VW buying Ducati to compete with BMW Motorcycles

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    It’s official!

    BERLIN/HAMBURG, April 17 (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s Audi premium-car division has agreed to buy Italian motorcycle company Ducati for about 860 million euros ($1.12 billion) including debt, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

    VW buying Ducati to compete with BMW Motorcycles

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    I had a 749 and hated it and god forbid something needed replacing… Maybe VW will make them more affordable… I was also looking at a Husky dual sport (owned by BMW) wonder if VW will go after Beta to compete with that… LOL

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    I hope they make it more affordable to own and maintain, but I doubt it. They are looking to compete with BMW and they are going to try and re-revolutionize the industry, when they should be cutting costs to get a bigger following.

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    Broccoli; Ducati’s are pretty expensive, right? And they do not perform very good in your opinion?

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    This is how I now look at Ducati’s….
    They look cool, sound even cooler but,
    High maintenance that is very expensive
    a bolt is 8 buck instead of the 99 cent for a honda, it stupid
    As far as preform, my 749 was a fast fun bike but NOT as a daily rider
    I am not a track guy so I can’t answer how it does for that, I bet it would hold it’s own for sure

    It’s like a Ferrari
    Really expensive, not the fast car made, ridiculous to maintain but, I would love to have it in my garage cause it a ferrari

    I feel the same way about the Duc, I just saw an 848, what a sexy bitch that thing is..
    Someday if I make millions I will have one in my garage so i can take it our a few times a year but will still ride a 600rr

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    If I had unlimited income i’d have a few ducati’s to blow my brains out from time to time, but i’d hire a mechanic to come over and do monthly maintenance on it. Like I would with a Ferrari or Lambo.

    For now, 1000rr is WAY enough.

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    Imo, a 600rr is way enough, but I guess only time will tell.

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    Man I hope they don’t ruin my favorite bike. I’m looking to get an 848 or 1098 soon! my uncle says the 1098 is a rocket. but they sure are high maintance. Interesting to see what VW will turn this into.

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    This is the first I’ve heard about this. I hope vw don’t screw Ducatis up. Personally, I think they are beautiful bikes. I like the look of. The one sided swing arm.

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    …because they were failing to compete with BMW motorcycles before???

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    I seriously doubt that VW is going to interfere with the Ducati formula. Sure there is going to input & maybe some technical input/output, but people buy Dukes for what they are, expensive, temperamental Italian beasties. And that reason alone stopped me from buying one, but I came pretty close. I tried a few on a ride day at the local dealership & just loved the Monster 696, just a hoot to ride around the burbs, handling, brakes & that Ducati exhaust sound.

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