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Ducati October 26, 2017 posted by

Smarty Pants: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

When Paul Smart rode a green-framed 750 to victory at Imola in 1972, Ducati history was made. No longer a bit player with smaller bikes, Ducati proved that they could compete on the world's stage. And since that 1972 victory, Ducati has hunted down championship after championship. They have also reached back into the land of nostalgia a few times and brought back neo-retro designs to evoke images of the older bikes, but wrought with newer technology. The early 2000s brought us the Sport Classic lineup, and few are as classic as the Paul Smart replica delivered in 2006.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart Replica for sale on eBay

At the heart of this machine is the same tried and true desmodue 2-valve, air-cooled motor found throughout the Sport Classic lineup (as well as the air-cooled monsters and the SuperSport series). A many-generation evolution of the venerable Pantah "rubber band" power plant, the belt driven valves and simple air cooling are offset by new tech such as twin spark computer controlled ignition and fuel injection. With loads of torque and wonderful character, the 1,000cc L-twin has plenty of grunt and makes all the right noises. The rest of the bike is a revised classic interpretation of the original green frame, with traditional Ducati frame and fairing artistry. There are numerous unique design elements (check out that asymmetrical swing arm with a single shock), and the whole package is wrapped nicely in green and silver.

From the seller:
2006 Ducati Paul Smart

2nd owner. Bike had 400 miles on it when I bought it about 8 years ago.
Termignoni Exhaust with race ECU
Rizoma Grips
Rizoma Reservoirs
CRG Mirrors
CRG RC Levers
Alpina Tubeless Aluminum Wheels
Fleda Brake/Turn signals
JCPB Fork Guards
Supersprox
Pit Bull stand
Battery tender/charger
Also have a full Zard Stainless 2-2 exhaust (louder than the Termis)

I have all the factory signals, exhaust, mirrors, sprocket, chain etc that came on the bike, as well as a Zard 2-2 Stainless full exhaust. There is a blemish on the engine case (pictured), and small crack on the rubber of the right hand grip, which are the only noticeable flaws on the bike. $800 service from Pro-Italia couple hundred miles ago.

Just don't ride the bike enough, sold the MH900E a while back, for the same reason.

The Paul Smart replica machines (also known as the PS1000LE) were made in limited numbers - data seems to indicate 500 were sold in the US out of a global total of 2000 bikes. That not only makes this an exclusive piece of kit, it also means that the laws of supply and demand start coming into play. Green-framed 750s are so far out of reach of mere mortals that it is not even worthwhile to look. The PS1000LE commanded a premium over the standard Sport Classic when introduced, but speculation and collectors have driven these up considerably since then. This particular bike is not stock, but the seller claims to have most of the stock items. The recent service from a well-known Southern California Ducati shop is another bonus.

The seller is looking for big dollars here: potential buyers need to pony up $24,000 USD just to get this auction started. That is potentially in the range for a great example of this breed (we have seen asks as high as $30k), but may be a bit too stiff for an opening move. The market will tell us where this one goes, although as of yet there have been zero bids. Check it out here to see all of the details and watch the fun (if it starts). If you are in the market for a Smart, you could certainly do worse. Good Luck!!

MI

Smarty Pants: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati June 14, 2016 posted by

A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

2006 Ducati PS R Side Front

Ducati's SportClassic line made a big splash when it was introduced in 2005 and included today's Paul Smart 1000LE. Powered by Ducati’s torque-rich L-twin with modern suspension at both ends, they were mature sportbikes for riders with a sense of history, an eye for design, and an appreciation for accessible performance. Many will complain about how “underpowered” they are, with just 92hp from the twin-plug, air-cooled twin, but there’s plenty of performance for most road-riders and the relative light weight and top-shelf suspension mean you can exploit every available horse.

2006 Ducati PS L Side
The style was never really in question though. Pierre Terblanche may have caught some serious flack for his superbike restyle, it’s pretty obvious he knew what he was doing when he designed these. Unfortunately, although demand was high at first for the SportClassic line, interest tapered off fairly quickly and only the conservatively-styled GT1000 soldiered on until 2010.

2006 Ducati PS Rear Suspension

Interestingly, that low initial demand quickly turned into high collectability, especially for the half-faired Paul Smart 1000LE that was low-production to begin with. Designed to evoke the bike ridden by Paul Smart to an unlikely win at Imola in 1972, the bike featured silver, half-faired bodywork and a blue-green painted frame. Rear suspension was unusual and looked like a classic dual-shock setup at the rear, but only from the left-hand side. It’s an asymmetric monoshock, and one of my favorite features of the bike.

2006 Ducati PS R Rear
This example appears to be fitted with a set of the correct Pirelli Phantoms that were designed for this bike to offer modern performance and classic looks that mirror the bikes themselves. It also features a set of accessory fairing lowers that strengthen the Imola-bike-connection but to me detract from the looks. I prefer the half-fairing that resembles the road-going 750SS and, if it were my money, I'd be holding out for a bike with the funky Zard high/low exhaust instead of the entirely appropriate, but fairly conservative two-into-one Termignoni pipe seen here.

2006 Ducati PS Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart for Sale

Up for auction is this incredibly clean, low mile Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart Sport Classic. This Paul Smart comes with a Termignoni system and is otherwise stock, save for the accessory seat. The bike is in near-showroom condition and has just had the 2-year service completed...it needs nothing. And with only 1,953 it's virtually new. This bike is 100% correct with zero issues, flaws or scratches.

We've had several inquiries about the tank. Currently there is no sign of warping, bubbling, etc. Tank has not been coated but looks good.

Over the last few years, the Paul Smart has become one of the most sought-after Ducatis in recent memory. Not only is the Paul Smart a competent and capable road bike that's zestful and invigorating to ride, it's also a stunningly gorgeous object of beauty.

Based on a Sport Classic engine/frame combination, the PS100LE was built to commemorate Paul Smart's classic win at Imola on the fabled 750ss. The silver bodywork and blue/green frame was meant to conjure up images of the 750 race bike - only this model contains a 1000cc dual-spark lump and top-grade Ohlins suspension to compliment the single seat and clip-on bars.

The bike is styled in the fashion of the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo race bike that Paul Smart rode to victory, and the 1974 750 SuperSport it originally inspired. It is one of the SportClassic series designed by Pierre Terblanche.

2006 Ducati PS R Side

Just 2,000 Paul Smart replicas were made, and they already command serious coin among collectors. This bike is in nearly perfect condition, although I’ve yet to see a Paul Smart that wasn’t: it’s pretty obvious that, unlike some bikes that take time to establish their collectability, buyers bought these from new well aware they’d become instant classics, and have maintained them accordingly. Bidding on this example is already up to $12,300 with the Reserve Not Met. Want to skip all that bidding drama? The Buy It Now price is set at a stunning $30,000! These have been steadily on the rise, but that still stopped me in my tracks…

-tad

2006 Ducati PS Top Triple

A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Ducati April 14, 2011 posted by

1974 Ducati 750SS vs. 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

Is there a difference between living in the past, and celebrating it? Are you someone who looks back, or looks forward? I think it is telling if you visit RareSportBikesForSale.com or ClassicSportBikesForSale.com

In 2006 Ducati created a tribute to the 1973 750SS, a bike which today is hunted and valued higher then new bikes. We will see what the final bid is for this , but at the current bid you could buy multiple new tribute bikes for you and your friends.

The 1974 750SS used the V-Twins Desmodromic engine designed by Dr Fabio Taglioni. The new 90 degree twin is essentially two of Ducati tried single cylinder engines mounted to a single crank. The new engine was designed, built and race tested in a very short period. It first appeared on the road limited to 50hp in the 1971 750 GT. It became iconic when it was put into the 750SS. The 80x74.4 bore and stroke gives the 748cc. 9.5:1 compression developed 73hp at 8000rpm, and with 5 speeds gave a top speed of 134.8 mph. Great engine, super performance, beautiful styling, but why is this bike desire over all the others 750SS made between 1973 and 1981?

It’s the color. I have had a hard time nailing down numbers, but indications are that 10 were made in 1973, and 401 in 1974.

So when Ducati designed a new bike in the retro style that has become popular, what other color scheme would they choose?

This 2006 Paul Smart 1000LE was a one year only tribute SportClassic. It was designed by Pierre Terblanche who also designed the MH900e, a tribute to the original Mike Hailwood Replica. The engine measures 992cc with 94mmx71.5mm, a 10.1:1 CR ratio giving 91bhp at 8,000rpm and through 6 speeds gave a top speed of 135mph. These numbers appear to be the same as the stock bike. The PS1000LE differs from the other GT1000 in the bubble fairing with clip-ons over the naked stock bike. Optional side fairings with number plates were offered to replicate the full racing fairings. Suspension up front looks to have changed from the stock 43mm Marzocchi to 43mm Öhlins and Öhlins in back replacing the Sachs unit.

And this is the one that everyone is copying:

Which one do you want?

BB

Editors Note: We are publishing this on both websites for contrast and exposure. -dc





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