7 DU­CATIS YEARS OF DU­CATI

THAT COST LESS THAN YOU THINK Du­cati’s for­got­ten gems can make bril­liant used buys, says Phil West AN­NIVER­SARY SPE­CIAL

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Du­cati ST3S (2003-2007)

Du­cati’s sport-tourer STS are the clas­sic ‘for­got­ten Du­catis’. Be­gin­ning with the ST2 in 1996, pow­ered by the liq­uid-cooled, twovalve 944cc V-twin, then sup­ple­mented by the more pow­er­ful, 916-en­gined ST4 in 1998, the able but dull-look­ing STS never quite gained the fol­low­ing their ver­sa­til­ity de­served. A fi­nal re­vamp with the facelifted, three-valve ST3 came in 2003 and, though also ul­ti­mately a fail­ure, it’s by far the best of the bunch be­ing in­vig­o­rat­ing, com­pe­tent and classy, es­pe­cially in Öh­lins/march­esiniequipped S guise.

Du­cati 749 Dark (2003-2007)

If the 999 is the unloved Du­cati su­per­bike and the 749 its even less ap­peal­ing baby brother, then the bud­get 749 Dark has all the in­gre­di­ents to be one of the least ap­peal­ing Du­cati sport­sters of all. In­tended as the ‘en­try-level’ 749, it was the cheap­est and dis­tin­guished by its satin black paint, more ba­sic sus­pen­sion and lack of steer­ing damper, mak­ing the Dark a bar­gain way into gen­uine Du­cati su­per­bikes.

To­day Öh­lins and March­esini good­ness for the classy but over­looked ST3S What you’ll pay But should you? What you’ll pay to­day But should you? What you’ll pay to­day But should you? Ex­clu­sive, stylish and us­able, the Du­cati 900SS FE is sure to ap­pre­ci­ate Wh

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