Coincidentally, Harley-Davidson's search for a buyer for its MV Agusta subsidiary continues-and not incidentally, Bajaj is a prime contender. The Indian company would be able to pay Harley in cash, and with a cleaned-up balance sheet, all-new Brutale and F4 models and a well-developed 675cc F3 triple in the pipeline, MV is an appealing prospect. The Italian rumor mill has also suggested that Ducati might be interested, but MV president Claudio Castiglioni-who sold Ducati to American investment group TPG in '96-is said to be resistant to that scenario. Several Chinese candidates exist as well, though Castiglioni is likewise skeptical of Asian ownership after MV's failed partnership with Malaysian car manufacturer Proton. That venture ended in December '05 with the company being sold back to an Italian bank for just $1.