Posts by tag: Paul Smart

Ducati April 25, 2017 posted by

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

 

Different motorcycle manufacturers have different ways of mining riders' nostalgia and their own history: Triumph makes motorcycles that look like they rolled straight out of the 1960s but perform like modern machines, while Harley Davidson makes actual 1960s motorcycles, only heavier and with 1980s brakes and electronics. Ducati's retro bikes manage to straddle the line between vintage and modern styles, so designs for their Sport Classic and Scrambler models have classic colors and shapes, but you'd never mistake them for actual vintage machines. When released, bikes like the Paul Smart 1000LE caused a sensation, but demand died out relatively quickly and the line was discontinued after just a few short years, with only the GT soldiering on until 2010.

Values for them second-hand have been surprisingly strong however, particularly for the 1000LE and Sport models. I'm a huge fan of the offset monoshock that looks like a dual-shock setup from the left side and the tubular swingarm, although that setup on the original bikes meant a solo-seat option only. Performance was fairly tame on paper, although 92hp is really nothing to sneeze at and can be put to good use because of the bike's excellent handling. This was a bike pitched at a more mature crowd and experienced riders who appreciate a fast motorcycle but weren't interested in bench-racing or pointless horsepower-measuring contests.

Paul Smarts show up pretty regularly on eBay, considering how few were built, often with low miles and exorbitant prices. This particular bike certainly fits that description, as the asking price is $27,500 only with even lower miles and the added bonus of Paul Smart's signature on the bodywork, which should be like catnip for Ducati collectors. I'm glad the factory pipes are included for originality's sake, but they are very ugly things clearly designed to be replaced by the owner as soon as possible. The Keihan exhausts currently installed suit the classic style of the bike, but are almost too vintage for my tastes, and are likely too quiet as well. Maybe some Termignoni pipes would be more appropriate? Or those wild Zard high/low pipes that only work on the solo-seat models?

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale 

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE Limited Edition. Perfect condition with just under 700 miles.  Autographed by Paul Smart on the tank and tail. Both have had a clearcoat applied over them. Always garaged. Collector owned. The bike is located in Washington DC, but I can arrange for shipping anywhere. Aftermarket Keigen pipes, but the originals will be included in the sale. More photos available upon request.

Aside from a relatively uncomfortable riding position, the 1000LE makes for a pretty great roadbike, with excellent handling, adequate power and a rich midrange, wind protection, decent fuel economy, and reasonable reliability, assuming you take good care of it. But in such perfect, low-mileage condition, and with that Paul Smart signature on the bodywork, I doubt anyone would want to destroy the bike's value by actually riding it. So it's a shame that such a practical exotic will  probably spend most of its time in an office, living room, or heated garage, sealed away as an investment.

-tad

Signed and Numbered: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Ducati January 11, 2017 posted by

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart

One could say that the vintage craze has crested, but the ground-breaking Ducati SportClassics are still more popular than when they were introduced. The Paul Smart commemorative is the pick of the litter and this signed example is spotless with low miles and recent maintenance.

2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart for sale on eBay

Using the now-classic DS1000 air-cooled engine, the Ducati SportClassic foretold the retro market that followed shortly.  The fuel-injected L-twin was good for 92 pretty reliable horsepower.  The Paul Smart wears the blue-green frame and silver fairing of the original 1974 Super Sport 750, and this one has the desirable fairing lowers.  Mechanically, the PS is pure oughties, with adjustable Ohlins and 320mm Brembo front brakes.  The monoposto seat keeps the rider focused on the task at hand.

 

Holed up for the winter in Boise, this LE is super-sharp with only 1250 miles.  Upgrades include Termignoni exhaust and LED brake and front signal lights.  Planning for the worst case, it comes with a spare fuel tank in case of swelling.  Again thinking ahead, the seat fairing was clear-coated after being signed by Paul Smart.  From the eBay auction:

-One-Off LED fleda brake light. 
-Flush mount blinkers 
-Paul Smart's Signature. (I have a photo of him signing the cowling). 
-The cowling was signed with a paint pen and then was professionally cleared coated. 
-Termignoni full exhaust and ECU. Dealer installed. 
-Lower #16 fairings. 
-I have ALL the stock parts including the exhaust and ECU to put this back to its factory original setting. 

 

For the rider, the flexible DS1000 powertrain and adjustable suspension are reigned in by the low clip-ons and monoposto seat.  Likely a little too nice to ride much, this PS1000LE seems destined for a collection.  It has a little of everything - reference to racing heritage, great retro colors, modern ( but vintage looking  ) mechanicals, and a brilliant design by Pierre Terblanche perfectly executed by the factory.  Hoping the reserve isn't too far over the horizon...

-donn

On the Dotted Line – 2007 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart
Ducati December 14, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

Known as the PS1000LE in geek speak, the Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition was a throwback to the green-framed bevels of yore. Celebrating Paul Smart's victory at Imola in 1972, this modern interpretation of the 750ss - itself an homage to the green-framed winning racer - was penned by the polarizing eye of Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche (known for the Supermono, 999 and MH900e to name a few). And while some of Pierre's other designs swing a bit wide of the mark, he really nailed it with the Smart Edition. With flowing lines and graceful curves, this bike really does carry the look of function and performance, while tipping its cap to the racers that have gone before.

2006 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart for sale!

Like the original race bike, the Paul Smart is a solo ride. Looking retro is only part of the package, though. Modern frame geometry and top-shelf brakes and suspension cover the handling department. Like the rest of the Sport Classic line, the PS1000LE is powered by the venerable two-valve, twin-spark, air-cooled twin. While not known for stratospheric revs or universe warping top end, this is a fantastic, torquey lump for daily cut-and-thrust riding. It is as bulletproof as you are to find; hundreds of thousands of units power Supersports, Monsters and the like. With dry clutch and even firing order, this bike makes a statement even when idling in traffic.

From the seller:
I bought this fantastic motorcycle from a M J Sales/Royal Enfield of Forth Worth in Texas. The previous owner was a woman and she sold the bike for financial reasons. This is an all original one of kind motorcycle. I owned this bike since 2013 and as a collector I have used the motorcycle only to ride around my neighborhood. It has a smooth engine and cafe racer style. The condition is fantastic and have all the documentation, manual, red key, battery tender and cover as well. It is kept inside my garage and never ever has been in the rain. The tachometer was changed because of factory defect. I have all the documentation and when I bought the motorcycle the mileage on was 1,223, when the problem appeared the bike was with around 1,600 miles. Now the new tachometer is marking 26 miles and going up if I continue to ride. As you can notice I ridden very little on it. Close to the mirror, on the fairing there is a very little crack line as you can see at the pictures. Other than that mention above everything is in perfect condition. Any question do not hesitate to contact me.

Aside from the looks, sounds and history that oozes from this bike, we need to talk about performance. I'm talking about the "buy it today, ride it, and sell it for more than you bought it for..." kind of performance. It is quite clear that the PS1000LE is earning its keep as an investment vehicle. With clean, documented, stock examples so difficult to find these days, prices continue to be on the rise. That especially holds true for unmolested, original condition bikes. With this auction currently well below that mark this may well be your best chance to get into the market for a Paul Smart - which would be smart money indeed. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati October 18, 2016 posted by

Paul Smart Stunt Double – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000

With Ducati Paul Smart commemoratives fetching $25K-ish, this owner has created a similarly configured bike with lot of nicer  components, distinguishable from the original only by the not-blue frame and the Mediterranean cruise you can take with the price difference.

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2006 Ducati Sport 1000 for sale on eBay

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Designed by Pierre Terblanche in the early 2000's, the SportClassic line-up used the 992cc air-cooled dual spark engine, and had 93 hp available.  The chro-moly trellis works around the vertical cylinder and back towards the integrated seat subframe.  All systems are available for view, and on this bike have been done up nicely.  Forks by Marzocchi and Sachs monoshock have given way to Öhlins both ends.  Brakes are still unbeatable 4-puck Brembo fronts with 320mm rotors, followed by 245mm rear.  A factory Sport 1000 fairing has been added to the monoposto seat and all the bodywork painted an understated dark silver.

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Presented by a San Diego dealer, there are a lot of nice touches on this one.  Those peek-a-boo Rizoma cam belt covers lead the charge, but there is a matching clutch cover, Arrow exhaust system, Acculign adjustable rearsets, and some niceties in the intake stream but out of view.  Here's a short list from the eBay auction:

This is a 1 Owner bike.  Bike is very clean and has been built with the best parts possible.  Looks like a Paul Smart but is not a Paul Smart.  Just as good with the upgraded Ohlins and striking paint.

Ducati  S upper fairing

Custom silver paint

Ohlins Fork Internals

Ohlins Rear Shock

Full Arrow exhaust

Acculign Rearsets

Rizoma Clutch Cover

Rizoma Belt Covers

Rizoma Brake and Clutch billet reservoirs

STM Frame Plugs

STM Crank Case Breather

Sargent Seat

Ducati Performance Slave Cylinder

CNC Billet timing cover

Duc Shop velocity stacks and 

Termi ECU

K&N Airfilters

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SportClassics can be a bit of a labor of love, since everything is visible, it's nice if it looks good.  For its nearly 12,000 miles, this machine looks ready for a serious show.  Comfy-looking grips might push the odometer a little farther than the low bars and solo seat would indicate.  When you do arrive,  you'll have a singular ride, all of the best attributes of a Paul Smart, and improved in many ways...

-donn

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Paul Smart Stunt Double – 2006 Ducati Sport 1000
Ducati June 14, 2016 posted by

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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A Smart Buy? 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
Ducati December 18, 2015 posted by

Lite(r) Custom – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

Lovely as they are, and sweet to ride, the 2006-only Ducati Paul Smart commemoratives are in a funny corner - too collectible to be riders, but the urge to customize can be irresistible.  Many times they appear after a few years on the display stand, generally asking serious bucks, this one with some premium bits and neat custom work.

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2006 Ducati Paul Smart PS1000LE for sale on eBay

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Styled by Pierre Terblanche  as part of Ducati's SportClassic retro collection, the PS1000 Limited Edition uses the 992cc 4-valve air-cooled motor generating 92 hp.  The beautiful sea green metallic trellis frame displays the dry clutch and two-into-two exhaust nicely.  Modern in the suspension department, it uses 43mm upside-down forks and rear monoshock ( on the left side of the double-sided swingarm ), both fully adjustable Ohlins.  Brakes are also worthy of the task with dual 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.  Retro spoke wheels have alloy rims.  Slim and not overweight, the long frame lends stability if not flickability to the equation, and the DS1000 injected engine makes it real-world rideable.

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Hidden away with only 1144 miles, this PS1000LE has been treated to a beautiful titanium exhaust, adjustable lever and foot pegs, LED turn signals and bar-end mirrors.  The body was not ignored, as a neat tail fairing with a Corvette tail-light is installed.  An aluminum tank was fabricated in response to the expanding plastic tank issue Ducati had in the 2000's, and the auction says it is available, seems to be pictured on the bike though not certain.  Also available are the fairing lowers with Paul Smart's number 16.  From the eBay auction:

Features: 

  • Zard Italian made FULL TITANIUM exhaust (amazing sounding) - $3,200
  • Motor completely stock except for clutch cover (previously stated DS1100 heads was a mistake)
  • Eagle eye LED turn signals (stock included)
  • open dry clutch
  • Comfort windshield (stock included)
  • Lowering bracket for better stance (removable)
  • Carbon fiber chain guard (stock included)
  • Short "naked" fairings
  • GT front fender (stock included)
  • Speedymoto wheel sliders
  • Adjustable gold adonized hand controls (stock included)
  • Fully adjustable billet aluminum foot controls (extremely important, adjusts the bike to fit your height for comfort and control)
  • Reverse or Regular shifting
  • Tommaselli dark brown grips (I can throw in a set of retro light brown rubber grips as well)
  • All stock parts included except for rear cowl (easily found on ebay or from motowheels) and exhaust. 
  • Aluminum tank and seat with corvette taillight and carbon fiber full fairings are NOT included in sale, but available separately for an additional cost (see below)
  • Winner gets choice of titanium Zard exhaust or Termignoni dual slip-ons.

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With starting bid at the low end of the usual for this model, if you're in the market a look-see at least is warranted.  A great strategy by Ducati, the SportClassics seem more popular now than when they were introduced.  One man's customization can be another's remuddling though, and most of the factory parts are included or available with this bike.  And though I can appreciate it, the idea of having a fairly current non-riding road bike doesn't really compute for me - this is a 2006 Ducati under all the retro and custom glow, it is likely a joy to take out.  Long and low bar position will make the PS1000LE a wonder out in the open but a chore around town, so the ride to the bike show must be planned accordingly.

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-donn

Lite(r) Custom – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE