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Old 07-07-2004, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hmmm, this could be an interesting development for both companies. It might help solve the financial woes that Italian motorcycle companies have always faced and would also bring some fresh thinking to both groups as well.
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Old 07-07-2004, 02:19 PM   #2
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Is Moto Guzzi part of the deal?
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Old 07-07-2004, 02:26 PM   #3
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I think Aprilia owns Moto Guzzi, so yes, but I'm not exactly sure since Ducati put out a release a few months ago stating they had interest in Moto Guzzi alone.



Can you imagine, a modern Moto Guzzi!
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Old 07-07-2004, 02:40 PM   #4
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On a related note, I also see that Proton and the MV Agusta group are pairing up. I would love to see MV return to GP racing.



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Old 07-07-2004, 02:42 PM   #5
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I don't know how "modern" they'd make it. It may be a mistake to stray too far from the air-cooled Vtwin formula.



With the liquid desmo and the Rotax in the family they'll have plenty of modern vtwins.
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Old 07-07-2004, 04:57 PM   #6
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Yeah, but the V11 series is too nice to give up. I'd keep the Aprilia line as scooters and run Moto Guzzi as the V11 and California series.

That way Texas Pacific has Ducati full on sport bikes, Monster "hooligan" bikes, V11 Cafe` bikes and California cruisers and (more or less) sport tourers.

Purty durn good mix, I think<
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:16 PM   #7
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oooh liquid desmo just sounds sexy!



I hope they still put out the RSV450
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:20 PM   #8
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You wouldn't happen to have read any reviews of the F4 1000, have you? Of course, I'm still in love with the F4 SPR and it's 750 engine which is still more than I can handle. Of course it's beautiful, but all I have heard about the F4 1000 indicate that it's pretty freakin' amazing overall. Have you heard/read anything?
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:03 PM   #9
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In the latest Sportrider Magazine the reviews of the MV 1000 S puts it on par if not better than the current crop of Japanese hyper-bikes. A "race kit" is being developed that will allow that engine to be over 200hp! I guess they are racing in Superbike in 2005 if I remember. I'm looking at a new high end "buy one last bike" with some stock comes due next year (yes stock that isn't under water) and the MV is on my list..
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