Ducati Announces Paul Smart LE (Limited Edition): Only 2,000 examples to be made (see below).
More: Here’s a photo and story of the original1972 Ducati motorcycle as ridden by Paul Smart at Imola.
Photos and text courtesy of Ducati Motor S.p.A.
“The Paul Smart 1000 is inspired by the 750 Imola on which Paul Smart rode to victory in the historic 200 Miles of Imola in 1972.
The PaulSmart 1000 bike brings the spirit of its predecessor back to life with levels of performance able that surpass the expectations of today’s most demanding two-wheel enthusiasts.
All three bikes are equipped with the Desmo 1000 DS engine and cut a stylish figure with the unmistakable tubular trestle frame, characteristic of models made in Borgo Panigale.
State-of-the-art engineering solutions make these three machines benchmarks in terms of technology, design and performance.
SPORTCLASSIC PAUL SMART 1000LE
The Paul Smart 1000LE is a tribute to Paul Smart and his Imola 200 victory. Englishman Paul Smart’s historic Imola 200 victory in 1972 on the 750 Imola Desmo marked the beginning of the modern Ducati racing era and the emergence of the big-bore twin, sport bike dynasty. The new Paul Smart Limited Edition is a tribute to Smart’s victory and the timeless styling of his silver racer.
The exclusive status of this limited edition, available only in a single-seat version, is confirmed by its highly advanced suspension components, a historic colour scheme and small production run of just 2000 examples worldwide. Each and every bike has an engraved centre fairing mount cap stating: “Ducati – Paul Smart 1000 – Limited Edition”.
The Limited Edition gives the guaranteed performance that you would expect from a modern sport bike, not least because of its first-class components.
Up front it features an Öhlins 43 mm upside down fork with trademark gold finish. The compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load are adjustable to adapt the bike to different riding styles and road surfaces.
The rear suspension is handled by a single shock, also by Öhlins, with 60 mm asymmetric rear swingarm. Like the front fork, the single shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring pre-load. To improve stability even more, a polished Aluminium steering damper is fitted as standard.
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