2007 Ducati SportClassic
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Since its first appearance in 2003, the SportClassic family has been incredibly well received all over the world. 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 2007, the SportClassic family boasts three new versions. As well as the traditional, sporty 'monoposto', the Sport 1000 will also be produced as a 'biposto' with a comfortable dual-seat for both rider and pillion to enjoy. So as to have the best of both worlds, the Sport 1000 biposto comes complete with a removable rear seat-cover so as to retain that perfect Café Racer style when riding solo. A further biposto version is the new Sport 1000 S. Using a classically shaped half-fairing with central round headlamp in keeping with the 70s styling, the new model uses a seductively simple new colour scheme of red bodywork, red Trellis frame and swingarm with contrasting black alloy engine covers and black wheels rims to mimic that early racing style.
As well as its two traditional colours of red and grey, the GT 1000 will also be presented in a new two-tone livery of metallic-black and cream, which recalls the original designs of this Ducati grand tourer.
As a result of constant investment in engineering and quality control, every model in the 2007 range will benefit from a new maintenance programme in which servicing intervals have been extended, less parts are required and fewer operations have to be performed. The result is that the bike's overall scheduled maintenance costs are reduced by up to 50%.
Sport 1000 monoposto
The Ducati 750 Sport first appeared in 1973 and, with its bright yellow solo seat and simple single headlamp, the Sport was essentially a production Cafè Racer. Enthusiasts modified and enhanced these bikes to become the 'street racers' of the time with clip-on handlebars, racing stripe down the centre of the tank and solo seats anticipating the emerging trend of street performance and Cafè Racer culture of the period.
The Ducati Sport 1000 monoposto captures the bold Cafè Racer style and essential beauty of the 70's motorcycles. The bike features a single large diameter round headlamp and chromed mirrors mounted on the ends of the handlebars, very much typical of the custom sport bikes of the time.
Available in three traditional monochromatic colour schemes of the period, Burnt Yellow, Ducati Red and Ducati Black, the traditional style theme is further enhanced with the use of a contrasting racing stripe added to the fuel tank and tailpiece of each bike. All three colours are complemented with a classic black Trellis frame.
The Sport 1000 monoposto's suspension features 43mm upside-down forks by Marzocchi, while the rear suspension is handled by a fully adjustable single shock absorber by Sachs.
The SportClassic models all take advantage of the signature Ducati ALS 450 steel tubular Trellis frame, specifically engineered to give the bikes precise and confident handling. The frame's high torsional rigidity ensures gratifying, sure-footed road manners even when pushed to the limit. Race-inspired parts such as clip-on handlebars underline the Café racer spirit of Sport 1000 and the style of the originals.
Using a welded steel tube swingarm with an outer diameter of 60mm and wall thickness of 2mm, the Sport 1000 monoposto features an elliptical right arm to accommodate the exhaust system with stacked twin silencers, and a robust cross-member that joins the elliptical arm with the round one (on the chain side), where the rear shock absorber mount is located. The use of the cross-member, together with the gusset between the cross-member and the arched tube, ensures a high level of rigidity, which has a positive effect on ride precision.
Sport 1000 monoposto, suspension duties are handled by a 43mm Marzocchi upside-down forks up front and by a single Sachs shock at the rear, with adjustable spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. The Sport 1000's suspension is tuned for sporting use plus reasonable comfort for normal road riding.
All three Sport 1000 models mount classic wire-spoke wheels. The lightweight Excel 17" aluminium alloy rims help keep the overall weight of the front wheel assembly down to a minimum.
The 36 chromed steel spokes are variable diameter tapering from 5mm at the hub to 4.4mm at the rim. The technical choice to use 36 spokes keeps un-sprung weight down to a minimum. The wheel hub is made from paint-finished, die-cast aluminium. In keeping with the SportClassics traditional styling and appeal, the wheels chosen are classic centre-spoke drilled rims, and therefore utilise tube-type tyres.
The front brake system on all the Ducati Sport 1000 versions consists of two Brembo floating callipers with 30 and 32mm diameter pistons which are thermally insulated. The discs are semi-floating with a diameter of 320mm and thickness of 4mm.
The spoked wheels made it necessary to use this type of brake caliper because it is more compact on the side facing the wheel. Unlike the majority of quality braking systems, which use organic pads, the calipers mounted on the Sport 1000 use sintered pads that ensure high braking performance in line with Ducati standards.
The rear brake system consists of a floating single piston Brembo caliper and a 245mm disc.
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.
This year, as well as the monoposto version, the SportClassic stable includes the new Sport 1000 biposto, a two-seater which features a comfortable dual seat, 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 43mm 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 60mm diameter tubular steel swingarm, which features a simple chain adjuster system, reminiscent of those used on bikes of the 70s. 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 specially selected colour combinations add the distinctive finishing touch to this bike. The Sport 1000 biposto is available in three different colours. Featuring the characteristic stripe down the middle of the fuel tank and tail section the colours are burnt yellow with black stripe, Gloss black with white stripe and Ducati Red with white stripe, all three contrasting against black Trellis frames.
Sport 1000 S
Following the '70s trend for uncompromising individualism and enhanced performance, Ducati introduces the new 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 new 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 43mm 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.
The style of the Sport 1000 S is classic 'Café Racer' and delivers both outstanding road-holding and the typical performance of a thoroughbred Ducati.
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 new feature this year is the two-tone version. In metallic-black and cream, it is based on the classic two-tone livery of the original Ducati GT 750 launched in 1971.
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.
The GT 1000 has traditional chrome steel tubular handlebars, which use a classic bend and rise to produce a comfortable riding position ideal for every day use and touring.
The GT 1000 model has similar chassis characteristics to the other Ducati SportClassic models, with the GT 1000 having a slightly longer wheelbase of 1425mm and trail of 103mm, achieved by moving the fork legs forward by 25mm with respect to the steering axis (front wheel offset) and setting the fork rake at 24°.
Using a welded steel tube swingarm, made from extruded, formed tubing with an outer diameter of 60mm and wall thickness of 2mm, 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. It features the same simple chain adjustment system as the Sport models.
Up front the bike is fitted with high performance 43mm 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.
Overall, the Trellis frame and quality suspension combine to make the GT 1000 a surprisingly competent sport bike, yet with great comfort and ergonomics for everyday two-up riding and weekend touring.
Like all SportClassic models, the GT 1000 mounts classic wire-spoke wheels that enhance its 'vintage' style.
The classic centre-spoke Excel 17" wheels are formed in chromed steel and laced to silver painted aluminium alloy hubs. The wheels mount modern compound radial construction tube-type tyres with tread designs derived from the classic sport bike patterns of the European sport tyre manufacturers. The 36 chromed spokes are made of dehydrogenated steel.
The front brake system of the GT 1000 consists of two Brembo floating callipers with 30 and 32mm diameter pistons which are thermally insulated. The discs are semi-floating with a diameter of 320mm and a thickness of 4mm. 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 GT 1000 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 34mm caliper with high friction sintered pads and a 245mm disc.
The GT 1000 sports a new stainless steel chromed exhaust system. The system features distinctive twin silencers positioned symmetrically on both sides of the bike. The lines and colours of the silencers take their styling cue from the exhausts used on GT bikes of the 70's. A special feature of this system is the dual-walled header-pipes. This is composed of two tubes, one inside the other, which creates a layer of air providing lower temperatures on the outer tube. Thanks to this system, it is possible to maintain the quality of the chrome finish despite the considerably high temperatures of a modern-day exhaust system.
The two systems, which are joined by a compensation tube on which the lambda probe is mounted, flow into two silencers which are fixed to the foot-peg units by means of a black stainless steel support. The GT 1000 responsibly complies with EURO 3 anti-pollution standards by way of a lambda probe inside the compensation tube of the exhaust and two trivalent catalysers housed in the two silencers.
As with the first Sport models, the GT 1000 introduces an array of features that profoundly reflect the style of the past, albeit in a modern way. The unmistakeable style of the GT 1000 is accentuated by the rounded lines of the fuel tank and the harmonious form of the side panels. 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 spoked chromed wheels complete the stunning effect.
Astride the bike you are immediately aware of the attention to detail: the shiny chromed fuel cap and the distinctive polished and anodised steering head that support 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 on board.
Your gaze also falls upon the instrument panel with classic black faces set-off by chromed trim rings and control buttons.
The distinctive shape of the plush padded seat, highlighted with a stitched cover, enhances the classic looks of the GT 1000, without neglecting rider and passenger comfort.
The Family Electronics
All the SportClassic models have a new 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
When choosing the powerplant 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 excellent reliability.
The exuberance of this highly advanced power-unit perfectly underlines the true sporting character of all 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 performance.
Compact, powerful and acknowledged as the ultimate expression of the Ducati philosophy of air-cooled twin-cylinder design, the 1000 Dual Spark Desmo - already used on the Monster and Multistrada families - represents the result of decades of experience and a whole series of innovations that extend from the combustion chambers to the crankshaft. 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-pressurised 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.
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 camshafts are supported on oil pressurised plain bearings, which reduce the overall dimensions, the weight, and the number of moving parts, while also improving heat dispersal. The new configuration also puts the camshafts in a more direct relationship with the valves, reducing friction and stress on valve components and thus increasing reliability. In fact, although the cylinder head is more compact, it allows more space for the intake and exhaust valves, these being 45mm and 40mm in diameter respectively. Further innovations include valve seats made of beryllium bronze, a technologically advanced material that affords better heat dispersal and wear-resistance and thus maintains valve clearances more accurately over a longer period of time.
The 1000 DS engine uses an over-square 94mm bore and 71.5mm stroke. The pistons are now fitted with nitrided steel rings, which afford improved sealing and significantly reduce oil consumption. The 94mm pistons are linked to the crankshaft with new connecting rods, made from a new material composition (30NiCrMo4) that has exceptional flow characteristics during forging. In cross section, the new rods are thinner side-to-side, but wider fore to aft, increasing strength and lowering weight for increased reliability and performance. The new 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.
Finally, both the clutch housing and the clutch plates are now made from a special aluminium alloy. Thanks to this new material, the clutch has a significantly longer service life due to the more balanced wear factor of the alloy. The clutch also now runs quieter due to improved tolerances and the lower resonance value of aluminium compared to steel.