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Absolute Perfection: The Ducati Sport 1000

Posted in Motorcycle by Vito Rispo | August 26th, 2008 | 7 Responses |

The Ducati Sport 1000 S

I’ve been obsessed with the various Ducati SportClassics for a while now. I’ve always been a fan of the café racer style bikes; those lean, stripped down “naked” bikes with open frames and big engines and the utilitarian look. But the new Ducati Sport 1000 is so much more. It’s a work of art.

So this weekend, I finally did some test riding. I needed to get on one. Luckily, the good people at DeSimone Motorsport on route 73 let me take out the 2008 Ducati Sport 1000 biposto. There is no going back now. Right up until this afternoon, I was perfectly content to have a Triumph Bonneville or Thruxton and just dream about the Ducati. No longer.

The Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto – basically the same as the Sport 1000 S, minus the front fairings

Let’s break down the specs first:
The Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto (two-seater) has a type L-twin cylinder air-cooled engine with just under 1000cc displacement (992cc). The bike has a wet weight (with gas and fluids and battery) of 436 pounds, and a tank that holds 3.9 gallons of fuel. But it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Ducati did it up on the Sport 1000. You can see the quality everywhere. The retro instrument panel with the 6 multi colored indicator lights: warning light for low oil pressure, indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn signals, etc etc. The white backed/retro lettered speedometer and rev counter with chrome trim. The attention to detail is just fantastic.

The Ducati Sport 1000 SE (Special Edition)

The style is consistent throughout the whole bike as well. The turn signals and taillights all have the same 70s styling; the single headlight and racing stripe right down the middle, it’s all part of the same minimalist look.

This is the real deal though, not just a pretty face. The engine is immensely powerful, it does whatever you want it to do, I was tempted to just ride away, go as far away as possible, leave everything behind and just start a new life. Me and the bike. It’s inexplicable, it just feels good. It has a musical, harmonious rumble.

The seating position is undoubtedly awkward. The stretch is even more extreme than a lot of the modern sport bikes. It puts a bit of a kink in your neck, but it’s worth it. Even if I couldn’t take it over 35, it’d still be worth it for the looks you get in the city.

The Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto – Black

The irony is, I’m young enough still to drive this machine at the speeds which it was meant to be driven, without reservation, and to cruise around the city stretched and bent into it’s weirdly radical driver’s position, yet relatively unbothered by the pressure on my wrists and back. But this purchase will put a frightening dent in my finances, if I can afford it at all. For the lucky older guys though, the ones who can easily afford this $11,500 dollar toy and do appreciate the beauty of the old café racer styling, it’s probably too unforgiving on their bodies to even be a real consideration. Terrible irony.

Whatever though, the result is, I need this bike. I need it and it’s the only thing I can think about. It’s just perfection, and everything else is on hold for the next few months.

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7 Responses

  1. […] for a Ducati (full photo set here), the Italian motorcycle company, known for its racing bikes. While my GT1000 is not a true road bike, instead more of a retro standard, it’s all […]

  2. I consider Paul Smart as one of the best looking bikes ever made. My best friend owns one of them and there is no question about it, Ducati had managed to produce a great bike with only one disadvantage… it has a single seat, so no possibility to take anyone with you. What a shame! because it turns a lot of heads…;-)

  3. Spent Saturday just gone at the Bristol Auto Italia show and saw half a dozen of these beautiful machines. Three Paul Smart classics in one street !

  4. Artisan 13 says:

    I just bought one, it should be coming in next week… I can’t wait!

    One down side to Biposto version is that there is very few exhaust options… No one makes a single side. So envious of Monopostos.

  5. TeeJaw says:

    Hope you got your bike, Vito. Don’t worry about the old guys though. I’m 65 and I own this bike. I love it and don’t find the riding position to be a problem. I might get a bit of a stiff neck if I go for a long ride, but I’m always having so much fun I don’t even notice it until the next day.

  6. I just traded my 2001 R1 on a 2009 sc1000 duke never tried it and i just know i’m going to love it .Haden’t drivin a bike in 30 years the R1 was a lot of fun but i always wanted a Ducati .All the forums i read on these bikes no one seems to have any neg. comments lookink forward to spring in estearn new brunswick late April

  7. AndersR says:

    The last picture “The Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto – Black” is actually a Monoposto (single seater) not a Biposto (two-seater)