Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore
Which leads to a question: what are the credentials Ducati looks for before they sell one of these bikes? I can't believe anybody with 72 large in their pocket can just walk in and buy one. Do you have to "know a guy?" Have owned other Ducatis? How did Mr. Ko wind up with his?
First dibs on the D16 went to owners of 1098Rs. Later D16s were simply sold on the open market, with the only necessary credentials being a lot of zeros in their bank account. In Mr. Ko's case, he has had a fairly close relationship with Ducati, as he was one of the investors in the ill-fated Dream Team Ducati AMA Superbike team from several years ago. He also currently lends a hand in Larry Pegram's Formula Xtreme effort with a Ducati 848. In short, he's the kind of guy we'd love to be if we had some extra money!