Saturday, June 6, 2009

Google Street view: Orange County Choppers launches Ducati dealership

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Here's something you don't hear about everyday and has gotten some huge reaction (I didn't say positive reaction), last April, Orange County Choppers launched a ducati dealership inside their OCC World headquarters (pictured above), and featured a blacked out custom Ducati (displayed on American chopper last Thursday night) to launch the new dealership, say what?

First what do you think of me using the Google street view map to highlight the OCC World Headquarters (still being built at time of capture)? I thought I would use this Google street view as an icebreaker, I mean doesn't everyone remember when Google launched their street map feature? What an uproar that was, the saying was something like "can you imagine, people on the other side of the country or world can see my house", well, if anybody drive by your house, anybody can see your house too. Google made a street map of most of my town and while my house and my sisters house isn't on the street view map, my childhood house is and personally I don't care.

It doesn't bother me that if the google street maps picked up my car outside my house on one summer day or not, anyone can drive by my house and take a picture just like Google did and its not a privacy issue neither.

With that said, would you like a blacked out Ducati from OCC (pictured at bottom of article)? Interesting bike, buts it's not me.

Anyway, I used the Google Street map to prove a point that that story is alot like this Orange County Choppers launching a Ducati dealership and some other stories as well. Think about it for a moment, I mean yes alot of the people (thinking American isn't a Ducati) would have preferred that OCC launched a Harley Davidson, Buell or even a Victory dealership, but let's face it, with the economy the way that it is, alot of people just can't afford a custom $35k chopper or just don't want a custom chopper, however they might want something different, for example a $20-$50k Ducati instead, either way, OCC makes a sale and they stay in business, who knows the customer might either want it customized or see a OCC production bike, now that's OCC's business.

I just have to wonder, beside OCC trying to sell their choppers internationally, this move might get they in the ground level and its appears Paul Sr. likes Ducati Motorcycles, go with what you like, however with all of the Ducati dealerships in the Northeast including upstate New York, will this move work?

Will Orange County Choppers launching a Ducati dealership be a big story in six months? No I don't think so. If I want a motorcycle, I will buy a Harley, a Buell, a Victory or something American made. Remember customers buy the product.