Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Maryville, TN, USA
I can echo what Mike said. My ST3 has around 40K miles and it has never stranded me (I've put 15K on it myself). The electrics is where I have had any issues with the bike. Slow starting (upgraded starter and ground cables, updated regulator/rectifier to maintain good charge, replaced solenoid), tach went bad, which I had to replace instrument cluster with matching DP ECU, and checked wiring and connections.
Had to replace one rocker because it lost its chrome hard facing, which I think is a one-off issue since ST3s aren't known for soft rockers. I had a brake shudder with aftermarket chinese rotors (came with the bike) when I first got the bike, which I fixed by finding a decent set of used stock rotors and gafer pad swap.
The one thing I'll do when riding season is over is replace the in tank fuel lines. These are bound to give up the ghost sooner rather than later.
One suggestion Matt - Don't worry about the bike and ride that thing!
Be safe and take care,