Ducati GT 1000
Ducati GT1000 Information and Specifications
The Ducati GT1000 is finally ready.
Reminiscent of the classic GT750 of the 1970's, the
GT1000 is a modern update of what used to be the
October 2008 -
Ducati GT1000 Touring (below)
Announces the GT1000 Two-Tone!
Ducati GT 1000 Blog
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GT1000 Owner Comments (on the GT1000 Review page)
super-retro custom paint job on a GT1000
The essential beauty and timeless style of the Ducati
GT models of the 1970’s has come to life again with
Ducati says the GT1000 is "a bike to be ridden
every day, with a balance of two-up comfort and Ducati Desmo Twin performance. The classic tradition of
Italian Grand Touring returns in a successful mix of
style and performance."
The philosophy that lies behind the new Ducati
SportClassic family finds further emphasis in this new
model, which completes the range and lives up to
the expectations and promises made at the moment of its
Tokyo Motorshow launch in October 2003.
As you would expect from a motorcycle inspired by the
original icons of Ducati sport motorcycles, every
element and component is built with only the highest
quality materials and engineered with performance as a
priority. And although it is classically inspired, the GT is a modern Ducati motorcycle, so it must be powerful, handle
confidently and be exciting to ride everyday.
The shapes of the GT1000 are modern interpretations
of the classic lines of the original GTs of the 70’s.
The rather slim fuel tank features knee cut-outs on the
sides and deep sculpting that allows for a comfortable
riding position. Full fender front is mounted with
elegant aluminum tubing braces. The trim side covers
remind us of the 70’s originals, and feature small
venting holes for accent.
Many of the details like the
top crowns, fork caps and handlebar mounts are finished
in polished aluminum, and are complimented with the
chrome surfaces of the wheels, instrument trim,
handlebars and horn covers. Finally, the classic look is
completed with chrome full-length exhaust pipes and
mufflers, one per side.
The rider’s position on the GT1000 is one of comfort
and control. The chromed tubular steel handlebars
enables an upright riding position to be maintained. A
well-padded dual seat is sewn in a classic pattern and
features ‘Ducati’ printed in white proudly on the back.
Rider footpegs are placed conservatively forward
allowing comfort and good ground clearance at the same
The GT1000 is a true two-seater, so the passenger’s
footpegs are also sensibly placed for “all-day” comfort.
The advanced Desmo 1000 Dual Spark engine powers the
GT1000. The torquey air-cooled L-Twin is the perfect
match for the GT1000’s comfort and performance
attributes. Alloy cylinders, with their traditional
cooling fins form the classic “L” configuration,
reminding us of the original Taglioni design. Slim
between the legs and exposed for all to see, the latest
two valve Desmo system, fuel-injection, computer
controlled engine management and Ducati Testastretta
technology ensure that the 1000 DS engine is powerful,
dependable and thrilling to ride
The Original - The Ducati GT750
Engineer Taglioni’s first production machine to use
the new 750 engine would be the GT 750 which was
introduced onto the market in 1971.
The bikes captured
the bold 70’s styling with metal flake paint jobs of
orange, blue and green reflecting off chrome Silentium
mufflers and polished aluminum engine cases. The “round
case” design bevel twin is still regarded as one of the
most beautiful Ducati engines, and, for that matter, one
of the most beautiful motorcycle engines of all time.
The new GT sets trends not only for style, but also
for quality and performance. Its frame design was
inspired by the Ducati 500GP, developed by acclaimed
racing chassis designer Colin Seely. The frame used the
stout twins engine cases as a “stressed member,” a
practice so sound that even today, Ducati Trellis frames
continue the “stressed member” engineering solution.
The GT also broke ground with suspension by fitting
large 38mm diameter forks by Marzocchi, while it was
typical for the day to fit 35mm or smaller forks. The
new L-Twin engine and a fantastic chassis combined with
alloy wheels by Borriani laced with straight-pull
spokes, stainless steel mud guards, and a disc brake to
set new standards for quality and performance.
impressive was the new Ducati, in October 1972 US
motorcycle magazine ‘Cycle’ enthusiastically described
the GT 750 by saying – “When the right-side footpeg
nicks down in an 80 mph sweeper and the bike never
bobbles…you know that a motorcyclist designed this
machine, and he got it right.” Bravo Engineer Taglioni!
The first Ducati GT 750 was produced from 1971 to
1974, and the engine size was increased in 1975 with the
introduction of the GT 860. A series of technical and
stylistic developments were made for the GTS 860
version, which was one of the key models on the
international motorcycle scene from 1976 to 1980.
The Ducati GT1000 Touring
The GT 1000 Touring, "an evolution of the Sport Classic
family" in terms of its components and accessories.
The bike, produced in gloss black, has it classic looks
accentuated with chrome handlebars, luggage rack and
front and rear fenders.
►GT 1000 Technical Features
The new Ducati GT1000 takes advantage of the
signature Ducati ALS 450 steel tubular trellis frame,
derived from the one fitted to the Paul Smart 1000
Limited Edition and the Sport 1000. Light, rigid and
beautiful, it’s the perfect match to the GT 1000 and
delivers precise and confident handling.
The frame and swingarm are finished in gloss black
paint. They are similar to the Sport 1000, except for
the addition of mounting points for the twin shocks and
the two side panels.
The new GT1000 has traditional chrome steel tubular
handlebars, which use a classic bend and rise to produce
a comfortable riding position that is ideal for every
day and touring use.
The GT1000 model has the key chassis characteristics
that are similar to the first two Ducati SportClassic
models: although the GT1000 has a slightly longer
wheelbase of 1425 mm and trail of 103 mm. This is
achieved by moving the fork legs forward by 25 mm with
respect to the steering axis (front wheel offset) and
setting fork rake at 24°.
The GT1000 uses a new welded steel tube swingarm,
made from extruded, bent tubing with an outer diameter
of 60 mm 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
The two swingarm legs are made from extruded, bent
tubing, while the distinctive shape of the cross-member
is created by pressing the circular steel tube. This new swingarm features the same simple, rational
system used on the Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition and
the Sport1000 for adjusting the drive chain tension.
Although this system is reminiscent of systems used
on bikes from the 1970s, a closer look shows that the
swingarm, wheel hub and all the other components of the
wheel set are much larger and robust than on motorcycles
from that era to deliver modern sport bike performance,
but with classic appeal.
In the suspension department, the GT1000, in line
with the entire SportClassic family, mounts some of the
highest quality components. Up front, the bike is fitted with high performance 43
mm Marzocchi upside-down forks, derived from the
As the GT1000 is a contemporary interpretation of the
GT 750 of the 1970s, the rear suspension layout uses
twin shocks, adjustable for spring pre-load. The two Sachs shocks also have a refined finish; the
aluminum top collar, black springs and the bright
zinc-coated shock body all recall the style of the past.
Overall, the trellis frame and quality suspension
combine making the GT1000 a surprisingly competent sport
bike, yet with great comfort and ergonomics for everyday
two-up riding and weekend touring.
Like the other SportClassics, the GT1000 mounts
classic wire-spoke wheels that enhances the ‘vintage’
The classic centre-spoke Excel 17” wheels are formed
in chromed steel and laced to silver painted aluminum
alloy hubs. The wheels mount modern compound radial
construction tube-type tires with tread designs derived
from the classic sport bike patterns of the European
sport tire manufacturers.
The 36 chromed spokes are made of dehydrogenated
steel and have a diameter of 4.4 mm.
The impressive front brake system of the GT1000 is
derived from the first two SportClassic models, and
consists of two Brembo floating calipers 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 spoke wheels made it necessary to use this type
of caliper, which is more compact on the side facing
the wheel. The calipers on the GT1000 are mounted on
two hubs so that the pad on the opposite side of the
pistons can be compressed against the disc.
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 decision to increase the
size of the rear caliper over the other versions of the
SportClassic family has been dictated by the GT1000’s
natural tendency for two-seater touring use.
The GT1000 sports a new stainless steel chromed
exhaust system. The system features distinctive twin
silencers positioned symmetrically on both sides of the
The lines and colors of the silencers take their
styling cue from the exhausts used on GT bikes of the
A special feature of this system is the double-wall
exhaust manifold. This is composed of two tubes, one
inside the other, which creates a layer of air, thus
providing lower temperatures of the outer tube. Thanks
to this system, it is possible to ensure the luster of
the chrome finish, despite the considerably high
temperatures of a modern-day exhaust system.
The two manifolds, which are joined by a compensation
tube on which the lambda probe is mounted, are connected
to the two silencers, which are fixed to the foot-peg
units by means of a black stainless steel support.
The GT1000 responsibly complies with EURO 3
anti-pollution standards by way of a lambda probe inside
the compensation tube of the exhaust manifolds and two
trivalent catalyzers housed in the two silencers.
Like the first two SportClassics, the GT1000 also has
a new layout for the electrical system, which helps to
conceal the wiring while giving users easy access to all
the main components of the system, which are located
beneath the seat in a special storage compartment.
A compact Magneti Marelli 5AM engine control unit
manages the fuel injection and ignition of the GT’s 1000
DS engine. This contains the hybrid power circuits and a
re-programmable Flash EPROM.
An innovative feature is the use of a Stepper Motor
for automatic control of idling speed, fitted on the
throttle body, and of advanced PICO fuel injectors.
Finally the multi-function display of the GT1000
features a black faced analogue read-out speedometer and
rev-counter. Software features of the GT1000 include a
trip-fuel function allowing remaining possible mileage
to be checked whenever the fuel reserve light is on.
Style and Finish
The GT1000, just like the two SportClassic models
that came before it, introduces an array of features
that profoundly reflect the style of the past, albeit in
a modern way.
The unmistakable style of the GT1000 is accentuated
by the rounded lines of the fuel tank, the harmonious
form of the side panels and the unique shape of the
seat, which has been specifically designed for rider and
passenger comfort, as well as the exclusive
fully-chromed exhaust system and the gorgeous spoke
Astride the bike you are immediately aware of the
attention to detail: the shiny chromed fuel cap and the
distinctive polished and anodized steering head that
supports the chromed handlebars. The chromed rear-view mirrors are specially designed
for this new SportClassic and their exceptional size
ensures excellent rear visibility even with a passenger
Your gaze also falls upon the instrument panel with
black faces and the entire display is further
embellished by chromed trim rings and control buttons. The two special colours in the GT1000 range, metallic
dark grey and Ducati red, highlight the link between the
past and the present of this historic model.
The distinctive shape of the plush padded seat,
highlighted with a stitched cover, helps to enhance the
classic looks of the GT1000, without neglecting rider
and passenger comfort. The footpeg design compliments the GT1000’s everyday
use, and ensures a comfortable position both for the
rider and the passenger in two-up riding.
This attention to detail on the GT1000 is also
applied to components like the footpegs, where rider and
passenger brackets, gear shifter and rear brake lever
are fully integrated into one unit.
The footpeg units are cast in aluminum alloy and
painted black and are therefore perfectly integrated
between the frame and the muffler support strut to which
they are mounted. These fittings, specifically designed
for everyday use, ensure a correct and comfortable
position both for the rider and the passenger in two-up
The tail light unit, which is derived from the Paul
Smart and the Sport1000, has a characteristic rounded
shape and a strong 1970’s styling. The chromed turn
signals are integrated with the rear light/brake light
and the whole unit is mounted on flexible supports.
The battery housing and mounting is another element
that links the GT1000 with the two previous SportClassic
models: the molded plastic case, embossed with the
traditional Ducati logo, pivots on two pins on the frame
for easy battery removal.
When choosing the power for the SportClassic family,
the ideal choice was the muscular Desmodue 992cc
air-cooled twin-cylinder Ducati 1000 Dual Spark engine,
known and appreciated for its abundant torque and
The exuberance of this highly advanced power-unit
perfectly underlines the true sporting character of the
three SportClassic models.
This Euro 3 compliant engine is the result of our
most current engineering and easily meets the latest
strict emission standards while producing excellent
Compact, powerful and acknowledged as the ultimate
expression of the Ducati philosophy of air-cooled twin
design, the 1000 Dual Spark Desmo – already used on the
Monster, Multistrada and Super Sport families –
represents the result of decades of experience and a
whole series of innovations that extend from the
combustion chambers to the crankshafts.
The end result is a powerful engine that is
particularly exuberant in the mid-range and generally
acknowledged as the most advanced air-cooled L-twin ever
designed. In addition to offering the significant
advantages of an air-cooled power plant, the 1000 DS
also draws inspiration from the advanced Testastretta
racing engine, including the special casting techniques
used to make the cylinder heads, the use of
oil-pressurized plain bearings to support the camshafts
and the angles and configuration of the valves.
All this, plus the exclusive Dual Spark ignition,
with its ‘double flame front’ offers more complete
combustion, while simultaneously boosting mid-range
power and reducing emission levels.
In particular, on the GT1000, the 1000 DS engine has
been fitted with a wet clutch, which offers an excellent
performance, reliability, noise reduction and lever
Finally the engine is embellished by injection-molded
timing belt covers in black plastic which have been
specially designed for maximum mechanical and thermal
DUCATI GT 1000
L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per
cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
|Bore x stroke
94 x 71,5 mm
67.7 KW - 92 HP @ 8000 rpm
91.1 Nm - 9.3 Kgm @ 6000 rpm
Marelli electronic fuel
injection, 45 mm throttle body
Chromed, stainless steel
1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd
27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
Straight cut gears ratio 33/61
Sprocket/ring gear ratio 15/39
Wet multiplate with hydraulic
Tubular steel trellis frame
43 mm Marzocchi upside-down
|Front wheel travel
Spoke wheel with chromed steel
rim, 3.50 x 17
120/70 - 17 with air tube
Twin shock absorbers, with
frontal cam system spring preload
|Rear wheel travel
Spoke wheel with chromed steel
rim, 5.50 x 17
180/55 - 17 with air tube
2 x 320 mm semi-floating
discs, floating caliper 2-piston (30-32 mm
245 mm disc, 1-piston (34 mm
diameter) floating caliper with sintered pads
|Fuel tank capacity
15 lt (of which 3,5 reserve)
Electronic panel: speedometer,
rev counter, warning light for low oil pressure,
indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn
signals, LCD clock, trip fuel, immobilizer
|Tank and fairing
Metallic dark grey, Ducati red
2 years, unlimited mileage
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
Tradition and stylish elegance are merged
seamlessly in this machine, made even more interesting by
high-spec componentry and by the handling and safety typical of
present-day Ducati motorcycles.
All three bikes are equipped with
the Desmo 1000 DS engine and cut a stylish figure with the
unmistakable tubular trestle frame, characteristic of models made
in Borgo Panigale. State-of-the-art engineering solutions make
these three machines benchmarks in terms of technology, design and
IN THE GRAN TURISMO TRADITION The essential beauty
and style of the Ducati GT models of the 1970s – a bike
to be ridden every day with a balance of two-up comfort
and Ducati Desmo power. The GT1000 introduces many
new features that reflect fondly on the past, while
being interpreted in a thoroughly modern way.
Back in 1971 the GT was a bike to be ridden every
day, it combined sport bike and touring features in a
balanced and beautiful Italian package. With a
dual seat and single headlamp, it was an essential
motorcycle, much like today’s “naked” or “traditional”
motorcycles. It was a commonsense motorcycle, but
its beauty was uncommon.
The L-Twin engine was left fully exposed to flaunt
its elegant features. Dual chrome silencers swept
rearward accenting the attractive lines of the bike.
Everyday performance was never so well executed.
Although classically styled, the 2006 GT1000 is
engineered to deliver modern Ducati road performance.
With its comfortable two-up riding position and
confident handling, it is perfect for the daily commute
or a weekend trip to the mountains. Powering the
GT is the 1000 DS engine, the most advanced, most
powerful Ducati air-cooled engine ever.
The GT1000 will be available in the spring of 2006
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