Bruce's Sport 1000
Bruce loves to fly, on the ground and in the air. His first Ducati was an early Ducati single if I remember right. Fast forward to 2004 and his next Ducati was a M800. A few years later, he sold it and upgraded to a bigger Monster, a S4RS. Bruce is also one of our customers who signed up for the new Classic when Ducati first introduced them.
In the fall of 2005, Ducati announced that they were going to bring three Classic models to the market for 2006. They told us what the models were going to be but not the retail price. They also told us that we had to pre-order the models so the factory would know how many to build.
Being a dealer at the time, I had to ask my customers if they wanted one of these new Classics and at the same time tell them that I didn't know what the price was going to be! Of course, many of my customers just laughed. However, six of our customers took a chance and gave us a deposit towards their Classic. I ordered two Paul Smart's, two Sport 1000's and two GT 1000's.
Bruce's choice was a Sport 1000, and this is his idea of what a Classic should look like but mostly what it should run like.
This Sport 1000 looks stocks except for the full two into one Termi system. Plus, the vented clutch cover and red pressure plate covering the dry clutch.
This Sport 1000 is all about the motor.
The motor was torn down to the crank and rebuilt from there.
I had the to re-balance the crank because it now has 1100 cc pistons attached to it.
The cylinders were bored out and replated.
Plus, the heads were sent out to have the ports re-designed to flow better with the bigger valves and 1100 cams that I was going to be putting in there.
I also installed a lighened flywheel along with a slipper clutch to deal with the extra horsepower and torque.
I did modify the air box to let the engine breath more.
I added a PC3 that allowed me to build a custom fuel map for it.
I broke the motor in on the dyno as I always do and then took it out for a test ride.
The first 1000k's the Sport ran hot and didn't seem happy. At 1000k's I checked and adjusted the valves, made a few changes to the fuel mapping and the results were great. I think it just needed a little time to break in properly.
Bruce wanted to change out the rear shock and he chose an Ohins to make it look right. Lots of adjustability including changing the spring to suit his weight.
Bruce has talked about upgrade the front forks, brakes and rotors but that will be down the road one day.
Maybe the wheels as well because these are a tube type rim so tire choice is limited to only one tire manufacturer, Pirelli.
That tire is an old design and really not suited for what this bike is capable of.
This is a STM 48 tooth slipper clutch. It's one of the more expensive options and well worth the money.
Installing a vented clutch helps in keeping the dry clutch run cooler and cleaner. As the clutch plates wear in time the dust is ex-spelled won't build up in time if it was still enclosed.
The rattling that Ducati dry cluthes seem to be so well known for is the wear between the clutch plate and basket that occurs over time.
And really, the rattling will get louder sooner if the owner abuses the clutch.
The controls and guages are simple and look great. The CRG mirror add that cafe racer look and keeps the front end looking clean and efficient.
It's an extremely fun bike to ride. It handles well, it's quick when you want it to be and never fails to put a grin on your face.
Plus, no matter where you are people will always come up to you and want to look at it closer and admirer it.