Well the Craig's list description said "2004 Ducati ST3 for sale excellent condition, everything works, you wont find a nicer one, $5500." I have been looking for the 3 valve ST for about 6 months. I need another Italian in the garage to keep the GRiSO company. So I talked my riding buddy who worked at a Ducati dealership for a few years into accompanying me to the mysterious town of Tonopah, in Arizona's far West Valley yesterday. After a 78 mile drive West on I10 we finally arrived at the "ranch." When I got of the car the first thing I noticed was the rear tire and how it looked absolutely flat in the middle. Bad sign, read on. Closer inspection revealed a once beautiful St3, now however corrosion was gaining on all the metallic parts. I checked the chain, yep lots of slack, rear sprocket would need changed. It became increasing apparent that simple maintenance skills had eluded the owner. I wiped my finger on the front fork leg just above the seal and I noticed a thin film of something oily. I finally asked the owner where the bike had originally been from? He told me Wisconsin, a State known for dumping huge loads of salt on the roads during their almost perennial Winter season. This bike had only 8600 miles. My buddy was giving me all kinds of nonverbal, do not buy signs. The seat cover was faded and some function on the dash would only work if you rolled the bike backward a few feet. Additionally the last service took place at a dealership in Wisconsin, a Japanese dealership no less. I said, did they check the valves? Belts? He mumbled something about an oil change, last straw. I thanked him for his time and we got back in the car and drove the 78 miles back to Gilbert. Kind of sad really, that bike will probably sit in his garage and gradually fall apart. Anyway I am back in the hunt.