Ha ha, no never had the pleasure of owning one, but you may be right, there's only one way to go if that's the caseHeh...you've never owned a Ducati, have you?
Flaky regulators, relays, and the cool way they run stator wires tight between the battery and hot motor on the 4-valves. Hell, they might improve.
That is a DKW Hummel. To blame Audi for it is a bit like blaming Corvette for the Pontiac Aztek. Same parent corporation, different division. DKW was part of the Auto Union conglomerate along with Audi, Horch and Wanderer. DKW built some pretty advanced bikes and their designs were used by the allies after WWII as spoils of war. The BSA Bantam and HD Hummer are nearly direct copies of DKWs. The Hummel is sorta odd looking, but it was a very good little bike and was considered quite spiffy when it was new. They're pretty collectable now.vw audi take over ducati
this is audis last attempt at building a bike
You're not kidding. Buell was a tragedy.H-D did a great job of destroying Buell (the American Ducati of sorts), then they fucked up MV, I'm sure Ducati would be toast next. Those jackasses don't know shit from wild honey about Sportbikes!
Because it was owned by an investment fund. They only own things to sell them for a profit.Why did Ducati sell in the first place?
Well, if it was owned by an investment firm, I'm sure it was stripped to the bone so VW/Audi can only be a good thing I'm thinking. They have a long history of success and nicely engineered products.Because it was owned by an investment fund. They only own things to sell them for a profit.
Ducatis ownership history is fairly long and complex, it's been owned at various points by the Italian government, Cagiva, TPG (another investment firm), and others.
They'll be more than fine under the VW umbrella. Not sure why anytone thinks it's a big, or bad, deal.