1998 Ducati ST2 from United Kingdom
Very underated and missunderstood Ducati, waiting for the real biker to own and enjoy
Basically, not much. I did have a stalling fault which was the fuel filter. I bought it from a dealer, but have gone right through the bike as it is 21 years old. I do all my own maintenance and have brought the bike up to a very high standard mechanically wise.
I have replaced fork seals and oil. Engine oil and filter, spark plugs and HT leads, front and rear wheel bearings and sprocket bearings as they had dried out.
Also replaced the front and rear sprocket, gearing down the sprockets somewhat, making much quicker acceleration and smoother running at low speeds due to the revs running about 800 higher per gear.
Have drained down and replaced coolant.
New front and rear tyre.
Replaced front and rear brake pads and changed clutch and brake hydraulic fluid. Put in new clutch plates plus exposed dry clutch with carbon fibre case. Whilst doing the clutch, applied clutch quiet mod with extra fibre plate at back.
Replaced air filter.
Finally replacement of cam belts and Lithium Ion Battery.
I have owned many bikes including Honda SP, Aprilia Tuono 1000 V2 and Honda Blackbird, so can seriously compare my Ducati ST2.
In order I would say that the sharp quick handling of the trellis frame is just beautiful. Then the sound and feel of the big torque 944 cc L V twin, with the power pulling and pulling up to 9000 revs, always reminds you why you love motorbikes.
As you can see, I pretty well know every nut and bolt of this Ducati and enjoy the maintenance as well as the riding. If you keep this Ducati well maintained it will give you many miles of fabulous breakdown free biking, and wow it will leave you with a real smile on your face.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2020