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Review of the 2006 Ducati ST3:
Great (with an archilles heel)
Author: Ken, 2006-03-07|
Just purchased a 2006 ST3 and it is 95% fantastic with a 5% flaw which really makes it quite annoying to ride around town.
The ST3 is a great ride. The stability is awesome after my 1978 Monster 750. So are the brakes which are extremely powerful but so controlable. It is redundent to talk about the handling which is very good indeed which will not be pressed by me.|
The riding position is good with a comfortable seat though for a Sport Tourer the adjustable clip on bars should have had a bit more adjustment as the highest setting doesn´t really suit old codgers like me for a long trip. The fairing stops a lot of the wind blast but in doing so there is little body support and the wrists get fairly tired.
The instrumentation is typically modern and does everything except make a cup of coffee. It shows average fuel comsumption, immediate fuel consumption, distance to next refuel, etc etc. You can even adjust the headlight position using a feature with the instruments. One winge is that whilst most of the readouts are large and readable there is a very small font used for the units (l/hr, km etc).
I am still running in so cannot say much about the power except it feels reeeeaaal good.
Now for the bad bit.
The motor is terrible at 3000 to 4000 rpm. In third gear at 60kph (35mph) around town which is the speed limit here the motor surges ( or hunts) and is particually annoying and uncomfortable. Tooling along at 60kph it not only surges but can also spit back in the air intakes and also can very occasionally stall at the lights. On the overun the exhaust pops as if there is an air leak in one of the fittings. There can also be the occasional backfire in the air intake.
At highway speeds it is not noticable as the motor has to work harder.
My dealer said that a previous ST3 he sold did the same thing and Ducati said that it would cure itself within the first 1000km (300miles) as the ECU is self adjusting. This sounds like b/s to me, especially as I have read of other ST3 owners with the same problem.
If the problem is not fixed I will be looking to replace the bike as it is so annoying after having such a wonderful trouble free run with the much simpler Monster 750.
A fundamentally great bike ruined by a stupid little problem.
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