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Old 11-13-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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Ducati GT1000 Riders

I've been riding bikes for about 20 yrs and currently have a Triumph Bonneville but the Ducati really caught my eye. Ive sat on it and it feels less comfortable than the Bonne but other things seems better on it.

Any non-Ducati riders who now have the GT1000 feel free to post your comments on it. (ride, performance, suspension, handling, etc) I actually like the grayish green one, my local dealer has one for 9500-

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:17 PM   #2
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I've been riding bikes for about 20 yrs and currently have a Triumph Bonneville but the Ducati really caught my eye. Ive sat on it and it feels less comfortable than the Bonne but other things seems better on it.

Any non-Ducati riders who now have the GT1000 feel free to post your comments on it. (ride, performance, suspension, handling, etc) I actually like the grayish green one, my local dealer has one for 9500-

Thanks,
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I love mine. There's an old thread running here in Road Warriors with lotsa comments and pics: "Ducati GT1000 - WOW", I think it was. Feel free to send me a PM with specific questions if ya like. My 'Lil Duckie is the 2-tone cream/black, with Termi pipes/kit, small rack, tailbag, and Sport-1000 bar-end mirrors.

Until this spring, I'd always been a Suzuki loyalist, and still have an '85 GS-700ES - that I bought new - for a winter project. When I'm done, 'Lil Duckie will stay. Suzi may not......we'll see.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:14 AM   #3
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The GT keeps coming up regularly at the RAT board. Seems like a real common bike for Triumph riders to be interested in.
I've ridden a newer bonnie. Your right about the "comfort" - until you're up to speed. The T100 feels like you could fall off after 80mph, where as the Duc is just hitting it's groove.
The answer lies in yourself and what you are comfortable and happy riding.
That said I too LOVE my GT
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:15 PM   #4
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Test rode one a couple weeks ago. While it was a gorgeous bike, and had instantaneous power, I wasn't comfortable on it. Too much leaning on the bars for me--and I'm 5'11", 215 lbs. Crushed my nutsack on the tank, too.

Just fucking loved the sound though.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:50 AM   #5
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That seems to be the common complaint I hear, beautiful bike, great parts but the seat sucks and is uncomfortable

You'd think an italian bike company that sells a 10,500 bike could get a better seat.

Even my ironing board seat on the Bonne is tolerable.

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Old 11-17-2007, 05:28 AM   #6
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when i test rode it, i had no problem with the seat, but the cut-out for the knees on the tank seemed to catch my legs right on the upper seam of the tank. but it was a sweet ride.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:34 AM   #7
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That seems to be the common complaint I hear, beautiful bike, great parts but the seat sucks and is uncomfortable...
Dave-

Try it for yourself. I found the GT seat pretty comfortable on the 45 minute test ride I took. Otoh, I thought the pegs were a tad high for the kind of bike it is (and I'm used to clipons/rearsets).
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:57 AM   #8
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Ride one with the uncorked full Termi system and ecu and add a one tooth smaller front sprocket. You will believe in the Ducati twin.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:03 PM   #9
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My New GT 1000

I was off of bikes for about 15 years. Previously, I have ridden an Aerammachi (sp?) in the early "70's and then Honda, BMW, and Harley. I put the bikes down in my late '30's. Now, age 54, I bought myself a Ducati GT1000, two tone (cream and black.) The bike is achingly beautiful in its design, at least to my seasoned eyes. I put on the Termi pipes, a windshield and I am getting a sprocket for the rear that has more teeth because this bike flies like a bat out of hell and is ridiculously geared for American roads. That being said, it is a great bike, with a great engine that you just KNOW is there all the time and a stiff chassis. I did have to get used to it, however, as it is very twitchy compared to my last ride (Softail Heritage) and of course revs way higher than the cruisers. There is no flywheel action, apparently, on the throttle, so the slightest movement in your wrist will send the bike either flying forward or cutting way back on revs. Now, maybe for guys that are used to sport bikes this is not an issue but for an old cruiser guy like myself, it is taking some getting used to. The bike is more fun on the back roads than on the highway. It sounds just GREAT with the new Termi pipes. I am sure it is a great bike with a lot of character, but it is not a beginner's bike. It is a bike for a serious rider who can focus on what he is doing and get deep into the ride.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:43 PM   #10
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Any non-Ducati riders who now have the GT1000 feel free to post your comments on it.
Dave, They must be pretty close to a Hinckley Bonnie in comfort.. Mike Selman, the owner of Bella Corse (aftermarket Bonnie part supplier) has a Bonnie and a GT1000.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:31 PM   #11
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Ride one with the uncorked full Termi system and ecu and add a one tooth smaller front sprocket. You will believe in the Ducati twin.
Yeah... While waiting for my wife's Guzzi to get work done at Ducati Atlanta a guy rolled up on a GT1000 with the Termi cans.

It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:34 PM   #12
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Gorgeous bike!!! ...especially the red one!!! ...didn't buy one because... the Tuono puts a grin on my face like no other bike. Also, I am a Rotax guy, for sure not a desmo guy.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:31 PM   #13
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I agree, the GT1000 is a devilishly good looking ride.
Now let's see the pics.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:39 PM   #14
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gt1000

A received a email from a friend of a man in Dallas wanting to sell an almost brandnew 07 red one with very few miles. If you are interested pm me and I will connect you to my contact.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:11 AM   #15
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After seeing LT Snyder's 1000 Sport Classic (desmotimes.com) I would have to take that over the GT.
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