Ducati ST3 (2003 - 2008)

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Alan Forsyth
Reviewed: 07 April 2014

A super sport tourer from the Ducati Marque

This ST3 is my first sport tourer and it gives me everything that I can get from my sports bike and more! In terms of handling and performance it is faultless. The reliability has superb.
I find the riding position very comfortable and on those longer journeys when we're fully loaded up effortless no matter what the road is.
It is a pity that the ST3 is no longer in manufacture.
A great sports tourer with the Ducati heritage and styling. Effortless to ride with more than enough power for the open road.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
5.0

Alan Forsyth would recommend this product
J3697
Reviewed: 20 February 2014

Possibly the most overlooked and underated Ducati ever.

The engine is strong and the sound is amazing! I've got Leo Vince slip-ons and this bike sounds awesome. I love that exhaust note! I've had this bike for about 3 years and have had no issues with it. I've got 19,000 miles and enjoy it as much today as I did when I bought it at 9,000 miles. I've gotten it up to an indicated 130mph. It felt steady and had plenty more power left. What a blast! I've taken one short trip with it and it was quite comfortable to ride for the 4 hours I was on it. I get about 52 MPG on a regular basis and it has never left me stranded.
Service is expensive. I've done all my own service so far to save money, changing oil as prescribed and the belts at 16,000 miles. It wasn't too hard but you need to do it carefully. I'd like a solo seat/cowl option to make it a little sportier looking, and I hate the look of the side bag brackets with the bags off, so I just leave them on. The front brakes are really good, rear not so much.
At 107 hp, it isn't a true sport liter-bike, but then it isn't supposed to be. It has more power than a person needs on the road, though, and will make you feel great when you roll on the throttle. Tripple digits are waaaay too easy to get to and it feels like it isn't even trying hard when you are cruising at 85 to 90 MPH. The styling is pretty good and the handling is really confidence inspiring. If you could find one used with low miles, give it a look. I think you would be impressed with everything this bike has to offer.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

J3697 would recommend this product
boscoe
Reviewed: 04 February 2014

Freakin' fantastic ride. Fast, quick, comfortable, smooth - a veritable treasure with Italian panache to boot!

Excellent engine. Good brakes. Superb handling. Light weight. Good gas mileage. Excellent wind protection. Tremendous balance. Good water-proof bags. Comfortable. The Sport Rider's Harley-Davidson Road King. Italian style. Wet clutch. Good transmission.
6,500-mile valve adjustments. Could use bigger tires
When this bike was new, I blew it off as over-priced pasta. How could a Ducati, of all things, complete against a Honda VFR? A twin vs V-4 goodness? Get real.
My bias cost me years of enjoyment on an ST3! But, thankfully, as a used motorcycle, the 3-valve Ducati has to be the buy of this century and the last! The ST3 can do it all - cruise America's endless Interstates at a sedate 85 (less than 5,000 rpm), eat mountain curves and take you (and your office paperwork) safely back and forth to work.
Since my Honda CL 90 back in 1968, I suspect I've owned better than four dozen motorcycles and ridden hundreds more. The ST3 is right at the apex. That's how good this machine is. At speed, it just seems to glide - even over potholes - while giving you feedback and confidence. Rock steady at 128 mph indicated, too, and still willing to pull. I ran out of open highway before it ran out of top end. This machine is an absolute classic.
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Engine:
5.0
Brakes:
5.0
Handling:
5.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
5.0

boscoe would recommend this product
terry2wheelz
Reviewed: 14 February 2008

WHEN IT WOULD START IT WAS GREAT...

power - handling & comfort - brilliant.
seemed to eat batteries
looks great, dead comfy to ride all day - when it starts that is, mine was a right awkward sod to start,
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
3.0

User 64075
Reviewed: 14 January 2008

BLAST OR TOUR IN COMFORT

Torquey v twin engine that allows for roll in and power out cornering. Handles well, particularly, after sorting the fully adjustable front and rear suspension on my ST2, without sacrificing the bikes higher speed stability. Sounds great with standard pipes too! Good, lasting build quality (10yrs & Ducati!).
Not a town bike. Slightly snatchy at very low speeds and clutch feels a little heavy after a lot of use. Servicing costs higher than Japanese main stream bikes.
Clutch slave cylinder fails after a few years if fluid not changed regularly. Not as refined an engine as an in line four or V four, but makes up for it with usable grunt!
Built for blasting along the open road in comfort, choose sports bike mode and enjoy precise A road scratching, alternatively, the ST will tour in comfort. Fairing does a good job at deflecting wind blast and you can see out of these Ducati mirrors! The build quality is very good and this is one of the first bikes where Ducati are getting close to what we expect for in reliability stakes.
Score breakdown



Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
3.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

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