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Old 07-07-2004, 09:31 PM   #11
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has made it into a political campaign blitz and for that matter any MOron making it into a political election forum. If this is going to be allowed then please take the balance of my membership and buy what little beer you can to be shared amongst the MO Staff, because this is f#%ked. Either that or I start my own campaign using MO and posting every little tidbit of utter nonsense possible so that I can springboard my vote for Alfred E. Newman.



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Old 07-07-2004, 10:28 PM   #12
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How many threads are you going to post this little whine in?
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:30 PM   #13
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Good mix for Ducati, maybe. Bad for us. Goodbye Falco, Futura and Mille.
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:34 PM   #14
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>oooh liquid desmo just sounds

>sexy!



Yes, the 999, Monster S4, and ST4 do sound sexy. especially with aftermarket pipes.

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Old 07-07-2004, 10:44 PM   #15
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This deal sucks. I don't know why fans of Italian bikes - or any motorcyclists, for that matter - would be happy to see Ducati buy out a competitor and kill off all those great bikes.



It's also illogical. Is Aprilia that much of a threat to Ducati in its present financial straights? Or does Ducati want the Moto Guzzi and Laverda names so badly that it will take on the excess (and useless) Aprilia assets?



I'd say that this is yet another case of Italian passion overriding business sense, but it's Texas Pacific Group. Weird.



And yet no motorcycle company is grabbing the goldmine-at-a-firesale-price Indian. Double weird.
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:46 PM   #16
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Most of the woes come from taking on debt when their enthusiasm outpaces their business sense. This looks like more of the same.
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Old 07-08-2004, 02:24 AM   #17
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When has the Italian bike industry NOT been in financial turmoil? Anyone with just a tad more observational powers than a stale turnip knows the answer: never!

Easiest prediction of the week: Italian motorcycle industry financial turmoils to continue as far as the eye can see; Italian bike industry continues to make the most interesting equipment out there; Italian bike industry continues to have difficulty keeping the spare parts pipeline adequately supplied, etc, etc.

Same story, different year.

There have been almost as many ownership configurations of Italian motorcycle companies as there have been Italian "governments" in the last 50 or so yrs.

Don't sweat this stuff: enjoy it!
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Skip over his posts if you dont like him and shut up. If you gotta bash, at least wait until he says something off-topic.
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Old 07-08-2004, 03:55 AM   #19
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Indian (in its lattest iteration) was just a Harley clone manufacturer. They had no market to sell to, other than RUB's who where allready spending 25large on Alen Ness bikes. All Indian has is a marketing name, untill someone with balls comes in and sets it up as a unique brand again, it will be at best a harley clone company
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Old 07-08-2004, 05:02 AM   #20
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Yeah, headline-wise, it's like "Violence in Middle East".
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