About This Motorcycle
“This bike exists precisely to captivate us and tweak our nostalgia. Even if not everyone was around (or aware) when Paul Smart ripped up Imola for 200 miles to take the epic 1972 race win that put Ducati on the v-Twin Grand Prix map…actually, there wasn’t really even a v-Twin Grand Prix map at that point.”
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 Limited Edition, 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 1,000DS (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 dry 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 with only 500 of them imported to our shores and few motorcycles of modern times have become as instantly collectible.
This iconic Ducati sportbike has been part of Speedart Motorsports private collection for 8 years and this is the ﬁrst time that this specimen is offered for sale.
The Paul Smart is presented in its most desirable conﬁguration and was ﬁtted from the factory with the full fairing option. At the time of acquisition by Speedart Motorsports an Arrow full-race exhaust system with single stainless steel megaphone silencer was installed and the L-twin was tuned and dynoed for such application. The original twin pipe exhaust was retained and will be included with the motorcycle.
Always inside a controlled environment and regardless the lack of street miles, the PS 1000 Limited Edition enjoyed a fastidious maintenance schedule by top Ducati specialists and it is currently presented in an all original and incident free spectacular condition.
The sale of this breathtaking modern-classic is accompanied by full documentation, including all keys, manuals, service books and original exhaust system as well as a rear stand.
“Want it for Paul’s achievement, want it for Ducati’s heritage, want it for how it looks.” – Bike Magazine.
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