I also own a ST4s. I am seriously looking at either trading the bike for a new 1098 or buying the 1098 also. Don’t really want to part with the ST. Or more to the point give it away. I have only done about 2000 miles and it’s immaculate. Have you upgraded to the Ducati Carbon Fibre performance exhaust/airbox and filter. Like you my wife likes riding pinion.
I saw the 1098 in the flesh today at a nearby dealer. Didn’t get to test ride the bike but sat on it and instantly noticed its lightness. Unfortunately I couldn’t get much sense regarding a ballpark figure on the ST against the 1098. Didn’t take the ST with me as it’s off the road in the garage at present, so rode my old MZ Scorpion up there. Unless I was willing to commit to the bike there and then they didn’t seem too bothered. Disappointing, since also bought the ST from the same dealer about two years ago.
What is your experience with dealers? I have also heard stories about dealers charging £25 a test ride on the 1098 in the UK. How long have you owned the ST. Mine is a 2003 model, registered in 2004.
Good to know there’s other ST rider on this forum.
I have SIL C/F slip ons and I'm running the PCIII and BMC filter, the bike rips for a "touring" ride. Mine is a 2004 abs model, I picked it up on ebay in early 2005 with 600 miles on it for just under 10g USD. So at that price (I stole it) I will keep her forever. For the long rides, there's nothing that will touch it for comfort but still with the sportbike feel.
I'm sure that the 4s will be a little lonely for a while, my 1098s arrives in about 4 weeks.
I went and put my 2002 ST4s on consignment at the Ducati shop that sold me my 1098. I have had several offers on it that were way to low. I am thinking that I might just keep it for the weekend rides and for 2up situations. Still love it I guess.
I just got rid of an 03 K1200GT and bought an 05 ST3. Going to St Louis Fri a.m. to pick it up and bring it home. Power commander, heli bars, ferracci slip ons. I am stoked for the bike and the first ride...
I am SSOOOO gonna miss my BMW cruise control.
and the guys on the BMW K forum..
Ahh an italian redhead for the summer.
I recently test rode an ST3 and found the low end power to be a little torquier, but my piped and chipped 2000 ST4 pulls harder higher in the rev range. Also, the suspension seemed softer and the seat even cushier than my Corbin. Overall a nice bike but I still preferred my ST4, maybe because that's what I'm used to.
Now, if I can only get another 1099 motor to replace that 916 in the ST4....
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