Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Waynesville, NC
Very interesting aproach and so far a good start.
But to say that the V-Due was the last nail for coffin is not the entire truth.
There were many more management errors and changes on the market who were responsible for the failure of Bimota.
Their sky high pricing was appreciated in the seventies, eighties since Bimota builded great chassis for japanese engines. In the nineties were the chassis of the japanese at least as good as the once from Bimota and they costed only a fraction. So Bimota was basically selling their bikes for fanatics and to peoples who loved exotic sport bikes.
Now Bimota thought if we can sell 1500 units we might can sell 4000 a Year.
So they introduced more and more models every Year. SB6, SB8,YB8,YB9,YB10, BB1, DB2....
Leaving Bimota dealers with hardly sellable stock and the tiny company with a hugh spare part dilemma and halls full of unsold motorcycles. I think the Mantra would be also a good example for Your blog.
Another issue is for sure also the SB8 Superbike endeavor with Anthony Gobert. Were they dumped Millions in the development and their sponsor didn't pay a cent.
Than of course the V-Due. Which run perfectly at the inaugural press introduction were noise and emission restrictions didn't existed. The journalists were in love with the bike at this time. Once they started the homologation process in Europe and California the whole story went sour. Since that time the V-Due was never driving acceptable and left a few hundred enthusiasts frustrated. The scrapping of the fuel injection was amellowing the issues but with the cost of meeting nowhere the emission standards for homologation.
I hope I wrote here not to much nonesense but this are all issues which leaded to the end.
Might crash2much can give You some more details on the V-Due disaster.