>Simply, Aprilia was and is a
Then the Mille, Falco and Futura are the motherf**ingest ass-kicking scooters ever made.
BTW, same applies to Honda and Yamaha.
>The motors in the street bikes are
>supplied by Rotax.
Who also supply some motors for BMW and KTM, I believe. And manufacturers also get brakes from Brembo, shocks from Ohlins, carbs from Mikuni, etc. Nothing wrong with outsourcing. Oftentimes more efficient.
>The MotoGP effort is a failure.
So is Suzuki's and Kawasaki's. Big deal.
>Ducati will not ax any sportbike
>that Aprilia produces. What they
>will do is modify the existing
>motor and build it in Ducati's
Now YOUR [sic] the one who's HIGH. Do you honestly believe that Ducati would produce and sell both the 999 and the Mille? Both the 900SS and the Falco? Both the ST4 and the Futura? Why? What's the point of spending money (labor, materials, marketing, tooling maintenance, mutiple assembly lines, etc etc) to produce a direct competitor to your own product line?
>Duc wanted Guzzi, anyway
Which makes sense. Better-differentiated product line and customer base.
>so why not throw in Laverda and
>(lead brand) Aprilia.
That's like wanting to buy my neighbor's garage for $20,000, getting rebuffed, then deciding to buy the whole property for $200,000 just to get that garage. Might make sense, might not, but that's an awfully big "throw-in."
>Anyone that thinks this is bad is
>simply not a good businessman.
I didn't say it was a bad business decision. They would eliminate a competitor. I said it was bad for motorcycling, because those great Aprilia bikes will be no more.
>Aprilia will live right along side
Not with motorcycles.
>Guzzi will get better quality
Nowhere to go but up, but Ducati ain't stellar in this department.
>and Laverda will start shipping
>bad ass litre class twins again.
Laverda was renowned for their Triples. A Twin would alienate the faithful and would compete with existing Ducs, so it won't happen.
>It all looks good to me