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2009 Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 Touring Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

The Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 Touring pays tribute to a bike that wrote a whole page in the history books, the GT 750 of the 1970s, which was a grand touring motorcycle designed by Fabio Taglioni and manufactured at the Borgo Panigale plant.

The GT 1000 combines the soul of its ancestor with the technological advancements of modern Ducatis. For 2009, the renowned Italian company offers a new 'Touring' variant equipped with more features to allow enthusiasts to enjoy miles and miles of open road.

2009 Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 Touring

Classic styling is achieved by a combination of 70's style chrome front and rear fenders, a protective windscreen and chrome cargo rails, the upper one doubling as a comfortable passenger grab rail (a must for long-distance rides). The high handlebars and wide seat of the GT make for a natural yet sporty riding position.

Easy to live with any day of the week, the 2009 GT 1000 Touring is a versatile machine offering friendly riding dynamics no matter where you go. Such versatility is partly the result of a 92-horsepower DS 1000 engine whose low-end torque delivery could put to shame any V-twin in the world. Ducati's L-shaped twin-cylinder powerplant is famous for its flexibility and muscle, all delivered in a highly civilized manner. Using an air/oil cooling system, the latest iteration gets a wet clutch system, which is much smoother and far less demanding than a dry system.

Despite the retro-looking design, the chassis can rival most modern grand touring motorcycles, particularly with regard to the frame and brakes. Already known for its remarkable agility in the city and fun thrills on winding roads, the Ducati GT 1000 promises even more great times thanks to new, touring-oriented features.

Photo Credit : Ducati