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Old 02-22-2001, 11:22 PM   #1
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I'm impressed. Hackfu is able to post an article from the future (Friday, February 23 @ 00:42:31 PST -- it's 8:16 p.m. Thursday, February 22 in the eastern time zone) about a new Aprilia web site that is "dedicated to collecting information on what the motorcycling consumer wants." Since the site is completely in Italian, it should get lots of input from the American audience. Nice graphics though.

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Old 02-22-2001, 11:38 PM   #2
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There is an option for English.Just click on the English option. What sort of incentives to participate? Maybe a freebie for a week or two?
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Old 02-23-2001, 01:26 AM   #3
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It is in all Itanlian... until you hit the big "ENGLISH" button.
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Old 02-23-2001, 03:16 AM   #4
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I have so much respect for Aprilia. Such a young company doing so well not only on the sales floor, but on the track as well. It really kills Triumph's excuse of not having the $$$$ to back a race team. And for them to buy (correct me if I'm wrong) Cagiva, Moto Guzzi, and Laverda shows a genuine passion for motorcycles. They've got people lining up for their scooters in Europe, and I'm sure those people will look to Aprilia when it's time to step up to something bigger. I wish they had a product in the U.S. I could buy. I really like the RS50, but I don't have the $$$ to buy a toy, I need every day transport (you can't carry 2stroke oil on that 1000 mile weekend). Maybe I'll go get an Aprilia hat and call it close enough.*sigh*
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Old 02-23-2001, 04:04 AM   #5
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Are the RSVs, the Falco, the Caponord, the Pegaso, and the Futura not to your liking?
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Old 02-23-2001, 04:25 AM   #6
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The Falco and RSV's are super hot in my opinion, and could be usable everyday rides for my type of riding, but I can't pony up the $$$$. On my budget when a bike goes past $10,000 I get really apprehrensive. I strung out payments on my Speed Triple fpr so long I'll never get the loan right side up, and I won't do that to myself again. Sooner or later any bike gets kind of boring, but with a low payment I can keep adding performance parts, which keeps the bike interesting. I can't do that with a $13,000 motorcycle. *sigh*
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Old 02-23-2001, 05:48 AM   #7
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I know that Aprilia purchased Moto Guzzi, but I wasn't aware of them purchasing Laverda, and I'm almost sure they haven't purchased Cagiva. If they did, they would own about 6 different motorcycle lines. I don't know if even Aprilia would be able to make that successful.
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Old 02-23-2001, 05:57 AM   #8
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I rule.
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Old 02-23-2001, 09:33 AM   #9
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I can confirm that Aprilia have bought up Laverda as of a few months ago, also Guzzi, but I don't know of any connection with Cagiva which as far as I know is still owned by the Castiglioni brothers along with MV Agusta.

Aprilia is investing around $150 million in both Moto Guzzi and Laverda over the next three years so we can expect some very interesting new bikes from both those great companies in a few years time. Aprilia boss Ivano Beggio has a strong line of credit with the banks as Aprilia paid off all development loans for the RSV series a couple of years early, so finance isn't a problem.

I for one look forward to the revival of both Guzzi and Laverda. Guzzi was starved of investment during the De Tomaso era, while Laverda has been lurching from one bankruptcy to the next for at least a decade. At last both companies may have the management and financial backing that they deserve.
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Old 02-23-2001, 10:39 AM   #10
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Although I think the both the Falco and Futura can be used as everyday bikes, I feel your pain on the price issue. The rational side of my brain can't justify that much money when Japanese bikes of the same caliber are much cheaper. The other side keeps seeing those sexy Italian lines and wondering if the pitbull stands could keep the bike steady while I shagged my wife in the saddle.
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