The fact that other car manufacturers (Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, VW Oldtimer (for the VW bus) etc.) have identified a need to not only keep detailed records of vehicles, but also offer a parts and restoration service ensures that these vehicles can be maintained and rebuilt/restored when they require it. Technology is also making it easier to recreate parts and other “unobtanium” items, such as 3D printing, which I do for certain 888 parts, with some items also being printed in metal. Some of the major benefits are: -
- The bikes become more economically repairable
- Parts can be created on demand
- Older bikes are no longer being broken down and stripped for parts, just to keep a handful on the roads
- Older bikes get to be used ore as the fear of damaging it and not being able to repair it is lessened
- New owners will not be scared away from owning one with the fear of having to get find bits when the original parts stop working or get damaged
Now we are seeing parts for the SuperSports (600, 750, 900), Monsters and 916 models and younger are also becoming hard to find and therefore as much as people say that lesser numbers will increase the values of the remaining ones, but the companies that have invested in helping owners keep older bikes alive, have seen the prices for these machines improve significantly over the last few years.
So the big question, is how do we try to get Ducati to look into this?