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« on: October 31, 2011, 08:55:52 PM »

I see that they're no longer offered new from Ducati.

JOOC, what happened to them? I didn't notice until recently that they'd been discontinued.

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 09:04:38 PM »


I see that they're no longer offered new from Ducati.  


 Lol Your a funny guy!
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 09:13:51 PM »




 Lol Your a funny guy!


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I'm not trying to be funny. I have the Ducati web site open. I don't see any ST bikes.

Am I missing something?
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 09:22:12 PM »


Am I missing something?



About four years of Ducati history.  2007 was the last year for the ST3 & ST3s.  ZED has one, fantastic machine....  what Ducati was thinking when they discontinued it - who knows? Shrug
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 09:27:12 PM »

Yeah, I see that it's been gone for a few years. I don't exactly follow Ducati stuff very closely, but I always liked those bikes; ergo my questions.

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 09:29:20 PM »

They got to ST.N and were banned.

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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 10:56:21 PM »

I think Ducati saw traditional ST bike sales slumping and adv-touring bikes growing, so they placed their bet on the previous gen Multistrada. I too like the ST series, especially the "S" models. I wish somebody made a real SPORT-touring bike like that now...
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 05:28:10 AM »


I think Ducati saw traditional ST bike sales slumping and adv-touring bikes growing, so they placed their bet on the previous gen Multistrada. I too like the ST series, especially the "S" models. I wish somebody made a real SPORT-touring bike like that now...


This pretty much! Folks that wanted a sport bike bought Superbikes, folks that wanted a pratical, comfortable Duc bought the Multistrada in droves..
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 07:35:45 AM »

I wish they hadn't discontinued these either. I used to have an ST2 and it was one the most fun bikes I've ever had. The new 09+ multistrada's are pretty sporty and closer then to the ST line then the multi's before. I'm actually trying to find a clean low mileage ST now to fill the void left in my garage.
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 11:18:21 AM »




This pretty much! Folks that wanted a sport bike bought Superbikes, folks that wanted a pratical, comfortable Duc bought the Multistrada in droves..

It has much more upright ergos so I get that. What I don't get is the success of such a fugly bike! The new model is much better looking, but the price is bonkers.
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2011, 04:21:29 PM »

Have you ridden one - new or old? It's only funny looking if you're not riding it and looking at the front. It's a great bike and, as someone who chose the 1st generation Multi - not once but twice - I can tell you it's a genuine Ducati, and still practical in most applications. The only bike I ever wanted to trade them on seriously enough to go to the dealer to trade, was the ST3s. I'd buy an ST3s or -4s in a heartbeat. I regret them choosing the Hyper or Streetfighter lineup over the ST series.

They had a corporate roadshow document years back (just deleted it from my computer a couple weeks ago), and it highlighted how they intended to dump all entry level bikes save the little Monster, get rid of the sport-touring, and focus on the higher end superbikes, dual purpose (Multi), and Monster. They wanted a little entry bike and straight up to the higher end, and they wanted to focus on fewer segments. I could be convinced there was too much overlap between the ST and MTS series... and "ADV"/dualsport was a big draw when the decision was made

It mentioned new models, and I suspect that was the Hypermotard back then.

They found the demographics didn't support ST - and the sales pitch explicitly addressed wanting to mimic H-D's "lifestyle" ...
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2011, 04:40:03 PM »

This prompted me to look and see what ST bikes were being sold... and there's an ST4S up in northern Jersey for sale.

Bright red, broken in (34k miles), and cheap-ish, at $6500. Tempting?
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 04:42:03 PM »

Ducati stopped making them because no-one was buying them.
I tried to help...

They are a business after all, so it's not really surprising.
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This prompted me to look and see what ST bikes were being sold... and there's an ST4S up in northern Jersey for sale.

Bright red, broken in (34k miles), and cheap-ish, at $6500. Tempting?


Sounds really over priced.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 04:42:26 PM »

I think they're beautiful machines.  Inlove

I'm in no position right now to absorb maintenance costs on a Duc or BMW but damn sure I'd like to put one of each in the stable someday.
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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 09:00:13 PM »

What atadaskew said.  They were amazing bikes, but didn't sell.  Mostly because people are cheap assholes.   Twofinger
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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2011, 09:14:27 PM »

I seriously considered buying an ST2 years ago. One of my criteria was that my pillion be comfortable. She liked being on the back of the ST2 (and hated several other bikes), but she preferred the BMW K1200RS, so I bought the Beemer.

I also was a bit concerned about the servicing costs. Considering that I now have over 90K on my Beemer, that wasn't entirely unjustified.

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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2011, 09:41:03 PM »

I sold my 01 ST2 with 36k miles on it and other then regular stuff like (oil, brakes, chain and sprockets) it ran flawlessly. No other maintenance was done. I think their maintenance is over stressed.
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2011, 11:14:25 AM »


I sold my 01 ST2 with 36k miles on it and other then regular stuff like (oil, brakes, chain and sprockets) it ran flawlessly. No other maintenance was done. I think their maintenance is over stressed.

So you never checked the valves or replaced the belts? how many years did you own it and how many miles were on it when you bought it?
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