Ducati Sports Classic GT1000


Ducati has just added a 3rd bike to the Sports Classics range, the GT1000. Created using most of the same nuts and bolts that you'll find on the other 2 bikes in the Sports Classic range (Sport 1000 and Paul Smart) the GT1000 manages to still stand alone and has enough style to set it apart from the other family members.



At first glance, the bike looks a lot tamer than the rest of the range. Its styling is more reminiscent of older Brit bikes with its more refined looking mudguards and spoked rims and the lack of the wasp-like tail section and side single seat. But the performance figures of this bike are pretty much identical to the Sport 1000...in fact if you have a look at this list you will see that side by side the bikes are almost identical

Type
GT: L-twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder; air cooled
Sport: L-twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder; air cooled

Displacement
GT: 992 cc
Sport: 992 cc

Power
GT : 67.7 kw - 92 hp @ 8000 rpm
Sport : 67.7 kw - 92 hp @ 8000 rpm

Torque
GT : 9.3 kgm (67.3 lb-ft) @ 6000 rpm
Sport : 9.3 kgm (67.3 lb-ft) @ 6000 rpm

Fuel injection
GT: Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Sport: Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body

Exhaust
GT: Chromed stainless steel exhaust system
Sport: Black exhaust system with two right-side mufflers

Gearbox
GT: 6 speed
Sport: 6 speed

Primary drive
GT: Straight cut gears; ratio 1.85
Sport: Straight cut gears; ratio 1.84

Final drive
GT: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Sport: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38

Clutch
GT: Wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Sport: Dry multiplate with hydraulic control

Frame
GT : Tubular steel trellis
Sport : Tubular steel trellis

Front suspension
GT: 43 mm upside-down fork
Sport: 43 mm upside-down fork

Front brakeGT : 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, floating caliper 2-piston
Sport : 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 2-piston, floating caliper

Front wheel
GT: Spoke wheel with chromed steel rim 3.50 x 17
Sport: Spoke wheel with aluminium rim 3.50 x 17

Front tyre
GT: 120/70 R 17 with an air tube
Sport: 120/70 R 17

Rear suspension
GT: Twin shock absorbers with frontal cam system spring preload
Sport: Sachs fully adjustable monoshock absorber on the left side

Rear brake
GT: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper
Sport: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper

Rear wheel
GT: Spoke wheel with chromed steel rim 5.50 x 17
Sport: Spoke wheel with aluminium rim 5.50 x 17

Fuel tank capacity
GT : 15 L / 3.9 US gal (includes 3.5 L / 1 US gal reserve)
Sport : 15 L / 3.9 US gal (includes 3.5 L / 1 US gal reserve)

Weight
GT : 185 kg / 407 lbs
Sport: 179 kg / 394 lbs

COLOUR COMBINATIONS
GT : (Metallic dark grey-black-chrome) (Ducati red-black-chrome)
Sport : (black-black-aluminium) (red-black-aluminium) (burnt yellow-black-aluminium

Versions
GT: Dual seat
Sport: single seat

So why would you go for the tamer looking GT1000 when you could spend an extra 2k and grab yourself a Sport 1000? Well if comfort and two up riding is high on your list this would be the better choice.



The GT1000 features some nice design tweaks that stand out above the Sport 1000 and make it my choice of the 2...why? Well if you read my write up on the Sport 1000 you will know that I had a few nasty things to say about its design, such as the ugly black side-mounted twin pipes and the massive chunk of plastic hanging off the tail. The GT1000, however, has addressed both of these problems and come out a winner. The twin exhaust pipes sit either side of the bike and are finished in chrome and the addition of mudguards has allowed the removal of that plastic crap at the back. Also with a bit of imagination, this bike could be modified to be a very cool looking Cafe Racer...Ace style bars, bar ends mirrors, single seat conversion (if you wanted) chrome guards and maybe some straight pipes...I'm starting to salivate!

All up another very impressive machine from Ducati. If Ducati keep adding to the Sports Classic range of motorcycles they may just become my favourite manufacturer for 2006 and possibly years to come.

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