Ducati's SportClassics had sharp engineering though the styling recalled earlier days of motorcycling. The versatile dual spark 992cc engine made the bike easy to love, and the Sport 1000S had a neat SuperSport design and most of the features of the Paul Smart commemorative.
Beside its 92 hp air-cooled engine, the Sport 1000S is a clever combination of old and new, dual-shock Sachs rear with progressive springs, wet clutch hydraulically actuated, flat black Termignoni exhausts, a big brace on the 43mm Marzocchi forks, and stainless spokes on black alloy wheels. The upper-only fairing beats the wind for the rider but leaves most of the Sport 1000S on display.
This example appears to have been well-loved, carefully farkled in red and undamaged over 9,000 miles. Here is the owner's list of upgrades from the eBay auction:
Adjustable clip-on handle barsBrembo brakes systemAdjustable front and rear suspension (tunable to fit specific person)A Pair of Termignoni exhaust pipesCustom Red Super-Sprox rear sprocketGold DID chainOpen belt-system w/ red coverBattery is new, purchased from dealer 2 years agoT-Rex Racing frame slidersFront fork sliders, Rear spindle slidersCustom under tail tidy kit for brake light & plateCustom bar-ends w/ twist-cruise lock on throttle sideMachined aluminum front suspension protectorUpgraded Ducati race ECU underseatRizoma RED master brake cylinder, front brake cylinder, clutch cylinderMotul high performance brake fluidK&N under-tank air filter systemFull synthetic motor oil with new oil filterRed CFRP rear tire hugger
Fit and finish had turned a corner on the SportClassics, the polish and paint on the fairing supports is just one indication. Handling was standard Ducati SS, wonderful at speed but ponderous around town. We could quibble about the open belts, oversize frame sliders and new two year-old battery, but it's a sweet package. Must be spring because the ask is in Paul Smart SE territory...