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Old 01-02-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Possible to make a Ducati Sportclassic comfortable?

Been loving the looks of the Ducati Sportclassic 1000 recently, but only read about how uncomfortable the bike is. Anyone owned and modified one to make it less of a torture rack? I know about the GT 1000, but there's something about the SC1000 that speaks to me a little more. Then again, I don't know if Ducati is even making these bikes anymore...
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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Ducati discontinued the SportClassic last year, and the GT this year, but it's not too hard to find decent, low-mileage SCs still. I've read of a few people using risers or conventional handlebars to improve the ergonomics successfully. I'd check out the SportClassic section of ducati.ms...lots of good info there on just this sort of thing.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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Hey there...they're only making the GT1000 these days, but yes, you can make the SC a bit more comfortable than the oem setup. they definitely make/made a higher clip-on for that bike, and I'm sure there are aftermarket offerings as well. The end result is probably a 3/4" rise that vastly improves the comfort factor of the SC.

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:10 PM   #4
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Replace the seat with a rock would be an improvement.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:19 AM   #5
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I don't even see them on the Ducati website anymore. Too bad, they were a nice looking retro...
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:54 AM   #6
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I don't even see them on the Ducati website anymore. Too bad, they were a nice looking retro...
I like the sport classic and Gt as well and seeing as Triumph, Harley, Guzzi etc all live off the classic look you'd think there would be a place for at least one classic model in the Ducati line up.

Shame! Hope they bring something out again.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:12 AM   #7
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Why not just buy a 90's carbed 900 Supersport? You can get a perfect, low mile bike for under $5k, and they're very comfortable. It's also one of the best looking bikes ever made. I've ridden the the Sportclassic and wouldn't even-trade either of my carbies for one. The 900SS is a modern classic. You can also make them quite quick with big pistons and flat slide carbs.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:21 PM   #8
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I had the same question a few years ago, and ended up buying the GT. It was a much better bike to look at than ride. Some people love them, but I strongly suggest that you try to ride one before you buy. I wish that I would have had the chance, because there is no way in hell that I would have bought it if I had. Monsters are far better bikes for less money.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:26 PM   #9
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Nope

I tried and tried. The problem with a risers is the fairing. You can raise the stock bars about 3/4 of an inch. More then that and the bars start to interfere with the fairing.

The SC1000s was the best looking/sounding bike I have owned. Also the most painful. Look around. There are plenty of cheap low mileage ones around. There is a reason.

Best to find one and sit on it or better yet, take it around the block.
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I had the same question a few years ago, and ended up buying the GT. It was a much better bike to look at than ride. Some people love them, but I strongly suggest that you try to ride one before you buy. I wish that I would have had the chance, because there is no way in hell that I would have bought it if I had. Monsters are far better bikes for less money.
+1, but only if your actual riding habits warrant more (than a GT).
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Why not just buy a 90's carbed 900 Supersport? You can get a perfect, low mile bike for under $5k, and they're very comfortable. It's also one of the best looking bikes ever made. I've ridden the the Sportclassic and wouldn't even-trade either of my carbies for one. The 900SS is a modern classic. You can also make them quite quick with big pistons and flat slide carbs.
+1/-1

if you can find a low mileage 900ss for low $ it tends to make some sense. if you can only find higher mileage ones, then be prepared to spend some serious money on them if the previous owner didn't. regardless, parts and the like will not be easy to come by, at least not as easy as the more modern day GT1000.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:11 PM   #12
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Ducati comfortable - ozymoron

No they cannot be made comfortable, they are Italian and made to be looked at and ridden fast for short distances. It is genetic.

Gold Wings are comfy and can be ridden fast but they are like taking your whole living room with you
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:55 AM   #13
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+1/-1

if you can find a low mileage 900ss for low $ it tends to make some sense. if you can only find higher mileage ones, then be prepared to spend some serious money on them if the previous owner didn't. regardless, parts and the like will not be easy to come by, at least not as easy as the more modern day GT1000.
Definitely buy the best one you can find, even if you pay a lot. It's always cheaper in the end.
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:21 PM   #14
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sport classic comfortable ?

yep, just eat some valiums or alot of asprins , youll be fine. or maybe take up yoga and get real flexable
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:36 PM   #15
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My Multistrada 1000 really is all day comfy with a Sargent seat.

Its not nearly the looker the SC and GT are though.
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