Retro form, modern function are well matched / Ducati GT1000 pays homage…

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Ducati GT1000 Concept

Retro form, modern are well matched / Ducati pays homage to predecessors and updates

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Retro, all too is a concept that works in the but not on the road. Styling that nostalgia and yanks at the heartstrings too proves impossibly impractical ideal in memory but flawed in service.

Then there are the of classic forms that work — tributes to the of their original concepts reminding us that newer always better.

Consider the GT1000. As a styling exercise it deviously well, attractively traditional shapes and design to a modern mechanical structure.

better, I learned over the of a few perfect fall days Ducati’s newest heritage-invoking also works dynamically. mechanical bits are smoothly with styling from an era motorcycles focused more on and less on image-preening.

To breed 21st-century pace the GT1000, Ducati had to forgo the 2006 model a carbon of its basis, the GT750 of 1971. the gas tank, fender and side all glistening in blood red on my test look period-correct, even if are not clones of the original bike’s And the GT1000 honors the spirit of the with its wire-spoke wheels, rear shock absorbers and round taillight.

But the appearance of upgraded to improve the GT1000’s does stray from of three decades ago. will note the new bike’s brake discs, inverted fork, and a camshaft drive that uses belts blasphemy! — instead of its noisy shaft-and-gear arrangement.

In a result of extensive and successful programs, Ducatis are often the two-wheel equivalent of Ferraris in intended purpose and country of In fact, Ducati’s market has been much more the company came early to the bike trend, stripping off the body panels of its racing-style to create the Monster model and it has embraced both the touring and genres.

Ducati’s decision to reach history for another design — the GT1000 is the third in a retro series called the line — is altogether Unlike many Japanese in the popular cruiser category, had no need to borrow heritage others.

The SportClassics, first as design studies at the Tokyo Show in 2003, are derived fondly remembered models of the The 2006 models also a Sport 1000 and Paul 1000.

In the market slice-and-dice by the practice of niche targeting, the GT is to what the industry calls a model. That is, it has a fairly and wide handlebar and conventional position, not the crouch associated Ducati’s sport bikes. And other Ducatis, the SportClassics use made of steel — a of tubes that whispers craftsmanship — rather the extruded aluminum beams to many Japanese sport

True to its roots, the GT1000 a V-twin engine, continuing the Ducati 90-degree cylinder that first became on the original GT750. Though it similar to engines from the era, the 92-horsepower V-twin is with a dual-spark-plug ignition and fuel injection. Still, it has features like an air-cooled design and it incorporates one of Ducati’s technologies, desmodromic valves.

In system, used by Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s, the intake and exhaust are not only opened by a camshaft and arm, but closed as well. The was once a crafty workaround for a of valve springs that cope with the demands of running; advances in metallurgy then have effectively this method of valve a curiosity of history.

But desmo has become a code among enthusiasts, in much the way that Hemi has become a cry for performance-minded Dodge owners, and is smart not to abandon the mystique has grown around it.

While the twin does not produce the punch of the top four-cylinder sport engines, the Ducati engine more power than you can unleash and still stay on terms with the police. the throttle results in a satisfying from below, accompanied by a bellow at the exhaust.

All through the design, Ducati engineers struck an intelligent balance of old and avoiding any sacrifice of performance in pursuit of ’70s authenticity. the rear suspension design, a swing arm controlled by two spring-wrapped absorbers, is long gone most sport bikes, it very well here.

At the front, an inverted fork — its smaller-diameter telescoping is at the bottom, the opposite of usual — effortlessly soaks up while delivering confident, cornering. The Brembo brakes are but easily modulated and a delight to at, something that’s important on a whose intimate details are to all eyes.

Though I usually bikes that offer weather protection behind a fairing, I easily adjusted to the Even the handlebar was agreeable its wide span gave me leverage to wrestle the 400-pound around the garage.

There are that could be improved. A gas larger than 3.9 gallons one gallon of reserve) would be and the plastic chrome finish on the is jarringly out of place. Ducati could have done in tucking away wires and in a few places, the bike’s details are as as an unmade bed.

The GT1000 is the least expensive of SportClassic models at $9,995 and the one with the broadest appeal. I thought my usual preference for of a race-ready profile might my appreciation of it, the Ducati charm and good sense of a standard-style won out. As it should, the retro only added to the appeal, getting in the way of enjoying the ride.


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