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Old 08-06-2007, 08:19 AM   #136
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Dear GT riders,
Does the rear rack that Ducati sell for the GT1000 make a good passenger grab rail?

YES - That's what it is best at - not much load capacity
Does anyone find they catch their heels on the bracket for the exhaust and rear foot pegs?
No
Is the bike any good for two up use (with the Ducati bags)?
No - the front of the bags cuts into the calf room for the passanger. Over at the Sport Classic forum in Ducati.ms a guy spoke of repositioning the passenger pegs forward to fix that
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Old 08-06-2007, 05:11 PM   #137
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Just my .02. If you are looking to tour get something else. If an occasional trip to the store and a few farkles to pick up is all you need get the tailbag. The Terminonis are not impressive at all. Too loud, sheesy build and not really shiny at all unless you are constantly cleaning them. Get the Staintunes or go w/the stock and drill out the honeycomb metal inside.
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Old 08-06-2007, 05:13 PM   #138
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As for 2 up riding I had my seat modifies check pics on this thread and wifey loves it up to 3 hour rides!! Hope this helps. Broom Broom!!
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:58 AM   #139
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Here's me, the Old Phart.......and yes, I *do* realize that Selena is much too beautiful for a guy like me. But she loves me anyways. Go figure!

Viva Il Duckie!!
Cool pic and bike. Thanks for posting it:)
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:24 PM   #140
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Dear GT riders,
Does the rear rack that Ducati sell for the GT1000 make a good passenger grab rail?
Does anyone find they catch their heels on the bracket for the exhaust and rear foot pegs?
Is the bike any good for two up use (with the Ducati bags)?
Do the termis, ecu & airbox lid make any more power? or is it just more noise?
Regards,
Prospective rider.
#1: Yes, it does, and the bag that fits the rack is remarkably functional. Rather spendy, yes......but good looking and use-able.

#2: Nope. No such problems at all. My Lovely Lady Selena was comfortable passengering for our 122-mile canyon-dance a few weeks ago, and we only bumped feet once.

#3: I dunno, don't have the saddlebags on mine. Sorry I can't help ya there.

#4: I did indeed feel the difference in performance between the stock (650 miles) unit that I test-rode, and my fresh motorcycle with the Termignoni muffler/ECU/airbox kit. There is indeed more volume to the new mufflers, but it is a pleasant sound - not at all like a 'straight-piped' Harley. She *does* 'cackle' (subdued backfiring) a bit on deceleration, but I kinda think that adds to her charm.

I know 'larrybiker1' prefers his stock mufflers, as he's modified them, and that's fine: to each his/her own. I'm very happy with my choices, and ride 'Lil Duckie daily to work, and most everywhere else, too.

And to '101N': As for posting pics, I sure hope you enjoyed Selena's images more than mine - if not, you may be a very disturbed individual! Thanks in either case!

Viva Il Duckie!!
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:22 PM   #141
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Hey Duckie still out there??? I was thinking of painting mine black. Putting DUCATI lettering in red on the tank. Got some ole man cruiser bars from Dennis Kirk 32 wide 7 pullback 6-9 rise at the ends. No more wheelies but what a neat bike. I have a lil bigger windscreen than the natl cycle. It is made by GIVI and is approx 12 inch tall with a gloss black finish. I ordered bar end mirrors and foam grips from cycle gear to get rid of those monster sized original mirrors and make it look cleaner. When I install bar mirrors and grips I will post new pics. This bike is stunning and I cant go anywhere w/out people buggin me about it which isnt a bad thing I guess. Happy riding guys!!!
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:49 PM   #142
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You ain't lost me yet, Larry!

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Hey Duckie still out there??? I was thinking of painting mine black. Putting DUCATI lettering in red on the tank.
I'm still here, Larry. *grin* Red on black might just be a hot combination, with perhaps a silver-grey pinstripe to separate them. I'm all in favor of customization in general, but I kinda like 'Lil Duckie looks just the way she is now. Before taking on any real travel, I'll need to have the seat altered a bit to keep my 'naughtybits' safely away from the fuel tank.....and maybe some kinda small fairing to calm the airstream a little bit.

On that note, I did get a look - and sit - on Ducati's factory 'comfort seat' for the GT-1000. It's an improvement over stock, but not quite what I need. They seem to have shortened the rider's portion a little in the re-shaping process, and my a** is just a tad too big, leaving me much less room to shift positions. It may be just the ticket for riders with less ample backsides than mine, though, and the price very pleasantly surprised me .

In my case, the 'winter project' begins with a mid-80's Suzuki sportbike that needs resto-mod work. Hopefully, I'll have both beauties to ride by springtime - and choose my poison! From riding one, then the other, I'll have a better idea what changes I may want to make with both - if any.

Have fun in the wind!

Viva Il Duckie!!
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:53 PM   #143
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This one looked pretty sharp - seen at Laguna Seca over the weekend



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Holy Crap I just saw my next bike.
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:19 PM   #144
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Yeh, obviously I had my seat redone and the grey leather was added. Carlos made it a litttle longer in the drivers portion and the pics show he put an edge around the rear to keep the wife comfey. I hope the factory tailpiece you have still bolts on because I am ready to order it. I probably wont paint it cause they grey, black, and chrome go together well. Staintunes will be in the near future with a possible different set of bars (AGAIN)!! The Ducati comfort bars with my lil home made risers worked well but they were a little too narrow for my shoulder width. Ive tried 3 different bars from FLANDERS and I think I found the best dimensions for me in an upcoming bar made for the Suzuki GS-E from Dennis Kirk. Once I get the bars dialed in that bike is my keeper for sure. The miles just get racked up with no questions. I wish more riders could experience this bike. It rated very high in one of the european blogs but Americans seem to really like extreme models compared to Europeans. Oh well happy miles to all!!!
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:48 PM   #145
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Sir that pic of the fork in the kids nose is shakin me up pretty bad!!!! Hope the little tike is ok!!!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:20 PM   #146
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Just a 'lil update......

This thread's been quiet for a while, so I thought I'd perk it up a bit. 3262 miles on 'Lil Duckie thus far, and the fuel mileage is improving gradually - now averaging just a tad under 42 MPG in town on Sinclair 91 octane. With more highway miles in the mix, I've seen 45.1 MPG.

And there's more volume to the fuel tank than I've written of before. If following the owner's manual, and filling to the bottom of the filler neck, there's 3-1/2 gallons there - known from the time I accidently ran her dry. But fueling it up to the hole in the neck near the top has caused no problems, and adds up to the 3.9 gallon capacity advertised. I stand corrected, with apologies to the Ducati engineers.

I'm also pleasantly surprised with something else.....I'd expected to have fasteners vibrating loose regularly, all over 'Lil Duckie. Yanno ~ big twin engine, solidly mounted in the frame and everything. But nothing missing or loose yet. Go figure!

I'll most likely have the seat re-shaped, and soften the suspension a bit during the Colorado winter snows. Might even invest in a small fairing ~ just big enough to break the highway-speed winds a bit. If Ducati should make a larger version of the Monster bikini fairings, that'd be ideal for me, 'cause I'd rather not go aftermarket if I can avoid it.

Happy riding to all, and to all a good night!

*grin*
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:40 PM   #147
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good to see y'all buying these fun bikes!

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Old 09-04-2007, 08:46 PM   #148
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I bought one of those fun bikes 29 years ago! Still looks like it did when it rolled out of the showroom!

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Old 09-21-2007, 06:57 PM   #149
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Ride report, and a question.

Been a very quiet thread lately - and I've got a question for my fellow GT-1000 owners: What kinda fuel mileage are you getting? My last canyon ride returned 45.2 MPG on the first leg, and 49.8 MPG on the way home. Best range was 170.7 miles at top-up tonight.

This was a 2-up ride in the Colorado Rockies, in search of golden aspen trees to look at and take pics of. Combined human weight was about 320#.....with me weighing in at twice Jenn's (Playz-N-Mud) petite blonde-ness...

There's ride reports and pics in two threads in 'Rockies' ~ Aspen Hunt, and Shitter with a View ~ for those interested. We both had a blast!


Have fun!
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:00 PM   #150
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Still considering one of these or the Sport 1000 biposto- I noticed someone asking about a forum, there's a great one with lots of owners here:

http://www.ducati.ms/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=77
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