Conceptually based on the retro-styled 2000 MH900E, the SportClassic series helped Ducati weather the late 2000's, and nice examples often bring more than MSRP. Using the 992 cc air-cooled desmodue, theSportClassics had a vintage aura backed by modern mechanicals. The introductory 2006 year has a couple of niceties that were value-engineered out of subsequent years, and this particular bike is in collectible condition.
Pierre Terblanche somehow peeked way over the horizon in the late 1990's and saw the retro wave coming. The SportClassics were powered by a 92 hp twin, with electronic fuel injection, six-speed transmission and wet clutch. 43mm Marzocchi forks were fitted, and Sachs fully adjustable monoshock. Up-to-date braking was provided by Brembo, dual 320mm discs out front and 245 mm in back. Naked as the day, so details are visible and nicely finished. Peculiar to the 2006 model was the shaped rear swingarm, which allowed the rear header to cross under the bike higher. The monoposto seat was almost a 2006-only feature, though the single-seat was occasionally available until 2010 ( and has been added to many after market ), most SportClassics had the pillion seat.
Looking quite excellent with 6,100 miles, this Sport 1000 is in Arizona, likely never seen precip. The owner has upgraded the rear shock to Ohlins and mufflers to Termignoni, not to mention ostrich ( -look, let's hope ) pleather seat. Recently in for service, the valve adjustment and belts are fresh, giving the new owner many miles of guilt-free riding. From the eBay auction:
For sale a very nice low mileage 2006 Ducati Sport 1000 monoposto. 6100 miles and just completed the annual service which included belts. Has Termi Exhaust and Ohlins rear shock, otherwise pretty much stock. Runs great and 9/10 condition wise. Air/oil cooled, dry clutch, they don't make Ducati's like this anymore. If desired, I can have an inspection done by a local Ducati shop to show the 'clean bill of health.'
Video can be seen here - http://youtu.be/SAN1MeZuNgU
The Sport 1000 has charming good looks, and the air-cooled engine has good manners on the open road or in traffic. And very well-detailed with bar-end mirrors and racing stripes on the Burnt Yellow bodywork. Tires weren't mentioned in the auction and are probably ready to be renewed, but then you're off for a summer of back-to-basics feel-good riding...