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Ducati Sport Classics coming soon!

By Sean Alexander, Nov. 10, 2003
There has been a huge buzz, since the shocking unveiling of the Ducati "Sport Classic" concept bikes in Tokyo. MO covered the unveiling here including photos of each beautiful bike and a link to Ducati's kick-ass retro-70's disco-porn flash presentation.

As I said before, these bikes look "production ready". Now that Ducati has decided to tour with the bikes, I'm guessing they are going to be announcing series production, any day. (If they don't, they get to wear a "Dunce" cap for eternity) -Sean



Inspired by the Sportbikes of the 1970s, Ducatis Three SportClassic Prototypes are the Stuff of Enthusiasts Dreams

Bologna Italy, 1 November 2003 Our dreams live in the legends of racing, in riders like Paul Smart who helped us to write some of the most wonderful pages in the history of world motorcycling. Our dreams live in the simple and classic lines, the rich details and the colours of those trail-blazing Ducati sport bikes of the 1970s remarks Federico Minoli, President of Ducati Motor Holding.

Minoli continues with The three bikes to be unveiled represent the perfect mixture of winning technology - always a Ducati hallmark - with the timeless beauty of Ducati Design. PaulSmart, Sport, GT - three motorcycles designed to wet the appetites of enthusiasts everywhere, giving our Ducatisti, we hope, something to dream about. The bikes you will see are design studies. They are not for sale. And yet, at Ducati we know that dreams sometimes come true.

Whilst all three machines embody the same essential concept, timeless Ducati design linked with high performance, the individual designs, named PaulSmart 1000, GT 1000 and Sport 1000 offer three particular expressions of Ducati heritage while utilizing the latest and most innovative Ducati technologies.

The PaulSmart 1000 is inspired by the 750 Imola on which Paul Smart rode to victory in the historic 200 Miles of Imola in 1972. The PaulSmart 1000 bike brings the spirit of its predecessor back to life with levels of performance able that surpass the expectations of todays most demanding two-wheel enthusiasts.

The GT 1000 is a sport bike eminently suitable for everyday use, striking a perfect balance between the comfort of a two-seater and the performance of a twin-cylinder Desmo engine. Tradition and stylish elegance are merged seamlessly in this machine, made even more interesting by high-spec componentry and the road performance modern Ducati motorcycles.

The Sport 1000 is a gutsy Café Racer. Ducati through-and-through, with a coat of bold Ducati yellow paint, the Sport delivers timeless good looks and excitement that fans and enthusiasts expect of all Ducati sport bikes.

The unveiling will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California December 11th 2003, and the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City January 2nd 2004.

Founded in 1926, the Ducati company is a maker of sport motorcycles with powerful desmodromic engines characterized by innovative design and cutting-edge technology. The Ducati range of bikes covers five market segments, differing in terms of technical specifications and customer profile: Superbike, Super Sport, Monster, Sport Touring, and Multistrada.

Ducati bikes are sold in more than 40 countries around the world, mostly on the European and North American markets. Ducati has won eleven of the last thirteen World Superbike Championship titles and notched up more individual race wins than all the other competing marques put together. For more information on the company, visit our website http://www.ducati.com.

This press release contains statements and forecasts subject to risks that could lead to substantial differences between the results effectively achieved by the company and those originally expected, as set out in the prospect published 23rd March 1999.
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