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2010 SportClassic Review
Without a doubt, the Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 is the ultimate in a gentleman’s touring mount. It provides the style, grace, performance and, importantly, the comfort that an experienced rider needs to cover considerable distances while retaining the visceral impact that motorcycling bestows upon us.
Fabio Taglioni, founder of Ducati’s trademark desmodromic valve system, produced in 1955 what is considered to be the company’s first race bike, the 100cc Marianna. The third iteration of the Marianna was christened the Formula 3, and, in 1958, only 40 Formula 3 factory production racers were made. While most were sold in their native Italy, a few made their way to Britain, and even fewer were imported to the United States.
The residents of Morciano di Romagna don’t seem to mind the parade of exotic motorcycles storming through their narrow streets, a cacophony of straight-pipe exhausts resonating against ancient stone facades. Even better, neither do the local police, who have made it clear that the riders may regard speed limits—and most traffic signs—as suggestions. The town’s joy is captured in the faces of its schoolchildren, who have the afternoon off to watch our vintage machines stream past.