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What is it about Aprilia...compared to Ducati and MV...hell other brands too!

Why is it value holds better on Ducs and MVs, but not on Aprilias? All are italian, but it seems like the Aprilias don't hold value well...almost like a jap bike, but not as quite as bad. Still bad by comparison though.

Why is that?

Also, there are more elusive brands, well maybe illusive isn't the quite the right word, but bikes you don't see every day like Bimota or Benelli, but thier value doesn't hold quite as well either, and well, they're also not as sought after as the Duc or MV either....

Why is that? Bored afternoon before having to head into work...

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and the HUGE lower triple clamp. that thing is braced like king-kong at at a bondage party.
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I guess b/c Aprilias look Japanese
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since things are only worth what people are willing to pay, i'd say marketing. aprilia is only seen over here in motogp 250. never seen racing (other than that), and rarely seen on the street. they have no image, thus no demand. demand is what controls value.
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I guess b/c Aprilias look Japanese
...If you meant the '04 Mille central air intake, then maybe.

A while back, Aprilia went through some serious financial trouble and their parts supply dried up. There was event talk of bankcrupcy. Piaggio has now assumed control of Aprilia and things are looking up. The current line up needs an update, especially their premier model like the Mille line. Personally, I love my Mille Factory's performance now but has always a fan of its styling (Believe it or not, I turned down a killer deal on a 999S for my Mille Factory due to its styling.) The bike hasn't change much other than the paint scheme since '04, it's still only in its 3rd production year.

As far as Italian bikes concern, a Mille Factory is the best bang for your bucks riight now, bullet proof engine and Ohlins suspension.

(Side note, Andy, if you love how my Mille Factory wheelied while spinning its rear tire before wait until you try it now. )

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Yeah, it's wierd...the bike comes with Ohlins and other nice goodies, but they're still cheap...well relatively speaking. A guy I just met at the local bike night recently bought a Mille Factory with COMPLETELY CARBON bodywork, fenders, panels, everything. Custom carbon airbox...$7800. Lets see even a 916 or hell a 748 go that cheap. There was so much carbon on that bike, my bike sitting next to it didn't even exist to onlookers (not that anybody knew wtf it was anyways...)....

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Ducati's hold their value? So why was blue book on my one year old 999 $9,400!!!
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Ducati's hold their value? So why was blue book on my one year old 999 $9,400!!!

Exactly, my buddy turned over 3 Duc's in the last 5 years, he lost his ass on all of them.
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I would buy an Aprilia before a 999 Duc anyday. But thats just me.
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Exactly, my buddy turned over 3 Duc's in the last 5 years, he lost his ass on all of them.

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i've very simliar issues with my BMWs over the years...
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I would buy an Aprilia before a 999 Duc anyday. But thats just me.
Depending on if I blow up my 996 again, I might have the same opinion...

My answer to the original question:

Brand recognition. 100%. It can't really be performance. I do admit that Ducatis have a certain feel to them that nobody can match, and the MV has something slightly similar. The Aprilia even feels slightly japanese, but obviously isn't. I don't think that's really a huge part of it though.

Nobody knows what an Aprilia is. People know what a Ducati is. And people who know bikes know what an MV is, and it's even more prestigious than a Ducati for those who know. Why this is, I don't really know... I guess because it's purty.

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