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ohio

The Fresno Kid
Nov 26, 2001
6,649
25
SF, CA
Haven't logged on to RM in years, but must have felt a disturbance in the force.

Surprised to see that blue bike (the "ST Concept") back in one piece. @jimmydean is that a recent pic, or all the way back from 2017?
I thought Derek (our CTO) had half the parts and Dale (our lead race tech) had the other half. Glad someone ended up with the whole thing...
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
Haven't logged on to RM in years, but must have felt a disturbance in the force.

Surprised to see that blue bike (the "ST Concept") back in one piece. @jimmydean is that a recent pic, or all the way back from 2017?
I thought Derek (our CTO) had half the parts and Dale (our lead race tech) had the other half. Glad someone ended up with the whole thing...
2017 seems about right. It was at the Portland "The One" show a while back.
 

ohio

The Fresno Kid
Nov 26, 2001
6,649
25
SF, CA
Oooh, this looks good.

That looks like a teeny battery... wouldn't expect much from it. Personally, I'd wait for https://fluxmoto.co/ to bring their production bike to market. It doesn't look like much online, but they're the real deal. I'd hold of on a Stark until they shake out the gremlins.
 

ohio

The Fresno Kid
Nov 26, 2001
6,649
25
SF, CA
Holy shit! @ohio sighting.
Lol, I miss this place. Between shutting down Alta, COVID hitting, and 4 wrist surgeries in the last 2 years I've been off bikes and motos for too long. Just got back on my (road) bike for the first time on Tuesday, and my wrist seemed okay-ish. Cautiously hopeful I'll be back on the real bike in the coming months.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
That looks like a teeny battery... wouldn't expect much from it. Personally, I'd wait for https://fluxmoto.co/ to bring their production bike to market. It doesn't look like much online, but they're the real deal. I'd hold of on a Stark until they shake out the gremlins.
Right now the Ultra Bee checks a lot of boxes. The Varg is way overkill, as will the Flux. But should my Lotto hit soon, that could change. But there seems to be a lot coming to market.

How do you feel about having a bike 10 years too early? The Redshift is still the industry standard and is still tops.
 

DaveW

Space Monkey
Jul 2, 2001
11,332
2,875
The bunker at parliament
Looks like I'm a motorbike owner again.

I just purchased a 2002 BMW F650GS
One owner from new, really well looked after, Heated grips, Scott oiler, 12v power output and racks fitted (comes with a selection of 4 Ventura bags of varying sizes).

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ohio

The Fresno Kid
Nov 26, 2001
6,649
25
SF, CA
How do you feel about having a bike 10 years too early? The Redshift is still the industry standard and is still tops.
Poor. I feel poor. If had been able to get out from under Harley's bear hug to hold on for 12-18 more months, we would have SPAC'd at $3-4B.

Thanks for the kind words about the bike. The whole team and I are pretty proud of the bikes and the legacy. I'm hoping the guys at Flux can pick up the baton and finish what we started. There wasn't anything fundamentally wrong with the strategy, the tech, or the product - we were just too early to raise the funds really needed. VCs didn't believe we were doing what we were actually doing, and that left us very fragile. Didn't take much for an 800lb gorilla to squash us.

FWIW, if we'd survived another 12 months, the Redshift mk2 was gonna be $12k, 250lbs, 60+hp, and have a real world 65mi trail range (enough to complete a true pro outdoor MX). 50% more battery while dropping 18lbs of weight. Would have fucking crushed KTMs.

Yup, these are the dudes to watch. That's just their test mule and it's already the fastest and longest range eMX ever built.
 

gonefirefightin

free wieners
Poor. I feel poor. If had been able to get out from under Harley's bear hug to hold on for 12-18 more months, we would have SPAC'd at $3-4B.

Thanks for the kind words about the bike. The whole team and I are pretty proud of the bikes and the legacy. I'm hoping the guys at Flux can pick up the baton and finish what we started. There wasn't anything fundamentally wrong with the strategy, the tech, or the product - we were just too early to raise the funds really needed. VCs didn't believe we were doing what we were actually doing, and that left us very fragile. Didn't take much for an 800lb gorilla to squash us.

FWIW, if we'd survived another 12 months, the Redshift mk2 was gonna be $12k, 250lbs, 60+hp, and have a real world 65mi trail range (enough to complete a true pro outdoor MX). 50% more battery while dropping 18lbs of weight. Would have fucking crushed KTMs.


Yup, these are the dudes to watch. That's just their test mule and it's already the fastest and longest range eMX ever built.
now that I am living at the dunes the electric rigs make me giggle after watching the local crew burn up a couple hours with a paddle. Good to see ya doing well and moving forward man.
 

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
54,828
20,688
Sleazattle
I am always surprised that trike riders don't wear full face helmets. Not because they offer better protection but to hide their face from the embarrassment of riding a trike.


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Pesqueeb

bicycle in airplane hangar
Feb 2, 2007
40,617
17,309
Riding the baggage carousel.
Looks like I'm a motorbike owner again.

I just purchased a 2002 BMW F650GS
One owner from new, really well looked after, Heated grips, Scott oiler, 12v power output and racks fitted (comes with a selection of 4 Ventura bags of varying sizes).

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Beware the water pump. Definitely the weak link on those bikes. I had to replace mine twice. It should be easy but there is one rigid oil line in the way and it SUCKS to get that thing out. See if you can get one of these or have an equivalent built for you. Have it on hand for when the pump shits the bed so you can replace the line at the same time. You, or whomever your mechanic is, will thank me later.

 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
Still not in Oregon, but soon maybe.


Like lane splitting laws in Montana, Utah, and Arizona, Colorado is not giving motorcyclists complete free rein to dive between lanes of traffic wherever they please or at any speed. Colorado's new law joins Utah in being particularly restrictive, as it limits lane splitting to areas of traffic at a standstill or up to speeds of 15 mph. The law also states that the road must be wide enough for a motorcycle to comfortably pass between two vehicles, though it doesn't define an appropriate width.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
So interesting development. The local dealer just got a hand full of 2023 KTM Freerides they are blowing out at $7k a pop. That's damn near half price and not too much more than the Ultra Bee. Going to look tomorrow.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
It seems the Freeride is about the same weight as my YZ450, but still 40 pounds lighter than the Storm Bee and has 4" more clearance.

If I wasn't broke, I'd have bought it already.
 

JLeeper

Chimp
May 22, 2024
7
6
I have owned a lot of motorycycles over the years starting off with dirt/ATC bikes:

Off Road:
1970 Honda ATC-90
1972 Suzuki TS-90
1980 Kawasaki KX-125
1986 Kawasaki Tecate-3 250 (that's a bad ass 3-wheeler)
2002 Yamaha Blaster 200

Street:
1975 Honda CT90
1982 Yamaha Seca 650
1985 Suzuki GS700ES
1979 Yamaha XS1100
1997 Ural Sportsman (the only one I still own)
2005 Tank 200 D/S

These are not all of my past bikes, just the ones I remember best.
 
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jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
41,675
13,797
Portland, OR
This reminds me of my Tecate with the longer swing arm and wide axle. Makes these bikes very stable and way more fun then a quad. 2 stroke only! 4 strokes just don't cut it in the sand.
I'm not a sand guy, I'm more in the woods with roots and rocks. I thought it was a kit, but the seller says it's a complete rig.