The Sport 1000 - classy, stylish, simply beautiful!
...and the Paul Smart LE. If a 1970s-style cafe racer is what you wanted, this is the one to buy!
I am a big fan of Italian bikes anyway, but two bikes from the Ducati Sport Classic range – the Sport 1000 and the Paul Smart special edition – are beautiful beyond what even I’d normally expect from the Italians. (Don’t care much for the new GT1000 though...) The Sport 1000 pays homage to the 1973 Ducati 750 Sport, which used to look as good in the 1970s as its successor-in-spirit does now. The single big headlamp, the minimalist bodywork, the twin exhaust pipes, the shapes, the curves – it’s just perfect!
The Paul Smart bike, with its mini-fairing up front, and solo seat, adds some racer chic to the package. It’s based on the Ducati Super Sport 750, which British racer Paul Smart rode to victory at the 1974 Imola 200. The bike gets high-grade Ohlins suspension (the Sports 1000 has Marzocchi) and its handlebars are set further forward. The riding position may be a bit extreme for some, but for sheer style, this bike just can’t be beat. Power from the 1000cc V-twin is in the region of 90bhp, but straight line speed isn’t why bikes like this exist.
I still want my Kawasaki ZZR1400 and if Suzuki will make one, an inline-six Hayabusa. But if I ever have the money to buy more than one bike, I’m definitely getting one of these Ducati Sport Classics!