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MV Agusta's Massimo Tamburini retires

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It's always sad to see a great go. His designs were inspiring. Aloha, my good man!
 

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Didn't he invent the haipin valve spring? And the little screw that holds the tower drive in my old SS 250 Diablo together? God speed Massimo!
 

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Sadly, we will watch MV transform into an "every man" bike. Exotic motorcycle design just joined AARP.
 

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Well, it was either join AARP or join the dead. MV needed a 'white knight' very badly. I still wonder what the Harley execs were smokin the day they decided to buy MV.
 

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They've been incredible astute so far, why in the world they would want MV is beyond me as well. From what I hear Buell does pretty well in Europe, it would be nice to see Harley push that line as their sport bike instead of treating them like a red-head stepchild
 

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They've been incredible astute so far, why in the world they would want MV is beyond me as well. From what I hear Buell does pretty well in Europe, it would be nice to see Harley push that line as their sport bike instead of treating them like a red-head stepchild
HD's problem with Buell seems to be dealers' attitudes. Of the 4 shops within 40 miles of my house only one has a salesman interested in talking about Buells. The biggest dealer, HD of Salt Lake, built a whole new showroom ostensibly for displaying Buells but instead they moved the Hogs in there and used the old showroom for a boutique. Last time I went in there were no Buells on display. @$$holes.

The Uly is a pretty nice ride. But I'd still rather get a Tiger. Most likely I end up with a DL1000, being as cheap as I am.
 

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I don't think you'd go wrong with either one. From my own experiance the V Strom has more room if that's an issue, the Uly definately feels compact but they're both fun as hell to ride. My last go-round was down to the Uly, V Strom or 'Lectra-glide. The "salesman" at the Suzuki joint was some snot-nose who was too busy drooling over the in-house barrista to help me, the Uly was cool but felt a little cramped so the FLHT won on comfort, wind protection and bags..

I wouldn't turn my nose up at a used Buell for a play bike.
 

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They've been incredible astute so far, why in the world they would want MV is beyond me as well. From what I hear Buell does pretty well in Europe, it would be nice to see Harley push that line as their sport bike instead of treating them like a red-head stepchild
I think the Buell product is a quality product. However, IMHO, the Buell name does not have the cache that H-D, Ducati, or MV Agusta have. To me MV Agusta is a marquee name, Buell is not (and I own one). Which leads to the question... why? What makes a brand or item marquee? Why is Ferrari marquee and Ford is not? I don't know.
 
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