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Ducati December 12, 2018 posted by

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike for Sale

Ducati’s two-valve engine variants have long been seen as the affordable, low-performance option for novice or “mature” riders and bikes far from the leading edge of performance. Which makes the choice of an air and oil-cooled Ducati Sport Classic as the foundation for a high-performance racing machine like this highly-developed example pretty surprising.

When the liquid-cooled, four-valve Desmoquattro engine was introduced, it instantly relegated the original Pantah engine and its descendants to second-tier status. But in the early 1980s, the oil and air-cooled two-valve v-twin, newly updated with toothed rubber belts to drive the single overhead cams instead of the classic tower shafts and bevel gears, it was their only engine and, as such, it was developed with competition in mind. The main point here being that you shouldn’t dismiss it as a racing powerplant simply because its been surpassed in terms of outright performance.

The Ducati’s Sport Classic line might not have offered up Superbike power-to-weight ratios, but the engine’s durability and the frame’s inherent rightness mean that you can build a pretty competitive machine out of one, assuming you find the right class in which to participate.

The 992cc original engine might be torque-rich and involving, but in order to be competitive, this one has been punched out to a little over 1200cc with a raft of NCR components. The result is a claimed 140hp at the rear wheel, up from 92 in the original.

If you’re not interested in competing on the bleeding edge, either because of the exorbitant costs involved, or simply lack the talent possessed by only a handful of riders worldwide able to to compete at the highest levels and win , this might provide you with a more budget-friendly option, although it’s still pretty far from cheap, at $54,000.

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

Ducati NCR Paul Smart Road Race Bike

Used in Excellent Condition

Perfect for CCS/ASRA, WERA, AHRMA Racing

140 RWHP

This is a well known national championship winning Ducati NCR Road Race bike created by Chris Boy of Motocorse Performance, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a no expense spared build with all the best internals from NCR; fresh rebuild of the motor in 2017 with 80 km on the clock since; Engine with top performance parts, fully revised and ready to race; Ducati 1100 evo built to 1215cc ; 140 RWHP ; NCR engine, custom MCP throttle bodies, NCR custom heads, NCR lightweight gears, NCR carbon valve covers, NCR oil cooler, Nemesis traction control, fairings in carbon and many other special parts; This is a rare occasion to purchase fresh well sorted championship winning bike; 

auction includes pit bull front and rear track stands & battery charger

Goodies List:  Carbon Fiber Front Fairing, Seat, Belly Pan, Front/Rear Fenders, Fuel Cell Carbon/Kevlar; NCR Front Fairing Bracket,  NCR Adjustable Triple Clamps , Ohlins Steering Damper, Brembo GP Master, Quick Turn Throttle Kit Electric Brake Fade Lever Adjuster, Woodcraft Rear Sets w/ MCP Lowering kit, Ohlins Road and Track Forks with 30mm Kit; Brembo HP Rotors, Brembo Radial Monoblock Calipers, Aluminum Front Axe Kit, BST Carbon Fiber Wheels, NCR Titanium Bolt Kit, MCP Titanium Rear brake Rotor, Ohlins Rear Shock, Quick Change Rear Axle, Titanium front sprocket, EVR3 Chain, PitBull Front/Rear Stand, AIM MXL Dash with GPS, Full Telemetry, LCU, and Smarty  Cam (mounted through front fairing), Nemesis Traction Control, SP Quick Shifter, Hard Wired MyLaps X2 Transponder; 24 volt starter, 2 Lithium batteries, billet Kill Switch, Custom Engine Build by MCP with NCR 1215 Kit, Custom MCP Throttle Bodies Velocity Stack  KN Filters, MCP Stage 7 Heads, Lightweight Gears, NCR Carbon Valve Covers, Zullo Racing Custom Lightweight Wire Harness, Nichols Motor Mount Bolts, NCR Oil Cooler – Oversized, Oversized crank Case Breather Box, Custom Titanium exhaust; MRX-02 Fuel Mapping 140+RWHP SuperFlo Dyno

Extensive spares package is available for addition charge.

VIN number listed is arbitrary; VIN number area has been painted over; sale is without title; eBay requires listing title information otherwise unable to post sale; there is no title offered with this race bike, just bill of sale.

Should you be also interested in the sister bike listed in my other auction, a “race team” deal with spares package can be arranged.

I can arrange free pickup to regional CCS/ASRA, WERA and AHRMA events on the East Coast; I will assist with shipping domestic and foreign.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, adjustments in the auction, etc. I pride myself in telling it like it is. If for any reason my description of this item isn’t correct, I will gladly refund your money. Having a perfect feedback rating is very important to me and I plan on keeping it, so I don’t play games.

Looking at that list of go-fast goodies, it’s pretty clear that no expense was spared in building this thundering v-twin racebike. 140 rwhp is nothing to scoff at, especially given the bike’s probable weight: a new Paul Smart weighed in at around 414lbs dry so this one should be a good chunk less without all the lighting and other road gear. And that’s before you even get into lightweight parts that decorate this machine. It’s all top-shelf, and a ridiculous amount of money to throw at an obsolete v-twin sportbike, but if I were a rich guy, it’s exactly the kind of track day toy I’d want in my garage. Liquid-cooled Ducatis might be faster, but I still think that the air-cooled two-valve engines sound much better, and the punchy midrange, here amplified to epic levels, should provide plenty of entertainment for experienced track day riders and racers alike.

-tad

#becauseracebike: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart Race Bike 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 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 June 22, 2015 posted by

Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 R Front

Just 500 of the classically-proportioned Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE bikes were imported to the US, with silver half-faired bodywork and a blue-green frame intended to recall the bike ridden to victory by Paul Smart at the Imola 200 in 1972, a win without which Ducati might not exist.

Modern retro-styled bikes often use their throwback looks to justify performance to match. Harley’s Sportster is obviously the worst offender, but the Triumph Bonneville, while an all-around great motorcycle, is hardly a performer when the road gets twisty. The thing is, although the Ducati Sport Classics weren’t cutting-edge sport bikes in terms of weight or power, they did feature top-shelf suspension and braking components so they are actually rewarding to ride quickly and use one of the most charismatic and long-serving engines of all time: Ducati’s belt-driven, two-valve, air-cooled L-twin. In the Sport Classic, it displaces 992cc and uses twin-plug heads for more efficient combustion across the honking big piston surface.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 L Rear

For your consideration today is this very nice Paul Smart 1000LE that features the truly lust-worthy Zard dual exhaust. Seriously, I want one of the original solo-seat Sport Classics just so I can fit one of those exhausts. They look cool as all get-out and sound amazing as well. I also love that very slick LED taillamp that cleans up the look of the rear and is almost invisible, while providing you with all the “hey I’m stopping” and turn-indicator-y-ness of the original units, but with less overtly retro styling.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 R Engine

And let’s not overlook those very trick Beringer front brakes, although I’m not sure the original Brembo units were actually lacking in stopping power…

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Front Brake

Feel free to check out the original eBay listing if you like itemized grocery lists of aftermarket part prices and boring copy-paste manufacturer’s spec sheets with, let’s face it, relatively unimpressive [on paper] specifications…

2006 Ducati Sport Classic Paul Smart 1000 for Sale

As much as Terblanche’s Sport Classics didn’t sell all that well when new, once the initial rush of Ducatisti purchases was finished, they’ve held their value very well: bidding on this bike is over $18,000 with the reserve not yet met. Since new examples rang in at $14,000, that means that, unlike buyers of, say the MV Agusta F4CC, the original owners of the Paul Smart are just about breaking even now…

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Seat

Most riders aren’t actually capable of exploiting a 1299 or even an 899 Panigale, much as they might love the style and heritage. And you pay a pretty hefty price in terms of comfort, insurance, and maintenance if you choose the superbike style over the real-world performance of something like this.

A Sport Classic allows you to have your cake and eat it too, offering an effective blend of modern design and vintage styling cues, along with performance that is real-world fast, and enough handling to embarrass unsuspecting squids on a Sunday morning ride.

-tad

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 L Front

Retro Looks, Modern Handling: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
Ducati September 8, 2008 posted by

2006 Paul Smart 1000LE For Sale in Lynnwood

I spotted this bike for sale on DesmoNorthwest. While not exactly what you’d call rare, they’re definitely not commonplace either. And for $9700 I think you do a lot worse if looking for something special.

2006 Paul Smart 1000LE For Sale on Desmo Northwest

quote from DesmoNorthwest post:

OK guys, I’ve got to trim the herd of bikes in the garage. You know you have too many bikes when you have to start bugging your kids to store your bikes in their garage. Up for sale now is the Ducati. This one is going to hurt. The bike resides just north of Seattle.

This is probably the sexiest machine you’ll ever wrap your legs around.

The bike is basically stock…. because stock is pretty friggin’ impressive. She’s suspended with Ohlin’s suspension and has a nice throaty growl from the stock exhaust.

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