Originally Posted by DavidBanner
if we're comparing the two...suzuki is celebrating it's 50th year in the states and it's millionth gixxer.
many more people will own or ride a suzuki in their lifetime. doesn't that count for something more than "exclusivity" and "T&A"?
"exclusivity" is the antithesis of motorcycling, IMHO.
Motorcyling is intrinsically exclusive -- how many bikes do you see out there compared to cars? Ducati is just more exclusive than others.
I went to the Ducati display and was very impressed. Along with having all their new bikes easily accessible to look at and sit on (some other places -- e.g.Triumph -- were cramped, though Suzuki was very good), the female reps were actively walking around talking to everyone, with tablets in hand collecting feedback (and e-mail addresses). They actually seemed interested in what I had to say --- who knew?! Judging from their new model introductions, it appears they've been listening.
Plus I like espresso.