Posts by tag: Paul Smart

Ducati July 25, 2017 posted by

Big Green: 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport

When it comes to really famous, really collectable Ducatis, it is hard not to imagine the image of a green frame 750ss. Created by Ducati to celebrate the dominance of the 750cc race bikes, the Supersport has become THE streetable icon of a bygone era of brute mechanical setup and rider bravery. Devoid of electronics, slipper clutches, big brakes, sophisticated suspension or even modern tire technology, bikes of this time relied upon the skill of the rider to adjust to conditions - exactly what Paul Smart did to triumph at the 1972 Imola 200. The green frame 750 Supersport was intended as a tribute, but grew to be a tremendous success on its own. Today more people know about the street 750ss than the Italian race (and racer) that inspired it's creation.

1974 Ducati 750 Supersport for sale on eBay

In the early 1970s, Ducati really wanted to win - which is what the likes of Norton and MV Agusta were doing. In what is now familiar Ducati fashion, they did what any manufacturer would do: they threw piles of money at it (although much of this was sweat equity and ingenuity, as Ducati was still a small manufacturer). The 500cc racer's frame was developed by UK frame maker and famed GP racer designer Colin Seeley. Ducati developled the engines in-house, and shipped Seeley early prototype cases to help finalize the bike design. By 1971 - with test rider Mike Hailwood - it was determined that the Seeley frame was too light for the 750cc class. Fabio Taglioni, chief designer and technical director of Ducati, had already incorporated some of Seeley's design elements into a heavier, street bike frame. That was modified to become the legendary racer; yet victory was initially elusive. With mechanical failures having been sorted out in 1971 season (best finish was Phil Read's second to yet another Agostini win), Ducati pulled out all the stops. They fielded a total of EIGHT bikes for the 1972 Imola 200 race, and managed to pull off first and second against the likes of MV Agusta, Norton and Honda factory efforts. It was this victory that cemented Ducati's racing reputation - and the foundation for the street machine.

From the seller:
Genuine Greenframe . Exceptional condition . Currently in Great Britain . I will airfreight to Australia for the successful bidder . Prices are going nuts on these . Buy now or be priced out of the market forever .
Engine number 075318 DM750.1
Frame number DM750SS 075061

Note : Bike is for sale in Great Britain . Will sell to however meets my price .

It's the real thing and 99% correct, sold new in Germany and been there all its life until now, restored some years back and in a private collection for the past 20 years.
It’s very original with a few small details that aren’t correct but all the major components are in very good shape and correct like the rims, cases, frame and yes I think the glasswork is original but its difficult to be 100% sure on this as it could also be 30 year old repro stuff, but whatever it is it's certainly not new or fresh.

It's been re painted in the past. The parts that are non- original as far as I can tell are:
Later Tomaselli Daytona throttle.
Lefthand hi/lo/horn switch
Malossi inlet manifolds and later PHM 40mm Dell’Ortos
> I have bought one original carb so far .
Alloy mesh on original bellmouths
Drilled front brake discs
Later Marzocchi rear shock absorbers < I have a set of original shocks . Headlamp bracket painted green instead of satin black Both front fairing brackets cut down to take one bolt instead of two There is also a broken fin on the rear cylinder. Easy to repair . A front Brembo master cylinder fitted but the original Scarab comes with it. Mechanically its excellent and runs and rides superbly, the condition is very nice but you can see it's not a fresh restoration.

The 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever produced. The Gugenheim museum highlighted the green frame prominently in their exhibit "The Art of Motorcycle." And collector value for these bikes has soared - to what many consider unreasonable levels. Built by Ducati's race shop in limited numbers (401 is the generally accepted number), this was a true race replica. Sporting triple disk brakes (claimed to be the first street bike to offer this feature), and the cases right out of the racer, the 750ss street bike made concessions for the road; a strengthened crankshaft, provisions for an oil cooler (although none was originally fitted), and different carburetors. The green frame Ducati is said to be the only round case, bevel drive desmo bike produced for the street. The bike even retains the racer's semi-transparent stripe on the tank; a no-need-for-a-gauge solution to determining fuel levels.

This is collector-grade machinery, and with it comes a collector-grade price tag. The opening ask for this auction is a cool $190,000 USD - with a reserve in place. The bike was originally sold in Germany, however it now resides in the UK. At this price, only museums, small countries, or heirs to the Microsoft fortune need apply. But it is good to dream, right? To find a nearly original 1974 Ducati 750ss in this type of condition is a mega-rare event, and you can be assured it will not repeat any time soon. Check it out here and good luck!!

MI

Big Green: 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport
Ducati July 4, 2017 posted by

First Year Legend Alert: 1975 Ducati 900 SS

The 1975 Ducati 900SS is something every serious collector has on their list and given that 1975 production was less than 250 units, today's post is quite an occasion.  This nice but not pristine version is located in Manhattan Beach, California USA but I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see it go to an international sale.

1975 Ducati 900SS For Sale on eBay

To understand the significance of this bike and why it is so prized, you need to look back to 1970 when the top level GP racing class was pretty much a battle between MV Agusta (with legendary rider Agostini) and Japanese two-strokes.  Ducati had left racing over 10 years earlier due to budget constraints but was now flush with new backing and had a new series of larger displacement machines under development.  In 1970 the company decided it would be going back to the track, in part to help increase visibility to their new machines but also to help in development.

Ducati hit the track in 1970 with a new 500cc L-twin engine with two-valve desmo heads but the new machines were still no match for the then dominant Agostini and MV Agusta.   In 1972 Ducati announced a new 750cc machine that incorporated the lessons learned over the last 2 seasons along with special racetrack-oriented cams, twin spark plugs, 40mm Dell’Orto carbs and billet connecting rods.  Other top shelf bits included Marzocchi forks and triple-disc brakes.

The new 750cc machine was set to debut at Imola on April 23, 1972.   Did it work?  Well, here is what happened when GP rider Paul Smart (yes, THAT Paul Smart) took the new Ducati out for qualifying:

"On the last lap I wound it up as fast as I felt comfortable.  I wasn't going completely flat out because it was basically just a safety-wired street bike..it still had the Dunlop TT100 street tires and even still had the centerstand lugs in place.   When I brought the bike back to the pits all the Ducati mechanics were jumping up and down...it turns out I had just broken Ago's track record.”

 

The new Duc actually finished 1-2 at Imola and the public immediately clamored for a 750ss for the street.  At the end of the 1972 season Ducati promised to make replicas of the Imola winning machine available to the public but  Ducati was still a small manufacturer so this didn't actually happen until 1974.  During this 2 year period the Japanese were undergoing a crash course in development and quickly catching up to its European rivals so when Ducati finally delivered the promised Imola replica 750cc machines they also introduced a new 860cc machine, the 900 SuperSport/SS.   The new "big" Duc was essentially the 750 series machine with more power and fortunately for Ducati, this wasn't a case where more power upset the balance of the bike. The new 900ss was able to continue the performance success of the 750 for several years.  Consider this - it was on a 1978 900SS that a just-out-of-retirement 38 year old Mike Hailwood would ride to a legendary victory at the Isle of Mann TT.

Okay, we have covered the history and ties to famous racers like  Paul Smart and Mike Hailwood, but you may still be wondering why this bike is so high on so many collectors lists.  The answer is that not only is it a first year bike but it also had some unique to the year components    The 1975 edition actually had many of the same components as the the 750cc Imola race replicas.  These components were offered on the 900ss for the 1975 year only.

A quick comparison of the components for the 900ss model years is below as an example:

1975 900ss  1976 900ss
 Gas Tank  Fiberglass  Steel
 Carbs  40mm  32mm
 Exhausts  Conti Lafranconi
 Turn signals  No  Yes
 Shift  Right side  Left side

 

Simply put, for many Ducati fans and collectors the 1975 900ss is considered to be the closest you can get to the race bikes ridden by people like Smart and Hailwood.

One final factor to consider regarding the why the Ducati is so highly prized by collectors is the generally acceptance that the 750/900ss Ducati along with the Laverda 750SFC and the Norton Commando were the first modern "GP-bikes-with-lights and a horn."  You could even think of the Ducati as the progenitor of bikes such as the Ducati 888SP3 and Desmosedici.

Now as for this specific example, here is a summary of what the seller has to say

  • #214 of 246 produced in 1974
  • Has only 12,000 kilometers/roughly 7,500 original miles in its 42 year lifespan.
  • Brembo disc brakes front and rear with all new brake pads, front forks were rebuilt and new seals added.
  • DMC electronic ignition installed as well as new voltage regulator.
  • It is a 42 year old survivor and it has some imperfections. At some point in the past Ethanol cause the gas tank to leak. It also caused a "bubble like" line at the base of the gas tank. It has since been treated by GTL of Los Angeles and DOES NOT LEAK anymore. The leaks caused paint to come off the swingarm, and some other areas of the frame.  There are also, "blemishes" on both side covers and gas tank.  
  • Also, the right underside of the muffler is scraped and the left has some light scratches.

So then, what's this first year bit of Italian goodness going to cost?  A quick search of Classic Sport Bikes for sale  shows 1970's 900SS going for around $32,000 USD a few years ago, but those weren't first year bikes.  Bonhams had a pristine 1974 750cc version that went for about $50,000 USD a few years ago as well but that was in better condition and wasn't a 900SS.   I am thinking  this one is going to attract attention from serious collections and wouldn't be at all surprised to see this one go for between $45,000-60,000 USD right from the listing.

One final note- there is no Buy-It-Now option on this one.  While patience is a virtue for collectors, given the rarity of this bike I think someone is going to make the owner an offer they can't refuse/the chances of this one being relisted are low.  To put in simply, if this one is on a list for your collection you might want to move quick.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Post Script:  Happy Canada Day and 4th of July ya'll!!!

First Year Legend Alert: 1975 Ducati 900 SS
Ducati June 19, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

Update 9.15.2017: Bike has been sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! Contact information removed. -dc

Unlike some retro-styled motorcycles that sacrifice performance for style, Ducati's SportClassics really allow you to have your cake and eat it too: they look great, with a nice blend of classic and modern styling cues, excellent handling, and enough power to satisfy the more mature riders that might have remembered the original bikes that inspired these modern interpretations. After a great deal of initial buzz, demand fell off pretty quickly and the SportClassics were discontinued after just a few years, but demand on the used market remains high, especially for the original Sport 1000 and Paul Smart 1000LE as seen in today's Featured Listing.

The blue and silver colors and half-fairing are obviously meant to evoke the machine that won the Imola 200 in 1972 and basically put Ducati's v-twin motorcycles on the map and the 1000DS that powered the Paul Smart and the larger, 1100 version that followed represent the pinnacle of Ducati's oil and air-cooled v-twin. Faced with tightening emissions controls and increased demands for power, Ducati decided to create a twin-plug version of their two-valve engine: those big pistons mean that for efficient combustion, two spark plugs are better than one, and the performance increase required a less comprehensive overhaul of the engine than a change from two to four valves would have. Power claims of 92hp are modest but, coupled with very respectable torque and a flexible midrange, it makes an ideal road bike engine.

Quality suspension and geometry of the SportClassic line made that power easy to exploit, although the wire wheels are much more a fashion statement, as they're obviously heavier than is necessary, and the Pirelli Phantoms originally fitted were grippy enough, but fitted mainly for style as well as their tread pattern was designed specifically to mimic older tires. This bike has had a replacement set of Diablos fitted, which should be much more in line with the suspension's sporting capabilities. It's largely stock, except from some bolt-on dress up items that are of generally high quality. I personally prefer Zard's slightly wilder exhaust option for the solo-seat Sport 1000 and Paul Smart, but you can't go wrong with a classic set of Termis!

From the Seller: 2006 Paul Smart Limited Edition #1668 of 2000 for Sale

US Bike located in Vancouver Canada.

9,300 miles

Absolutely mint with all OEM parts included with a few tastefully installed aftermarket parts including:
-Termignoni Shotgun Exhaust
-HDESA Clutch Spring Cap
-Speedymoto Open Clutch Cover
-Speedymoto Frame Sliders
-Sato Rearsets
-Luimoto Suede Seat and Tank Belt
-Regulator rectifier relocation

All maintenance done. New battery. New Pirelli Diablo tires.

$23,000 USD
Jacky Wang
Will not accept Paypal. The bike can easily be exported to USA as it is a US bike with the speedometer in miles. Can help to arrange shipping but you need to visit in person and pay in cash.

So the seller is asking $23,000 for this very nice example. That might seem like a ton of money for a ten year old, 92hp motorcycle but it's in line with what we've seen lately for the Paul Smarts, and the very nice images give a good idea of the attention that appears to have been lavished on the bike. These have, unfortunately, rapidly escalated to the point where owners might be afraid to ride their investment. Which is a shame because, uncomfortable ergos aside, the 1000DS engine makes for a great ride. Hopefully, the new owner will take this one out for regular exercise!

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
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