Is this common thinking process with ducati? Or italians in general?... except that they have a competitor (Ducati) who said the heck with manufacturing costs, we're going to build the bike that we want to build.
... and that bike is now the sales leader in that market segment!
I too prefer this to VIGLINK, it's a lot less intrusive and doesn't change the intent of the people who post messages here. It would be better if the site managers followed the rules of advertising in Canada. Advertorial (sometimes called native advertising) is regulated by Advertising Standards Canada, they publish the The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards which all publishers are required to follow, regardless of size of membership in the ASC.GTAM member showed up and started posting advertorials at the same time as Viglink gets the boot? Coincidence? I think not. Do I have a problem with it? Nope. Paul needs money to run this site somehow. I was ok with Viglink, but many people expressed concerns, so now he has tried a different approach.
I think it's a small company versus big company thing. Big companies have huge marketing departments and engineering departments, and they have production volume targets, and the size of these companies encourages groupthink. Honda is weird that way; many of their products are really conservative (the old CBR1000 was), but then someone (probably in upper management) gets a wacky idea and no one dares criticise them and so then it ends up in production ... DN01, anyone? Meanwhile the CBR600 and CBR1000 rot on the vine, sales numbers dwindle, and they don't know how to react. HRC (Honda Racing Corp) is odd - engineering seems to say "this is how it's gonna be", the rider is viewed as a cog in the wheel whose job it is to ride the bike and not criticise or provide feedback. It really didn't help the CBR1000's cause that HRC viewed World Superbike with disdain for a LONG time. It seems that it's only with this new model that they are willing to treat it seriously. Whether they'll listen to rider feedback - like Kawasaki does! - remains to be seen.Is this common thinking process with ducati? Or italians in general?
Perhaps because they only build motorcycles as opposed to trying to take over the world like the big 4?