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Old 09-08-2006, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Re: 2006 Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic Road Test

Pretty bike.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
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It reminds me of a Japanese UJM--there I said it.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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So real world motorcycles are more fun to ride in the real world than feet forward cruisers or a$$ in the air sport bikes? Go figure. Hopefully nicely styled standards such as this will find a wide audience and keep our expanding our sport with new riders.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:30 AM   #4
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Please ignore that superfluous "our".
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2006 Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic Road Test

Haven't ridden one yet; sat on one last weekend at the Tampa dealer and for a regular-sized guy (6-4, 235), it's a heckuva lot friendlier than the Paul Smart replica I covet. I must admit to a predilection for bikes that have a reasonable pillion; I've reached an age and a stage at which feminine company of my choosing is a critical concern.



And what is the deal with all of the stubby saddles lately? This Ducati is very comfortable for one, okay for two, but the saddle should have been 2"-3" longer. The Speed Triple, one of my favorites, is worse, as are any number of Buells. If you're gonna put passenger pegs on 'em, make the saddles long enough for two! I promise not to do anything stupid riding two-up. No, really, I do. But I wanna be able to tote a friend and have her come back again.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:21 AM   #6
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Of the classic line, it's actually their Sport 1000 which utterly yanks my crank. That thing is just sex on wheels.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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I just can't.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:38 AM   #8
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Lovely bike. Definitely one I can add to my list of a "must try" bike. And as always, good job Yossef.
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:57 AM   #9
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I meant everybody but you

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Old 09-08-2006, 12:34 PM   #10
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Default Re: I'm in love, sort of

I'm a big fan of sporty bikes with standard seating positions. I recently saw this bike in person and it indeed looks beautiful. Of course, it was a friend's early 1970s 750GT (in red, of course) that first got me hooked on bikes in the first place, so my brain was already wired to like this bike.



However, there are a few things I don't like about this bike. First, at 5'6" I find the seat on this bike taller than it needs to be. Slightly shorter shocks would have reduced that air under the rear fender look and made the bike easier for inseam challenged riders at the same time. This is correctable, but I can't imagine that there weren't better ways to make ground clearance... like making the pipes narrower.



The other thing is that there are a lot of cheap details on this bike that let down the styling upon closer inspection. The cheap plastic rear brake reservoir is one. This might be fine for a fully faired bike where this stuff is hidden, but the this crappy looking plastic stuff and undfinished details around the engine just look poor on a bike like this. I'm sure Ducati dealers and the aftermarket will have solutions for this in the near future.
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