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Old 06-18-2006, 08:51 AM   #1
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Ducati GT1000: Wow!

I just saw the new GT1000 at my local Ducati dealer yesterday and all I can say is that it is one of the most beautiful bikes I have seen in a long time! Ducati has apparently been working hard at making maintenance easier and cheaper too. The dealer was telling me that maintenance costs have been reduced by about 40% and that the interval is now 7,500 miles. I am seriously thinking about forking the dough for one of them. I am waiting to see the red one next weekend at the Ducati Open House. And then, who knows!
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Old 06-18-2006, 02:19 PM   #2
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It is pretty. But, the 1000 Sport is even nicer! My dealer says that ST clip-ons will fit on the Sport. Now that would be a sweet ride.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:08 PM   #3
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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It is pretty. But, the 1000 Sport is even nicer! My dealer says that ST clip-ons will fit on the Sport. Now that would be a sweet ride.
what would be sweet, putting old man ST bars on a Sport Classic?

NEGATIVE GHOST RIDER... NEGATIVE!
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:27 PM   #5
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what would be sweet, putting old man ST bars on a Sport Classic?

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No, having a Sport Classic that an old man like me can ride.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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I really like this classic series from Ducati - all of them. Which makes me think that the next styling cue will come from the Darmah. A mate of mine had one around the same time as I had a bevel 900SS.

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Old 06-19-2006, 04:28 AM   #7
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[quote=gore-tx]Ducati has apparently been working hard at making maintenance easier and cheaper too. The dealer was telling me that maintenance costs have been reduced by about 40% and that the interval is now 7,500 miles. quote]

One of the great all time motorcycling secrets is that Ducati belt drive 2V maintenance has always been cheap and easy. Crappy dealers and non-Duc riders have perpetuated the myth of expensive and difficult service. A monkey with basic hand tools could adjust valves and change belts on a 2V Duc. After the first one or two services, the valves seem to stay put, and all the rest of the services are just checks with no adjustment needed.

The new Sport Classics are super sweet, and I hope Ducati does really well with them.
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Old 06-19-2006, 06:11 AM   #8
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Other than often getting the new models a year or two after Europe, N. Americans should consider themselves lucky. Why? You should see the travesty of a muffler that Ducati is forced to graft to the side of the bikes to meet EURO3 emmissions and noise regulations.

It's so ugly, words fail me...
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Old 06-19-2006, 03:52 PM   #9
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Too bad about the budget suspension...

Has anyone ridden one yet? I'd like to hear their thoughts on how well the suspension is setup from the factory.
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:14 PM   #10
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Well, I am planning on riding one this weekend. Most Ducati dealers will have an open house. Some of them will have demo rides. Check with your local dealer.
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:16 PM   #11
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no GT1000 for Canadian test rides...

Hey gore-tex, please post your impressions of the bike. I will be interested to hear what you have to say. I will be riding a Sport 1000 on Thursday at my (somewhat) local dealer. I'll post my thoughts.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:34 AM   #12
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I rode a demo Sport 1000 yesterday

I'm currently riding a Guzzi V11 Sport and I'm interested in the GT1000, so here are my relevant thoughts on the Sport 1000 I rode yesterday:

Pros:
- very nice motor, good throttle response, beefy midrange
- same budget Marzocchi forks as on V11, but better setup from Ducati
- looks hot, GT1000 is even better looking IMO
- taught suspension, but not too harsh

Cons:
- wooden rear brake (maybe an easy fix with new pads?)
- plank seat, but the GT1000 looks more comfy
- bars WAY too low, but again, the GT1000 solves this problem

The V11 (with stock exhaust) makes nicer sounds, but feels sluggish in comparison (being 100 lbs heavier might have something to do with it...) Cycle Canada says that the GT1000 sounds like a real Ducati with the stock mufflers. I can't wait to hear it!
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:28 PM   #13
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Well, I did not get to try a GT1000 afterall.
It looks gorgeous, especially in red (to me). I guess they wanted me to fork out the money first...
Sorry guys, but I don't have any reviews.
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Old 06-24-2006, 06:57 PM   #14
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I just saw the new GT1000 at my local Ducati dealer yesterday and all I can say is that it is one of the most beautiful bikes I have seen in a long time! Ducati has apparently been working hard at making maintenance easier and cheaper too. The dealer was telling me that maintenance costs have been reduced by about 40% and that the interval is now 7,500 miles. I am seriously thinking about forking the dough for one of them. I am waiting to see the red one next weekend at the Ducati Open House. And then, who knows!
What? This is a modern traditional Italian motorcycle! What are you doing!?!?
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Old 06-24-2006, 07:55 PM   #15
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What? This is a modern traditional Italian motorcycle! What are you doing!?!?
I never said I don't appreciate these kind of motorcycles. I am just not limited to them.
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