I somewhat disagree. The ST3 just won Sport Rider's sport-touring comparison test in their December issue. They were very complimentary, and they called the desmotre motor "outstanding", and noted that it doesn't have the "notchy injection and abrupt delivery" of the 4-valve mill in the ST4. They "easily prefer" the ST3 motor over the 4-valve ST4 mill...NeufUnSix said:The ST4S is a proper sports tourer, unlike the MTS and ST3. It has a 916-996 motor for chrissake! And Ohlin's!
ducatania said:Best year for the ST4S was probably the '05 model for the use of a wet clutch. Quieter, smoother and longer lasting than a dry clutch. Less likely to get the 996 flaking rockers as well by then.
What are you talking about, the Desmotre is in every sport-touring bike that Ducati makes! My neighbor and I had a similar discussion this afternoon (he rides a super sport), and best we can figure there's no need to put the motor in any other bike because there aren't any other bikes like this (i.e. bikes that need the compromise of torque and revs and can't decide on 2v or 4v power). Unlike Harley, Ducati seems to fit the engine to the need, not the "one size fits all" way of thinking. What is a shame is how little we hear about the ST3 and ST4, most folks don't even know that Ducati makes sport-touring bikes (compare the ST3 press with what you see about the multistrada).NeufUnSix said:And if the Desmotre is so good, why hasn't it showed up in any other models...?