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Buzglyd 04-23-2004 05:08 AM

Re: Front wheels last a long time
 
I think part of the reason (other than hooligan riding style) is the incredibly short gearing. This thing is geared so short I can cruise through city streets in 6th gear.



Paul at GP motorcycles in San Diego said if he owned one, he would change the sprocket and gear it a little taller.



Apparently Ducatis have Bonneville gearing and MV Agustas come with hillclimb gearing.

seruzawa 04-23-2004 05:08 AM

Re: Front wheels last a long time
 
25mpg? Hahaha. I beat you. I used to get 23 on my '71 Yammer R5. Nyah nyah nyah.

Buzglyd 04-23-2004 05:36 AM

Re: Front wheels last a long time
 
I guess Japanese bikes are superior in every way then!



When I was in TN last week I saw an absolute cherry Yamaha RD350 parked in front of a local tavern in Nashville. I practically wanted to hunt down the owner and make an offer.

BMW4VWW 04-23-2004 05:43 AM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
I rode on those streetcars, and went to Miramonte grammer school. My grandfather owned a little grocery store on Florence Ave, just around the corner from the school. We fled in 1958. VWW

acecycleins 04-23-2004 05:46 AM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
Guzzi may not have to be in a money losing position to be put on the block. R&D may be the biggest problem. Aprilia may want to focus R&D in the main brand not the secondary brand. Ducati, on the other hand, has made great stides in R&D over the last decade and has the money to improve on a proven design. Still makes sense to me.

BMW4VWW 04-23-2004 05:48 AM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
Yeah, but back then $90 was real money. VWW

acecycleins 04-23-2004 06:02 AM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
No way will they shut down the performance bikes. Guzzi builds these bikes in the same vane BMW builds performance bikes. It's not about "flat out" haulin' ass machines. It's about "gentlemen's" performance. They are still aiming these bikes at the 35+ crowd. Not the 20+ crowd. Now, you may scoff at the age range but remember, the 20+ crowd today is making more money now than I made at the age of 30. It's all about the style. Guys that are in my age range may like the look and feel of the Duc but they really don't want to be like sheep. They prefer the individual styling of the Guzzi and the fact that there may only be 10-20 guys in their city riding what they have rather than 40-50 guys on a Duc.

ValkBandit 04-23-2004 07:35 AM

in my opinion ...
 
moto guzzi is just a counterbalancer away from being a truly great bike. there are several models that could easily find their way to my garage, bucks allowing.



c'mon, ducati ... give us an italian alternative to BMW. teutonic practicality with a dash of latin style. gotta love it.

pdad13 04-23-2004 07:36 AM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
Okay, it's confirmed. You guys are way older than me.

SRMark 04-23-2004 12:22 PM

Re: Ducati Confirms Interest in Moto Guzzi
 
My thoughts exactly!


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