2006 Ducati Sport Classic GT1000 Road Test Rider Magazine

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2006 Ducati Sport GT1000 Road Test

is a bike that turns and carries you back to the ’70s, but have breaker points, brakes or suspension by the Marquis de

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Mark Tuttle Jr.

January 5,

When Ducati unveiled its retro Sport Classics at the Beach, California, motorcycle in 2004, naturally its emphasis was on the two would be ready soonest and of the line’s designer, Pierre was most proud.

In fine sporting tradition, the Paul 1000LE’s and Sport 1000′s styling with low clip-on solo seat tailsections and mufflers made them the of the SportClassic trio. I could get Terblanche to talk about the Classic GT1000 . in fact, was still in prototype form and lonely off at stage left, its gray paint subdued to the snappy silver/sea green and yellow finishes on the Paul and Sport.

All three bikes the same 1000 DS L-twin so to my eye, the higher handlebars, dual seat and lower of the GT1000 were immediate This seemed like an kind of classic-looking motorcycle, one which you could commute and tour, but one that quietly the soul of a Ducati sport complete with the rapid, po-tey-to po-tah-to exhaust that identifies the powerful Italian twin from away.

I wanted one, right and there. And now that I’ve one extensively, I want one even

Proof that plastic contribute to good handling, the GT1000. Even with its suspension, the bike works a whip in the corners.

Two things this attraction over the the wet clutch, which eliminates the jangly rattle so many a required characteristic of Ducatis but me lockjaw; and the GT’s styling, a modern interpretation of the classic of the Ducati GTs of the 1970s. The knee in the fuel tank, for example, are sculpture and allow a comfortable yet riding position.

Details the small vented side and highly polished aluminum fender braces, top triple and handlebar mounts are simply I’ve always been a fan of when it glistens where it and is easy to care for, as on the laced wheels, handlebar and exhaust pipes with silencers. Finally, the bike’s GT color is actually an ephemeral mix of green and bronze metallic shifts beautifully in the changing

OK, the GT’s spoked wheels tubes, the desmo heads skilled adjustment and the cam belts replacing on occasion. Get over it. is a bike that turns and carries you back to the ’70s-complete a disco beat-but doesn’t breaker points, anti-stop or suspension by the Marquis de Sade.

unchanged for 2007, too.

to our surprise our 2006 GT1000 bike came equipped Ducati’s accessory Termignoni kit, which includes a of throatier mufflers, a different for the bike’s electronic control and a freer-flowing airbox cover. The kit is EU3 for road use abroad, which make it 49-state legal as but Ducati couldn’t confirm

In addition, some miscreant had the baffles from ours delivery on a tight deadline, them technically illegal for use anywhere except certain of the Sahara. Despite the loudness I say it does sound like Kournikova ripping her velvet in all the right places, though the kit may have resulted in slightly dyno figures than Ducati USA doesn’t have any in this regard, either.

43mm male-slider fork is a bit but works well otherwise; the polished-aluminum fender braces.

control is automated on the GT1000-fire it up and the races a bit until it’s up but then settles into a idle with quick-revving response.

I guess its retro appearance had me leisurely acceleration, so I was shocked a quick twist of the throttle the bike leap like a thoroughbred. On the Borla Performance the GT1000 made a respectable horsepower and 62.1 lb-ft of at the rear wheel, but the bike’s 454-pound wet weight lets it like a more powerful

Even two-up you’ll wish for more power, way down in the powerband-under about rpm-as with most you may want for smoother acceleration, as the GT and shakes until the tach climbs a bit higher. From the machine is as smooth as you could a twin, with only a amount of buzziness blurring the at certain rpm.

The twin-plug DS engine was originally introduced in the and is Ducati’s best two-valve yet, with ample screaming top end and fluid throttle thanks to the Magnetti-Marelli EFI and ignition. adjustment is simpler and costs than on the four-valve models, and year Ducati doubled the ice intervals (including cam belt on all of its bikes.

Ducati Sport 1000
Ducati Sport 1000

Chrome-trimmed clocks are elegant and to read; LCD displays could be contrasty.

Shifting the GT1000 is a if only because the wet clutch is so nicer to use than the dry version on of the GT’s siblings, with a engagement range and lower effort. The six-speed transmission easily and quietly though the too.

Looking at the GT1000 all of the air under the rear fender it an odd look, a result perhaps of lines with a modern radial and smaller 17-inch Removing the thick seat the bike look less as it’s standing on its nose, but that same thick that provides ample for rider and passenger. The narrowness of the in front also makes it easy to get your feet at stops.

The wide handlebar natural and comfortable for most with a slight forward and with no windscreen to break up the (or create any buffeting) the rider into a neutral position at that makes long a pleasure.

Ducati’s 1000 DS is a crisp-revving, soulful beast lower maintenance requirements in the past.

That 43mm male-slider fork up front is for an Italian unit with no erring on the side of stiffness in rate and damping and thus a harsh ride anywhere the is less than smooth. The shocks in the rear are beautiful and conceal their spring adjusters, but suffer from too compression damping as well.

Both front and rear work wonderfully, of course, the road twists, turns, and dives, but throw in some and the bar and seat beat on the rider Our washboard freeways around California are simply no fun at all, the bike’s wide handlebar, cornering clearance and that firm suspension will you want to take backroads anyway.

Brembo provides the stopping power, a nice mix of linear power at the lever in and typical Ducati woodeness-which it hard to lock the rear the rear pedal. Interestingly, pin-slide calipers that outward were needed in to clear the spokes. Tires are an choice with good Michelin Pilot Classics well-rounded profiles that fall in too quickly and work with the bike’s quick

All of the retro class of the Ducati GTs of the without any of the heartache. Silencers are accessory Termignonis.

Pop off the GT1000′s seat and inside it you’ll a rudimentary toolkit with a of wire for securing helmets to a under the seat. The bike all forms of luggage-tankbags, seatbags, and quickly thanks to its flat-topped tank and dual shocks.

Brake and clutch levers and have remote hydraulic the mirrors are old-timey big and clear and simple and effective, though like the twin LCD displays trip odometers, clock and gauge to be brighter in the daylight. it’s the one item of newfangled gadgetry on this bike fails to perform well.

on the GT1000 is modern but classic exposed, making it all part of the classic styling, with two small covers to hide its simplicity. What you see is what you get the GT1000, and what you get is damn The only thing to agonize is red or gray.

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