Hello from Las Vegas! I am a long time lurker on this site. The information here has helped convert my 2004 ST4S into the naked love of my life. And I want to say thanks to the many contributors that makes things like that possible. I know that some here will not appreciate what I have done to the ST. But, before criticizing too much, know that three factors made me do what I am doing. 1 - The heat of summer driving in Vegas traffic is murder on any bike that is not liquid cooled. 2 - My budget limited my choices of a liquid cooled Ducati to a 996 Desmoquattro. 3 - I could not stand hiding that beast of a motor and the beauty of the frame from the world. So far, I have made the bike lighter by a bit over 90 lbs. Installed a Power Commander. Modified the intake box and used a K&N filter. Modified the pipes and mufflers. Relocated many of the electronic components and battery. Hand polished the handlebars to metal. Paint and shining everywhere. I will polish the footpeg assemblies the same as the handle bars eventually. And I would love to find a smaller, sportier type fairing that would fit my headlight assembly, if anyone has a suggestion please. I am using a map I got from a local Ducati mechanic and I am in awe of the torque and power this motor has. The brakes and handling are the best I have experienced. In fact, at this point in my life, I can say that I think I have the bike I will ride the rest of my life. I am a simple man with simple needs from a motorcycle. And she more than makes me happy...
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