2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
The new Ducati Paul Smart 1000 L.E. is inspired by the 1974 Super Sport 750 and is a tribute to the 750 "Imola" bike that the English racer Paul Smart took to victory in the 1972 Imola 200.
On a cloudy day in April 1972, Paul Smart of Kent, England, tested the new Taglioni designed race bike. It was a momentous event in motorcycling history. On that day, Smart rode a new untested Ducati 750 twin to a historic surprise victory at the Imola 200, beating all comers. In the same race the Italian racer Bruno Spaggiari, also riding a Ducati 750, crossed the finish line in second place for a Ducati sweep of the event. Inspired by these results, Engineer Taglioni decided to introduce production motorcycles with the styling and the latest technological solutions of the 750 "Imola".
It was the beginning of the modern Ducati racing era and the emergence of the big-bore twin, sport bike dynasty. Descendants of that historic race bike led the way to the production 750SS, Hailwood's Isle of Man winning 900SS, contemporary SuperSports and eventually the Superbikes of today.
The 1974 Super Sport 750 is clearly the crown jewel of any classic motorcycle collection.
Often referred to as the original Superbike, it was the first Ducati to combine all the performance of Smart's race bike with a new elegant and trend setting design. The bike boasted beautifully styled components like the "round case" Bevel Drive twin engine, equipped for the first time with Engineer Fabio Taglioni's Desmodromic valve actuation system. The development of the Ducati Desmodromic system started in the late 50's and continues to evolve to this day. Every street and racing engine Ducati produces still utilizes the Desmodtromic system; it remains a significant factor in Ducati's performance advantage. The SuperSport 750 boasted an elegantly styled fairing and bodywork painted in the now famous Metallic Silver colour, complimented by a frame painted in Sea Green. Viewed from any angle the bike always seems in harmony with itself and its street environment. In its day it was "the" ultimate sport bike.
After more than thirty years Ducati reintroduces the same essential lines that represent the very essence and pinnacle of beauty in the renaissance of sport motorcycles.
The new Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition features unmistakeable styling, accentuated by the rounded lines of the fairing and fuel tank. The new exhaust system, in black chromed and sanded stainless steel, has distinctive stacked twin silencers positioned on the right-hand side of the bike.
The unique steel tube swingarm is characterized by an elliptical "GP" style right leg, which accommodates the placement of the new exhaust system.
The advanced air-cooled Desmo 1000 DS engine delivers the perfect balance of torque and horsepower performance.
The exclusive character of the Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition, of which only 2000 will be produced, is underlined by the use of top-level fully-adjustable Íhlins suspension and by the Metallic Silver fairing and Sea Green frame colours, as on the 1974 Super Sport 750.
Engine - L-twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement - 992 cc
Bore x Stroke - 94 x 71.5 mm
Compression Ratio - 10:1
*Power - 67.7 kW - 92 HP @ 8000 rpm
*Torque - 91.1 Nm - 9.3 kgm @ 6000 rpm
Fuel Injection - Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust - Black exhaust system with two mufflers r.h.
Emissions - Euro 3
Transmission - 6-speed
Ratio - 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24
Primary drive - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
Final drive - Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38"
Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase - 1425 mm / 56.1 in
Rake - 24░
Steering angle - 30░
Front suspension - Ohlins 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork
Front wheel travel - 120 mm / 4.7 in
Front wheel - Spoke wheel with aluminium rim, 3.50 x 17
Front tyre - 120/70 R 17
Rear suspension - Ohlins fully adjustable monoshock absorber, on the left
Rear wheel travel - 130 mm / 5.1 in
Rear wheel - Spoke wheel with aluminium rim, 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre - 180/55 R 17
Front brake - 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 2-piston, 2- sintered pad, floating caliper
Rear brake - 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper
**Dry weight - 181 Kg / 398 lbs
Seat height - 825 mm / 32.5 in
Max height - 1150 mm / 45.3 in
Max length - 2180 mm / 85.8 in
Instruments - Speedometer, rev counter, LCD clock, immobilizer
*** Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
Fuel Tank Capacity - 15 l (of which 3.5 l reserve) 3.9 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
*Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer. **The weight excludes battery, lubricants and coolant for liquid.
***The conditions of the warranty are described in the warranty booklet provided with each motorcycle.