Exchange rates and taxes make a big difference.
The dollar is weak at the mo' so it does make the Bikes look cheap when going USD to GBP, not sure about going Euro to USD tho' or Euro to GBP.
I'm not so sure the issue is with Ducati more with Gordon Brown.
If the dealer network on the US managed to get a good deal they have maybe committed to buying a boat load of bikes...........ok if the demand meets that supply, not so good if it doesn't.
Is Ducati USA owned by the Bolgna mob or just an importer??
Ducati is seen as premium brand in the UK and that means a premium price.
I'd say getting a 1098 at a cheap price is not a good deal in exchange for having George Dubya running the country but there again we aint' doing any better over here