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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chuckracer, Aug 29, 2017.
You don't have to explain yourself, you can just stick with your description.
I didn’t ride my Ducati at all this year. Between Covid, a death in my family and a crazy work schedule it sat alone in the garage hooked to a trickle charger. 2 weeks ago I dusted it off and put it on CL. A few legit calls but mostly scammers or low ballers.
took it out tonight and ripped through my neighborhood.
It’s not on CL anymore.......what was I thinking? What a crazy year.
Been there and done that many times with a Triumph Daytona. Finally sold it though, but only because I have three other fine bikes...lol. My '98 ST2 is a real keeper....power is spot on in each gear and does not end me in jail. The 40-80 mph acceleration in third gear from 4K to 8K is enough fun for the whole day on a nice sweeping back road, and again.....not exceeding triple digits as you would on a super bike.
My Ducati was the one bike I vowed to never sell. Then it became the one bike I totaled.
I just found a 2002 ST2 with some nice bits on it, I can probably get it for less than $2k.
Sorry to hear you had such a rough year. 2020 has sucked for most people I know. Glad you came to your senses though
I found this....https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/287504712592707/ Did they even make an ST4 in 1999 with a white frame and white wheels? I would only be interested if this was an original factory bike, not a custom.
I don't believe they did, at least I've never seen one and never heard of one with a white frame. I'm guessing it's a custom paint job.
It does look really nice.
Any st3 gurus here?
I get a weird coughing at steady throttle, gets worse at low speeds, almost imperceptible at decent speed, but around town is annoying.
Start and idles well.
It would be nice to tap on the collective wisdom before I embark on chasing every possibility down.
Plugs new, wires new.
I'm going to try and find out how and why it was converted to this (improved) look over stock.....either someone had a lot of cash to throw at it or it was damaged and repaired. Probably the latter. If I wanted to buy this bike I would need a Ducati dealer to inspect it thoroughly for me first.
Yeah, I think it's at least worth finding out.
It's got a lot of nice aftermarket bits, looks clean and has reasonable mileage for the age. If there's a decently good reason for the conversion, I would offer $3,500 and see what happens.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad/old news.
The one problem ST3's seem to have is lean fueling at low speeds. A remapping of the FI usually fixes these issues. I added a FatDuc and made very small adjustments to fix this exact issue. Also the Ducati performance tune seems to be the cure. I've remapped my 2006 ST3S with it and it has no more issues. The FatDuc also fixed it. I left the FatDuc on as a way to make quick adjustments.
The 2005 St3 had an open loop. You could just dial it in. The 2006 had a closed loop and you needed to remap or get a magic box.
This is probably NOT your issue, but I had a very similar issue with an ST2 that I eventually tracked down to one of throttle bodies missing the plug/screw that closes the port you use to hook up a manometer...so, maybe you already did, but if not, I'd check to make sure you don't have a leak in the air system.
Well ... I got the tuneecu to work and it reads a crank sensor position fault.
We will see. Used to be so smooth.
As an ST3 owner I'm quite pleased to have stumbled onto this thread. My entry into the Ducati world began with what a previous poster to the thread warned of; DO NOT BUY A DUCATI PROJECT BIKE AS YOUR FIRST DUC. Well, that's what I did in late '04. After having the president of the local BMW riders clud in Birmingham, AL, personally check it out I followed through with the purchase of a 1992 Ducati 907IE with 6k miles. The bike wasn't anything like I was expecting except that it was in near perfect cosmetic condition. I put 3k miles on it and when I totaled the receipts for repairs and parts the 907 ended up costing me $1 per mile to ride. Still, I was smitten with the bike and the brand and never lost my lust for Ducati's and would check 'em out on CL or Cycletrader from time to time. I came close to buying on several occasions then would back off at the last minute.
Here's the 907 that I later sold to a collector who put it on static display in the lobby of his veterinary practice:
In 2015 I finally followed through with my intent to obtain an ST when I located one at a used bike dealer in Ft. Worth. I arranged for a friend to visit and inspect it and the dealer offered to let him ride it. He sent me cell pics then followed up with a call about his impressions. I closed the deal that day and a week later this '05 ST3 with 7700 miles arrived:
The bike arrived with little in the way of service records so I arranged to have it gone through by an independent Ducati shop in Boulder, CO. As many have said here the bike is a dream, handles quite well and has lots of power. Mine arrived with Cyclecat bar risers, a Staintune exhaust system, and aftermarket windscreen. It had the wrong saddle so I sourced one from the interwebs and all was well. I'm 6-1 with a 32" inseam and felt I needed more leg room so I added a peg lowering kit. I've since taken it on several long distance trips and found it be extraordinarily competent mile water that can transition to the curves to satisfy those needs. About a year after its arrival I found a set or Marchessini wheels for the ST model with the front wheel having nearly new rotors attached at a price too good to pass up.
In Wyoming on the way to a rally in South Dakota.
In southeastern Utah.
Picking up my new to me 05 st3 Thursday
That should be a crime. At least ride it to get ice cream on Sundays.
I've texted with this seller a little bit, and it's a beautiful bike! Just don't know if it's what I'm looking for. I want a sports tourer, and it certainly seems like it would be great. Sigh.
Check out my 2006 ST3S abs in the flea market...