Thursday, 13 December 2012

And finally some good news! Italian bikes keep selling

Press release from Ducati tells of largely good news - market share is up although perhaps tellingly they keep quiet on numbers, except for the Panigale: 7,500 sold since launch. To put that in perspective the original 851 sold barely 500 in its first full year of production, and both the 916 and Monster took two years to sell 7,500 when launched. But then, there were infamously problems getting suppliers to hand over unpaid for components back in the days when folk worried Ducati would go bust at any minute

Moto Guzzi have also done well with the revised V7, some model sales up 13%. Hopefully the new California will bring the world's oldest motorcycle factory (in continuous production since 1921) back to the prominence it deserves

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