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I am new to the Duc world, and love the classics. I curious about the Paul Smart in particular. Where can I get some direct info and experiences with this model? Tank spreading on this one as well, even with connected front fairings? How about riding comfort for a 6'1" guy like me? General reliability? Can it survive un-garaged?

Whats the story on this one?
 

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Do a Paul Smart search. There is a lot posted here about them.

I own a Paul Smart. I will try to answer a few of your questions -

The tank has not spread but I live in North Carolina and most of our fuel is not blended with ethanol.

Fairings will not keep your tank from spreading.

The bike is not comfortable. There is a long reach to the handlebars but you should not have a problem doing that.

The engine has been around a long time. It's about as reliable as any engine can be.

I wouldn't keep mine outside but that's just me. It is a limited addition . . . but maybe not that limited.

The only ones that you will find will be used.
 

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I've had mine a couple months. Definitely sport bike ergos as stated above. But what a sweet handling bike. I'm still working my way thru the initial break in but I think it will be one of my favorite bikes to ride. If neccessity dictates that you store it outside I would at least invest in a good cover that blocks the sun and rain but still breathes to prevent condensation.

T.
 

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I have the opportunity to buy one basically new for about 11k. Bottom line, should I jump on it or what?
 

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The only ones that you will find will be used.
There is a brand new one on the Showroom floor at the Ducati Dealer in Monterey. New as in 0 miles never been registered.

One advantage is the warranty kicks in when you buy it. I'd imagine any used one would be out of warranty.
 

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I have a 2008S and the difference from the PS is that I have lower and more comfortable footpeg positions. However..... remove the spacers on the clip-ons so you can raise them up. That's the main comfort fix.
I'm 6'4" and think the bike is damn comfortable! No problem. Longest day I did was 550kms and was fine afterwards. And I'm 47ys old, so even my relatively old bones were fine.

You should not be worried about your height being an issue, in fact I think these bikes were made for us taller folk. :eek:
 

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I bought my bike new for $12,000. Advantage is the waranty started the day I bought it. But used bikes with low miles are available or $11,000 to $12,000 and have the advantage of Termi pipes and DP ECU already installed, saving you money on them if you were planning to go that route. I decided for myself that I preferred a new bike and would install the exhaust I want after break in.
 

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There is a brand new one on the Showroom floor at the Ducati Dealer in Monterey. New as in 0 miles never been registered.
So I will have to rephrase what I said. You will not find too many new Paul Smarts. :D

I personally can't understand why a dealer would keep a three year old bike on his floor. :confused: It's not helping his cash flow. If I owned a dealership I would work real hard to get it sold.
 
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