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Michele Pirro will replace injured Loris Baz in the Avintia Racing team at the Grand Prix of Catalunya. The Italian rider is the official test riders for Ducati since 2013, but he has been always in touch with the competition doing several wild card appearances and some other races replacin
Marty Dickerson has owned several Ducati 860s over the years; now his last one lives again.
Like vintage Ducatis but prices have you spooked? These are still affordable
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta feels that the controversy between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at the end of the 2015 season didn't benefit MotoGP at all.
Interesting to hear what he has to say about GP in the USA
Our friend Robb Talbott has managed what every collector wishes for - to take all the incredible moto stuff we gather over a lifetime and get it beautifully organized into a museum. It's not quite done but it's really cool. Join us for a look at Moto Talbott Museum
It's no longer a question, The Quail IS the best motorcycle show in the USA and maybe in the world. It's elegant, fun and this year the 400 bikes (including lots of Ducatis) that showed up made it pretty hard to see it all. I took lots of pictures. If you missed it, then I guess I took them fo
Suzuki-bound MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone says it was not purely Ducati's call that he would leave the Italian manufacturer at the end of this year
The power of being the #1 (or co #1) by contract is strong,.
Ducati dealerships were the top ranked brand in the newly released 2016 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index® (PSI®) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study, which marks the third consecutive year that Ducati finished at the top. The study measured dealership treatment of motorcycle shoppers, with rankings by brand determined by the patent-pending Pied Piper PSI process, which ties “mystery shopping” measurement and scoring to industry sales success. Go here for complete rankings by brand: www.piedpiperpsi.com
Harley-Davidson and Polaris’ Victory brand and finished tied for second, while BMW and dealers selling Polaris’ Slingshot three-wheeler finished tied for fourth.
10th Year of Study - 2016 marked the tenth year of the Pied Piper PSI motorcycle industry study, and ten years of results show that the sales process used by motorcycle dealers is more effective today than it was ten years ago. For example, compared to ten years ago, dealers today are almost twice as likely to offer motorcycle test rides, to ask about trade-ins and to request shopper contact information to allow follow-up. One of the few areas which declined over ten years was salespeople offering printed materials for the shopper to take with them, which dropped from 67% to 49% of the time.
Brands showing the greatest overall improvement from 2015 to 2016 were Polaris’ Indian brand, Aprilia, Honda, Victory, BMW, Moto Guzzi and Yamaha. Brands with declines from 2015 to 2016 were Husqvarna, Kawasaki, Can-Am and Triumph. In total, improvement by twelve of the nineteen brands generated an industry average PSI score of 109, a two-point increase from 2015, and the highest score Pied Piper has measured for an annual motorcycle industry study.
From 2015 to 2016, the most pronounced improvement industry-wide came from the “ask for the sale” portion of the sales process. Salesperson suggested sitting down at a desk increased from 41% to 49% of the time; Salesperson did anything at all to attempt to forward the sale increased from 62% to 69% of the time; and salesperson mentioned availability of financing options increased from 62% to 65% of the time. Salesperson asked for shopper’s contact information hit a record of 59% in 2016, up from 57% of the time in 2015.
When the South Florida Ducati Owners Club was invited for a private Bikes and Coffee event in the Miami Art District at Watlt Grace Vintage to check out the cars, art and incredible guitars, how could we say no? Add some really special vintage Ducati's and the result? Magic! Vicki Smith Photos
Things are bigger, and better, in Texas. Join us for a look at the Circuit of the Americas MotoGP Ducati Island Weekend in Austin Texas. Photos and captions by Vicki Smith
Nonstop fun in Texas - Ducati Island and the MotoGP, the DOC Club hotel and party, AMA Pro Flat Track and the Handbuilt show, we did it all!