Ducati ST2 Reviews

1999 Ducati ST2 from Canada

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX1100F Katana

Summary:

Well earned solid reputation

Faults:

Needed a new battery at time of purchase. Even with that new battery, the starter still turned over frighteningly slowly, so I replaced the grounding and starter cables with a set from Powerlet, and it made such a great improvement! Thanks Ducati Forums!

The first owner had installed an on/off switch for the headlight, which is a sign of a charging issue, so he must have finally replaced the regulator, because by the time I bought it, that switch was no longer hooked up and the charging has been solid.

I noticed that if you try to soften the rear suspension, the side stand becomes a bit too long, making the bike prone to tipping over.

General Comments:

I bought this used bike, praying it wouldn't be a lemon. And fortunately it's been a gem. I did ensure that the bike had service records, which most Ducati owners keep well organized.

Everything about riding and owning this bike has been a pleasure.

The price of belts and filters from the dealer are surprisingly reasonable for this engine generation, and with the YouTube tutorials online, there's no reason to pay anyone for valve adjustment or belt replacements.

I ordered a shorter windscreen for $20 off eBay, which I find reduces helmet buffeting.

Not much else to say; it's an Italian beauty that has a growing fan club for all the right reasons.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th January, 2014

2001 Ducati ST2 from France

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous motorcycleCagiva Gran Canyon

Summary:

Absolutely fabulous

Faults:

Electrical fault caused random engine cut out in the wet.

General Comments:

An excellent sports tourer.

Utterly reliable after the initial fault was rectified by Ducati, faulty side stand sensor.

Extremely comfortable, one or two up.

Custom full luggage set was stylish and cavernous.

1000 miles a day easily achievable throughout Europe.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2010

2002 Ducati ST2 from New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance36000 kilometres

Summary:

It always puts a smile on my face, and of all the bikes I've had, least likes to be in the garage

Faults:

The steering bearings are punk and are insufficiently greased.

Replace with rollers as soon as possible.

Fuel filter in the petrol tank sucks.

Body panel removal too lengthy an operation, use Dzus fittings.

Bad rust inside tank, Ducati slack with internal tank rust treatment.

Bike's overgearing makes it awkward round town, dropping a tooth off the front sprocket fixes all that.

General Comments:

Love the way this bike works, it doesn't yank you around like a 4, but pushes you.

Great overtaking bike, acceleration at traffic speed is instant.

At higher speeds it feels like you're drilling the air.

Bike needs to be properly set up, then you have a beautiful, neutral and stable handling ride.

ST2 keeps it's looks, the earlier 916/998s look second hand real quick.

Engine simple, willing and responsive, not a howler that yanks your arms out.

Would like more power but can't steel myself to sell the ST2.

Who ever has enough power? You always recalibrate your expectations, but not all bikes have personality that makes you smile.

The ST2's problems are details that can be corrected, the heart of the bike is sound.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2009

2001 Ducati ST2 from United Kingdom

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-6R

Summary:

Superb mile-munching Italian lovely

Faults:

Rear brake light stopped working - caused by the connector between the brake light switch and the loom getting filled with water. This was fixed in 5 minutes by cleaning the connectors. The reason water got in is the connector is exposed to the elements.

General Comments:

I bought this bike because I wanted something I could blast through corners on, tour and commute on and I wanted a shiny red Ducati in my garage - this bike does it all!

I've ridden it 400 miles in one go on back roads stopping only for fuel - once! Yep it has a 200 mile tank range. Over that distance it was quiet, comfortable and fast, cruising as fast I dare without getting banned. Two up and with the panniers absolutely full and a tank bag fitted, the wife and I did 350 miles in one go no problem. Both of us we comfy and the bike still averaged 53 mpg! We did the Isle of Man TT course on it: the bike was great the wife was scared...

My Ducati ownership has only included 1 major service, Ducati did the belts and valve clearances I did the rest. Total parts and labour £300. Aside from that ownership has been key in, add fuel, ride. The clutch rattles loudly, but hey, it is a Ducati, right?!

My only criticism is that the acceleration is pretty average (only 74 BHP at the back wheel) and to hustle you have to put major input through the 'bars. But it is a sports-tourer not full-on sports bike. Chains and tyres last for ages though!

My advice; buy a really nice one with full Ducati service history, or at least proof it has been serviced at the scheduled intervals with genuine parts and just enjoy it. These bikes are really, really cheap, now so no need to buy a rough one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2009

11th Mar 2010, 15:34

Back again, nothing to report except the oil seal behind the clutch basket has started leaking at 13,000 miles, which means expense! Conveniently there is hole in the bottom of the clutch cover, presumably they assumed it would leak at some stage! Still a great bike, starts every time on the button and gives no trouble. The tyres have been replaced with a more triangular profile Dunlop, which has made it feel more willing to turn-in than before.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews