Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Good post, Brandon.

    Glad I could be a part of the adventure for ya.

    I'm grateful for your friendship and I look forward to taking a longer trip with you, maybe this year.

    But..... no pics of your Strom on it's side???? :lol3

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  2. steveb126

    steveb126 Adventurer Anonymous

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    Good stuff, thanks for sharing. The world can be a messed up place, but your world looks pretty darn good !
  3. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    Cool update :thumb
  4. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    It's only 40k MSRP. I could buy 3 busas for that price and duct tape the 2nd and 3rd motors on the first with cash to spare.
  5. indypup

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    Thanks, this was my first attempt at making a video with my 4 Gopro's that I now have. ;) The slow motion rear wheel shots came out really good. I submitted the video to gopro for their video of the week contest and they replied back saying they accepted it and liked it so that was pretty cool. :D I'm pretty sure it won't make it though compared to the competition...

    I have 2 Hero1's, a Hero2, and a Hero3 which I used to shoot at 120FPS on the rear wheel.

    Having the camera hang down like that in the snow was ok but I don't think I'd want to try it on a muddy technical trail. I'd probably fall over and shove the camera right into the rear wheel and chain.

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  6. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I agree, Erik is finally free, and better off. It's the little known facts of the deal that are just wrong.

    At the time HD made the decision to close Buell:
    -HD was $55 million dollars in the hole
    -There was a termination clause in the engine contract with Bombardier which cost HD over $10 milion.
    -Bombardier was willing to cancel the termination clause for the rights to Erik's next sport bike which was still in development and the rights to the "Griffin", Erik's dirt bike prototype which was already in testing with pro riders
    -Bombardier would have kept all the Buell employees, given Erik more freedom than he ever had with HD, and was prepared to invest more.

    Can you imagine what Erik could have done with the backing of a company that already does creative shit like the Can-Am roadster? Remember that Can-Am was once a storied dirt bike company, the Griffin would likely have been the starting point to relaunch the breed.

    For me though the biggest thing was the way HD shafted those employees when there was this offer and others that would have kept those jobs going. In the middle of a recession the wouldn't let someone essentially pay them $10 million to keep those people working, and instead paid the $10 million fee to Bombardier.

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  7. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    +1

    I cornered a Harley MoCo rep at the bike show after this deal went down and gave him an earful. Pointless really but it made me feel better for a bit. Say what you want about the bikes but Harley sucks and the corporate management are a bunch of asshats!
  8. ArmyJoe

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  9. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Did you ever see the video of Erik when he announced the Blast was dead and HD crushed the remaining ones? He was near tears. The one where he announced the closing was worse, he was in tears.

    I'm not really into sport bikes, but he is #2 on my list of motorcycle people I would like to meet someday. A brilliant mind, combined with his passion, and he actually cared about all the people working for him. He has some very restrictive clauses in his contract with HD that he has to honor until they run out. When they expire I hope he does make a deal with Bombardier. Can you imagine the adventure tourers that would come from the house of Buell/Bombardier?

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  10. rxcrider

    rxcrider Long timer

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    I didn't realize BRP made an offer to get Buell. I guess HD = Heavy Duchebaggery

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  11. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    Money trail. I'm wagering the bean counters found a way that cost them less in the long run so the fee came out as a positive. Or they're retaining rights to something.
  12. CBBaron

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    Could have also been that HD did not want a "made in America" competitor, even if the bikes were not comparable.

    But Im guess you are correct. in business finance it is seldom the case that $1+$1 = $2 :puke1

    Craig
  13. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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  14. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    Could be. Some companies have been known to sell at a loss to kill competitors. Lose now to gain much more later. It's all strategy and how to make the most money,hence the money trail comment.
  15. ArmyJoe

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    If only to keep an external customer alive for Rotax, the wholly-owned subsidiary of BRP that makes engines for many (if not all) of BRP's products. If the deal had gone through, my guess is that BRP would have dumped everything but the 1125.
  16. invisible monster

    invisible monster Been here awhile

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    I met him at an EBR open house during the 2010 Buell Homecoming in East Troy. Just a handshake and quick chat while he signed my Ulysses. Comes across as very genuine and has obvious passion for motorcycle development. I didn't witness it myself but there were pictures over on BadWeb of him helping a guy with some repairs in the EBR parking lot . Guy had a Tuber that wasn't running right, Erik pulled some used parts out of his stash for the guy to use if I remember correctly.

    He is definitely better off without HD.

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  17. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I hope you clear coated over that signature! :clap
  18. Dyno

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    Meh. Needs more flair. Keep practicing......

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    Glad you're enjoying it.

    Dave
  19. invisible monster

    invisible monster Been here awhile

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    I covered it with a Clear Bra type plastic, seems to be holding up well.
  20. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Huh?