Beach Moto’s Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic
By Sam Bendall |
On a strangely overcast yet humid morning in Southern California, I am sitting outside the Shack Cafe in Playa Vista sipping on a much needed cup of coffee. In the distance, I hear the unmistakable rumble of a Ducati from down the block. Dennis is stopped at the lights. With a fervent and throaty roar, he approaches, pulls into the lot and parks 4 feet in front of me on this beautifully customised 2009 Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic.
We got to talking as motorcyclist’s do about the machine before us. Dennis acquired the bike originally from a friend out of state after trading a Moto Guzzi V7 for the GT1000. It turns out the owner of the GT1000 had a soft spot for the V7 and it became a win-win for everyone involved.
Ultimately I asked Dennis, “What compelled you to buy this bike and use it as a base for a custom project?” His answer was simple and to the point, “The GT1000 Sport Classic is by itself a beautiful motorcycle which retains a modern classic look. I like the simplicity of the air cooled engine and feel like the engine has loads of character.”
Dennis stressed to me that he himself is not a “bike-builder” however, he is fairly mechanically inclined. “There are always times in building or customizing a motorcycle where some custom fabrication is needed to really pull the bike together. Sometimes parts do not fit, screw threads need to be re-threaded, or a part made. This was case regarding a few design elements on this build.” To make it all work, Dennis sought out the assistance of StradaFab for custom fabrication and design troubleshooting.
Their first and largest contribution was a full custom exhaust system which produces a lovely deep-throated tone at speed. The rear turn signals were elegantly mounted and the rear brake reservoir is completely hidden due to a custom mounting bracket. While it took a ton of research and time to design, the results are undeniably beautiful. The GT1000 has a classic vintage appearance without tasteless mods and unnecessary shiny bolt on parts. Everything on it manages to be functional and practical. A full list of aftermarket additions on this lovely machine can be found at the end of our article.
What also sets this bike apart is the paint scheme. It retains a level of flash without looking overtly flashy. “To achieve this we sought out our friend, neighbor and tattoo artist, Zach (@themachine13). Zach too builds wicked motorcycles and we really wanted to utilize his amazing artistic and creative talent for our bike.”
While a lot of work can go into designing and creating a custom motorcycle, none of that matters outside of the ride. The visceral feeling of being in the saddle. “This bike was never meant to be a track weapon even though it’s probably really capable. We were able to strike some weight with the removal of some of the stock parts and the addition of a light wheel set and awesome suspension,” Dennis tell me, “It is mostly used for city riding but the the power delivery makes this bike very fun. I mean it’s under 400lbs and has nearly 100bhp on tap, that always manages to put a smile on my face when I twist my wrist.”
FULL PARTS LIST
OZ Racing Piega forged aluminium wheels
Brembo 4 piston front calipers custom painted black
Brembo 2 piston rear caliper custom painted black
Brembo T-drive brake rotors
Brembo RCS19 brake master cylinder
Brembo RCS16 clutch master cylinder
Rear brake reservoir hidden custom mount
Oberon clutch slave cylinder
Custom brake and clutch lines
Corse Dynamics under swing arm rear brake caliper bracket
Corse Dynamics 7” headlight
Corse Dynamics upper and lower triple clamps
Andreani front forks inserts
Ohlins rear shocks
Ducati Monster 1200 brake and clutch reservoirs with Rizoma custom mounts
Beast-R high inflow intake kit with K&N filters
Custom blacked out valve covers
StradaFab custom belt covers
StradaFab custom exhaust system
StradaFab custom exhaust hangers
Ducati Hypermotard oil cooler
Ducati Hypermotard oil lines
Custom Woodcraft rearsets
Rizoma turn signals with custom mounts
Biltwell brake light with custom mount
Words & Photography by Sam Bendall @livemotofoto
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