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MV Agusta F4-1000R Sets new Bonneville 1000cc Production Land Speed Record at 185.882 mph
A collaboration between Team Manager, Bob Leppan of TT Motorcycles, Rider Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Lackey, Tuner Eraldo Ferracci of Fast By Ferracci Racing Products, Primary Sponsor, Gary Kohs, of Fine Art Models, and Matthew Stutzman, MV Agusta GM, the group focused their efforts on attaining the Land Speed Record for the 1000cc Production Engine / Production Frame (P-P) class previously set at 182.759 MPH. The 1000cc “P-P” record is particularly desirable as it based upon unmodified “showroom stock” production models available at any authorized dealer.
Throughout the qualifying runs, the F4-1000R showcased its renowned high speed stability while delivering a factory rated 174 HP and 81.8 ft./lb. of torque to the Utah Salt Flats, propelling the motorcycle unerringly to the very limits of traction and aerodynamics. Veteran rider Roosevelt 'Rosey' Lackey, who piloted the F4-1000R on its record run said that “the bike is so beautiful, it does everything you could want for it to do, with nothing ill at all in any way shape or form, no hiccups anywhere. I love that motorcycle just the way it is.”
The Bonneville effort is yet another step in the contemporary MV Agusta brand’s return to organized racing and complements emerging efforts in both Europe and the United States. Cagiva USA, Inc., the official North American importer of MV Agusta, has set its sights on AMA homologation for Superstock in 2007, and CEO Larry Ferracci notes that “with a performance like this at its Bonneville debut, the MV Agusta F4-1000R is proving to be the platform that will bring MV Agusta’s historic championship-winning success to US racetracks in the very near future.”
S&S powered bike claims Production Pushrod V-Twin land speed record at Bonneville
On Sunday, August 13, Perkins made his first run and recorded a speed of 161.421mph to break the previous record set in 2003. On the following Monday he made his second run at 177.198mph, once again beating the previous record. An average of both runs was taken to calculate the new official record speed of 169.309mph.
"Wow, what can I say, the best way to describe a record run like this is, well, it's like being at the top of a three-mile high roller coaster," said Perkins after his record runs. "There are so many dynamics involved with keeping the bike straight at these speeds. Then there's the shutdown – it's very exciting – when you let off the throttle the bike's suspension changes drastically and the bike tends to get very loose. This, along with being on the salt, makes it a real challenge to control the bike."
"It's exciting to see our new "T" engine perform so well at the salt flats," said Michael Scaletta, Senior Manager of Engineering for S&S. "Bonneville is an extreme test on man and machine. It's been ten years since we've been to Bonneville and it's good to get our feet wet again and set some records. I think you will see a lot of us over the next few years on the salt flats, continuing to set the standard for high-performance air-cooled pushrod v-twins. This record-setting T-Series engine actually has less displacement than our standard T-124 catalog item. This record is a testament to the parts that S&S manufactures and sells, truly earning the 'Proven Performance' tag line."
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Assen (Netherlands), Sunday 3 September - Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) moved another step closer towards taking a second World Superbike title with his tenth win of the season at Assen. The Australian crashed out of the first race, held in dreadful wet weather conditions and won by Chris Walker (Kawasaki), but then had a relatively easy run to the maximum points in the second counter after his three main rivals Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), James Toseland (Honda) and Troy Corser (Suzuki) were involved in a first-corner incident. Troy now leads the championship with 332 points, 100 ahead of Toseland and 102 ahead of Haga, with 150 points still up for grabs in the remaining three rounds.
"In my opinion race 1 should have been stopped because there was far too much rain coming down" declared Troy. "In the end I was having trouble seeing where I was going and I went too much on the inside of the fast left down the back and completely aquaplaned. The back of the bike came around, with 210 km/h on the telemetry, threw me over the handlebars and that was it. Race 2 on the other hand was pretty easy after the first few laps. I'm really happy with how it turned out but honestly Assen has always been a rollercoaster ride for me and today was no different. I had a very fast off this morning in the rain but I've managed to increase the points lead and we all leave here very happy this afternoon".
Bayliss comes to Assen with a points cushion over Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) that is sufficient to control the situation but not enough to clinch the title this weekend. The Australian has had mixed times at the TT circuit on the three occasions he has raced there, retiring twice in 2000, then clinching the 2001 title at the Dutch round but crashing out the following year to ruin his chances of a title repeat.
"I've had mixed results at Assen but every time I've been there I've been at the front, which is good to know. The first part of the track has changed a bit now and it's going to be different so that makes me a bit more optimistic about the place. The last race at Brands was pretty much situation normal again and I feel like we're back on track again now. I thought Corser was going to be the most consistent but it's turned out to be Haga now. The other guys are right there as well but I'm on form and they're going to have a hard time to beat me. The strategy remains the same. I always treat every session like we're planning to win at the weekend but you can't say anything until the lights turn green and then you see how the situation is."
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) has scored more wins than any other rider this year so far, an impressive nine, and thus his immediate aim will be to reach double-digit wins at Assen. His current championship lead of 77 points (with a maximum possible 200 points available for any rider who wins all eight races from now on) puts him in an enviable position, but a clutch of strong challengers are ranged behind Bayliss, sharing an equal level of determination to push him all the way.
Second place in the championship, based on consistency rather than outright levels of winning, is Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia). He scored his first 2006 race victory at the most recent round at Brands Hatch, and has won at Assen before, albeit way back in the 2000 season. The third placed rider in the current series, 2004 champion James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) has also scored an Assen race win, taking victory in race one during his championship winning year. He sits 11 points behind Haga, and his bulldog spirit will ensure that Bayliss will be chased all the way to the finish. Assen is one of the few circuits that current overall fourth placed rider Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) has never scored at least one race win at, and given his recent reversals of fortune, the 1996 and 2005 world champion could find no better place to rediscover the winning touch which he has demonstrated twice this year already.
Having to learn the nuances of Superbike racing in what is his rookie SBK season, the otherwise vastly experienced Alex Barros (Klaffi Honda) now finds that even the familiar will feature yet another set of learning curves, as he - like his fellow riders - approaches an unfamiliar layout of Assen circuit. A proven Assen winner in his MotoGP days, Barros is a fan of the 'old' Assen, and is expected to allow at least a part of his circuit knowledge to shine through from the first session to the final chequered flag. With some impressive performances under his belt already, but still no win, Assen may be his best opportunity to rediscover his podium form, and maybe even score that elusive win number one. That particular 25-point maximum landmark has already been reached by a rider in his second full season of SBK racing, Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia), who scored his first career SBK win at Misano in June. Having got a taste for winning, Pitt will be satisfied by nothing less at Assen, as he tries to make up the short gap of nine points to Barros, in fifth place.
After the huge misfortune of being skittled from a probable race win in round one at Qatar, Corser's talented team-mate Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) has surged back into the upper echelons since his third place at round six at Misano. His double race win at Brno was possibly a surprise to some, but it underlined the class that everyone knows Kagayama has. He currently sits in a lonely seventh on points, ready for any slip form the riders above him to take his second overall top five finish in his second year of SBK competition. Behind Kagayama, a two-rider points tie sees 2005 race winner Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) and Chris Walker (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) battling for supremacy, with Walker the highest-place rider in the three man PSG-1 squad. The top ten is rounded out by another Brno sensation, Michel Fabrizio (DFX Treme Honda) who is out to add to his double podium in round seven, at Brno.
Another two current riders have garnered SBK wins at Assen in previous years, with Ruben Xaus (Ducati Sterilgarda Berik) having won race one in 2003, while riding for the factory Ducati squad. His solid season thus far sees him 11th, and another private rider, Pierfrancesco Chili (DFX Honda), shares his status as a former Assen winner, thanks to a magnificent ride in the 1998 season. Chili is currently 20th, after sustaining serious injury at the mid-season point.
THE CIRCUIT - STATISTICS: revised circuit.
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after 8 of 12 rounds): Riders - 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 307; 2. Haga (Yamaha) 230; 3. Toseland (Honda) 219; 4. Corser (Suzuki) 193; 5. Barros (Honda) 166; 6. Pitt (Yamaha) 157; 7. Kagayama (Suzuki) 126; 8. Lanzi (Ducati Xerox) 96. Manufacturers - 1. Ducati 317; 2. Honda 267; 3. Suzuki & Yamaha 259; 5. Kawasaki 140; 6. Petronas 4.
2005 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Vermeulen (Honda); 2. Toseland (Ducati); 3. Haga (Yamaha). Race 2 - 1. Vermeulen; 2. Haga; 3. Toseland.
TV COVERAGE: Eurosport (Pan European): Sunday 3 September - 1200 SBK race 1 (live); British Eurosport (UK): Saturday 2 September - 1545 Superpole (live), Sunday 3 September - 1130 SBK race 1 (live), 1745 race 2 (delayed). Eurosport 2 (Pan-European): Sunday 3 September - 1515 SBK race 2 (live). La7 (Italy): Sunday 3 September - 1430 SBK race 1(delayed), 1525 SBK race 2 (live). RTL7 (Netherlands): Sunday 3 September - 1630 SBK race 1 & 2 (delayed).
SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The early season runaway performances of Sebastien Charpentier (Winston Ten Kate Honda) have been halted by a combination of pelvic and shoulder injury, plus the resurgent form of his main championship rivals, Kevin Curtain (Yamaha Motor Germany) and Broc Parkes (Yamaha Motor Germany). Charpentier and Curtain now share the lead, with Parkes some 12 points behind - and with 100 up for grabs to any rider who can win all of the last four races. Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports) still sits an impressive fourth, with proven race winning rookies Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia) and Yoann Tiberio (Megabike Honda) fifth and sixth respectively. Two podium finishes in the last two races have put Kenan Sofuoglu (Winston Ten Kate Honda) equal on points with Tiberio, and in his team's home country the Turkish rider will be looking to help out his team-mate Charpentier, as well as going for his first career WSS win.
SUPERSTOCK 1000 FIM CUP Alessandro Polita (Celani Suzuki Italia) continues to lead Ayrton Badovini (Biassono Unionbike MV Agusta) in a battle of the men most likely to score overall championship victory, but Luca Scassa (EVR Corse Ormeni Racing) run of third, second and then first (the latter at the previous round in Brands Hatch) have taken him to within 19 points of the lead, with four rounds to run. The only other 2006 race winner, Claudio Corti (Yamaha Team Italia) is forth overall, some 50 points from Polita, while the top-placed English speaking rider is Brno podium placer,
SUPERSTOCK 600 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Xavier Simeon (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) extended his lead over Niccolo Canepa (Ducati Xerox) to 39 points after a thrilling Brands race, while another 2006 season find, Davide Giugliano (Lightspeed Kawasaki), slips further away from the fight for the title. In this exciting class for younger riders on virtually stock machines, the top three places are held by riders on machinery of disparate origins.
SBK ON THE MARCH RIGHT AFTER ASSEN After the Dutch treat at Assen the entire SBK paddock heads immediately to the Eurospeedway Lausitz for the German round of the championship, round 10, between 8 and 10 September. The final two rounds take place at Imola (Italy) and Magny-Cours (France), with racedays on 1 and 8 October respectively.
Friday Qualifying - Bayliss Heads the Way on New Assen Layout
With rain always a possibility at Assen, it was important for the top riders to post a fast first day time, in case the second and final regulation qualifying session dawns wet. Thus the competition from third place to 16th place (the last spot in Superpole) was covered by less than a second. In third place on the timesheets Michel Fabrizio (DFX Treme Honda) posted a 1’40.171, 0.8 seconds behind Bayliss. James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) pushed his way to fourth, despite losing time in the first section of the track; the modified and shortened section.
With a new crew chief to oversee operations, Alex Barros (Klaffi Honda) scored fifth fastest time on his first visit to the new Assen, holding off the close attentions of top Yamaha qualifier, Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Motor Italia). Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) was an assured seventh and top Ducati privateer proved to be former Assen race winner, Ruben Xaus (Sterilgarda Berik), blooding the nose of many riders on ostensibly faster machines.
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia) made a relatively safe Superpole qualifying performance on day one, leading Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) on the time sheets by 0.134 seconds. Top Kawasaki rider on day one was Regis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) 11th, but ahead of first day toiler, Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra). Seldom has the third row held so much proven race-winning talent.
Reigning Champion Troy Corser had this to say after Friday Practice (12th fastest, 1:40.837)
Friday Qualifying Tims: 1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:39.336, 2 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:39.888, 3 Fabrizio (I-Honda) 1:40.171, 4 Toseland (GB-Honda) 1:40.242, 5 Barros (Bra-Honda) 1:40.415, 6 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 1:40.474, 7 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:40.567, 8 Xaus (E-Ducati) 1:40.581, 9 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:40.612, 10 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:40.746, 12 TROY CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:40.837.
Troy Coirser Extends his Superpole Record at Assen
TROY 1st, 1:38.965 - After the small problems in qualifying, it’s fantastic to take Superpole today. It’s been a bit of a while, but once we’d improved the clutch feeling and got some more grip, I knew that I was in for a chance of a front row place on the grid. And, to be honest, that’s what I expected, so to get Superpole is a bonus. Front row is so important here, as any race, because the first section of the track consists of four or five slow turns and you have to be up the front or else you’ll get left behind. Tyre life is going to be a real factor tomorrow because nobody will have good grip in the second half of the race. I really hope that it doesn’t rain tomorrow, because that’ll ruin the races and not make it so much for the fans
Four laps into the race the heated fight for the lead took its first of the 4 protagonists with Corser the first of the leaders to crash out, loosing the front end at the first corner on lap 7. He was very lucky as his Suzuki spun around over him but managed to miss the reigning champion. Two laps later Haga ran wide pushing Bayliss out onto the gravel. The Ducati rider managed to rejoin just in time to see Yukio Kagayama have a big highside in front of him. The Japanese rider was ok but the damage to his Suzuki prevented him rejoining.
Two laps later Bayliss ran off at the same place this time without any assistance from anyone else. He again kept his Ducati upright and rejoined the race, but this had allowed Haga to pull further away. Bayliss looked like he was throwong caution to the wet rather than protecting his points lead as he should, and continued to run off the track a few more times before finally loosing the front of his Ducati and crashed out leaving Haga as the
Haga was looking in a very strong position with a comfortable gap back to second placed rider Andrew Pitt but more importantly a 25 point advantage over Bayliss in the championship. Unfortunately at the end of the lap he
Alex Barros had looked to be in with a good chance starting from 5th place but he went backwards from the start and retired on lap 4. Haga was the biggest loser of the race throwing away the chance to close to within 52 points of championship leader Bayliss. Toseland only managed to pick up 6 points putting him 5 points behind Haga in 3rd place. Corser remains in 4th 114 points behind Bayliss. With the conditions starting to
SUPERBIKE Race 1: (Laps 22 = 100,210 Km)
Bayliss (21) pulls out an easy lead on the 2nd lap of Race Two with Corser, Haga and Toseland alreay eliminated.
Bayliss' championship position was further boosted by his three main rivals all being caught up in a first corner accident. Troy Corser tangled with Nori Haga's Yamaha as they went into Turn One , and Corser couldn't stop his Suzuki from going down and taking James Toseland with him. Haga came off further round the same corner. Toseland managed to get going again and eventually finished in 9th place.
Bayliss wasn't to have it all his own way as he was followed by Yukio Kagayama, Andrew Pitt, Ruben Xaus, Karl Muggeridge, Regis Laconi and Fonsi Nieto. These riders made up a fright train for the first six or seven laps. Kagayama took lead from Bayliss on the third lap by throwing his Suzuki up the inside of Bayliss. He was swiftly followed by a charging Xaus who couldn't resist the chance to get one over his ex team mate.
Bayliss fought back and two laps later he passed Xaus and then three laps later he got the better of Kagayama. From this point on Bayliss pulled the pin and took off building a comfortable gap from the following riders and
Behind Bayliss the battle for the two remaining podium positions was getting very intense. Nieto was putting on a charge and passed both Xaus and Pitt, however on the 16th lap he ran wide and this allowed Pitt, Kagayama and Xaus to pass him. Nieto manhandled his Kawasaki back past Xaus and then caught Kagayama. The Japanese rider fought back immediately but Nieto passed him again and managed to make it stick. Pitt crossed the line in second place with Kagayama managing to hold off a ery determined Xaus to take third.
Race one winner Chris Walker couldn't replicate his race one performance and half way through the race his race times started to drop off and he finished in 14th. Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin had a steady pair of races with his 11th place in race two, one better than his 12th place in race one. His team mate Craig Jones had a pair of DNF's although he was running in a strong 12th place in race two before his retirement. Alex Barros fought his way back from a poor start, dropping down to 12th at the start, to finish in 7th place, just behind Bayliss' team mate Lorenzo Lanzi who had had a long battle with Regis Laconi.
With Bayliss 100 points clear in the championship and only 3 Rounds / 6 Races to go (with 25 points awarded per win) it looks as if he's got it tied up! But you can never tell, remember he crashed out in MotoGP and missed the last three rounds of last season with a wrist injury, so stranger things have happened. But with Ducati having announced early this week that Troy has resigned with the Ducat team for another 2 years, his future is very wel set.
There's not long to wait for the next round with the championship moving onto Lausitzring in Germany next weekend. Will Bayliss tie up the championship? Can Haga fight back? Can the Foggy Petronas team get some good results before they disband after their 5 year run? All will be revealed here next week at FastDates.com!
SUPERBIKE Race 2: (Laps 25 = 92,575 Km)
Riders Championship Standings:
Sofuoglu Wins Wet 2-Leg Supersport Race for Ten Kate Honda
Behind Sofuoglu in was the fight was for the World Title, and Curtain seemed to be quite comfortable in second position, ahead of Andersen and Charpentier when the race was stopped for the crash.. The second part was started on Full Rain tyres but with the weather getting better every lap, an almost a dry line appeared at the end.
Charpentier finished fourth on aggregate, and with his main championship rival Kevin Curtain second, Sebastien lost his championship lead for the first time this season. He now sits second, on 144 points, with Curtain leading on 151. Sofuoglu’s superb performance on his Winston Ten Kate squad’s home circuit puts him fifth overall, with 92 points.
Sofuoglu looked an assured and composed winner at Assen, after a disappointing ninth in dry qualifying. “I am particularly happy because it didn’t start right for me, Friday and Saturday were not particularly nice,” said Sofuoglu in the post race press conference. “I started from ninth position but when it started to rain I knew I had a different chance. I am now really happy to win especially at Assen because it is Ten Kate’s home race and I live just 30km from here. So it is particularly nice. Now we got to Lausitz and I know it and like it. Hopefully I can win another race in the three that remain.”
SUPERSPORT RACE: (Laps 21 = 95,655 Km)
Riders Championship Standings:
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DuHamel Secures Third in AMA Superbike Championship
Saturday was the stronger of the two days for Duhamel. He led the first lap, ran second on the second lap, then settled into third for the duration. It was only on the 24th of 25 laps that he lost the spot to Aaron Yates, the Suzuki rider drafting pass on the long back straight. Duhamel countered with a strong move into the hard braking turn ten, but couldn’t find his away past the Georgian. The difference at the flag was .533 seconds.
“I was frustrated,” Duhamel said. “After that race I was like, man, I let one get away.” Duhamel was determined not to let it happen again on Sunday. Again he started well and slotted into third, but was dropped to fourth on the 11th of 25 laps. Yates came past four laps later and, soon after, a lapped rider cost Duhamel any hope of keeping up with the lead pack.
“That eight-tenths of a second, or whatever it cost me-I did a 26-something (1:26.084)-that was the difference between me getting back to those guys at the end of the race and getting a shot at third again,” Duhamel said. “So that was very frustrating, but at least at the end I found myself again.” With only the final round of the championship remaining, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a month’s time, Duhamel is an unassailable third in the championship.
Teammate Jake Zemke spent the weekend trying to find a good set-up, not only for the race, but also for next season. Zemke and Duhamel both struggled with rear grip problems on Saturday, the result of the suspension overworking the tire, and had more success on Sunday. On Saturday Zemke was sixth and he came eighth on Sunday, but in a spectacular way. Zemke was smoking the rear tire of his American Honda CBR1000RR to keep up with the leaders. But eventually he wore the tire out and Zemke’s forward march was slowed.
“Every time we’ve gone out on the track we’ve had a completely different motorcycle, just trying to find some answers for next year,” Zemke said. “We kind of did the same thing we did at the last race, just kind of said, ‘Alright, look, we need to figure out our stuff sooner than later and let’s not worry too, too much about our results and try and get the bike figured out.”
The podium was identical both days, with Mat Mladin leading Suzuki teammates Ben Spies and Aaron Yates.
Miguel Duhamel 4th/5th: Saturday - "It was a really good result considering I overheated the rear tire and it chunked with 12 laps to go, like almost at mid-race. And the whole time I was thinking, ‘Should I just come in and change the tire.’ It went through my mind to point to the team and show them the tire. Even with the chunked tire I think my bike would’ve been good enough to get third. I made a little mistake in the chicane, which I was struggling a bit and (Yates) got away there and I just couldn’t get close enough to make a safe pass again, so Aaron got third.
Sunday - "Today we tried a different set-up, tried to get more grip, made the bike a little shorter. We used the same tire, shaved down a little bit to help with the heat. The grip wasn’t as good as yesterday because of the shaving down, obviously, but at least it didn’t overheat. And I spun it ten times more than yesterday. I tried really hard to stay with the Suzuki for a while. I was kind of enthused about that, because I was staying with Mat (Mladin) and Ben (Spies). Nobody had nothing for Mat. But I was going ‘Wow, I might get Ben.’ Next thing you know I think I got caught by Neil (Hodgson) and Neil got by me and then (Aaron) Yates got by me and I was just trying to get used to the new set-up. It had different strengths and I had to try to find them before the end of the race and I found them about halfway."
Jake Zemke 6th/8th: Saturday - "We lacked grip quite a bit; most of the guys did. Everybody, I think, was kind of in the same boat. But being that we were searching around for a set-up, I think ours was a little bit worse and our bikes don’t make funny sounds (of traction control) coming off the corners and that doesn’t seem to help us at all either. Especially on a track like this where it’s pretty slippery. It’s definitely an advantage here. And when everybody you’re racing against, you can hear their bikes make funny noises, it’s a little tough."
Sunday - "I got a little bit better start today for sure. At least I could see the front for a while. But the same thing; the bike was so different. The first time I rode it was the first lap of the race, basically. It was good until the tire started to drop off a little bit, after about eight laps, and then after that it was all downhill. We could run at a fairly good pace, at least for the guys fighting for third, but we couldn’t sustain that pace. We were definitely working the tire, but if I back off enough for the thing to have grip and not have it out of line, to keep the wheels in line, the guys just drive away from me. It’s the only way I could even keep up to where I was, to do what I was doing."
Ducati GT1000 Finally Hits Dealer Showrooms after 3-year wait...
The shapes of the GT1000 are modern interpretations of the classic lines of the original GTs of the 70s. The rather slim fuel tank features knee cut-outs on the sides and deep sculpting that allows a comfortable riding position. Full fender front is mounted with elegant aluminium 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 aluminium, 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 time. 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. Some of us though, will miss adjusting valves and cleaning points.