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Old 10-21-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Ducati GT 1000

Anybody know anything about it? It might be time for a change.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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I have a Sport 1000, different bike but still in the same line and has the same motor. What are you looking to find out about it?
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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I have an '07, cream/black GT-1000, with 14,000+ miles. 'Lil Miss Duckie fits me very comfortably, and is an absolute blast to ride. Ask your questions, and you'll get answers.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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I have a Sport 1000, different bike but still in the same line and has the same motor. What are you looking to find out about it?
Any insights you have would be welcome, I'm actually interested in the both the GT 1000 and the Sport 1000, for day tripping and maybe some longer distance stuff.

I've had a cross-section of bikes over the last 18 years, a 750 standard (K75), a Harley Softail, a BMW twin (R1100 RT) sport tourer, a BMW in-line 4 (K1200 RS) sport tourer, and a couple of Goldwings (including my current 1800). Collectively I've put close to a quarter of a million miles on them. None of them have been lightweights (the Wing is ~900 lbs wet), even the 750 was well over 500 lbs with luggage.

A Ducati would be something very different I think, starting with being much smaller & lighter than any of my previous rides. I'm interested in the handling, comfort (suitability for touring), power delivery, reliability, quality, maintenance frequency/cost, special issues, strengths/weaknesses. Just about anything you can tell me would be new information.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:40 AM   #5
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I own a GT1000. I find it to be a great around town ride really flickable and a great engine. I also find the bike to be very comfortable on longer rides. My bike has been very reliable and pretty easy to work on.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:46 AM   #6
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From what I understand the GT1000 is the comfortable one, the sport is not. (for all day riding, anyway) I really want to get a ride on a GT1000...maybe it's time to saunter over to the Ducati dealer...
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:08 AM   #7
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I own a GT1000. I find it to be a great around town ride really flickable and a great engine. I also find the bike to be very comfortable on longer rides. My bike has been very reliable and pretty easy to work on.
What kind of cruising range do you get on a tank?
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:23 AM   #8
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From what I understand the GT1000 is the comfortable one, the sport is not. (for all day riding, anyway) I really want to get a ride on a GT1000...maybe it's time to saunter over to the Ducati dealer...
This is very true. While the Sport is an absolute blast to run through the twisties with, and take for spirited rides in general, a commuter/light touring bike it is not. Mine has been changed around quite a bit in order to wring more performance out of it so it is even more focused than most though. The majority of people that own these things end up trying to raise the bars to get a slightly more upright riding position. Having said that though, the 1000DS motor is a great mill. It is simple, fairly developed (still possible to get more out of it) and with close to stone-like reliability. The only real down side (if you call it such) is that they do have more frequent service intervals than a lot of other bikes. But, from '07 onwards those intervals increased from 6000 to 7500 miles, so they really aren't that bad. Maintenance is not that bad either as long as you are ok doing your own oil changes. The one big draw back is that parts, and accessories, are can be kind of pricey.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:55 AM   #9
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Was the "spreading tank" issue ever resolved on these bikes?
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:01 AM   #10
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:00 AM   #11
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What kind of cruising range do you get on a tank?
That is its only downfall for a touring bike. I am only getting about 160 miles between stops.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:54 AM   #12
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Friend of mine owns one and can't be convinced to ride something else. He really loves that bike. :)
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #13
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The 1000 and 1100 twinspark engine is one of the nicest running motorcycle engines I have experienced. The closed loop fuel injected versions ran pretty lean at idle when the bikes were introduced. The solution is the Ducati Performance ecu and Termignoni or other exhaust. That really makes them run well. Drop one tooth off the front countershaft sprocket and it is perfect.
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:00 PM   #14
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Very happy with my GT1000 and have been informed by my daughter after her first ride, when I'm done with it "IT WILL BE HERS". Told her she has a long wait and I'll make a note in my will.

Tank problem is being addressed by Ducati and covered under both the bike and emmisions warranties.

Weak point is the suspension, set up for some skinny 160lb Italian, and steel spoked wheels with tubes in them.

Dropped in some RaceTech springs with the correct spring rate for this 190lb rider and no more bottoming out.

Lots of info here waiting for you http://www.ducati.ms/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=77
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:44 PM   #15
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Test ride scheduled for Saturday. Oh shit.
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