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Ducati Press Rel: 2008MY SportClassic Range


The SportClassic family was launched at the end of the 2005. It recreates the original styles that came from the Ducati factory during the 1970s, motorcycles characterised by minimalist, sporting design with exposed frames and classic bodywork shapes typical of the ‘Café Racer’ era. To emphasis the unique style of these bikes, Ducati has applied modern engineering techniques and finishes to original component design, featuring plenty of chrome and polished finishes that literally mirror the beautiful features of the original motorcycles.

The entire SportClassic family combines retro style with modern technology and uses the fantastic Desmo 1000 DS engine. Delivering impressive torque, this air-cooled 90° L-Twin is the ideal engine for the SportsClassic models. The cylinders, with their traditional cooling fins and classic L-configuration, remind us of the original design by Taglioni. The 1000 Dual Spark Desmo two-valve engine, which complies with the Euro 3 standards, has electronically controlled fuel injection to guarantee smooth, linear power delivery, reliability and thrilling performance.

For 2008, the SportClassic family boasts three versions: the Sport 1000 biposto, with a removable rear seat-cover so as to retain that perfect Café Racer style, Sport 1000 S using a classically shaped half-fairing with central round headlamp in keeping with the 70s styling and the
GT 1000. As well as its two traditional colours of red and metallic-black/cream, the GT 1000 is now available in a new two-tone livery of classic silver & smoke grey, which recalls the original designs of this Ducati grand tourer.

SPORT 1000 biposto

In the 70s, the most sports-oriented motorcyclists modified their road bikes according to what they saw on the track. Including clip-ons handlebars, rear set footrests and aggressive colours, the aim was not just to make the bike look better but to enhance its performance also. And that’s how the Café Racer style came into being. The Ducati Sport 1000 elegantly captures the audacious look of the motorcycles of that era.

The Sport 1000 biposto features raised clip-ons to make the riding position even more comfortable and retro style twin rear shocks. The removable passenger seat-cover, colour-matched with the bike, keeps the Sport 1000 biposto true Café Racer looks intact, but take it off and you’ll find a comfortable pillion seat underneath.

The biposto version of the Sport 1000 embodies the same high quality and advanced technology as its monoposto counterpart. The classic wire-spoke wheels using lightweight Excel 17” aluminium alloy rims keep the overall weight of the front wheel assembly down to a minimum.
High-performance Marzocchi 43 mm upside down forks up front and twin rear Sachs suspension units, which are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, and compression and rebound damping, take good care of the suspension duties. The twin rear shocks are fixed to a large 60 mm diameter tubular steel swingarm, which features a simple chain adjuster system, reminiscent of those used on bikes of the 70s.

The front brake system consists of two Brembo floating callipers with 30 and 32 mm diameter pistons which are thermally insulated. The discs are semi-floating with a diameter of 320 mm and thickness of 4 mm.
The rear brake system consists of a floating single piston Brembo caliper and a 245 mm disc.

Finally, a new Euro 3 compliant exhaust system, which culminates in two symmetrical silencers on the right and left of the bike, completes the lay-out.
The Sport 1000 biposto is available in two different colours. Featuring the characteristic stripe down the middle of the fuel tank and tail section the colours are burnt yellow with black stripe and gloss black with white stripe, all two contrasting against black Trellis frames.

SPORT 1000 S

Following the ’70s trend for uncompromising individualism and enhanced performance, Ducati introduces the Sport 1000 S with a classic aerodynamic half-fairing which takes its styling cues directly from the ‘Race’ models of the era.

It may be a biposto, but the Sport 1000 S retains all its hallmark Café Racer styling, with the added benefit that you can enjoy its impressive performance either alone or two-up.

The colour scheme retains the characteristic white stripe, while offering red on red for the frame and fairing. The aluminium spoked-wheels, hubs, exhaust system and a number of other engine parts, are all black creating stark contrast with the red frame and fairing. This effect gives the new Sport 1000 S an attractive and decidedly aggressive look, without compromising its retro form and charm. The removable rear seat cover contributes to the typical Café Racer look of the Sport 1000 S, but take it off and you’ll find a comfortable pillion seat underneath. What’s more, the bike features an unmistakeable 1970s style upper fairing with the pronounced, rounded shape that characterised the great competition bikes.

The Sport 1000 S was built with close attention to the quality of its components and to Ducati DNA. The race-bred Trellis frame and sports suspension give the bike outstanding road-holding. The Sport 1000 S mounts high-performance Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down forks with chromed fork caps, for a classic look, while rear suspension duties are handled by high-performance Sachs twin shocks, which are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. This suspension set-up provides sure-footed handling characteristics for sports riding while ensuring comfortable rideability when riding two-up.

GT 1000

The new feature this year is the new two-tone colour scheme classic silver & smoke grey that is based on the classic two-tone livery of the original Ducati GT 750 launched in 1971.

Born as a tribute to the essential beauty of the Ducati GT models of the 1970s, the GT 1000 is ideal for everyday use. Thanks to its perfect balance between the comfort of the Trellis framed chassis and the performance of the Ducati Desmo L-Twin engine the GT is perfect whether you ride alone or two-up. Every component is made with the highest quality materials and designed with performance in mind, and that’s just as it should be for a bike based on Ducati’s historic models. Despite being unashamedly classic in inspiration, the GT is still a thoroughly modern Ducati when it comes to power, handling, safety and thrilling ride.

The feeling you get astride the GT 1000 is one of comfort and complete control. The riding position is comfortable and upright. The dual-seat is comfortably padded, has a classic design and boasts the Ducati logo in white on the back. The rider’s footrests are set forward for maximum comfort and optimum ground clearance and because the GT 1000 is a true biposto, the position of the pillion footrests are designed for maximum comfort even on long trips.

The form of the GT 1000 represents a modern interpretation of the classic lines of the original GT of the 1970s. The slim, ergonomic fuel tank has two indents on the sides to accommodate the rider’s legs comfortably, and is crowned with a chromed fuel cap. The front and rear mudguards and side panels are also reminiscent of the 70s originals. Many parts, such as the top yoke and handlebar clamps are made of polished aluminium, which complements the chrome finish of the wheels, handlebars, rear-view mirrors, and instrument panel. The exhaust system is also chromed and is made with dual-walled tubing to make sure the chromed surfaces remain untarnished.

The ALS 450 steel tubular Trellis frame and the swingarm are finished in gloss black. They are similar to the Sport 1000 except for the addition of mounting points for the twin shocks and the side panels. Light, rigid and beautiful, it’s perfect for the GT 1000 and delivers precise and confident handling.

Using a welded steel tube swingarm, made from extruded, formed tubing with an outer diameter of 60mm and wall thickness of 2 mm, it features two legs linked by an elliptical cross-member, thus ensuring a high level of rigidity, which has a positive effect on ride precision.

Up front the bike is fitted with high performance 43 mm Marzocchi upside-down forks, derived from the Sport 1000. As the GT 1000 is a contemporary interpretation of the GT 750 of the 1970s, the rear suspension layout uses twin shocks, which are adjustable for spring pre-load. The two Sachs shocks also have a refined finish; the aluminium top collar, black springs and the bright zinc-coated shock body all recall the style of the past.

The front brake system of the GT 1000 consists of two Brembo floating callipers with 30 and 32 mm diameter pistons which are thermally insulated. The discs are semi-floating with a diameter of 320 mm and a thickness of 4 mm. The rear brake system consists of a floating single piston Brembo 34 mm caliper with high friction sintered pads and a 245 mm disc.

The GT 1000 sports a stainless steel chromed exhaust system. The system features distinctive twin silencers positioned symmetrically on both sides of the bike.

The Family Electronics

All the SportClassic models have a layout for the electrical system, which helps to conceal wiring while giving users easy access to all main components of the system, specially located beneath the seat in a well designed storage compartment.

A compact Magneti Marelli 5AM engine control unit manages the fuel injection and ignition of the 1000 DS engine. This contains the hybrid power circuits and a re-programmable Flash EPROM. Among the innovative features is the use of a stepper motor for automatic control of idling speed, and the advanced PICO fuel injectors.

Finally the multi-function display has a software which includes a trip-fuel function allowing remaining mileage to be checked whenever the fuel reserve light is on and auto light off system function that automatically switches off the lights after 60 seconds of ‘key-on’ if the engine is not running.

The Family Engine

All the SportClassic family is equipped by the Desmodue 992 cc air-cooled twin-cylinder Ducati 1000 Dual Spark engine, known and appreciated for its great torque and excellent reliability.

The powerful mid-range of this highly advanced power-unit perfectly underlines the true sporting character of all SportClassic models.

The Dual Spark ignition, with its "double flame front", offers more complete combustion, while simultaneously boosting mid-range power and reducing emission levels.

These are some of technical improvements of this engine that was designed to respect the Euro 3 anti pollution laws.

The cylinder head has camshafts which rotate on bearing faces machined into the casting in order to reduce the overall dimensions, weight and the number of moving parts, while improving heat dispersal.

A closer look at the 1000 DS engine reveals a reduced angle between the intake and exhaust valves which allows for a more compact combustion chamber, reducing the volume and thus obtaining improved combustion. The improved efficiency of the combustion chamber allows the engine to run on a leaner air/fuel mixture without compromising performance at high temperatures and significantly reduces emissions of hydrocarbons (HC).

The crankshaft is of a more compact design and the oil passages have been strategically repositioned in areas less critical for its structural strength. The result is a crankshaft that is more rigid and with less flex, making for less vibration and improved reliability.

All the information is available at http://www.ducati.com/en/bikes/index.jhtml

Colours Scheme

Tank Frame Wheels

Sport 1000 biposto Burnt Yellow Black Aluminium
with black stripe

Black Black Aluminium
with white stripe

Sport 1000 S Ducati Red Red Black
with white stripe

GT 1000 Ducati Red Black Chrome

Cream and Black Chrome
black metallic
with silver stripe

Classic Silver
& Smoke Grey Black Chrome
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Cheers - Frank
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