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Offline wymple

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Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:56:19 PM »
It is heavy in rumor that Ducati is for sale (not news) and that Harley is preparing a huge offer.  Have fun with that one.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 03:08:10 PM »
Ducati Sportster sounds about right


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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 03:10:29 PM »
The faithful would not hear of it. :smiley:

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 03:14:49 PM »
Harley-Davidson enters race to buy Italian rival Ducati.

U.S. motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is lining up a $1.67 billion takeover bid for Italian rival Ducati. 
Indian motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto and several buyout funds are also preparing bids for Ducati, which is being put up for sale by German carmaker Volkswagen.  Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has hired Goldman Sachs to work on the deal.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 03:19:07 PM »
Maybe for the engineering to build a 1/2mi race bike that could win races.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 03:22:27 PM »
I hope so .
For sure better than Audi and Piaggio.

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 03:24:19 PM »
Yes, nothing is for real at this point and may not be for months.  But after what Harley did to Buell I certainly hope Ducati never has anything to do with HD.  :evil:

Can you just imagine Ducati snobs vs. Harley snobs??  :rolleyes:
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2017, 03:39:16 PM »
This stinks of money laundering. Buy  for big bucks. Sell back for one dollar.   Unless they are gonna bring back the Indiana....  :azn:

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2017, 03:56:25 PM »
This stinks of money laundering. Buy  for big bucks. Sell back for one dollar.   Unless they are gonna bring back the Indiana....  :azn:

Hey! Don't go dissin the Indiana.. :evil:
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2017, 03:56:53 PM »
Man shits getting weird out there. Say it aint so!  How 'bout some future models like Road Monster or Heristrada  F#*@k me gently!

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2017, 04:13:36 PM »
Oh goody! Can you imagine if they combine dealerships into one building?  What a clash of cultures.  Enough leather to, to, to...........sorry, I can't think of a good metaphor.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2017, 04:27:09 PM »
I just finished reading the book Fast Company about Ducati when a bunch of Texans owned it, turned the company around.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2017, 05:05:39 PM »
Harley Davidson has a long history of owning or partnering with italian motorcycle makers.

IIRC, HD bought MV Agusta about a decade ago for over 100 million. Then, they turned around two years later and sold it back to the original owners for A 1/4 of their original investment. I think Cagiva may have been bundled into that deal.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2017, 05:18:01 PM »
Hey! Don't go dissin the Indiana.. :evil:
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2017, 05:50:20 PM »
I don't think Harley did Aermacchi any favours when they took over controlling interest in that fabled brand, eventually gaining 100% control only to fold up the whole Italian motorcycle operation. Aermacchi origins where aircraft before post war restrictions forced them out of aircraft design. The Macchi C205 was one of the best fighters of the Second World War.

The Harley GP bike was built at the Lake Varese factory, read an interesting article a couple years back about the Italian designers and mechanics who built and maintained the race bikes.

I sure hope HD does not gain control of Ducati, I just don't think HD would understand or appreciate the passion that Ducati has for motorcycling and I can't think of a worse match.
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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2017, 06:09:14 PM »
I suspect they'll be every bit as successful as they were with MV Agusta.
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2017, 06:20:26 PM »
I suspect they'll be every bit as successful as they were with MV Agusta....or with Buell for that matter.  :popcorn:

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« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2017, 06:22:37 PM »
Funny stuff! One of the other serious bidders will be Bajaj. I'll let y'all gurgle that.

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No reason Harley couldn't do a decent job, They did no harm to MV and frankly EVERYONE was dumping stuff when they got rid of it.

I mean, it isn't like Audi did anything to Ducati besides give them money.

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2017, 06:28:08 PM »
To me it seems like Ducati makes and sells motorcycles to fund their racing program.  Makes me wonder, or more accurately worry, what HD would do with their racing budget.

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2017, 06:28:33 PM »
You guys gotta read the feedback on this @ www.motorcycledaily .com:bow:  :popcorn:

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Re: Harley Ducks?
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2017, 07:38:49 PM »
 Oh Jeez....Now we'll be hearing Ducati's with open drag pipes...
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Harley-Davidson enters race to buy Italian rival Ducati
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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2017, 08:01:26 PM »
"Harley-Davidson enters race to buy Italian rival Ducati"

Rival? Exactly how do they compete in such a way they are considered rivals? It's like saying elephants and whales compete for the same food source.
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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2017, 08:04:52 PM »
Shouldn't Chuck and Andy both have Indianas?  Just seems to fit.
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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2017, 08:12:08 PM »
It'd be a good thing to have some of that Ducati technology put into the H-D's. I say BRING IT baby!

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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2017, 08:23:51 PM »


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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2017, 08:43:17 PM »
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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #28 on: June 21, 2017, 08:43:33 PM »
yep....  I can see it now.



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Re: Harley may buy Ducati threadfest .
« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2017, 08:47:50 PM »
Surely it's a sign of the impending apocalypse. Ducati could not possibly prosper as a result of an unholy alliance with HD. 
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