Rounding out their Sport Classic lineup, Ducati’s previously introduced Paul Smart 1000 and Sport 1000 have now been joined by the GT1000. All three models combine updated styling from the ’70s with modern components and engineering.
From the Ducati Press release:
Ducati GT1000 – The evolution of the species
The essential beauty and timeless style of the Ducati GT models of the 1970’s now comes to life again with this bike. The new Ducati GT1000 is a bike to be ridden everyday, with a balance of two-up comfort and Ducati Desmo Twin performance. The classic tradition of Italian Grand Touring returns in a successful mix of style and performance.
The shapes of the GT1000 are modern interpretations of the classic lines of the original GTs of the 70’s. The rather slim fuel tank features knee cut-outs on the sides and deep sculpting that allows for a comfortable riding position. Full fender front is mounted with elegant aluminium tubing braces. The trim side covers remind us of the 70’s originals, and feature small venting holes for accent. Many of the details like the top crowns, fork caps and handlebar mounts are finished in polished aluminium, and are complimented with the chrome surfaces of the wheels, instrument trim, handlebars and horn covers. Finally, the classic look is completed with chrome full-length exhaust pipes and mufflers, one per side.
The rider’s position on the GT1000 is one of comfort and control. The chromed tubular steel handlebars enables an upright riding position to be maintained. A well-padded dual seat is sewn in a classic pattern and features ‘Ducati’ printed in white proudly on the back. Rider footpegs are placed conservatively forward allowing comfort and good ground clearance at the same time.
The GT1000 is a true two-seater, so the passenger’s footpegs are also sensibly placed for “all-day” comfort.
The advanced Desmo 1000 Dual Spark engine powers the GT1000. The torquey air-cooled L-Twin is the perfect match for the GT1000’s comfort and performance attributes. Alloy cylinders, with their traditional cooling fins form the classic “L” configuration, reminding us of the original Taglioni design. Slim between the legs and exposed for all to see, the latest two valve Desmo system, fuel-injection, computer controlled engine management and Ducati Testastretta technology ensure that the 1000 DS engine is powerful, dependable and thrilling to ride.
Type L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement 992 cc
Bore x stroke 94 x 71,5 mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Power 67.7 KW – 92 HP @ 8000 rpm
Torque 91.1 Nm – 9.3 Kgm @ 6000 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust Chromed, stainless steel exhaust system
Gearbox 6 speeds
Clutch Wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Wheelbase 56,1 in
Steering Angle 32°
Front suspension 43 mm Marzocchi upside-down fork
Front wheel Spoke wheel with chromed steel rim, 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 – 17 with air tube
Rear suspension Twin shock absorbers, with frontal cam system spring preload
Rear wheel Spoke wheel with chromed steel rim, 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre 180/55 – 17 with air tube
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, floating caliper 2-piston (30-32 mm diameter )
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 1-piston (34 mm diameter) floating caliper with sintered pads
Fuel tank capacity 15 lt (of which 3,5 reserve)
Weight 407 lbs
Seat height 32,6 in
Instruments Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, warning light for low oil pressure, indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn signals, LCD clock, trip fuel, immobilizer
Tank and fairing colours Metallic dark grey, Ducati red
Frame colour black
Wheel colour aluminium