2009 Ducati SportClassic GT1000 Touring Motorcycle Review — Riding Impressions…

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Ducati 1000 S 2

The Bottom Line


engine has power and character, brakes have good

Comfortable saddle + good coverage = easy riding long hauls

Classic adds a different dimension to

A counterintuitive choice for a touring


Lacks touring like cruise control grips

Clutch lever heavy during city

Rear suspension can be unrefined, during 2 up riding

A counterintuitive for a touring bike


$11,995 (model is discontinued for

992cc L-twin produces 92 67.3 lb-ft of torque

Comes equipped with windshield, saddlebags, chrome

Six-speed transmission with gears

Wet, multiplate clutch

Chromed steel with spoked 17-inch

Seat height: 31.8

Dry weight: 407 lbs

2 year, unlimited warranty

Guide Review 2009 Ducati SportClassic GT Touring Review

I’ve the American southwest on a Harley and through Quebec, Canada on a BRP Spyder. so it only seemed to do Italy on the next best to Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200. the GT1000 Touring.

Some may consider Ducati’s a counterintuitive choice for touring. slick, smooth-as-silk spaceships the 6-cylinder Honda Gold the Duc is a touch rougher around the No worries; sometimes all you need is a windshield. a comfy saddle. and open roads for a pleasant oh, and a good GPS unit and helmet-to-helmet system doesn’t hurt,

First, a word about the slick styling: this beauty’s classic looks are enough to turn heads in its aesthetically aware homeland, as by this shot of natives to for photos with the thing. impressive. And when you fire it up, the of the air-cooled 992cc L-twin has a edge that echoes the visceral appearance.


A pull of the heavy a click of the light shifter, and the chatters forward through gears that highlight the meaty midrange torque— lb-ft that peak at rpm, to be exact. Though it to be revved into its smoother rpm for optimum power, it’s no slouch, either.

Two-up reveals the adjustable rear to be a bit wallowy at times (especially at the winding Futa Pass ), but on roads the Duc behaves with handling, solid wind and enough power for the occasional speed blast down the connecting Florence, Rome, and The 320mm Brembo brakes are though it takes a bit of right tilt to activate the pedal for the stoppers.

Though it shines over distance rides, the bike’s starts to show in the city, the weight of its clutch lever can you dread stop and go traffic. At during grand prix-style from red lights, the big twin enough oomph to beat and small-engined Fiats off the line. In news, the leather saddlebags 10 liters of storage each— is not a whole lot, but certainly if you don’t mind packing for multi-day trips like our 570 jaunt.

I will admit to a bit of big touring envy when I saw a fleet heater and cruise control-equipped GLs one particularly chilly stop on the A1. But you consider the GT1000’s $11,995 tag— which is roughly that of a Gold Wing’s— its list actually starts to rather attractive. Factor in the that this model has discontinued from the 2010 lineup, and the SportClassic GT1000 might actually become a

If you’re into retro and long rides, this is an attractive choice that is to look uncool any time

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