Yamaha was very nice; this it’s better thanks to a taller (electric- adjust) slightly stiffer suspension, brakes — and optional ABS raises the price exactly $1K to $12,599. If you like your sportier than tourier, you overlook the Ducati — in light of the fact that the ABS you see here is that company’s foray into anti-lock The Triumph Sprint ST has always a very Nice motorcycle.

While we weren’t looking, slipped us a mickey in the form of a triple which makes it a Nice Fast motorcycle. The Futura was an overnight critical upon its arrival two years How’s it stacking up?

More any other bunch of motorcycles, the best one of these is a highly matter depending on how big you are, you ride, for how long and with Horsepower is always good, and weight usually is too—but not so with these bikes. In the sciroccoes we encountered on this for instance, the heavier and therefore easily blown off course wasn’t a bad place to be.

It was also the seat to be in when the snow falling, though the optional grips would’ve made it still. There’s a continuum at here—from the sportiest of the bunch to the touringest Yamaha at the other I will fight no more with my MO brethren. Why don’t we let man march to his own dang drummer, as and far away from me as possible, and rank them and pick a


5’7. 155 lbs. 43 yrs old.

Fourth Place:

Just to go you how good a group this is I must rank the Ducati

If the roads we ride were all all the time, things would be indeed, but since sport-touring involves lots of straightline along, the Ducati must last in my book largely due to its Said saddle is the best of the when cheek-shifting side-to-side Chili-style, but it wants to treat my as a log-splitter wants to treat a fat splif when the time to sit bolt upright for an hour or

The tasty Ohlins shock, with remote preload does what it can to alleviate the crowned saddle’s assault, but not enough.

I’m all over Ducati. Corbin saddle? never been a fan—but our Jimbo does like the seat on his 996SP.

Perhaps the is that simple, but a better one for me be forthcoming from Bologna as equipment, considering the cashetary

Speaking of cash, I’ve beaten Ducati over the enough with the fact 6000 miles between adjustments is a bit much for a sport-touring

Other than that, all over this Ducati. gallon fuel capacity, a chassis with stupendous and fine brakes now with ABS. Skip the rest of the if you’ve already been to my ABS rant.

I don’t care how a braker you are, when cruising merrily along and Mathilda suddenly pulls the into your path, you everything you know and slam on the panic-style.

If that ever happens to it’s happened to me a couple which is how I know—you’ll be glad you the money. Especially if the street’s the bit damp. ABS is a potential life-saver, and big Kudos rancheros to Ducati for in there with a very practically transparent system.

Ducati ST4S ABS


Not exactly outstanding in any the Triumph finishes a very third by being an extremely doer of everything.

Not as light as the or Aprilia but not as big as the Yamaha, more than the twins but again, not as as the big four-cylinder.

More comfy the Ducati, slightly less so the other two to me. Etcetera, etcetera. For as large as it is, the Sprint exhibits sporting manners along more ground clearance you really need.

Suspension is limited to spring preload at ends, and rebound damping at the (rear preload’s easily with an 8mm socket stuck a hole in the frame)—but those exit the factory right in the of an excellent range for everybody who on—firm enough for hard supple enough for cosseting the coast-to-coast. Being on the shorter my only ergonomic gripe be that the seat’s a tad narrow it meets the tank, and so prods my somewhat perfunctorily.

More comfy than the

A couple of riders feel the less than perfect, but do they know? There’s a whiffle just off idle, and that you’re motoring off on on one of my motors, and one perfectly suited to touring: Slightly heavier of and tallish-geared, the big triple reminds me of the six found in England’s vintage and that jowly growl low builds to a spine-tingly, 111-horsepowah up top. The whole thing feels kind of wood-panelled cigar-smoking exclusive.

The looks are on the side, but those of you in your years and/or on the lam like

An hydraulic clutch, or different would suit my left paw and bags with one latch of two, which didn’t let the in, would be nice too. Yamaha is the only contestant bags use the same key as the ignition.) On the hand, a glance at the tote will reveal that, at the Triumph is the low-priced spread.

sorely tempted to move it up a peg or two. and yet the competition is just too I cannot. It’s third.


Afraid that the Aprilia in second. Man, a nice motorcycle. The thing is ergonomically perfect for everybody who it—with a narrow cross-section the knees, a super-comfortable saddle, and the right angle of ….

This particular bike, we admit, is a cheater—with an aftermarket shock among other has the most beauteous ride, I of any bike I’ve ridden still can go around corners a full-on sportbike. Come to of it, we took the last Futura we to a Streets of Willow track day and had an time.

Sporty enough, the dual-counterbalanced twin has been for S-T duty with the addition of a generator, among other and like the Triumph, has that juggernaut feel as it augurs the air, pushing a hole in size only to the Yamaha’s.

its Stealth looks remain Aprilia gets full for designing an underseat exhaust to room for excellent luggage as as your passenger’s legs, and are no ugly brackets to look at you leave the bags behind. LCD instruments glow a comforting after dark, and the Futura’s is one of the best. There’s nothing not to

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