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Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011 Ducati Diavel Diamond Black

Via A&R, it seems that Ducati has been listening to prospective owners about what they’d like to see in the new Diavel.  As a result, Ducati has moved towards the Dark Custom movement with a new model of the Diavel called the Carbon Black.

2011 Ducati Diavel Diamond Black

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JD Power Motorcycle Competitive Information Study

JD Power released their Competitive Information Study on motorcycles today.  Among the highlights is this:

The population of motorcycle buyers is aging, with the average rider age increasing from 40 to 49 years since 2001—an indication that many owners may soon exit the market. Additionally, the percentage of first-time buyers has declined for a second consecutive year, making it more critical now than ever for manufacturers to focus on attracting new customers.

So, motorcyclists are getting older every year, and new entrants to the sport are down for the last two years.  These are bad trends for the industry as a whole, of course.

The key for manufacturers and dealers is to deliver on the best customer service practices they can.  For the manufacturers, this means a laser-like focus on build quality, and delivering a solidly reliable product.  For the dealers, pro-active communication with customers, and quality service are key.  Missing out on any one of these seems to have a sharply negative effect on customer satisfaction, and on the chances of return business. Manufacturers and their dealers really do have to work hand in hand–now more than ever–to ensure a seamless and satisfying customer experience.

Those that don’t may find that surviving the current economic doldrums increasingly difficult.

The full JD Power press release is below the fold.

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Much Better Video

This morning, I got WAY better video of my morning commute, with the camera mounted on the left frame slider.  I get to do this run twice a day.

My Commute

Every day, I get to take a nice little commute that’s 1/3 city streets, 1/3 interstate, and 1/3 windy country roads. Here’s a little of the windy country roads bit.  I took this with my Kodak Playsport HD camera.  I’m not happy with this video as there was… Continue reading

Pirelli Angel ST Tire Review

Pirelli Angel ST Tires

Pirelli Angel ST Tires

On Saturday, when I took the FJR in for my 32k-mile service,I saw that the Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the bike, which were at 8700 miles, were down to the wear bars.  So it was time for a change.  Sadly, North County… Continue reading

Motus Motorcycle Prototype

Motus Motorcycles has been working on their prototype, V-4, sport-touring motorcycle.  Now, via Paul Crow at The Kneeslider, there are some pics of the new prototype.  It’s starting to come together.

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