Posts by tag: Ohlins

Ducati May 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS

Update 5.10.2019: SOLD IN 4 DAYS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

In the heady days of the late-1990s, people were buying sportbikes left, right and center and roadracing was so popular that there were two all-in series in the U.S. alone. If you couldn’t get a superbike ride in AMA, you could turn your attention to the madness that was Formula USA for another shot.

For bike buyers, that meant not only was there an endless variety of nearly race-ready machines coming out of Japan and Europe in small batches, but manufacturers had an incentive to update them every couple years to stay competitive. Enter, the 1998 Ducati 916 SPS.

When the ever-evolving Ducati 916 SP reached its pinnacle in 1997, with bores so large the barrels were prone to stress cracks, Bologna added stouter cases, to punch the mill out to a 996 and Ducati 916 SPS was born. The trick SP forks, Ohlins rear shock, Brembo wheels and lightened frame carried over from the SP. With the standard set of race-only Termignoni cans, the bike made somewhere north of 125 horsepower. The exact figure varies with who you ask.

This 1998 Ducati 916 SPS is about as nice an example as you could ask for, though it is much better suited at this point to a museum. Number 853 in the production run, it appears to have all its original parts intact, down to the chain and tires.

From the seller:

1998 Ducati 916SPS
Up for sale from my collection is a rare low mileage Ducati 916SPS. Moving forward with higher specification of the 916. In 1997 Ducati introduced the 916 SPS to replace the 916 SP.
If not familiar with rarity and performance of the 916SPS, please read the article by Odd Bike. https://www.odd-bike.com/2013/02/ducati-916-spsps-ultimate-
desmoquattro_18.html
Of the 916SPS produced this is the last model year! The SPS was a homologated model so that Ducati could stay competitive with rule changes. In addition to many motor upgrade and changes, the 1998 model featured the following upgrades over the 1997 model. Newer lighter frame, Ohlin adjustable steering damper. updated brake calipers and Titanium connecting rods now standard equipment. This bike was purchased and imported by me from Centre Hamel Honda Montreal in 2014. I’m familiar with the fact that Ducati never sent the 916SPS to the U.S as a road going bike, but for race purposes only after signing a waiver, however upon registering the bike I received a clean Washington State title that allows the next owner to road or track the bike as they choose. The bike has very low miles on it and is in like new condition. I collect bikes for investment and do not ride them. Yes, the guy you love to hate
until your looking for that low mileage, rare, unmodified bike of your dreams.
With just 123 miles showing on the odometer, other than a scratch behind the steering damper (shown in pictures), the bike is like new! No modifications, no aftermarket parts. When the bike was with such low miles, it did not require and service work. Since the bike has been sitting in my collection since purchased, preventative maintenance service would be recommended before riding. Bike comes with the original tool kit, keys and manual.

916SPS were rare and special when new, and are becoming increasingly harder to find in original condition. This 916 SPS is truly a collectable, museum quality piece!

Since it’s been so well maintained despite being dormant, the options for this one are nearly endless. Throw some tires at it and make a (very) occasional cruise night hero or race weekend campsite candy. Or throw it on a piece of carpet in your living room and never worry about a TV subscription again.

Featured Listing: 1998 Ducati 916SPS
Yamaha May 5, 2019 posted by

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M

As we speak, four-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea is throwing an unholy hissy fit over the spec of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4R that Alvaro Bautista is using to convincingly pinch the crown that has become all but a foregone conclusion for him. The reason for the mud slinging is the big Ducati’s world-beating tech and eye-watering price tag. It’s not attainable for the average human, Rea argues, so it’s not exactly a fair fight.

2015 Yamaha R1M for sale on eBay

There may be some merit to that when you look at bikes such as this 2015 Yamaha R1M. When it broke cover as the tuning fork’s baddest offering in 2015, it carried a raft of tech and sexiness that was unheard of at its $21,000 pricepoint. Four years on, that cost has gone up a little, but the bike is no less astonishing now. It packs carbon fiber bodywork, a smartphone-controlled onboard computer (dial in suspension settings from your phone) and a 200-section rear tire. Not bad, considering it still goes for just over half of the R’s ask.

This 2015 Yamaha R1M has done just 4,000 miles and is in immaculate condition. It has a computer chip and a Graves can, but is otherwise stock. Fresh-looking Michelins have replaced the sticky original Bridgestones. There’s a lot of life left, but this bike for sure deserves a more aggressive set of meats.

From the eBay listing:

LIKE NEW!! -2015 YAMAHA R1-M
4377.8 ORIGINAL MILES WITH CHIP AND PIPE!
There’s really nothing else to say, the bike is super clean with receipts of the work done.
After payment we can assist your shipper loading or stop by, pick it up and ride away!
Don’t postpone joy, blow minds at the bike blessing or on the track next weekend!
BID WITH CONFIDENCE!

The reserve hasn’t been met at $13,800, which is still a deal for what this bike is. With the tasteful mods and just 4,000 miles under its belt, this might be the neatest way to get ahold of what is a truly mad street bike.

M is for More: 2015 Yamaha R1M
Ducati April 30, 2019 posted by

A New York Minute: 1997 Ducati 916 Monoposto

If there is a bike that needs no introduction, it must certainly be the Ducati 916. Raising the performance game to a level not seen by manufacturers before, Ducati created a powerhouse that punched like Mike Tyson, had the speed of Usain Bolt, and the looks of Kate Moss. As gorgeous as it was functional, the 916 knocked the world on its collective ear, and World SuperBike trophies followed in droves.

1997 Ducati 916 Monoposto for sale on eBay

Engine wise, the 916 was an evolution of the 851/888 SP series of bikes. That means a liquid-cooled v-twin with 4-valve heads activated by desmodromic gymnastics for better high-RPM power – 114 horses at 9,000 revs, to be exact. Anything over 100 HP was considered pretty stout in the day, and the 916 had the kind of power that repli-racers could only dream about. It wasn’t just the power either, but the stunning torque of the v-twin that won fans with riders. All of this performance did not result in a fragile power plant; with significant testing and actual use in the 888 SP0 series, the 916 motor has shown itself to be well neigh bulletproof.

From the seller:
1997 Ducati 916 monoposto with 5224 original miles in unmolested condition that came out of a collection. All OEM takeoff parts are included in the sale which will be boxed up and included in the sale should the purchaser desire to return this to bone stock. Recent $2300 full recommission and 6,000 mile service by Ducati master tech which includes a detailed invoice, plus a dyno sheet. This is an appreciating classic which is difficult to find in this condition and one of the most important motorcycles of the 90’s. All original stickers in place. No cracks on bodywork tabs. Paint on wheels is intact. Vent screens on rear tail are intact. All electrics are 100% functional. Mechanically perfect. Clean transferrable New York State title.

More from the seller:
Currently fitted with period correct aftermarket Corbin seat, Ferracci carbon fiber slip-ons, Ducati Performance chip, braided steel lines, carbon hugger and front fender, (2) carbon tank guards (in boxes), and Helibar risers. The seat and bars make this extremely comfortable in comparison to the stock setup. This includes OEM front fender, clip-on’s, seat, mid-pipes, slip-on exhaust, brake lines, chainguard and body panel below the radiator. This bike wants for absolutely nothing and is ready to go. The only flaws are two scratches. One is on the rear tail section and one is on the tank which are visible in photos. It is not a museum piece, but it’s a very clean example with very low mileage. A bike is only original once, so I decided not to respray these pieces. I am selling it because I am shuffling my collection around focusing on 2 older air cooled Ducati’s. All service questions can be answered by the invoices from ECS which I have supplied photos of. My motorcycles are well-maintained and only serviced by the best in the business.

Values on the 916 are certainly on the rise, but they are also all over the place. Condition and mileage play a part here, just the same as with any collector bike. But more importantly is the actual model. In the case of the 916, it was introduced in 1994, and ran through 1998 before being replaced by the 996. The earliest of the 916s are the most coveted, with certain specific 1995 models assembled in Varese being the rarest and most valuable of the early set. As the years passed, factory capacity grew, and latter model year 916s grew more populous. Still, even these later models are growing in collector value. This particular example, showing just over 5,000 miles, looks to be in pretty good shape. There are some tasty aftermarket bolt-on pieces included (including that gorgeous carbon fender and FBF pipes), but for the purist the sale will also come with key OEM bits to revert the bike back to stock. All in all, there is a lot of very cool motorcycle here for $8,500 OBO. It’s not perfect, but with the parts and the services performed it should be in the running.

Sure, the Varese bikes will be nearly double the cost, but passing eyes would be unable to distinguish the difference between the two 916s. This 1997 model has all the same great looks and great performance with a price tag that is only half-sized; this Ducati 916 offers RSBFS readers some great bargain riding and collecting! Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

A New York Minute: 1997 Ducati 916 Monoposto
Aprilia April 26, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Praise for the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory pounded down in torrents in early ’13 when the thing broke cover as a celebration of Max Biaggi’s 2012 World Superbike championship. It was fast beyond the limits of the mortal brain. It stuck to corners like a gecko on a concrete wall thanks to front and rear Ohlins suspension. It had helpful, intuitive, non-invasive electronics that helped non-racers go fast and keep the bike on its forged aluminum wheels. It lagged a little behind the Ducati Panigale 1199R in pure horsepower, but with a naturally torquey V4 and trick fueling, it delivered more or less electric punch.

Now, since the RSV4 Factory is just six years old, it’s not exactly rare, and it isn’t quite aged enough to be our usual fare, but it is definitely special, and any track-focused, 184-horsepower weekend weapon of this caliber deserves a place on our page. And this one has a few little modifications and a tight maintenance regimen to make sure it’s more than ready for the next owner to fully exploit. Mods include an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust system, GP shift rearsets and a hardwired bullet camera.

From the seller:

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK SE, 8400 miles, original owner. Immaculate condition. Modifications from stock:
Akrapovic carbon ½ system with factory Aprilia race map (with catalytic and straight link pipe)
EvoTech fender eliminator
EvoTech radiator and oil cooler guards
CRG RC2 levers (clutch and brake)
15T countershaft sprocket
Lightech chain adjuster blocks
Woodcraft rearsets (GP shift)
Pipercross filter
GB Racing clutch cover guard
R&G frame sliders
Swingarm sliders
RoadHawk Ride bullet camera, wired to switched power (auto on/off with ignition)
Currently has Dunlop GPA-Pro tires and Vesrah RJL pads.
Battery recently replaced (with a stock Yuasa YT12A-BS), brakes recently flushed (DOT 5.1).
CA registration was recently paid and is good through May, 2020
Typical RSV4 issues have been addressed… Stator replaced a few times under warranty due to oil wicking up to rectifier connector; I rerouted the harness and it stays bone dry now. Original tank was replaced under warranty due to paint bubbling and the surface bulging/rippling, I subsequently bypassed the EVAP and routed the tank vent to atmosphere and since then the second tank still looks like new. Has done a few track days at Laguna Seca, but has never been dropped, over-revved or damaged in any way. Except for some stone chipping on lowers behind the front tire, and some small scrape marks on the bottom rear end of the lowers on the right side (grounding through the second half of the Corkscrew at Laguna), it looks as new. Detailed photos show everything. Comes with stock parts: exhaust, levers, passenger pegs, rearsets, and the original tank (which went back to looking like new after drying out), a fitted elastic Aprilia cover, and a few miscellaneous small service parts (oil filter, set of front Vesrah brake pads). Will work to get the bike to a freight company if the buyer wants to arrange shipping at their own cost. Will bring to a shop of the buyers choosing in South/Central Orange County for a pre-purchase inspection (at buyers expense and arrangement) if desired.

Price: $11500.

Seller Ruben says he’s not in a huge rush to sell this beast (Who would be?), but will move it along if the buyer and price are right. He can be contacted at rubenarchilla@hotmail.com for inquiries.

Featured Listing: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory
Ducati April 14, 2019 posted by

Six of one… 2007 Ducati 1098 S

Spring is in the air, and new life is emerging from once-frozen ground. Bikes which spent the winter indoors hibernating are emerging from their dens (or living rooms, garages or storage units) hungry for miles. Of all the mileage-hungry bikes we have seen thus far this year, I propose this 2007 Ducati 1098 S example as the most malnourished of the lot. Now, normally the “S” model does not warrant RSBFS attention; after all, we all like our “R” bikes better (like this one, for example). But sitting in “as new” condition with but SIX miles on the digital clocks, this 12 year old bike has only experienced a half mile for each year of its life! Condition warrants posting, even as some readers wonder why. RSBFS is a many and varied smorgasbord of interests – from static collections to knee dragging good times – and in striving to cater to all there will invariably be some dissent; everyone is welcome.

2007 Ducati 1098 S for sale on eBay

As we learned here, the Ducati 1098 was an evolution of the oft-maligned 999 series. Penned by a new designer who followed more closely in the footsteps of Massimo Tamburini, the 1098 is more directly related (in design language) to the 916 / 996 / 998 series of bikes. With a 100cc bump in displacement over the 999, the 1098cc motor (as opposed to the 1198cc motor in the 1098 R bike) produced a healthy 160 HP. The S model shares most of its DNA with the base 1098 offering, shaving approximately 5 pounds through the use of different wheels (shared with the R), and an upgrade to Ohlins bouncy bits (as opposed to Showa components on the base model). All in all, the S model was a potent weapon without the sticker shock of the race-bred R bike.

From the seller:
Only has 6 original factory miles and is in excellent condition. For sale by owner with clean title. Serious inquiries only – no trades.

There is not a ton of information on today’s specimen; the seller has not said a lot, and there are fewer pictures than all of us would like. The pictures that do exist show a clean, stock 1098 S. No comments on how the bike was stored, if it was pickled (i.e. drained fuel or added stabilizer, cylinders fogged, etc). Any buyer intending to ride this beauty will undoubtedly need to recommission it with a service – it’s doubtful that the valves have gone out of spec in so few miles but the belts certainly will need to be changed. Tires, if original, will also be suspect for any real-world riding. But that’s probably not the point about this bike. The real point is condition versus age, and this one has a pretty impression ratio. Had it been an R bike – or something even more rare – I’m sure the reception would be much greater. This one is sitting on a $14,500 BIN – which is sure to light up the comments section with pricing concerns. But when you look at it, this is basically a new 1098 S going for the same price as a new 959 Panigale and WAY cheaper than any of the new V4 models. Check it out here, and then let us know if you would rock this new/old bike and why. Good Luck!

MI

Six of one…  2007 Ducati 1098 S
Ducati April 13, 2019 posted by

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition

The 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is the Italian way of quitting while you’re ahead. Have you developed the most-powerful twin-cylinder engine ever to be authorized for street use? Great! Number the top triple clamp, ’cause we’re only putting it in bikes for a year. But what a run of machines. The 1299R Final Edition managed to find 209 horsepower from two massive cylinders spinning at 11,000 RPM. The famed v-twin torque was at the party, too, with 104 lb-ft at 9,000 RPM.

2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition for sale on eBay

In true Ducati style, the Final Edition was its own package; there were no options. You got full electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, yards and yards of carbon fiber, Brembo radial brakes, Pirelli Diablo Racing tires and Tricolore livery. If you thought the power figure was scary on its own, keep in mind this thing weighs 419 pounds with an almost full gas tank. Needless to say, the electronics are numerous and highly advanced.

As you can probably guess, this 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition is extremely low mileage, and has a short list of aftermarket goodies, all of which are easily reversed. It has had its 600-mile service and appears to be ready to ride.

From the eBay listing:

2018 1299R Ducati final edition
Some Accessories include:
Ducati performance comfort seat
Ducati reservoir tanks
Philips diamond vision headlights
Carbon fiber rear seat cowel
Ducati performance bar ends (black)
MCM Racing break and clutch levers
Fender eliminator kit with smoked integrated taillights
Ducati Carbon fiber clutch cover

The bike has also had its 600 mile service.

This Ducati is in great condition with no problems or headaches. Always garage kept and only taken for short rides.

Any questions please feel free to ask!

Ducati sold these new for around $40,000, and they do not appear to have spiked in value since their launch. This one, number 179, is available in New Jersey for $35,000 buy-it-now.

Last of the Big Twins: 2018 Ducati Panigale 1299R Final Edition
Ducati April 12, 2019 posted by

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS

The 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS was Bologna’s first in earnest attempt at a truly ludicrous hooligan machine, and an early salvo in what is now a full-blown war to build the scariest supernaked. These days, it’s not rare to see 150-odd horsepower stuffed into a trellis frame with upright bars, but back in ’08, the 120-horsepower S4RS pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks.

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore for sale on eBay

Here was a bike with the suspension and horsepower just shy of a club racer and a riding position closer to a Triumph Bonneville than a 1098. Oh, and a healthy enthusiasm for pointing the front wheel at the heavens. The Ohlins suspension, gorgeous trellis frame and the love-it-or-hate-it Italian flag paint left absolutely nothing to the imagination about this thing’s intentions.

This 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore is one of 400 in this paint scheme, and is claimed to be exactly as it left the factory. It has seen just 7,000 miles, and appears to be pretty much spotless. That’s not small feat, given that the Monster is all nooks and crannies where dirt can gather covered by the barest minimum of bodywork.

From the eBay listing:

2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore 1 of 400!!!! This is a Super Rare 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore Model With Just 7k Miles!! This is a very low mile S4RS that is Collector quality! This was meticulously maintained and cared for. This bike has never been down with no marks on it. It is a collector bike and only going up in Value!! 100% original!

The seller is shooting for the moon on the price, but there is little doubt that these bikes will stay desirable. Still, for that price, a bit more description and a lot more pictures would go a long, long way.

Tricolore: 2008 Ducati Monster S4RS
Harris March 29, 2019 posted by

Brexited: 1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650

You don’t need to get caught up in the UK drama as it steams towards its messy divorce with the European Union to enjoy the fruits of Great Britain. And it doesn’t matter if you cheer for the Conservative Party or the Labour Party, or if you even know who the Prime Minister is – what we have here today totally eclipses that minor kerfuffle. For here we have a US bred, California registered, Harris Magnum 4 chassis kit built out into a full bike. Think of Harris (or Spondon or Rickman, for that matter) as an English variant of the early days of Bimota – frame kits comprised of the chassis, suspension and bodywork sold to buyers who supplied donor motorcycles and the labor to build out the full bike. The resultant machines were nearly always more performant than the donor packages, and always very rare. In this particular case, we have never seen a Harris Magnum 650 offered for sale – much less right here in North America. What a cool opportunity!

1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650 for sale on eBay

As a frame builder, Harris is probably more well known for their Superbike level chassis supporting big bore machinery. But they have been involved in the two stroke game (both 250 and 500), offered frames for Ducati builds, as well as had some success in TT racing. No beginners to the racing scene, Harris products are drool-worthy and relatively exclusive. There is a passion in creating something as significant as a motorcycle, and the Harris website has all you need to fuel that fire. And today’s specimen could definitely light a few fires. Starting with a Harris Magnum 4 kit, this build-out results in a super single sport bike; undoubtedly light and agile, with loads of low-down torque. This kit must have been a complete custom order, as generally the Magnum 4 chassis are aimed at GSX-R750 and 1100 motors, not lowly DR mills. There is a considerable size difference between those lumps, which could explain why this chrome moly chassis does not resemble any Magnum 4 offering I have ever seen. But the end result looks great, and the build has Harris Performance parts sprinkled throughout. Even the Harrison Billet-6 braking components are UK sourced, making this bike a true ex-pat.

From the seller:
Harris Performance company in the U.K. manufactured the frame, bodywork, tank and other parts of this motorcycle as part of their Magnum 4 series. The Magnum 4 series was designed to house Suzuki oil cooled engines. This particular frame kit was designed to accept Suzuki DR 650 engines. The perimeter frame consists of chrome moly tubes. The swing arm is of rectangular section polished aluminum. The tank is polished aluminum. All body work is structural carbon fiber. The rear shock and spring is Ohlins. I think the front fork is Suzuki. Wheels are Suzuki. Based on the engine number, I estimate the Suzuki DR 650 engine was manufactured in 1991 or 1992. The Harris frame number is TMRSR004, so perhaps this is the fourth frame kit they made of this type. I don’t know the year the frame kit was manufactured, so I guessed 1993 when I titled and registered the bike. I have never seen another Harris Suzuki DR 650 motorcycle.

More from the seller:
This motorcycle has a California Special Construction VIN sticker because Harris is not listed as a motorcycle manufacturer in the California DMV database, although Harris did and still does manufacture complete motorcycles as well as frame kits. For information about Harris Performance, see www.harris-performance.com. This motorcycle uses unique and exotic Harris manufactured parts throughout. This bike has no paint other than on the Suzuki wheels and front fork. All else is polished aluminum or unpolished billet aluminum or unpainted carbon fiber. This bike handles incredibly well, which is not surprising since Harris is famous for the fantastic handling which their frame designs provide. The Suzuki DR 650 engine is a single cylinder engine which is counter balanced and air and oil-cooled. Due to its counter balance design, it is quite smooth. This bike is electric start and everything works on it. The bike is fully sorted and needs nothing: you can get on it and ride it and enjoy it. It is very quick, fun, unique, and gorgeous: I ride it around San Francisco and everywhere I go bikers and non-bikers ask about it and comment on its beauty. The bike has a California title and current registration. Mileage is unknown. There are 52 miles on its new speedometer.

Current prices for Harris frames start near $3k territory – that’s bare frame with nothing attached, and not counting export fees. Start looking at some of the pieces on this bike, and you can see how quickly the cash starts to fly. When you are building a dream, you are generally not building yourself an inexpensive motorcycle. And that is why the asking price for this rare little gem is a relatively steep $10k. It looks to be an amazing motorcycle, and I, for one, would love to ride it. But it begs the question of value. This is not a well-known kit model like a Bimota KB2 Laser. And while the Magnum 4 (or any Harris chassis, for that matter) is a well-regarded piece of kit, the sum of the parts is a relative unknown. You have the opportunity to own what literally nobody else will ever have. Even if you see another DR 650 kit bike yours will be different due to the choices made by the owner during assembly. This leads to another possible problem; what you are looking at is not exactly your “wash-n-wear” motorcycle experience. Sure, the Suzuki one lunger is going to be easy to find parts for, but nearly everything else on the bike is custom. And although Harris Performance is still around (now joined with the Royal Enfield group as part of Eicher Motors Ltd based in India), stock of parts is limited as nearly every kit they created was custom. This is not to scare potential buyers away – but rather to ensure readers have a healthy understanding and engage in a bit of a gut check in terms of self reliance.

I am a huge fan of specials such as this. The entire motorcycle industry was pushed along by the likes of Baker, Bimota, Egli, Foale, Harris, Rickman, Spondon and many others. The OEM bike builders would not be at the level where they are today – you would not be able to purchase a street bike that handles better than racers of not more than 5 years ago – had specialists not responded to the need for chassis solutions that worked. The difficulty in low-volume specials is establishing value and provenance. The seller seems to know about this bike and can likely help trace back its origins – although I was under the impression that Harris frames started with HR and then digits, and am unfamiliar with the TMRSR ID nomenclature. Perhaps I am thinking of the older vintage units (Magnum 2 & 3, and F1). If we have any Harris Performance aficionados in the gallery please do chime in! As for value, with so few units available – and only ONE known DR 650 configuration – this is going to be a true test of the market. It’s my estimation that you can’t build another one for the price listed here (especially if you count labor – even if it is your own), and this one appears to be complete and registered in California. That is a golden ticket for imports, to be sure (and no additional Brexit vote needed). Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in our comments section. Do you like the custom frame builder specials, or should we stick with OEM hardware only? Good Luck!!

MI

Brexited: 1993 Harris Magnum Suzuki DR 650
Ducati March 22, 2019 posted by

No Restoration Hardware – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Some of us are happy enough with inside storage in a shed or unheated garage, but not the owner of this PS1000LE.  This low mile 2006 Limited Edition has been kept nice enough to be front and center in the home.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

The PS1000LE was the showpiece of the Sport Classic line-up, based on the spunky dual-spark air cooled motor.  45mm throttle bodies work with Marelli fuel injection to make 92 hp.  The teal trellis frame recalls the – 1974 Imola winner – and and the 2006-only asymetrical swingarm leaves room for the exhaust to pass under.  The LE has nicer Öhlins dampers and Brembo brakes, along with a steering damper.  The monoposto seat is roomier than Paul Smart’s ’74, but still has a long reach to the clip-on handlebars.

This PS LE has rolled just 4,200 miles, and though the owner didn’t move it for pictures, appears to be immaculate.  Like most, the dual exhaust has been recycled, this time in favor of a Termignoni titanium 2-into-1.  An open clutch cover replaces the chrome factory hubcap.  From the eBay auction:

The unit we have here for your consideration is unit No. 1576, a two owners machine that has been kept in the living room all its life and used sparingly for a total of 4200 miles in 13 years to keep everything properly working. Bike is in Mint condition and comes with the unobtainable factory Termignoni Titanium exhaust and full side fairings. All keys, including the red key and card.

Ducati was in the odd position of being a step ahead of the retro craze and the Sport Classics are more popular now than they were in the showroom.  Have to take any claims of motorcycles being a great investment with a massive dose of reality, but the ROI gets a lot better if you’re out for a ride occasionally…

-Donn

No Restoration Hardware – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition