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Old 04-08-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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Wow, they still have 2001 Ducatis left over? That's not a good sign. No wonder they've had a revolving door in management there recently.
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Old 04-08-2003, 10:40 AM   #2
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Default They need to work on dealer attitude

I have a friend was considering a 800 monster, but the shop here won't even let you sit on the bikes, much less test ride one.



That and they ignore him whenever he goes in the shop, I guess because he isn't wearing his poser gear.



Its worse than the frigging Harley shop!



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Old 04-08-2003, 10:46 AM   #3
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OK this is great! Uh, oh...wait- I just bought a 998 at retail. Hmm, $3200 dollars I didn't need to spend. How much "Ducati lifestlye" did that pay for? How much Harley-esque PROFIT is priced into these bikes? Tough times, I guess.
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Old 04-08-2003, 10:49 AM   #4
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Default Re: Ducati Announces Price Reductions

These price reductions are important first steps towards not only sales growth, but also towards our long term goal of making Ducatis more affordable and price competitive in North America, said Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America.





Translation: "OH CRAP! WE'VE STILL GOT 2001s UNSOLD!??!! QUICK! GET 'EM OUTTA HERE BEFORE I GET FIRED!!!!!"
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Old 04-08-2003, 11:18 AM   #5
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Many dealers had already been offering steep discounts on '01 and '02 models subsidized by cash from Ducati N.A. I believe the lower MSRPs replace the dealer cash and free flooring programs that recently expired. Some Ducati stores are also offering great deals on '03 models. Sales of bikes priced over $10,000 (except for H-D) have been slow. Ducati N.A. should be praised for taking the initiative to help clear old stock. I know Ducati dealers would also love to see price reductions on the 999/749. Price resistance is high on the new models.
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Old 04-08-2003, 12:22 PM   #6
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Default I know why.

because I bought some of their STOCK a while ago... safe bet in an unsafe market, I said...

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Old 04-08-2003, 12:36 PM   #7
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Default In that case...

Could you dump some money into Dell? I could really use a new laptop.
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Old 04-08-2003, 12:37 PM   #8
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Default Shop problem

I've been to Honda dealers that wouldn't let you sit on the bike. You can't blame Honda or Ducati for buttheaded decesions made by their dealers.
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Old 04-08-2003, 01:48 PM   #9
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Default Re: Price Reductions - New bike

I was really considering buying the new 749, but I really can't justify the price difference between it and the latest crop of 600's.



Why would any of you spend the extra $$$$ needed to buy a ducati over a 600? I know it looks great and all, but are there any other reasons that I may not be aware of?



Just curious.
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Old 04-08-2003, 01:54 PM   #10
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The reasons would have nothing to do with actual function and everything to do with the allure of an Italian bike, the sound/feeling of a V-Twin, and other intangible, non-spec sheet related things. And no, I wouldn't buy one- I just can understand why someone else would.
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