The Old Versus The New Or How Ducati Scored

Ducati Multistrada MTS1000 SDS.

Ducati is a great motorcycle company.

In 2006, they released a special limited version of their upcoming retro café racer, the Sports S 1000.

2006 Ducati Paul Smart 1000 LE. 

From the official Ducati website.

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”.


2001 Ducati MH900E 

This is not the first time they tried this. In 2000-01, they announced the production of a limited café racer called the MH900E. It’s styling cues were a bit more aggressive than the Paul Smart 1000.

Desmosedici RR, the road going version of the Ducati Moto GP, MSRP of 70000USD.

Ducati is well known for offering the first road going version of a Moto GP, the Desmosedici RR. This is the equivalent of owning a street legal F1 car. HP was about 200 for this version. Naturally they were all sold out before they went on sale.

A Ducati Sports S1000, MSRP of 12000 USD.

Basically, I was thinking about the MH900E and the Paul Smart 1000 LE. In the beginning, I couldn’t understand why people liked them. That is before I saw the MH900E. It’s lines were very interesting and a lot more striking that the PS1000LE. And before I knew it, I was researching both models on the net. To my eyes, I prefer the MH900E, it’s stance is more powerful and more aggressive. I would probably get that one for my garage. And at 480000 NTD (about 13700 USD) it is a lot more affordable than the PS1000LE, which is 800000 NTD (22800 USD).

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

11 thoughts on “The Old Versus The New Or How Ducati Scored”

  1. Hopefully, by then, I will be able to buy a Ducati MH900E for real. I found one at the right price and it’s not the type of bike that sells really well in Taiwan. Maybe not in March but next year for sure.

    Still trying to find a cheap Ducati Multistrada, one of my faves. 4000-5000 USD is probably the max I’d pay for a Ducati Multistrada, I don’t even care which type. 620, 1000 or 1100.

  2. Candice: Well the good thing about being in Taiwan, is that the motorcycle license is quite easy to get. A computer test and a practical test. I’m told that the written test is made so that you fail a few times before getting it right. It’s not like that in Quebec, Canada. You take your test and then you have to wait a year before you can ride by yourself.

    Yes Candice they are quite pretty. I’d want a few Ducatis, not the super expensive ones like the Desmosedici RR, most probably an old Monster from 1996, a MH900E (probably next year) and a cheap Multistrada if I can find one at the right price. Right now, the used ones are about 6 grand USD. I want it a bit more cheaper.

    I am told that the MH900E is a joy to drive. I didn’t really understand the need for the sport classic line but now I do. Just compare the latest Ninja to the MH900E. The Ducati is like art. You can actually drive art. In my mind and many others, Ducatis are the Ferraris of the motorcycle world. The big difference is that they are affordable. I would never dream of getting a Ferrari, but a Ducati… Sure why not.

    On top of those three, I wouldn’t mind a Japanese everyday ride. I think that the Multistrada is best suited for everyday riding. But it is good to have a nice cheaper one that you don’t mind dinging up if that ever happens. I was actually thinking about an Kawasaki 2003 Z1000. You can find a dinged up one on ebay for about 2500 USD. Right along my price alley.

    My wife doesn’t like all this talk about motorcycles, but hey, they are only the fraction of the cost of a car and are so much more cooler.

    In fact, I don’t think we will be upgrading our scooter. I will simply buy the old Ducati that I found and start learning to really drive.

  3. I’m looking at picking up one of the little Kawasaki or Suzukis next year. Probably cost me 3k new, which would work pretty well. If I can survive tax day that’s only a little bit of extra contract work, really.

    One of my friends who is getting me infected with the motorcycle bug has an Aprilia (2001 rsv mille, yellow, shiny, fast) and a Kawasaki Ninja 636(R?). He was thinking Ducati as well but ended up with the Aprilia because it happened to be at the right place at the same time.

    I only know the U.S. motorcycle rules for california and here, and both of those are “Take motorcycle safety foundation class, pass it, take written test at DMV, done.” You can ride much of the year in N.O. when it’s not raining.

    My goal is to get on Ferrari’s List by the time I turn 40. 😉

  4. Well, I’ve pretty much decided that getting a Ferrari is out of my league. But getting lots of Ducatis is no problemo.

    I do like a few Yamahas, like the MT-03, FZ1 as well as some Kawasakis, like the Z750, Z1000 and ER6N (the new Suzuki GSR600 rocks as well), however they are all in the same price range or near enough of the Ducati MH900E. Between any of those bikes, I’d choose the Ducati above all.

    A dinged up Z1000 for 2.5 grand wouldn’t be so bad either, until the Ducati Multistrade becomes cheaper. I’ve just been in contact with the guy selling his Ducati Monster 1996. The funny thing about the Ducati Monster, is that they look pretty similar, a 2006 and a 1996 look pretty much alike. And it is a 400cc engine, not too big but not one of those shitty 150cc. Supposed to be black on black with a carbon fiber exhaust. I’m waiting on some pics.

    Ferrari F430 kicks ass. I love that car, but I find that you don’t need to be driving fast on a motorcycle to have fun. Just taking corners at 50KPH is cool enough.

  5. Probably nothing more than 500-600cc to start. That I figure I’ll decide after I get time to ride stuff; I’ve got no idea how much I can deal with. The low-end Ninjas look nice and light and small, which is what I want to start. I’m only 5’6 and some bikes are too tall for me, (well, in their american-shipping versions, at least) which is rather annoying.

    Unfortunately right now this is all academic until I can find a free weekend after christmas sometime…

  6. Well, academic for your, but hard-core reality for me. I’m negotiating for my Ducati Monster 1996 M400. I am somewhat scared of just getting it and having to ride it by myself and learning to shift, but when it’s not in traffic, it should be ok.

    The main thing is that I will have to take the train to get it and then drive the thing back. I could ship it on the train quite easily, but it seems stupid to do that. More fulfilling to ride it back.

    Then there is another strange problem. I know how to get around in the city I live in, Hsinchu. But I have never had to get to the city from the outside. What roads do I take? Which highways?

    Isn’t that bad, I’m good with a map, I used to work on the road a lot before.

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