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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old May 20th, 2007, 11:47 pm Thread Starter
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Less bling on STs...ageism strikes again?

So fellow ST owners, looking through the various picture threads across the board here today, I realized that most of the STs that have been comparatively very close to stock, whereas the Monster and SBK forums are filled with billet this, carbon fibre that, re-worked paint schemes, etc etc.

Do you think this is because the ST owners are putting their money into tires and fuel for their 500+ mile days, or because they are happy with their rides as-is and know it's not worth the money to farkle it out?





Obviously there have been exceptions, there are a few very trick STs that have been posted up here, but I'm speaking in general terms. Thoughts?

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So fellow ST owners, looking through the various picture threads across the board here today, I realized that most of the STs that have been comparatively very close to stock, whereas the Monster and SBK forums are filled with billet this, carbon fibre that, re-worked paint schemes, etc etc.

Do you think this is because the ST owners are putting their money into tires and fuel for their 500+ mile days, or because they are happy with their rides as-is and know it's not worth the money to farkle it out?





Obviously there have been exceptions, there are a few very trick STs that have been posted up here, but I'm speaking in general terms. Thoughts?

Interesting observation as I noticed somewhat the same thing, but not just with Ducati. ST's in general are not track or hooligan's bike, but rather a gentleman's express. The bling factor usually goes into aspirations and suspension upgrades along with as you mentioned, more touring oriented expenses like cases, tires, seats and even levers, with the odd carbon fibre bit. That's not to say there aren't some really nice tricked-out units, but they are tastefully done, and not pimped, as understated seems to be the ST mode in a general sense. Good taste and maturity have little to do with age, though it does seem to help. :-)

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Minimum bling on mine too. Not that I didn't try. I saved a few things from my SS that I thought were Ducati requirements. Open clutch cover with red spider thing, CRG bar end mirrors and the fender kit (ST is the same fitment as the SS). None of them looked right on the ST. Very out of place. The clutch cover wasn't bad, but the hooligan jingle / clack didn't fit. The bar end mirrors that worked so well on the SS (functionally and visually) didn't do it for me on the ST. Plus, the ST's mirrors work pretty well! The fender kit, errr, not so much. I think the ST looks the part. Nothing else needed. I have the bags off, carbon DP pipes, a ZG short screen (didn't like the shape of the stocker) and a Sargent seat. Looks fine. I just can't think of anything else to add. It can't possible be a maturity thing (for me anyway!)...

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Minimum bling on mine too. Not that I didn't try. I saved a few things from my SS that I thought were Ducati requirements. Open clutch cover with red spider thing, CRG bar end mirrors and the fender kit (ST is the same fitment as the SS). None of them looked right on the ST. Very out of place. The clutch cover wasn't bad, but the hooligan jingle / clack didn't fit. The bar end mirrors that worked so well on the SS (functionally and visually) didn't do it for me on the ST. Plus, the ST's mirrors work pretty well! The fender kit, errr, not so much. I think the ST looks the part. Nothing else needed. I have the bags off, carbon DP pipes, a ZG short screen (didn't like the shape of the stocker) and a Sargent seat. Looks fine. I just can't think of anything else to add. It can't possible be a maturity thing (for me anyway!)...
I feel the same way, but lately the carbon fiber cans are calling to me. I'm thinking of adding one more CF part to go along with them. Maybe a front fender, or side vents, or gas tank key thing. I'm thinking on a black bike it won't jump out like crazy, and will still look a little understated. The last thing I want to look like is a 55 yr old poser.

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Interesting observation as I noticed somewhat the same thing, but not just with Ducati. ST's in general are not track or hooligan's bike, but rather a gentleman's express. The bling factor usually goes into aspirations and suspension upgrades along with as you mentioned, more touring oriented expenses like cases, tires, seats and even levers, with the odd carbon fibre bit. That's not to say there aren't some really nice tricked-out units, but they are tastefully done, and not pimped, as understated seems to be the ST mode in a general sense. Good taste and maturity have little to do with age, though it does seem to help. :-)
Totally agree with Stryder, although I have put a few thousand into mine, I keep it somewhat conservative looking (I think )
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My upgrades are limited to practical/functional items for sport touring: heavier rear spring, AWACS trunk, 42T rear sprocket, Moto bag, GPS, mirror insets. My bike is a road warrior, not a parking lot poser. I don't even get upset about scratches as road warriors are bound to collect a few battle scars.

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Everytime I think about changing something cosmetically on my ST3s I end up doing "A Fonzy" (One look at the bike, put up my hands and go, hey its perfect!"

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I'd like a few more CF bits, but i'm in no hurry. Tires and gas works for me.

I would like a Speedymoto clutch cover and maybe a nice slipper clutch in the future.

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I guess I'm the opposite of most...I've got a speedymoto pressure plate and open clutch cover, STM clutch slave, red kevlar Fren Tubo brake and clutch lines, pretty much every piece of accessory carbon fiber (came on the bike), except the top tank piece, and of course, my Carbon/Magnesium Dymags...

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I've added a fair amount of carbon fiber bits, levers, reservoir caps, clutch things, seats, etc. to my '99 ST2. I should be receiving CF air vents and instrument surrounds this week, and then I'm done.




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