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January 3, 2007 As promised, here’s the review with tips on installing on the GT1000!


February 9, — A Cold, Hard

Wow! The weather went being very unusually to very unusually cold! the coldest February in 30 years in parts, some of the old-timers are me. I haven’t done a thing on the GT January, when we had some in the 70’s!

And the cold weather hit so I didn’t even have to winterize the bike, or the lawnmower.

In the reader M.C. sent us info on his GT1000:

I�ve had my GT for about 4 months now and am loving it and more over time. I the saddle bags when I the bike and they are relatively although somewhat limited by shape. They also it a little tricky for my passenger to the rear foot pegs.

If you been contacted by Ducati your ECU (electronic control yet, check it out � it may be under a My bike was raspy and sputtery at low and backfired a lot under heavy When I inquired at the dealer it, they told me about the

After having the new ECU installed, the runs smooth as silk, should make around driving a little more

When you go to the dealer to have replaced, make sure to both black keys and red key since they have to them all for the new ECU. I was not told so I got to make an extra trip to the with my full range of in order to get it all done properly.

important modification I made was to the �bug antenna� mirrors handle bar mirrors. I originally the custom mirrors from but the picture in the catalog was very and when Installed, I found mirrors would only be for dentistry � they were so I couldn�t see anything.

I took back to the dealer and said �I the mirrors from the sport model�. They are handle bar but they are large and offer visibility. I’m thrilled them.

I’m thinking of the old tapped hole from one of the mirrors as a place to mount a GPS I�ll probably take the to my local metal guy and have him cut the a couple inches high and weld a bracket for the GPS. If works, I�ll take photos and submit them.

also thinking of upgrading to an air system, so if anyone knows of functional, attractive, and not so wimpy I could mount where the cheapo plastic ones are I�d love to know about it.

and safe riding to you all!

Note: I recently noticed one of the original handlebar mirror on the GT1000 uses left-hand so be careful what you screw in

GT1000 Rear Luggage

March 16, 2007 — GT1000 Luggage Rack

from Italy sent an with information and photos of the luggage rack for the GT1000. says that he is The happy of one Ducati GT 1000, color Red Anniversary. I am very satisfied: it is the I was dreaming about when I was 15 old, but with the technology of and am enjoying her very much.

In fantastic blog, I have than the user S.J. was for a parcel carrier (luggage for (the GT1000). I have the (official rack in the) accessory catalogue, and have it (130 �): now my passenger feels safe and I can also load a luggage.

I will also use parcel carrier to install two saddle bags (I own), for the which I will have. I also bought, from a of original Ducati accessories, a rack, which I use when I without passenger.


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Wheel Corrosion Problem?

21, 2007 — Chrome Problem? Another update W.L. (see Blog 2 ):

Just an update from at the beach. My mirrors and especially my are rusting.

Even though I and blow dry the bike every day I the impact side of some of chrome is going to crap nothing I have seen The impact of salt air is rough on but it took my Harley 5 years to the corrosion the GT1000 has shown in 9 and 9K miles.

Both mirror and (the front wheel is still shine like new on the side but are crap on the front You may remember I had to get after market pegs for my wife because she not reach the stock ones the saddle bags. They not been affected.

I confronted rep at Ducati Daytona Day. His was no warranty on weather related and yes it looks like Ducati used cheap spokes. You want to let the other riders about this.

I know here is bad (Florida) and I expect it. But it sneak up on someone else as the get older with catastrophic IE: high speed spoke

I am working with Buchanan to come up with polished steel replacements. Should something in a few weeks. As you can see, the are still fine.

UPDATE: I received two sets of Stainless Spokes from Buchanan’s Rim. They look as if not better than the originals. I had them a spoke to duplicate as all 72 (36 +36) in the Sport Classics are

They now have the specifications for the if anyone else needs

It cost me $1.29 per spoke and per nipple and another $1.29 to each spoke / nipple I dealt with Angel. 8:30-4:45, (626) 969-4655.

I them on (the webBikeWorld Wheels page ). If you are not up to lacing you can them your wheel and will lace and true for another $100. Thanks for all the resources you make available.

GT1000 Rust: My name is F. Italy (Rome), proud of a Red GT1000, but first of all, for keeping this blog!

just finished reading last news about and corrosion on the bike, my experience is not so bad as photos show up, but on my GT1000 I some little rust on the mirrors, on the (spokes) and on the handlebar. I with you when you say that the quality is not good at all.

My has never seen any water and has never been ridden a water storm neither

but as you know, sometimes you can encounter a wet and some water can touch the and this is the case after I’ve found rust on spikes and handlebar.

Then I a special paste to clean up the from the chrome parts, and works fine but the local told me to not clean the rust, to make the rust grow in to justify a new handlebar (we have 2 warranty). Now I’m wondering if I had a advice.

A strange thing I is that the chrome quality is from part to part, the chrome exhaust does not any rust spot or corrosion, but it has touched by the same amount of

My bike sleeps in a safe box with other bikes, there is also an old HD 883 which beautifully (for the chrome and it did not present any rust or corrosion, so I with you when you say about the poor chrome quality on the

I guess soon I will about this (not so issue directly to the local dealer, and then directly to Panigale.

GT1000 Fuel Line Fix

March 7, 2007 — SportClassic Fuel Line Now an Official Recall

The U.S. Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) has issued a recall of 817 SportClassics for the fuel line we reported on back in September of Here’s the official recall and more information, including a of the affected parts.

March 24, — Fuel Line Fix and Fuel Filter Replacement Check it out folks, here’s how to do own fuel line recall fix !

pretty easy and the hardest is draining the fuel. As it turns this is the same procedure to replace the GT1000 fuel


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Shocks for the GT1000

April 21, — GT1000 Ikon and ECU Idling Problem: Here’s a from E.O. regarding problems with his GT1000:

I wanted to give you a quick on my GT. The Ikon 7614 shocks I installed several months ago been absolutely great. more comfortable for me and for my wife. She complaining since the changeover.

more, the front end is much stable, since the bike pogo like it did with the More control on the rear into better handling on the

Now, some issues, with idling. About miles or so, the bike began badly and would not idle after a cold start. It eventually settle down and after I got it running and took it for a for a few miles, but from a fresh or after having been sitting for an hour or so after a it just did not want to idle.

I had on the blog about a potential ECU but when I brought it in for the 7,500 (at 7,900), there were two — the gas tank one and another for an oil screen (the part 59 cents. Can’t imagine the shop will bill Nothing in the computer about an ECU

But, after the service, the could not get the bike to idle So, they ordered a stepper

Took over a week to and they just called and that didn’t work. So wondering if anyone else has an issue with idling, and the cure for it is? The shop did mention they will now look at the

I’m down two weeks and quite anxious. Thankfully, I the Bonnie and a Victory to back me up. But nothing like the rush I get on the GT.

If you any insight into possible for the GT1000 idling problem, drop us a line at

NOTE: can file a complaint with the Department of Transportation, National Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defect Investigation. the File a Complaint link on the side. Note that it is if you have your VIN number, but it necessary. If they get enough they may issue a recall.

on my experience, they are pretty on this type of issue.

Follow-up from E.O. 27, 2007) : I contacted the SE Ducati Rep last Friday, who I know a personal intro. He contacted the wrench, and when I returned week from an out of town trip, the bike was all set to go. Seems when the shop replaced the motor for the idle issue, failed to calibrate it. All these things on bikes today.

So they found out about step in the installation process, were able to get it running

The bike now runs much, smoother (both my wife and I and more powerfully, too. The wrench said that the were found to be over-tight, but are now spec, so the 7,500 mile is very important to have

Oh yeah, I specifically mentioned to the that the throttle cables had way too slack, which he adjusted to during the service. The adjustment a world of difference in 1st gear and slow speed maneuvers (U etc.), just like you in your report .

Looking forward to this so I can flame a few tanks of gas. let you know if I develop any other their resolution, etc. No means I’m out there up [s]miles.

From C.F.: I had the same problem but not until I had the GT1000 replacement ECU installed. motorcycle dealers) say it can’t be Anyway, I’m having success with adjusting the air screws. They definitely an effect on the idle.

I’m fine tuning but I am pleased the results so far.

Here’s an My bike idled too high when I backed the air bleed out

1-1/2 turns and also had a return to idle. I’ve to 3/4 turn out and it’s at about Pretty good and a little than the 1050-1100 it was at before I all this.

But, the cold very low idle (950-1000)/stall (same as E.O. describes) appeared after I had the ECU upgraded It idles fast for about 3 and then suddenly drops. By the the two shops I’ve asked this both say it’s and that they cannot for it.

From J.C.: Hi. Last at 1314 miles my GT would not My dealer had it for about 6 weeks calling me to pick it up.

The repairs covered under warrantee, and the order shows that fuel pump clamps and the ECU replaced.

I’m not certain the amount of time taken for the is significant since it’s New that we’re talking and Winter tends to get in the way of most between Thanksgiving and Spring. It may be the lions share of the new ECUs sent to warmer climates, but pure speculation.

Prior to the I’d say that the bike had the kinds of low-speed surging that have been by any number of your readers. been much easier to with the new ECU. I’ve had time to run a couple of tanks of gas it since the repair. It appears fuel mileage has improved on the of 10%, but I’ve been but have never seen

I’ve noticed that surging appears to return as the supply shrinks.

I’ve the bike aide from problems. I’ve added the comfort seat which my reports to be more comfortable the stock seat. I’ve added the factory parcel which oddly enough did not with hardware.

The existing are not long enough and I needed to some longer ones and washers. I’ve also the stock chrome lollipop with black mirrors a Monster.

I have not observed any problems, but then I haven’t had the that long and it’s in a garage.

Bar End Mirrors Again

30, 2006 — Plenty of good riding weather even though it’s 30! The temperature yesterday reached 58 F!

I lost an Oberon bar end mirror article ) — one minute it was and the next minute I looked and the left mirror was gone. The look great but I think are too many set screws to try and keep in the soft aluminum.

So I ordered a set of Racing Group (CRG) bar end and they arrived very (also available at Bevel along with many types of bar end mirrors). I moved the Oberon to the left side and the CRG on the right, using the 6-7mm or so of that sticks out from the twist grip and then the Ducati stock bar end weight it to hold it on.

Works great and the 3 CRG Hindsight LS mirror provides a field of view — better than the 2 Oberon. The CRG glass seems to be much quality also. I could get away with only the CRG because its slightly convex reveals everything right up to the light on the GT!

But I’ll install the left also and report back a day or two in a full-length review article photos. I may have to cut down the grip slightly on the left side to reveal the same of handlebar so the CRG mirror mount has to hold on to.

GT 1000 Paint

December 29, 2006 — been hesitant about my own 3M Scotchcal paint protection for the GT1000 to protect the paint on the tank. Even though I a lot of experience with this it’s very hard to it to something like the relatively compound curves on the back of the

Chris B. (FJR1300 ) told me the Tankslappers brand of pre-cut protection film, and lo and behold, have a set for the GT1000. I ordered a set and report back soon, but not 100% sure that they’re selling is the same 3M with the sticky stuff on that I’ve used in bulk or if it’s the plain paint protection film we used on the old Tiger. Beware of paint protection film isn’t sticky — it stick!

Anyway, I’ll back soon.

SportClassic Oil Screen Confusion

December 19, — Yet more information to the GT1000 oil and filter change ; this time regarding confusion on how often to remove and the oil pickup screen.

SportClassic Report

December 19, 2006 PS 1000 owner B.S. Determined to make this as good as I could for me I replaced the and rear suspension with the �hlins set up, [expensive] with the the same as the PS.

Also, since no damper is provided nor a lug on the frame to one, I purchased an �hlins damper from Steve in NZ who also had the appropriate brackets up and are very well made. Now I a far more compliant suspension and shakes are a thing of the past.

Ducati 1000 S 2

At an age of 58 I the riding position a bit too uncomfortable town mostly, with and neck complaining the most. I since replaced the original with the optional higher with much improvement in

My last change was to replace the with a tooth lower means the engine is less to �hunt� and low speeds and makes for a ride around town. my final challenge appears to be how to overcome the numbing of my right after 50kms or so due to vibration.

Any please on replacement grips or more kms lead to a loosening of the and less vibration etc?

GT Throttle Cable Adjustment and Woes

December 17, 2006 Can’t believe it’s almost one month since posted anything. The weather got — well, relatively anyway — and I got tied up some other projects. But now warmed up again (65 degrees on

17?!) so I went for a ride.

I the GT is really coming into its It feels like the engine has up and revs harder and smoother. still having a ball this thing; each I get on it I feel like I learn new about it that makes me it even more.

I noticed there seemed to be too much play and I checked it at over which is more than the minimum called for in the owner’s So I did some tweaking and wrote it up in a GT1000 Throttle Cable article.

Ducati GT1000 LED Lights and Turn Signals

By the way I was working on the continuation of the article looked at different lighting for the GT1000 (see article ). The GT wedge bulbs in the yellow and I wanted to try some wedge-type instead. I ordered a batch of 921 LED lights and a couple of 1157 to try in the brake/tail light.

Well, the box never arrived and I contacted the retailer and the Postal I discovered that the box must been stolen from my Hmmmmm. there’s $110.00 the drain. I placed a duplicate and paid extra to have it via UPS.

This time it and I put it aside and. somehow it disappeared.

My wife and I have apart the house, basement, cars. I’ve looked and can’t find it! I know it because I ordered a little LED key light also and that I

So there’s ANOTHER $115.00 the tubes! This is in addition to the order I placed when I ordered a bunch of 1156 thinking that the GT must use in the directionals. So far I’ve blown $300.00 on LED bulbs and have to show for it!

So, as you can imagine, I’ve up on this project for now.

Motor Oil for the GT 1000

November 21, — I just discovered important information on the recommended oil type for the GT1000; although somewhat confusing, Ducati recommends full synthetic Shell Advance Ultra 4, is virtually unavailable in the U.S.A. and Ducati recommends on page 149 of the owner’s manual, is a full oil.

I have created a new reference chart on the GT1000 oil page that suggests substitutes for the various Ducati (Shell Advance) lubricants.

see the updated entry on the GT1000’s oil change. using the amazing 300V double ester oil.


November 11, — Just posted basic maintenance article a GT 1000 chain adjustment. Not new here but nice to know it’s a relatively easy Many more webBikeWorld chain lube articles .

LED Brake Light

November 11, — Check out the SpiderLite LED brake light. I tried to it on the GT but ran into some problems so ordering a spare lens to try But this thing is pretty so I thought you might like to more!

Building the GT1000

3, 2006 — Just a link on the Ducati website (no active, unfortunately) with showing the GT1000 in the early of development; check out the �hlins on the prototype!

I’m ticked the weather here is starting to cold. Having to ride bundled up in winter clothing on an bike isn’t all that to me. just as I’ve finally to figure out all of the GT’s quirks and starting to feel very to me.

I wonder if putting a couple miles on it has freed up the engine a It seems to be running smoother the oil change also. And the mirror and replacement have, I think, a big difference also.

I’ve discovered two things — the shifter works like a so it pays to learn how to become smooth when shifting up; the really likes a smooth I’ve never owned a that had a shifting mechanism precise — the BMW’s owned in the past encouraged a deliberate shifting technique have created some bad habits on my part.

The GT1000 smooth shifting. Instead of off the gas all the way, just back off a bit and touch the shift pedal up and let the do the rest. This helps to the bucking on/off feel I think is partly the result of a flywheel.

It takes some but eventually I have learned to very precise and smooth on the and it makes a big difference in the bike’s

I’m still not fond of the (firmness) in the forks, and I definitely to find a way to correct it. Possibly weight fork oil will do it, or a set of the �hlins forks, which I will be released soon.

Many Sportbike riders assume that a stiffer must be better (i.e. racy), but this isn’t so. A motorcycle’s suspension must be enough to absorb all of the irregularities in the without transmitting them to the in a way that upsets the handling or unwanted inputs through the

I definitely think the GT1000’s forks should be more (i.e. softer, less more absorbing, etc.), for better bump absorption. would make the bike more pleasant overall. In the the trick is to try and keep as much off the handlebars as possible, which easy with the low bars on the GT.

One way to do is to squeeze the tank with the and knees to stay connected to the instead of keeping all the weight on the This helps to reduce steer and also the pre-tank-slapper shake that some riders have reported cornering on a bumpy surface.

The with grabbing the tank the legs is that the clothing can scratch the paint. And that’s why I have to get to the installation of the Scotchcal protection film as soon as I wish I could find a Scotchcal-like film that was grippy. I’m not referring to the stuff used on Sportbikes; I think that would the GT’s style.

Just clear, plain paint film that has grip.

By the you’ll want to make sure all of your braking and is done before the corners on bike. I know that’s to be the rule anyway, but it’s on the GT1000 because two things can — if you’re caught in a gear, it will chug and through the turn causing real puckering.

Or, if you downshift too or are going to slow in the turn and to give it throttle and you’re in a or too-low gear, watch because the lack of flywheel the relatively high horsepower and and the light weight will you out as soon as you touch the throttle!

Fly Screen

October 31, 2006 Happy Halloween! Here’s an on installing the National Cycle fly on the GT1000 (also fits the 1000). It looks great and is easy to install!

First Oil Change

October 22, 2006 GT1000 oil and filter change. of information and tips; whether you do it or bring it to the dealer, read article and learn what to ask. UPDATE: Includes on the second oil change, using 300V synthetic.

Billet Oil Cap

October 21, 2006 — Billet Oil Filler Cap

I just resist adding this oil filler cap to my Pro Italia shopping I started out looking for a Ducati oil wrench (more on that in an article) and ended up with

It’s way, way too expensive at and I’m disappointed with the You can see in the photo below left the machining marks are visible all the grip, underneath the too-thin

There are also some along the edge, so someone pay much attention to detail it was machined.

The hole is for a safety if desired. The cap comes with the shown in the photo.

It’s in red, gold, silver or and I sort of wish I got the silver, I think would probably better on the GT1000 painted casing.

A frivolous purchase, to be but hey, it’s a Ducati, and all about the bling, eh?

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