Neo-Vintage: Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition


Ducati, the iconic Italian motorcycle brand from Bologna started by three brothers in 1926 has had its fair share of ups and downs. As of April this year, it was purchased by Audi in hopes of reviving the brand and increasing its sales market just as it has done throughout the decades. Back in the early 70s, Ducati was in the forefront of motorcycle engineering resulting in numerous victories including the most notable of a one-two finish at the Imola 200 on April 1972. The motorcycle that won that iconic race during a very muggy day was an untested Ducati 750 twin designed by Taglioni and the racer was of course, the British born Paul Smart. That day is engrained in Ducati history books as it set forth the new era of the iconic big-bore twin sport bike for the Italian manufacturer.

Fast forward nearly four decades and what you see is a limited edition Ducati known as the Paul Smart 1000 – a tribute bike of sorts paying homage to that iconic time and legendary Ducati racer. Introduced only in 2006, this Metallic Silver and Sea Green frame two-wheeler has a limited production run of only 2,000 units and a price tag to match its exclusivity.  The unique retro styling of the 70s-era motorcycle features rounded lines of the fairings and fuel tank, mixed with new age technology like Brembo brakes and fully adjustable Öhlins suspension. The owner of this beauty is Shamari G of Toronto, Canada and although it is a Ducati, he wanted a few changes to be made.

The first major change was the swap to a pair of Rizoma bushed aluminum reservoir bottles  affixed to the handle bar. The look of these new pieces adds to the already eye-candy appearance of the Paul Smart 1000. Note the retro-style gauge cluster and engraved markings, a true work of art.

The brakes were also upgraded slightly thanks to an assortment of goodies including these brushed levers from Pazzo Racing. Other stopping pieces that were swapped out include a Brembo radial brake master cylinder and Braking race brake pads for additional stopping power.

The owner also had the factory Ducati mirrors removed for a more streamline look in way of a pair of Rizoma brushed aluminum handle bar mirrors. To some, the change might seem off-putting especially considering the motorcycle’s limited production run, but the change is well suited with the overall package and esthetics of the neo-retro style.

The factory exhaust in black chrome and sanded stainless steel with its distinctive stacked twin mufflers design was tossed aside for a ZARD performance exhaust system utilizing the dual setup and looking far nicer than what Ducati had originally built.

The end result of all the changes on this beautiful neo-retro Ducati is simply breath taking. It is no doubt that the motorcycle looks impeccable from the factory, but these personal touches of brushed aluminum pieces and exhaust system truly completes the package. Wire mesh wheels, Öhlins suspension and a name like Paul Smart branded on the two-wheeler, it is no wonder why it is highly coveted – a true rolling masterpiece.

The Specs

Shamari G 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 Limited Edition
Club / Team Affiliation:
MT Motorsport


– Rizoma brushed aluminum handle bar mirrors


– Type L-twin cylinder, 2 valves 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 bodies
– Emissions Euro 3
– ZARD Performance Exhaust System
– Rizoma clutch slave
– Brembo radial clutch master cylinders


– Gearbox 6-speed
– Ratio 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
– 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 fully adjustable 43 mm 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 single shock absorber on the left side
– 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, floating calliper 2-piston, 2- sintered pad calliper
– Rear brake 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper
– Fuel tank capacity 15 l (of which 3.5 l reserve) / 3.9 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
– 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 Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, warning light for low oil pressure, indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn signals, LCD clock, immobilizer
– Brembo radial brake master cylinder
– Rizoma bushed aluminum resoirvoir bottles
– Braking race brake pads
– Pazzo Racing brake levers


– Gearbox 6-speed
– Ratio 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 24/28
– Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
– Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
– Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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