Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Genoa, Nevada, USA 89411
Ditto for Futura
The ST4s is a great bike with a slight edge for track work. The Futura is a superior road bike. As Norem of Motorcyclist stated "The Ducati is a 10% better track bike than the Futura, but the Futura is a 100% better road bike than the Ducati."
That was my feeling as well after riding both. The Futura is a very comfortable, agile sport-tourer, with an emphasis on "sport". The Ducati had less than ideal ergos for me and the seat sucks (universal opinion I'm told), nice motor, firm suspension. The maintenance issue certainly gives a nod in Aprilia's direction and reliability has not been an issue with the Rotax motor.
Finally, you can pick up a Futura for around $11-12K (01's & 02's are still out there) the best price I found on an ST4s was $14K, so there's a good deal of sheckles between the two.
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