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Ducati started the new century on a roll. The internet sensation that was the MH900e parlayed very well into the new line of Sport Classic models. And like the MHe, which was a nod to the earlier Mike Hailwood replicas of the 1980s, the Paul Smart edition was a definitive bow to the green framed 750SS that won in Imola way back in the early 1970s. Stylistically the Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart was a success, but that was dwarfed by the collector interest in the new Limited Edition models. Today the Paul Smart Sport Classic remains highly collectable, and is likely to be more of a show piece than a hard core rider.
Based around the Sport Classic engine, the air cooled, dual spark desmo unit is good for about 91 HP – if you want to wring it out that much. Max torque comes at a lower RPM – around 6,000 revs – which is really what this engine is all about; riding the torque curve from one corner to the next. The chassis is about as solid as any of the trellis designs that have come out of Bologna, and the top-shelf Ohlins suspension front and rear ensure road-tire compliance. The brakes are naturally Brembo units with large, 320 mm disks up front. The rider position is perfectly suited to aggressive canyon riding – which is perhaps where these limited edition examples come up short. The reach to the bars is very long, making the Paul Smart a great looking torture rack. Between the collector status and the lack of civilian comfort, it’s no wonder that most of these bike have few miles on them.
From the seller:
Flawless limited edition 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Sport Classic.
This limited edition series was built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972. With only 2,250 built, this is a true collectors piece to be ridden and enjoyed.
Installed performance parts:
Ducati performance ECU
Rizoma clear belt gazer
Rizoma see through clutch cover
original tool kit
original exhaust and bracket
additional countershaft sprocket
original clutch and belt covers
original clutch outer pressure plate
The seller has included a video of this particular bike. Enjoy!
This bike has a few interesting add-ons, which is a common trait for the model. Somehow a limited edition, special livery motorcycle is not unique enough without a few mods. The Termi exhaust is a standard (and welcome) add, and the ECU is somewhat required to wake up the performance and aid in fueling with the new pipes. The rest of the items are a bit of lipstick and eyeshadow, to be honest, although I’m not one to judge a rider’s preference. Thankfully the seller has included the stock items as part of the sale, which is a bonus.
At only 5,988 miles this super clean 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 10000 Paul Smart is looking for a new home. Prices have varied wildly on asks related to this model, and this one has a Buy It Now price of $25,000. Looking at recent RSBFS postings, there has been a lower miles example listed for a higher-priced $30k, but failed to sell. Yes, these are collector motorcycles and buyers are interested – however the market does not appear to be 30 grand hot. Is $25k more of the magic number? The seller is open to offers, so this one might go to a new home yet. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!