News Ducati SportClassic GT1000 | Custom Review

Ducati SportClassic GT1000 | Custom Review

Beverly Hills Ducati Special

After David Coloris bought his Ducati SportClassic GT1000, he turned it over to Beverly Hills Ducati with three instructions: make it more powerful, make it comfortable, and make it black. A veteran of high-end custom choppers, including a motorcycle from Bourget’s Bike Works, the 6′ 3" Coloris was rewarded with a Ducati SportClassic GT1000 that is as distinctive as his criteria.

To meet Coloris’ GT1000 ergonomic requirements; a suede Jon Croop seat provides a taller, flatter platform, and slightly lowered bars (mounted to SpeedyMoto billet triple clamp uppers) free up the room he needs. CRG Hindsight bar end mirrors furnish a clear view of the road already travelled.

Black being the order of the day, a staggering number of parts were given the light devouring treatment, ranging from conspicuous items, such as the engine covers, to more detailed pieces-the foot controls, for example. Red accents, including the front disc caliper mounts and rear hub, dispense relief from the onslaught of darkness, as do SpeedyMoto’s delightfully revealing transparent timing belt covers.

Working double-duty as a performance enhancer, the Termignoni exhaust received a black ceramic coating. While much of the black is flat, the Larry Romos-painted tank is high gloss, and the red-outlined white Ducati logos on the tank are hand-painted.

To give the Ducati SportClassic GT1000 an aggressive custom look, the fenders are bobbed and the front bracket blacked out. In the rear, a one-off Vincenzo bracket holds a custom metal taillight and license plate frame. To further consolidate the Beverly Hills Ducati GT1000’s appearance, the instruments were lowered and the headlight pulled back toward the Öhlins Road & Track forks (blacked out at the bottom, of course).

Rather than invasive engine work, Vortex and Ducati sprockets with a lower final drive ratio are employed to give the bike stronger acceleration. Custom black-springed Öhlins shocks secure balanced suspension action.

Building on the retro-modern motif that is stock SportClassic GT1000, Beverly Hills Ducati elegantly takes Coloris’ concept to a subtly stunning logical conclusion.

www.bhducati.com


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 BMW R 18 Classic First Look: Touring Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

Hot on the heels of the 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition comes the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic. BMW goes for the touring...

2021 Yamaha YZ250F Review (13 First Ride Fast Facts)

We rode the new, upgraded 2021 Yamaha YZ250F at Glen Helen Raceway for a first ride impression. We were fans of the previous YZ250F, so...

2021 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule (Super Tuesdays and more)

The 2021 Monster Energy Supercross schedule is now public. Due to the government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule is unlike any seen...

2021 Yamaha MT-09 First Look and All-New (18 Fast Facts)

All-new from the ground-up this year, the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets a new motor and chassis, along with a full suite of electronics. Let's...

2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 ES Adventure-Touring Test

The Yamaha Super Ténéré story begins with the TT500 off-road enduro machine released in 1975, and the XT500 dual-sport model the following year. These...

2021 Aprilia RS 660 Review (18 Fast Facts From the Canyons)

The long-awaited and much-anticipated 2021 Aprilia RS 660 is finally here. Slipping into an under-served niche in the motorcycling world, it is a high-tech...