Ducati Sport 1000S - Beauty And A Bit Of Beast? - First Ride

Ducati Adds Twin Shocks And A Half-Fairing To It's Sportclassic Formula

By Alex Hearn, Photography by Doug Linnett

Tech Spec
Visually inspired by the iconic Ducati Super Sports of the early to mid-'70s, but sharing 98 percent of its mechanical DNA with the latest Dual Spark Monsters and Multistradas.

Triumph's Thruxton parallel-twin offers similar retro-style but less performance; BMW's half-faired, air-cooled Boxer-twin R1200S offers less style but more performance.

Price: $12,495
Engine type: a-c, 90-degreeV-twin
Valve train: SOHC, desmo 2V
Displacement: 992cc
Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 71.5mm
Compression: 10.1:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Horsepower: 92 bhp at 8000 rpm
Torque: 67.3 lb.-ft. at 6000 rpm
Frame: Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork, non-adjustable
Rear suspension: Twin shocks with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual two-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Single-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire: 120/70R17Pirelli SportsComp
Rear tire: 180/55R17Pirelli SportsComp
Rake/trail: 24.0 degrees/3.6 in.
Seat height: 32.5 in.
Wheelbase: 56.2 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.9 gal.
Dry weight: 398 lbs.
Colors: Red
Warranty: 2 years, unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America10443 Bandley Dr.Cupertino, CA 95014408.253.0499www.ducati.com

VerdictA bit like those Nike retro-trainers the kids wear nowadays: They look great, but we wouldn't want to run a marathon in 'em.

By Alex Hearn
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