Our guide to vintage bikes takes a spin on Ducati’s latest attempt to recreate classic glory in a reliable new package. See what we thought of this Ducati during our 2007 Ducati GT1000 Quick Ride.
- The GT 1000's 56-inch wheelbase and steering-head angle of 32-degrees matches the stalwart Seeley-Suzuki race bike spot on.
- Duacti tried to capture the timeless style of engineer Fabio Taglioni's original 1970s sport bikes.
- According to Melling, the GT 1000 reaches maximum power at only 8,000 rpm and peak torque at 2,000 revs less.
- Our European correspondent Frank Melling was impressed that the GT 1000's motor had a roughness similar to bikes from back in the day.
- Melling banks a turn on the 2007 Ducati GT 1000 SportClassic .
- The GT 1000 deserves a warm round of applause, ticking every box for a retro bike yet remaining true to the spirit of classic motorcycling.
- The Ducati Desmo Twin performance engine was torquey and pulled like a train.
- The Ducati GT 1000 Sport Classic received Melling's hardy stamp of approval.
- The Ducati GT 1000 Sport Classic based its styling on modern interpretations of the classic lines of the original GTs.
- Ducati uses chromed tubular steel handlebars so riders can maintain a comfortable upright riding position.
- The timeless style of the 1970s Ducati GT models is reborn in the 2007 GT 1000.
- You don't have to be old school to apprectiate Ducati's choice of a well-padded dual seat.
- The 992cc, L-Twin engine registers a 10:1 compression ratio.
- The GT's 320mm Brembo brakes were one area Melling said were far from the classic twin leading shoes.
- The fuel tank features knee cut-outs on the sides so riders can tuck in and enjoy the ride.
- Chrome full-length exhaust pipes and mufflers, one per side, complete the GT 1000s classic look.