Doh! This is disappointing! I read the headline on the main motorcycle.com page and I was totally anticipating new pictures & a possible review of the Desmosedici uber-bike that they are supposedly coming out with.
Actually, this is really nothing more than a Multi with the body work it SHOULD have had from the start. And I just wish Ducati could realize that there are a number of folks who would buy this with the 620 engine or even the 800. But no, they will screw up and release it initially only as a ridiculously overpowered 1000. There sales are off over 15% this year. So what does Ducati do? They raise their prices $500 American on every bike even though the Dollar has grown stronger over the last year. Does this make sense? Will charging an extra $500 over last year increase their sales in the US? Maybe the Chinese will buy them out and run the company intelligently.
a $500 Increase won't increase sales, but it will probably increase profits.
There are 2 ways to increase porfit (without considering cost cutting, efficiencies, Etc). If you sell x Bikes at x $ you can either Sell more Bikes at the same price or you can sell the same amount of bikes at a higher price.
And honestly because Ducati has a prestige factor associatted to it, $500 probably won't deter someone who wants at DUC, because if he wants a DUC and probably doesn't want anything else. Especially since the other Exotics are harder to get a hold of in America.
So the extra $500 will most likely more then make up for any loss in sales.
Look at how Harley Sustains a price premium for a motorcycle that performs worst and is less comfortable then its competitors.
Plus if the prices of everything keep going (highly related to the cost of Oil) then I sure in the next couple years you will find very few products that don't increase with their cost of manufacturing going up.
HDT Diesel bike bad...Hypermoto more bad. I agree; an 800cc engine would be perfect. Looks like there might be enough travel in those forks for some serious on/off-roading...not a poser bike. Tasty...me want review.
this is easy...I'll just paste my remarks about the Aprilia, it all applies.
wow...Another Italian money pit. OH, can't find one? Gee maybe there's a dealer within 500 miles or so. No, only 700 miles away!! They can't get one? No parts? Welcome to Itlalian bike ownership...I think I'll take my chances with the avian flu, I might stand a better chance of getting it. At least it's not as hideous as a Moto Guzzi.