2007 has seen the introduction of a new model range to the Ducati name in the form of the Sport Classics. Just released in Australia the Sport Classic range features three models which all feature Cafe Racer inspired styling and performance which Ducati confess on their website.
All three models represent a modern twist on the original Cafe Racer style. The Sport 1000 (my favourite) features the most aggressive looks out of the three and comes standard with a bundle accessories that you would find clipped on to most old school racers. Here's an excerpt from Ducati's site title "A Cafe Racer for a New Generation".
"The Ducati Sport1000 captures the bold style of the early bikes. Starting with the traditional monochromatic colour themes of yellow, red and black, each bike also has a contrasting racing stripe across the fuel tank and tailpiece. All three colours are complemented with a classic black frame. With a solo seat and clip-ons, the Sport looks low, lean and ready for a ride in the twisties. The clip-ons on the Sport have, however, been raised about 20 mm compared to the Paul Smart for a slightly more relaxed position."
The Sport 1000 suspension setup includes 43mm upside down forks from Marzocchi in brushed aluminium, a fully adjustable single shock rear suspension from Sachs and an asymmetrical swingarm. The bikes handling has also been optimised by keeping the weight down to only 179kg.
Power is delivered to the rear tyre via an L-twin 992cc Ducati powerhouse using a 6 speed gear box and out putting 67.7kw or 92hp. The bike top out at around 145mph but I can't see many owners opening these bikes up as they are easily destined to become next generations classics.
One of the best things about this bike is it's styling. It features all the classic Cafe Racer style add-ons and comes in 3 bold, racing striped colours. With Bar end mirrors, down turned 'clip on' handlebars, chrome engine highlights and its raw naked look Cafe Racer enthusiasts will find them very hard to resist. The Sport 1000 is available now in Australia and will set you back around $19,000+ORC.
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