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Ducati July 4, 2022 posted by

Orange from Orange – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Monoposto

Ducati simplified their SportClassic offerings after the initial year, making the 2006 model the one to look for.  Today’s monoposto looks very good even parked on a dusty shoulder.

2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 for sale on eBay

Ducati wowed fans when the 2006 SC’s were introduced, with three specific knods to a past classic.  The monoposto had a café racer’s vibe, and one of Panigale’s best engines, the 91 hp dual-spark air cooled 992cc.  Plenty of designer attention was given to keep the SportClassic’s message focused, with two-into-two exhaust and spoked aluminum wheels.  Up-to-date brakes and suspension are hiding in plain sight but offer welcome performance, and Marelli fuel injection brought emissions down to the new Euro-3 standard.

This Sport Classic shows nicely, seeming undamaged and with a few updates.  The separate Termi’s are a regular choice for this model, though most owners opt for an open clutch cover.  The tail has of course been tidied, and the factory chrome bar-end mirrors and tank filler replaced with black anodized components.  Valve train service was recently completed and tires are fresh.  The handlebars appear to have the later, higher risers, though maybe a reader could verify.  Like helmets in the new Top Gun movie, front turn signals might be optional these days.  Owner’s notes from the eBay auction –

2006 was the only year for the Sport Classic to have a dry clutch, single swing arm/shock/spring, single seat, etc. and then Ducati switched to wet clutch, double swing arm, etc. from 2007 onwards. I’m selling because I simply don’t ride enough these days. The 2006’s are extremely hard to find and are increasing in value, but I need to make the space. The bike is well cared for, lightly ridden, and always garaged. It has the Termignoni exhaust and the Pirelli tires have less than 500 miles on them. It also has a brand new battery. Mechanically sound, rides strong and clutch engages solidly. Aesthetically all looks good overall. The turn signals, as they do for every Sport Classic, break off far too easily and should be replaced. Major service was completed about 1000 miles ago or so at Rider Revolution in Costa Mesa. The bike is ready to be ridden. I have 2 keys, the manual and some service history/records as well.

After the splash, Sport Classics languished in the showrooms, but have more than made up their popularity in recent years.  The 1000DS’s revered torque band and sound is still available on the Scrambler page, the 800 or 1100’s being Ducati’s only air-cooled models.  Now a classic in their own right, these retro tributes appear to have been ahead of their time.

-donn

Orange from Orange – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Monoposto
Ducati March 19, 2022 posted by

If it’s Red Don’t Touch It – 2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport

Spring cleaning in a San Antonio garage – what have we here – a first year 992cc dual-spark Supersport !  It shows just a couple of season’s worth of miles, thoughtful and sparing updates, and what must be a force field to have kept the scratch and dent gnomes at bay.

2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport for sale on eBay

Bologna HQ was looking for a way to revive Supersport sales, and plugged in the latest in air-cooled power – an all new liter with 10-to-1 compression, 85 hp, and a torque curve that is legend even today.  Most of the silver trellis is visible, and speaks about the strengths of triangulation.  Suspension bits come from a high shelf with adjustable Showa forks, and a nicer Öhlins shock with direct linkage to the aluminum swingarm.  Marchesini’s U-shaped spokes keep the alloy wheels light, and the Brembo brakes float on ten stainless buttons.  An integral tank pad helps that stretch to the top-mounted clip-ons, and the rather full fairing is sculpted in places where 90’s Supersports hardly even have places.

Limited pictures and info, but what is shown looks great, and the few mods are good ones.  No maintenance info, so a message to the seller about the recency of belt and tires would be advisable.  Unusual to see a one-owner bike and a no reserve auction.  Just a one-liner from the eBay auction:

Full fairing. 1 owner. 4,478 miles. Sil Moto Italia exhaust, Sargent seat, Zero Gravity windscreen. I also have original exhaust.

Cycle World’s review joked that Pierre Terblanche was in hiding after the release of the 999, and unavailable for comment on the new Supersport design.  Reviewers heaped praise on everything but the visual complexity of the fairing, and sales waned until the model wasn’t renewed for 2006.  As parts contracts wound down some “value engineering” took place, making the earlier years a better choice.  Unusual how the 1000DS turned out to be a rarity, and how many fans have warmed to the looks of the last air-cooled Supersport.

-donn

If it’s Red Don’t Touch It – 2003 Ducati 1000DS Supersport
Ducati June 23, 2021 posted by

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors

Professionally executed customs often change hands without a word or in a charity auction, but here’s a beauty based on the dual-spark 992.

2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S MHR for sale on eBay 

More often seen in the silver Paul Smart SE livery, the 1000S was a very rideable retro, with one of Ducati’s best air-cooled mills and 91 hp.  The long tank and trellis frame were punctuated with Marzocchi USD forks and dual Sachs shocks.  17-inch spoked wheels carried 320mm Brembo brakes, and could be had with single or dual seats.  Big dual mufflers were installed at the factory, but updated to a single exhaust here.

Evidently a cooperative effort between Ducati’s southern Conn. dealer and their North American sales office, this ’07 has the full fairing and a great impression of the 1979-81 MHR if not the 1978 Isle of Man winner.  With 480 miles it’s been on display or stored almost exclusively, and the auction shows several dealership scenes with the bike.  Fully serviced for the next collector, it’s still unlikely this MHR will be doing much more than a parade lap.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Built by Ducati NA to commemorate Mike’s 1978 IOM win on a Ducati model, and subsequent 1979 & 84 Ducati MHR Replicas. It has been only used as a show bike for local events, TV & Display since its inception in 2007, and only shows 480+/- miles, some more details included in attached photo showing further history and marketing. Upgrades also include a Shark performance exhaust and billet rear sets, besides the many other upgrades that can be seen in the attached photos. It just returned from a full inspection at Ducati NYC, where it received new belts, new brake fluid and all adjustments needed. While there, they also included it in their Instagram page, as you can see in the photos. As you can expect from any 14 year old bike, it has some minor imperfections from wear and usage, but overall a very clean bike.

This has to be much rarer than a Paul Smart or any other MHR bikes, because it is a one-off built by Ducati NA.

Hailwood had been most often a Honda rider, but after an eleven year retirement returned to endurance racing on Ducati’s.  IOM had been pulled from FIM schedules due to the unforgiving nature of the course, but continued to host their own special event each June.  The comeback win in 1978 deserves every commemorative it could get, and the Pierre Terblanche design carries the livery well.  Possibly the new owner will enjoy the easier to ride, fuel-injected liter, but more likely it will be trailered to a new venue, cleaned again, and the lights turned up bright.

-donn

 

Most Legendary – 2007 Ducati SportClassic 1000S in MHR Colors
Ducati May 30, 2021 posted by

Instant Café – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000

Ducati stylists must’ve had a poster of the 1973 750 Sport on the wall when they were preparing the Sport Classic 1000 for production.  Today’s example shares the 1973 color, low bars, unfaired monoposto formula, but with a generation’s newer engine and components.

2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 for sale on eBay

Though the bevel driven cams of the ’73 were iconic, the new dual-spark 992cc engine has been called one of Ducati’s best ever.  The two-valver has electronic fuel injection and claims 91 hp, plus 67 ft.-lbs. torque.  Ducati classic designs like the trellis frame and dry clutch are only natural, but current suspension and brake technologies were safety-related.  Spokes hold the 17-inch alloy rims, and truncated single seat fairing ends way before the long dual exhausts and fender.

This Canadian auction has just a few pictures and a short comment, but luckily the Sport Classic itself carries the day.  Bar risers are a nice addition, and the stainless pipes look great.  Belts are new and it’s hard to imagine a mechanic-owner not setting the valve clearances.  Tires might need to be addressed before the end of the season.  From the eBay auction:

Excellent condition and owned since new by adult mechanic –

Ducati bar risers (20mm) and Keihan exhaust (sounds amazing).

The three Sport Classic varieties had a limited run, and actually came to be better appreciated after it ended in 2010.  Not sure there’s much support for this starting bid, but a seller has to start someplace.  Somewhere in between the Paul Smart commemorative and the two-up GT1000, the Sport Classic 1000 had the makings of a  perfect Sunday morning.  Some would say the stratosphere is no place for a Sport Classic but it’s another thing they’re not making any more of.

-donn

Instant Café – 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000
Ducati April 22, 2021 posted by

On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !

Always a very limited edition, Ducati’s Paul Smart 1000 celebrated a race win with a retro design.  Today’s example is barely broken in, has just a couple of farkles, and is signed in two places.

2006 Ducati PS1000LE for sale on eBay

Ducati’s entrant into the nostalgia sweepstakes used the new air-cooled dual spark engine, displacing 992cc’s and pushing 92 ponies.  Marelli fuel injection ensured smooth running under any conditions, and 320mm cross-drilled brakes guarantee stopping in short order.  The trellis frame is finished in a blue-green metallic, with the gold Öhlins suspension providing a gold accent.  The long tank stretches the rider from single seat to low clip-ons, calling for the open road rather than cross-town traffic.

This Orlando PS1000 shows immaculate, with just a tank protector and exhaust megaphones that only look longer than the factory setup.  No word on maintenance, so belts and tires might want replacement, if you’re going to ride.  Notes from the eBay auction:

#837 0f 2,000 Paul Smart motorcycles made worldwide.
This motorcycle is factory original, except the exhaust.
The motorcycle has been signed by Paul Smart on both the Gas Tank and Tail Section.
This is a very clean bike, worthy of any collection.
The bike has 702 original miles currently, may increase by 1 or 2 miles during sale.

Always reviewed as somewhat more oriented toward the show than the ride, the PS1000LE may have passed out of riding-limited-edition to collector-only status, though any shopper smarting at the ask should follow the next 1974 750SS Paul Smart replica auction.  But if you’re pockets are the right depth for a nearly new, signed PS, this one fills that bill beautifully.

-donn

On the Dotted Line – 2006 Ducati PS1000LE with 702 Miles !
Moto Guzzi February 22, 2021 posted by

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

It’s a good indication when Moto Guzzi applies a “V” to a motorcycle’s model, as all have been classics in their own way.  The V10 Centauro was Guzzi’s muscle bike and this Coachella valley example is beautifully presented by a shop specializing in the brand.

1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

The Centauro used the Daytona’s four valve 992cc V-twin, and gave it a robust backbone chassis with subframes that supported it front and rear.  Just forward of the air-cooled heads, the cam belt housings are easier seen on the Centauro.  10.5-to-1 compression made 95 hp possible and required an oil cooler in the body color chin scoop.  De rigueur for a Guzzi, power is transmitted by a 5-speed and shaft drive, and WP handles suspension duties.  The bodywork is complex considering there’s not really a fairing, but flows beautifully from headlight to license plate.

Presented by a shop that concentrates on vintage Guzzi’s, this Centauro looks great in black, with grey engine cases and carbon mufflers.  The GT luggage rack / grab handle almost disappears in body color and goes well with the Corbin seat.  Just over 11,000 miles and nice sound in the seller’s – video – which suggests that new tires might be in order.  Comments from the eBay auction:

11K original miles, like new body and frame paint, we just did a tune up and replaced the timing belts.

Current California Non-Op so easy registration.

Great Guzzi for a daily driver, super fast and fun to ride, smooth motor and easy to handle!

Designed by the Marabese design house, Centauro’s have their own owner’s group and were built from 1997-2001, with total production under 2,000 machines.  Reviewers gave everything but the sidestand good marks, though gravity had its usual comment on Guzzi’s hefty build.  Some thought it was Lario’s answer to the Ducati Monster, but with a $20K price tag, even special edition S4’s had a price advantage.  The reserve on this auction should be around half original MSRP, making this Centauro a nice deal for a fan looking for a rare four-valve Goose.

-donn

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Ducati February 6, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

RSBFS regular Seattle Used Bikes has a customer’s 2006 Paul Smart LE available, with a moderate 11,812 miles on the clock.  Limited to 2,000 examples worldwide, this commemorative also has the factory fairing lowers with Paul Smart’s racing number.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE at Seattle Used Bikes

Paul Smart’s 1972 race machine boasted the desmodromic valve system, and though the 992cc air-cooled engine from 2006 uses belt-driven cams, it has a lot in common with Taglioni’s earlier design.  91 hp are available on the PS1000LE, along with Marelli fuel injection, and a sculptural trellis chassis painted in the blue-green of the 1972 750 Imola racer.  The rider tucks in behind the classic bullet fairing, and find themselves with the modern 6-speed transmission, adjustable Öhlins dampers, 320mm Brembo brakes, and 17-inch spoked alloy wheels.

Owned by a longtime SUB customer, this PS1000LE is immaculate with all the right updates.  New cam service, recent tires and factory updated fuel tank make it very ready for the new owner.  Photographs beautifully and likely rides even better !  Comments from Seattle Used Bikes: 

It is about as nice as they can be found these days, this one also has the very desirable Ducati Performance lower fairings, the Ducati Performance Termignoni 2-1 exhaust with the upgraded ECU, we also have all the original parts, paperwork, 2 black and red key, code card, manuals, welcome letter and brochures..  We have only had it into SUB once for service in April 2014, it had just over 8,600 miles at the time, we performed a minor service, replaced the fuel filter inside the tank and hoses that had gotten soft from ethanol.   When we had the bike in we did notice signs of tank swelling at the time and helped facilitate getting the dealer to replace the tank and made sure to have it sealed inside with Caswell to avoid further issues. It appears tires were updated as well. We do have additional records for 6k service and misc others.   We recently were able to gather all the paperwork and were given the go ahead to get it ready to sell.  Marty just completed the 12K Desmo service, he also made sure its running the way he likes them to.  He noted in the service order “165lbs of compression in both cylinders”.  We’ve gone through everything brought in and given the Paul Smart a thorough inspection, it is very obvious this special Ducati was loved and cherished, articles were kept, brochures, accessory install instructions etc. all archived.

Seattle Used Bikes offers this PS1000LE for $22,000, and they now have a – Deposit Button – to hold the bike while you contact them.

Most SportClassics were more popular after production ended, but the Paul Smart sold out early and stayed desirable.  The Terblanche design combines a reverential look over the shoulder with no-nonsense mechanicals.  SUB also offers this walkaround – video – and welcomes calls on (206) 535-6812.

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Moto Guzzi January 9, 2021 posted by

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Just east of some of the best snow sports in the world, there’s a classic and very sporty Moto Guzzi waiting for spring.  This Denver example looks quite original and very good for its 13,048 miles.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Midway through the DeTomaso administration, Guzzi was looking to generate some attention, and the leap to four valves did just that.  The liter V-twin pushed 95 hp, and used a single belt driven cam in the north side of each head.  The chassis didn’t contain the engine so much as help it locate the steering head and swingarm.  17-inch wheels with conventional forks from Marzocchi and WP monoshock are sporty running gear, as is 320mm stopping gear from Brembo.  The upper-only fairing flows from nose to monoposto seat fairing.

Offered by the enthusiast owner, this Daytona is sharp and up to date maintenance-wise.  Looks like a regularly ridden superbike with the Supertrapp.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This Italian-made machine was largely the work of an American dentist-turned-engineer, Dr. John Wittner.  In the late 1980’s, Dr. John produced special Moto Guzzi race bikes that were very successful.  The Daytona is a production version in honor of those race bikes, with a four valve per cylinder engine.  Note that like the Vincent, the Daytona does not have a frame. Instead,it uses a box section “spine”.  The original exhaust system has been replaced with a SuperTrapp system. 13,048 miles, fresh service, new belts, very clean.

The eight valve engines must’ve been a budget buster, and though the engine was retired after 1999, BMW may have analyzed the almost-overhead cam’s geometry while their R1100S was in development.  Dr. Wittner and his interns did well in thunder twins racing, and the Daytona remains an aptly named flagship.  This one is having its own endurance challenge, racing toward a third decade’s finish line and new rider.

-donn

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000