Ducati GT1000: Wow!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. giogolf

    giogolf Been here awhile

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    I have read people have had success sealing spoke wheels to allow for tubeless tires. However, I can not find any documentation on how to do this.
  2. markjenn

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    People do it and some report good results - I wouldn't trust it long term. I believe some of the wheel builders offer it. Some of the 950/990 guys have done it.

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  3. advNZer?

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    I dont think its the sealing that is the deal breaker.Tubeless rims have a shape which helps retain the tyre in place should the air escape.Non tubeless rims may not have that feature.Perhaps you could get new tubeless rims laced up to the exisiting hubs?
  4. motolocopat

    motolocopat When in doubt gas it!

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    I think that the price they are offering it at is fair. WHat I would negotiate with them on are to throw in the 600 & 6000 mile checkup for that price. This ensures that they are not trying to make up what they didn't make on the sell. Plus it is something that lots of dealers have ahigh markup on so to do this for you can be a significant savings while not costing them much... win/win. Also negotiate in a % discount for all of the Ducati crap you will invariably buy.

    I'd be asking about them being able to tune an exhaust with the standard ECU of if you have to get a big bucks Ducati racing one to make a pipe work correctly.

    They want to get it offof the floor, you want to get it set up right..
    Heck I think I'd tell them I'd give them $9500-10,000 but you and an exhaust that is tuned, the 600 & 6000 mile service included and a %20 discount on all accessories for the first year..

    They DEFINITLY NEED TO CHANGE the Timing belts before the bike is run at all! there is a 2 year change out n them regardless of miles. They are rubber, the rubber dries out and is worse when sitting without rolling over occassionally...... you ride it the crack and the valves start banging pistons.

    I would not be worrying about tubeless tires if this bike stirs your soul. If I was on a long trip then I'd carry a spare tube with me that coud be inserted if needed.
  5. giogolf

    giogolf Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great info, especially the timing belts. Regarding the exhaust, are you saying throw in a new exhaust and have it tuned., along with the next 2 services? Thanks
  6. Rich Dubbya

    Rich Dubbya Pimpadimpolis

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    My buddy of mine had his sealed . Want to say it was Buchanan's .
  7. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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  8. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    After much research I went to the Ducati dealer today and just asked....

    "Hi, Im down to my shortlist of a triumph scrambler and a gt1000. Why should I spend $12,000 on a new GT1000 or any price on a used one, when they come with an inherent factory flaw, where a recorded %70 of them have tanks that spread from ethanol in the fuel? Regardless that Ducati most often honors a replacement tank, though it's an identical tank that can do it again. :dunno"

    I was honestly curious and thought he'd have some sort of a good sales driven response. He said......... "I don't know what to tell ya man. Triumphs are cool bikes"

    What?! :lol3 At least he was honest :uhoh

    He did say that they've started coating the insides of the replacement tanks w/ some sort of liner that they're hoping prevents it. Though it's $250 bucks. I asked if they could line the tank of a new bike. He called someone and said yes, but if it's had fuel in it they'd need a week to fully clear the tank of prior fuel traces before adding the liner.

    It's a step in the right direction, but I'm still seriously disappointed. I can justify ALOT of otherwise not so great idea's but, dropping that amount of coin on a bike with that type of issue is a tough one to swallow. :uhoh

    Thoughts? Anyone heard news? This is borderline deal breaker for me and it really bums me out. :cry

    Here's pics because we all love pics :thumb

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  9. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    a well documented problem, and one that you can read a lot more about at Ducati.ms.

    a real shame as they're beautiful motorcycles. the suspensions on those bikes are subpar, but they sure are pretty in my eyes.
  10. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Ducati MS is where I got the numbers for the amount of owners that were experiencing the problem :eek1 I had no idea it was that common. The dealer I went to today had 2 used ones out front for sale (one was sugar ray leynards... random:dunno) And one was on it's 2nd tank and it had already happened again (bad, you could almost lift the whole tank off) and the other's right side could be pulled up almost 2 inches. I keep saying what a deal breaker it is, then I look at more pics of it and soften up :lol3 Damn bike.
  11. 3power

    3power Cafe'er

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    That was a deal breaker for me, too. Not to mention that I think the bike is really not well proportioned. The tank is just HUGE.
  12. tbirdsp

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    True, but my biggest issue with the styling is the HUGE air gap above the rear wheel:huh
  13. Dave in Wi

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    If you have not already, make sure you get a test ride on a Scrambler first.
  14. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Funny, I love that rear gap :lol3 Im not know for good taste though :uhoh
    Im gonna head over to a trump dealer this afternoon and plant my ass on a scrambler. I had an 07 bonnie black for a year before I let her go..... which was the one bike sale I've done thus far that I still regret :baldy
  15. mammal

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    My understanding is that the tank issue is due to gas with ethanol (sorry if that was mentioned earlier, didn't want to go through the entire thread). FWIW, I've got almost 16,000 miles on my GT since I got it last year, and while it did have small degree of tank spread when I got it, a simple shim with a few washers resolved the issue without any furrther spreading. I'm in Ohio, where ethanol isn't so common, so perhaps that's why. At any rate, I've ridden the bike around town, up to Lake Placid, NY, and through countless twisty back roads throughout central and SE Ohio. Love the bike, and not a single mechanical issue so far. Of course, mine IS red, which is not only the fastest, but I believe the most reliable color. :1drink
  16. tbirdsp

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    I just bought an '09 Bonnie Black:evil I had a '98 Thunderbird Sport which I sold, I regret that one:cry
  17. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Pictures kind sir!! Pictures!
  18. mammal

    mammal Been here awhile

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    Always glad to show off the Italian lady in action..:evil
    Back road somewhere around Lake Placid..
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    The GT in "ADV mode"...
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    And the requisite glamor shot, of course...
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    Since these pics I've added forged 5-Spoke Marchesini wheels...what a difference! The bike handles so much better, and the suspension isn't the bone-jarring experience in the city it once was.
  19. BluStar

    BluStar n00b

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    Just picked up a 2007 GT1000 two weeks ago and really enjoying the ride. Appreciate the comments on the thread and was wondering if anyone is still following since the last post was a couple of years ago.
  20. Morgan Steele

    Morgan Steele Been here awhile

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    I haven't been following the thread but I love the bike. Post a photo and give some details about your new Sport Classic.