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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:13:02 AM »
One off the wall idea I had was to use a leaf spring down low. This would block the dampeners linkage of muck and balance the weight distribution. But to be successful building a bike, innovation is needs to be conservative

What about a hollow/open swing arm with a leaf spring inside?

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General Discussion / Re: 2st will run backwards!
« on: June 11, 2019, 09:27:21 AM »
You got the E-Tec motor in yours. Push a button and the motor stops for a split second and reverses direction. Very cool technology. You should check out their SHOT start system.

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 17, 2019, 05:24:38 AM »
The issue that I have with the current crop of bikes offered is 1) there are so many good models to choose from it makes choosing difficult. There area probably at least 6 or so models from 3 or 4 manufacturers that I believe I would be happy owning. 2) current prices are crazy! I know this statement sounds like a rusty wheel but I get sick every time i fork out 10k, or near it, for a new bike.

I dont think you can make a bike with all the guards and accessories to make everyone happy, and to some doing the dress up with their personal accessories is part of the fun. A custom order bike would add so much to the $$$. Build base models with the standards (skid plate, rad guards, plastic hand guards, metal rear rotor guard), and make it perform as well as the other top brands but retail for upper 7k low 8k and I believe they would move. That is a better accessory package than the comp and your out pricing them. You know how to build the rest of the bike, good engine, good handling frame / suspension (kyb, showa, or wp - none of the other crap that has been proven not to work), and good trans. Modern touches like e start and perfect carberation / efi are just required in this market. Modern 4stks have spoiled me with ease of use (proper running), estart, and fuel efficiency. I think if you get too "custom", then you will price yourself out of the market and create a logistical nightmare. Can you imagine trying to match trans parts on a 6 year old Stuckey 250 cross country that had a custom trans when it was built - parts guy "well which trans does it have in it?" customer        - "I dunno but the bike is grey"

Agreed.

Give the customer an awesome starting point at a reasonable price and let them personalize their bike from your hard parts catalog. 

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:54:07 AM »
The KDX 200 was an awesome bike. If Kawasaki launched a modern KDX line (200, 250, 300 2Tís) I think it would be a popular seller.

I still see a few KDX's running around in the northeast.

I had a tricked out TTR125L with YZ85 forks on it. Blast to trail ride! I should have kept it for my son but he'll be riding a Stuckey AR85e in two years. ;) That said...I really don't want an air cooled bike for myself.

What I think is needed:
2-stroke in 85, 160, 250, 300, 500 (for those snowbike guys)
4-stroke 125, 290, 450, 500

DI 2 strokes is the way I would go.
Lectron/smart carb next.
EFI 4-strokes

Not all of the engine sizes will have the below stock.

Stock:
KYB
E-start with back up kick start**
6 speed
Adjustable power valve
Map switch that works
Good gear ratio
Good coverage skid plate
Spark arrestor
LED Lights that work
HD radiators with a fan
Rear disc guard
Counter balanced
O-ring chain
Better grab handle molded plastic

Options to factory order or accessory catalog:
Suspension sprung for you
Lowered suspension
Seat height
Handlebars and grips
Choice of hd tubes, mousses or Tubliss
Tires
Auto clutch
Gear ratios options
Different size fuel tanks
Quickfill tank
Rad guards
Handguard options
Tug straps
Linkage guard
Carbon clutch cover guard
Carbon pipe guard
Tuning tool for ECU

**or how about hooking up with Ski Doo for their SHOT starting system?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N3MnFSTPz0


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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:03:41 AM »
Where's Clay's new forum going to be? I need to sign up so I can follow it.

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:39:55 AM »
I can see the appeal of the AR name but it seems like a good way to alienate potential buyers.

It was a joke because I know Clay like's his firearms.

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 13, 2019, 03:33:56 AM »
Red white and blue! We'll call them AR150, AR250, AR300.
Figure out what USA aftermarket accessories and Euro/Japaneses would work for this new bike. Have a frame built in the USA and assemble here in the USA frame.

Where do I send my resume?

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 09, 2019, 06:06:27 AM »
Sorry...I'll try to stay on topic.

The few guys that are riding the GPX TSE seem to really like them. Simple two strokes with "time tested" motors with better plastic and suspension. I don't need a killer race bike.

***Time tested because they are Yamaha clones.

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:59:50 AM »
It seems to me like off road motorcycling is a dying sport.  It may currently be experiencing a small temporary resurgence, but I'd argue that the long term prospects are declining.

1. Access to trails - There are not many places where access to trails is increasing rather than decreasing.  And those areas open to riding are necessarily distant from the concentrated population in the urban areas. Society is becoming more and more concentrated in the cities.

2. The U.S. especially has become an increasingly litigious society,  Try watching T.V. for an hour without seeing a class action lawsuit commercial of some sort.  Many are looking for someone to blame and a way to make money off from it.  Companies and individuals are concerned about not being on the receiving end of a lawsuit and many are not willing to take unnecessary risks.

3. Regulation and licensing requirements have become more strict. The EPA is regulating the emissions of more an more things to ever stricter standards. States require youth to take motorcycle/ORV safety courses and riders to buy ORV licenses.  Consumer product safety is tightly regulated. These regulations are likely to grow to encompass more things with even higher standards over time.

4. Environmentalism has moved from the fringe to the main stream.  Yes, it's important to be good stewards of our resources, but the narrative is now that we are in a doomsday scenario. That humans are a plague upon the earth. This is affecting the behavior of the youth with respect to the environment. Again, we need to be good stewards, but much of what is taught today is extreme and unpractical, if not inaccurate.

5. Dirt biking has become much more expensive.  All the regulations, licensing, litigation and safety concerns make everything about the sport relatively more expensive.  A new bike today costs 3 times what a new bike 30 years ago did, but average wages have only doubled in that time.  Gas is more expensive.  Trucks are more expensive. Health insurance is more expensive. Sure the bikes are leaps and bounds better, but who cares if you can't afford one?

6. There have been general changes in the social behavior of the youth.  The youth live more virtually than in the past.  They spend more time on social media talking about what they might do than actually doing it.  The have fewer face to face relationships and conversations.  The have fewer hands on experiences. They spend more time preparing for college and careers and less time just being kids. Parents hover over them like helicopters. As a result, they are maturing much slower than a generation ago and are less capable of handling adversity and risk.

Agreed!

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General Discussion / Re: Design a New Model
« on: May 09, 2019, 04:21:29 AM »
Side by side sales are the only thing keeping local bike dealers in business. Teenagers arenít even interested in getting a drivers license any more, little alone learning how to ride a dirt bike.

Fix that problem and more dirt bikes would be sold. I would love to buy land and open up a single track trail system. Day, week, yearly passes. Make it a destination were people want to come.

Clay, GPX is China made. Look/follow them on ADVRider and Facebook. Interesting stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: General Pictures and Rider Video Thread
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:59:22 AM »
I'm at my parents place at the lake in Northwestern Ontario. Lots of snow and cold.

Two weeks ago I was in Antigua.

Riding season soon enough.

Ride safe boys.

Snowbike!

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General Discussion / Re: Sherco travel bike?
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:14:24 AM »
40,000 km...so like setup like an adventure bike.  I think a KLR or Africa Twin or something along those lines would be better for that. You could get the 500 SEF but it would need to be modified.

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General Discussion / Re: 2020
« on: January 24, 2019, 04:33:12 AM »
specially designed for chasing Unicorns .

AWESOME!

Hopefully the plastic and graphics are a rainbow motif.  Totally icing on the cake!

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General Discussion / Re: Sherco Market Share - Updated Numbers Available?
« on: January 22, 2019, 09:43:54 AM »
Out of the crate the WP is better for the average rider.

I'm an average rider. My trail rides are slow speed. I'm sure the WP would be fine for me.

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General Discussion / Re: Wildcoast of South Africa (3 day tour)
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:40:09 AM »
It looks fun!

The Sherco guy riding the Husky has a story. He should never have ridden a husky.

The Husky owner finish on his buddy's Sherco?

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