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Old 03-19-2004, 05:26 AM   #11
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Ducati have been going bust, or nearly, for as long as I can remember, and that goes back to the early 1970s - but somehow, they're still in business. Which simply proves that motorcycles don't necessarily follow the normal evolutionary pattern of improvement equalling company survival and prosperity. Don't write them off just yet: if they're making great bikes and they're almost bust, everything is normal.
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Old 03-19-2004, 05:39 AM   #12
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Default Wha?...GSXR1000 looks better than a 999!!!!

Give me a break! The GSXR is a fine bike but the styling and graphics would have to be the most LAME and BORING on the market...especially compared to the new R1.
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Old 03-19-2004, 05:44 AM   #13
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Default Motorcycle world needs Ducati

I sincerely hope that Ducati can keep it together and say afloat fiscally. Just think what the 2003 Moto GP season would have been like with out Ducati giving a good run at Honda and the motorcycle world would be a lot less interesting without the innovation Ducati showed in the 916.

Given $25,000 to spend on a motorcycle how many sport bike riders would chose anything but the 999S.

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Old 03-19-2004, 05:47 AM   #14
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A good friend of mine is a Ducati "nut". Has 3 in the garage and another on order. I have tried really hard to like them. The baby Monster almost does it. I agree with the value comments here. I don't think Ducati has the price/performance point right.



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Old 03-19-2004, 06:10 AM   #15
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A more recent development in the world of Italian sportbikes is Aprilia. I've looked at all these bikes at a local Ducati/Aprilia dealer and decided that if I were to choose an Eyetie bike it would either be a Tuono or a Falco, not any of the Ducks. Ducati now has direct competition and it's only going to get worse.
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Old 03-19-2004, 06:41 AM   #16
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:15 AM   #17
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Default Re: Wha?...GSXR1000 looks better than a 999!!!!

I think the unique look and sound of a Ducati is one of the primary selling points. I find it difficult to differentiate the Japanese bikes from one another when viewed from any distance of greater than about 10 feet.
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:17 AM   #18
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:17 AM   #19
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Old 03-19-2004, 07:25 AM   #20
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OK, what do you want broken.
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