If you intend to ride with family and kids a road bike is generally useless and frustrating. I've ridden my road bike and had my co-worker on his hybrid. I was coasting most of the time. If you want to do some local club rides or do some long distance rides than a road bike can be a blast. As you stated a road bike is like a sports car.... light, minimalists, and fast, but it will have limitation for partactical use. Don't try to go to the store and pick up anything. No provisions for a rack for instance. If you have the money go for it, but do it for the right reasons.
Eddy Merckx MXL; 2012 CAAD10; 2013 CAAD10 - The Silver and Black; Cannondale CAAD10 DI2 - The Black Dahlia; 2013 Cannondale CAAD10 DI2, The Black Mambo
I guess I'm not sure what your question is. Merckx has never made anything that is not pro level - that is to say that you can buy a new Trek or Specialized or Giant for under $750 - Eddy has never made entry level bikes, he doesn't make tricycles or hybrids or mountain bikes. Maybe the company will now that Eddy has been bought out.
Do you have a particular bike in mind?
I lover the Merckx brand; I like that Eddy chose the materials; I like that he designed the bikes; I like that he was involved in the day to day operation of the plant and that the plant was literally next to his home.
Well, I do seek a bike that I will use for trips with friends, out trying to keep fit. Not as a commuting or shopping bike.
I am seeking a bike, that is not like the rest out there, and the bikes from Eddy did come in my mind.
I do not need a pro bike, so I guess the AMX -1 will be good.....