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Old May 1st 2015, 05:39 PM   #11
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You do realize that Ducati does not make a great profit, if anything at all. The company almost went bankrupt a number of times and has gone through many owners. Now, the truth is I'm fairly likely to go bankrupt, being an addicted consumer to all of this stuff. But Ducati isn't doing much with these margins. Except developing the sickest fucking bikes in the world. You know who doesn't charge margins like this? Honda and Kawasaki.
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You do realize that Ducati does not make a great profit, if anything at all. The company almost went bankrupt a number of times and has gone through many owners. Now, the truth is I'm fairly likely to go bankrupt, being an addicted consumer to all of this stuff. But Ducati isn't doing much with these margins. Except developing the sickest fucking bikes in the world. You know who doesn't charge margins like this? Honda and Kawasaki.
If they aren't making a profit, it is due to other factors...because when it comes to these accessories, they are charging $200-$400 for $5-$10 worth of materials. Throw in manhours to produce them and they still only have maybe $30-$40 in that Fender they charge $350 for.

And it is highly unlikely that Ducati actually fabricates things like that keyless gas cap in house. I have seen identical gas caps from several companies (minus the Ducati emblem).
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Old May 7th 2015, 06:26 PM   #13
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I don't think you're getting the point. They make a lot of money on the stuff and maybe in the bikes too, but that money goes back into r&d so they can keep making awesome stuff. Notice how often Ducati updates bikes lately, notice the japs don't do that? Check out a gsxr today and then look at those from 10 years ago, not a lot of difference. Ditto the cbr. We are paying for them to make awesome bikes by buying this sht at big markups. Audi makes no big profit from it, dealers don't make much either. It all goes back into production of things like the Panigale and the Multistrada.
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Old May 25th 2015, 04:01 PM   #14
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What are the key options/accessories assuming only street use?
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Old May 25th 2015, 08:56 PM   #15
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I bought the levers, resevoirs, radiator guard and billet clutch cover.

The shop fitted them on first service. Since then the levers were spongy. I know that the clutch now needs bleeding again as I felt this before but the resevoir tube to the front brakes must be longer as it now has a kink in it. Wonder if the mechanics these days are blind?!?! Haven't had a chance to sort these yet as I've had to go back to work........ to pay for it all!!

Other than that, the bits look great. I went for the Rizoma tail tidy also
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Cut 5 to 10mm off the hose and it will probably take out the kink.
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Cut 5 to 10mm off the hose and it will probably take out the kink.
That's kinda what I was thinking
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