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Ducati January 24, 2022 posted by

Used As Intended: 2007 Ducati Paul Smart

There is no denying the appeal of the Paul Smart edition of the SportClassic.  The colors hark back to a golden era of motorcycle racing and pay homage to a larger then life figure.  The connection to history combined with a wonderful air cooled dual spark twin creates a bike that collectors lust after.  Very often when these bikes come to market they have double digit mileage, and in some cases single digit.  They were purchased as a collectable, and will remain such.  While that has a place in the hobby, it is a shame to think of such a wonderful machine not being used to excite a rider with beautiful handling and a glorious noise.

2000 were built and all featured Ohlins front and rear as well as a striking blue frame.

If you share a similar sentiment, you are in luck with this example.  Indicating just under 1700 miles, one could be mistaken to think this is another bike that has spent more time in a living room then out on the road.  When digging deeper you find out that most of these miles have been thoroughly enjoyed on track.  Adorned with some choice and period correct upgrades this would be the perfect bike for someone that truly wanted to experience everything it has to offer in a guilt free manor.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Motorcycle is in excellent condition.
Prepared for Track days:
Marchesini Wheels – slipper clutch – Frame sliders – Termignoni Exhaust – Clutch Plate and Clutch cover – Rear light and plate holder to eliminate the fender – track fairings and pan
Ducati motorcycle cover
Original spoke wheels

Within the first couple of hours of listing the bike has already gotten a couple of bids.  The current $11,000 bid shows no further reserve, but it is likely there will be more bids and attention on this listing.  Selling with the street and OEM components this bike could easily be put back on the street for some back road enjoyment.  Track bikes tend to scare some buyers.  They worry about the hard use, but in reality there are normally not many things to worry about.  A potential buyer would be wise to try and inspect the bike before committing, but there seems to be no signs of crash damage.  There is also no mention of most resent belt service.  Another sticking point with used Ducati sales.  This again is something buyers should not make a huge deal out of.  OEM parts are less then $200 and it is a pleasant afternoon job.  All said and done this could be a great opportunity for a savvy buyer to score a deal on a bike they have always wanted.  Prices have been on the rise for a while and a “high mileage” example just sold for over $30k.

Used As Intended:  2007 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati January 6, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE

Update 1.6.2022: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

If you have a bike for sale that would benefit from this kind of exposure, contact us for a Featured Listing. -dc

Even by Ducati’s impressive standards for special editions and factory customs, the 2006 Ducati PS1000LE is a masterstroke. It is, in a way, a special edition within a special edition, as it prowled showrooms at the same time as the Ducati Sport Classic line, which kicked off a wave of retro-look machines that has yet to crest.

The PS1000LE was extra special for Duc, as it celebrated Paul Smart’s historic win at the 1972 Imola 200 aboard a 750SS. The paint scheme apes Smart’s machine, and Ducati had Pierre Terblance pen the neoclassic machine to pay exacting tribute.

The exposed trellis frame, toaster tank, bulbous rear cowl and dustbin-style bikini fairing are brilliant touches. Under all that pretty is a 992 cc L-twin that put out just south of 100 horsepower. Never designed as an out-and-out rocket, the PS is still no slouch, as the torquey mill has less than 400 pounds to shove around. It’s all kept rubberside down by adjustable Ohlins front and rear.

From the seller:

2006 Ducati PS1000LE
I have owned this rare beauty since new. The Termignoni full exhaust system sound is music and the best sounding bike in my collection. Other mods are a Ducati performance racing ECU, open clutch cover, dark shield and clear belt covers and carbon fiber hugger. Original parts will go with the bike with the exception of the original exhaust. Included are two black keys, one red key & key Code Card as well as the Ducati owner’s manual. I have every receipt since it was purchased and it has only been serviced by authorized Ducati dealers. The bike also comes with the Ducati tank cover and tank bag.
These bikes were only made one year and they were limited to 2000 units. This bike was made as a tribute to Paul Smarts win at Imola 200 in 1972 which jump started Ducatis racing successes. The popularity of the limited production bikes led to the popular Sport Classic series.
The bike is a 992cc air cooled Desmodromic 2-valve L twin with 92 HP @ 6,000 RPM and a claimed 399 pounds day with a fuel capacity of 4 gallons with a top speed of 129 MPH.
Price $18,500

These Paul Smart bikes will only go up in value, and while this one might not have the stock exhaust, it is priced to reflect that and is a beautiful example of a timeless bike.

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati PS1000LE
Ducati August 18, 2021 posted by

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart

For the past couple of years the Ducati Sport Classic series of bikes has been highly sought after.  It stands to reason as the bikes offer epic retro looks in a well rounded and usable package.  They make the right noise, handle well and offer a unique experience.  The Paul Smart has always been the top of the heap in terms of desirability.  Ducati did not add any more power to the 1000cc dual spark air cooled motor, but did toss in some Ohlins suspension to ensure and even better ride.  The instantly recognizable color scheme still looks amazing today.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION MODEL PURCHASED ONE OF THE TWO NEW IN 2006 THIS PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION IT WAS RIDDEN IN 2006 TO VISIT A FRIEND OUT OF STATE AND A FEW LOCAL RIDES,IT HAS BEEN STORED IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED GARAGE SINCE PURCHASED NEW ,A VERY LOW MILAGE EXAMPLE OF THE PAUL SMART 1000 SPECIAL EDITION ,

Featured today is a bike with only 617 miles.  Many of these bikes were purchased new and added to multi bike garages, so finding one with low miles is not hard.  It is a shame to see so many go unridden as that is really where these bikes shine.  Maybe the next buyer will see this as an opportunity to get a bike with low enough miles to be in as new condition, but already has enough miles to not fear taking out from time to time.  The opening bid of $21,500 has yet to be made, and is in keeping with pricing on other Paul Smarts.

If you bought it, would you ride it or put it on display?

 

617 Miles From New: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart
Ducati May 4, 2021 posted by

Smartly Dressed: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart

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.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart for sale on eBay

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
Termignoni Exhaust
Rizoma clear belt gazer
Rizoma mirrors
Rizoma see through clutch cover
Adjustable levers

Original parts:
original tool kit
original ECU
original levers
original exhaust and bracket
additional countershaft sprocket
original clutch and belt covers
original mirrors
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!!

MI

Smartly Dressed: 2006 Ducati Sport Classic 1000 Paul Smart
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 !
Ducati February 24, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

Update 2.24.2021: It has come to our attention that the images from this archived Featured Listing may be being utilized with scam listing circulating on CycleTrader. Thanks for the heads up from Mike. -dc

Update 7.26.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

After the flak generated by the controversial 999, the Sport Classic line was a definite win for motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche, and the bikes effectively combined modern technology with vintage design cues. But although the performance wasn’t up to the standards set by the very best sportbikes of the period, the Sport Classics weren’t aimed at that market. First and foremost, they were meant to look good. And the Paul Smart 1000LE, as seen in today’s Featured Listing, definitely did that, with a blue-green frame and silver bodywork to evoke Ducati’s first v-twin racebikes, one of which won Imola in 1972 with the eponymous Paul Smart at the controls.

But although the Paul Smart looks like it’d be best for posing, it’s almost as if Ducati couldn’t help themselves, and this stylish machine has the handling goods to run with the best. Pricey Öhlins bits adorn both ends, and the traditional trellis frame is wrapped around their proven two-valve, air-cooled Desmo twin, here with two plugs per cylinder in their “Dual Spark” configuration, since apparently Alfa Romeo already trademarked “Twin Spark…” Twin plug heads are especially useful for a v-twin like this, since the two plugs allow more even combustion across the surface of the large pistons.

The quoted output is underwhelming on paper, but the flexible, torque-rich powerband is the perfect choice for a road bike. And keep in mind, the 92hp may have been modest, even by the long, long ago standards of 2006, but the bike is a development of the classic, race-bred Pantah engine that predated the four-valve Desmoquattro. It’s fun, tunable, and surprisingly reliable when properly cared for. Modest power aside, there were some other concessions to style: the spoked wheels aren’t as light as cast or forged items would be, even though they look plenty evocative, and the Phantom tires were designed specifically by Pirelli to complete the classic look with that very vintage tread design. They’re supposedly reasonably competent tires, but you can find stickier rubber for much cheaper.

Of course, the owner of this Featured Listing isn’t worried about tire choice. Or oil or gas. Or even registration. This immaculate machine has turned only three miles since new, making it a time-capsule example of a modern classic Ducati, like an insect perfectly preserved in amber.

From the Seller: 2006 Ducati SportClassic Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale

This gorgeous Paul Smart has only 3 miles and is in perfect stock condition. Comes with both style fairings a $2000. dollar option. All three keys. Never registered. Certificate of origin from the purchasing Ducati Dealer – Eastern Cycle Ducati, Located in Beverly, MA. This bike has been inside my house since purchasing it in 2006. Periodically pushed in gear to keep engine moving and cylinders fogged for lubrication. No fuel inside gas tank. No dents, dings, or scratches. Ready to be a new piece of art in your collection or ridden.

An instant classic and one of the most collectible motorcycles of the last 15 years.

“Want it for Paul’s achievement, want it for Ducati’s heritage, want it for how it looks”. Bike magazine. This Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition Ducati has never been ridden, and is in excellent condition. It has spent its whole life pampered inside!

Smart’s famous victory in the 1972 Imola 200 riding what would become the 750SS was instrumental in establishing Ducati as a high-performance brand for the modern era. So what better way to celebrate the Bologna marque’s heritage than a limited edition model in the spirit of the iconic, bevel-drive, ‘green frame’ 750SS? And why not duplicate the rest of the original bevel-drive twins line up while you’re about it? That was Ducati’s reasoning behind the launch of its new ‘Sport Classic’ range in 2005. However, none of the three models Paul Smart 1000 LE, Sport 1000 and GT1000 – is in any way a ‘replica’; all are thoroughly modern motorcycles with only the styling and color scheme(s) acknowledging the past. 

The Paul Smart 1000 LE uses the belt drive, desmo, air-cooled, fuel injected, electronic ignition 1000DS (dual spark) 90-degree v-twin engine 992cc, two-valves, a quoted 92bhp at 8,000rpm and enough torque to surprise its four-valve superbike brethren – as found in a number of other Ducatis. All this modern technology is housed in the Italian firm’s trademark trellis frame in a striking shade of ‘green frame’ green – the latter complemented by some top-quality Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, a wet clutch, a six-speed gearbox, a curvaceous two pipe exhaust on the right side in black, and wire-spoke wheels beneath a swoopy silver half-fairing and tail hump. ‘After 20 miles I was totally sold on the bike, as I had been after five minutes of looking at it. Exclusivity, style, power, handling… what else could I want?’ queried Bike magazine’s tester at the PS 1000 LE’s launch. A production run of only 2,000 units was planned and few motorcycles of modern times have become as instantly collectible.

As the seller mentions: the entire first run of Sport Classics became instantly collectible, and all of them command shocking prices on the used market, especially when you compare them to Ducati’s 1098 of the same era, a bike that offers far more performance. But obviously, the nods to Ducati’s racing history struck a chord, and values remain high. The asking price for this showroom-quality example? $39,000. There’s obviously not much of a service history to discuss. In fact, there isn’t any service history at all, since the bike has never turned a wheel in anger. This bike is pretty much bone-stock, excepting the lower fairing. The original bike had a half-fairing that matched Ducati’s production 750SS, but the full-fairing was a popular modification and suits the lines of the bike, although it does seem a bit of a shame to cover up that classic, air-cooled engine.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE for Sale
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
Ducati January 6, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

Update 1.28.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Judging from their regular appearance and usual low miles, the green-frame PS1000 is clearly the darling of the Terblanche-styled Sport Classic line-up.  Seattle Used Bikes has recently returned this original from display duty and it’s ready for a new rider.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition

for sale at Seattle Used Bikes

All Sport Classics use the 992cc twin-spark desmodue, hitting the numbers with 92 hp.  Beside the blue-green trellis frame, the PS1000 has a monoposto body, retro bullet fairing, and adjustable Öhlins front and rear ( plus steering damper ).  The colors harken back to 1974 and the #16 Super Sport 750, and Pirelli even made made their Diablo tires in a retro Phantom tread pattern to match the spoked alloys for the original edition of 2,000.

Most often seen with an aftermarket exhaust as well as some variety of low-profile turn signals, this PS1000 is all stock with no sign of damage or even dirt.  Smart of the previous owner to line a brand new ( warranty ) fuel tank to prevent ethanol damage.  Evidently the current owner is a collector, who added only a few miles to the 7,600 already there.  From the SUB – website –

We just performed a full factory recommend 6000 mile service while paying special attention to anything showing signs of wear or aging. A bit over $2200 was spent making sure everything was right before it moves off to a new owner. The plastic fuel tanks on the Ducati Sport Classic series along with a few other models are known for having issues with the heavily laden ethanol fuel we are forced to deal with in the US. This particular fuel tank was a brand new warranty replacement, from Ducati when the owner purchased the bike 7 years ago. At that time he had it lined with Caswell tank sealer, it was just installed on the bike for the first time when we got it ready to go. The bike is all stock, no modifications.

The number of PS1000LE’s that came stateside is reported in the 1,000 range, making this a pretty rare bird.  It’s a long, low ride, which could be helped with bar risers, and even though the fairing won’t allow too much, a half inch can make a big difference.  It’s a clean palette for boutique billet and carbon, and fairing lowers are still available.  On consignment at $24,000, Dave at SUB can be reached at (206) 535-6812 or by email – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition