Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Escondido, Caifornia ( 36 Miles north of San Diego )
I can only express one opinion. Harley Davidson is looking into BUYING Ducati and are very serious about it. If they do, be afraid be very afraid. Ducati will never be the same and and customer service and support will both suffer. I have owned Harley's for many years and can tell you first hand Harley is all about Image while quality and service takes a back seat. I have friends who have had bikes in the shop for weeks at a time waiting for this or that. This is in America where they are produced and the supply chain has been in place for almost a hundred years. I have numerous friends who work for Harley and ride them every day but they spend far too much time in the shop or in the garage at home being worked on. Ducati makes some awesome bikes but Italian bikes require a lot of maintenence and if you think parts and service of a BMW are high look into the shop rates for Ducati.
Sorry for the rant, my next door neighbor has a Ducati, BMW and a Moto Gussi. He spends the most time riding the Gussi on the street, the BMW adventure riding and the Ducati racing, He spends at least 10 hours a week on the Ducati weather he rides it on the weekend or not. The BMW sees 20 times the amount of usage as he goes off for 2 to 3 weeks at a time on it. He says he puts in about 8 hrs of maintenance on the BMW before each outing, the MotoGussi he basically works on once every 3-6 months.
Just my 2 cents worth.