Road Testing my Spud (prototype II)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by PapaYolk, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. MAKETIMBER

    MAKETIMBER Blendzol or nitro?

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    If I lived a little closer to Boise, I'd be atcher place drinking your beer trying to figure an angle to get Boise Inc. to finance these deals. Maybe offer to skin them in cardboard or pulp board. How about the Idaho potato growers association. Those guys have a pretty big marketing budget. Maybe you could explain that an Idaho Spud on wheels
    could likely go international thus spreading the Tater good will. I can see it now; big old stickers on these dudes as they roll off the assembly line telling all the people that Idaho potatos are naturally happy, and thus are almost as good as
    Granola and dreadlock soup. All financed by greedy farm loan bankers.

    Mister, you have a good idea, and if there are guys here and now who want to buy one of these little gems, how about
    offering these same good trailerless souls an opportunity to not only own the product, but to be an owner in the company who makes em. Yep, why not ask for payment in advance, and offer a one thousandth share in the company
    as a bonus for not being greedy and investing and waiting for their Spud to roll out.

    Get the Idaho tourism board involved and offer to put little Idaho maps in each Spud you sell to the guys who will ride and buy. These are the same guys who would fly and ride if these had an engine. And don't forget the accessories. Knobbies, aluminum handles, lighter than smoke frame, custom flames, convertible fishing rod/CB antennas, membership in the hottest club around "The Spud Gunners". Membership includes a discount card at the motorcycle shop, and an annual entry into the Eastern Oregon Antelope tag lottery.

    I know you are serious about this, and I do wish you luck during the development of your cool as sheet idea. Chalk me in for a set of plans and the discount card.:freaky
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  2. RZRob

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    That's so cool. Goes all the way back to when I made a wood camper for my Radio Flyer then my friends and I pulled it to the local park and camped. Only trivial comment I had was maybe consider positioning the battery so that it doesn't take the brunt of a hit if you encounter an obstacle.

    RZ Rob
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  3. Crossthread

    Crossthread Maker of Sharp Stuff

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    Prob'ly one of the best ways to be successful at anything is to listen to all the nay-sayers and finger-pointers telling you why something can't be done or why its a bad idea, nod seriously to them...then go out there and do it.

    Anybody who likes meat and beer is good with me. :dg :freaky
    Whenever you decide to sell plans, or have finished units for sale, I'll be there.

    Carry on, sir. Carry on smartly! :clap
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  4. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    That's pretty trick.
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  5. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Thanks for the brainstorming Maketimber.

    I knew you were from Cal. when your post started with "Bitchen". "The Spud Gunners"... a free sch40 ABS spud gun with a can of starting fluid with each rig? Maybe not. Wouldn't want ATF to go all Waco on me. I've had a sit down with Idaho dep. of commerce... but public sector wheels turn so slow. With few point of sale venues for motorcycle camp trailers, units are shipped or picked up via road trip, making the manufacturing location a trip destination. There are no US moto-camper manufacturers in the west. I hoped to keep this rig's manufacture here in Idaho to make Idaho jobs, but If I don't get an offer soon I'll be contacting existing manufactures.

    rzrob-- I want to keep the bat and center of gravity as low as possible. But in my proto it is adjustable, can be moved up for rocky roads.

    Crossthread- I've added you to my "want one" list.

    And thanks for the thumbs up, DP.
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  6. slyeager

    slyeager Adventurer

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    I'd get some pictures of the spud behind an ATV, that will get you camping in some awesome hunting spots and expand the niche some.

    I'm up for a preorder and maybe even a east coast distributorship when you get them rolling.
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  7. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    To all who have expressed interest in building a Spud of their own. After counseling from a "good" lawyer (Dykas & Shaver, Boise) I have decided to sell plans/parts-lists to Spud. Details will be posted in the vendors forum. The offer will grant a licence to build one unit. The plans will be copyrighted and only delivered after receipt of a liability waver.

    Now the fun part. A unit number tag corresponding to the licence agreement will be issued with each plan set. Units 0001, 0002, and 0003 will require a production quality build and commitment to hit a few shows this spring. 1-3 will need a submition to show the quality of workmanship the builder will attempt. All licencees can run as far and wide as they will with the concept understanding all inovation and improvments become the property of the licencor. For example, even a sidecar that opens into a bed would need a licensing agrement because it uses Spud's opening process.

    How much would be a resonable charge? If one is granted the 0001 - 0003 build rights the price will be $1. :evil

    I picked up Spud II from the fabricators today because I want to go winter camping.
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  8. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    The plot thickens :lurk
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  9. Whiskytoast

    Whiskytoast Been here awhile

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    nice work old man, subscribed
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  10. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    Winter Camping? Good luck with finding winter around here this year. :dohBring on the global warming. :clap
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  11. toecutta

    toecutta Been here awhile

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    BRILLIANT IDEA!
    best of luck :thumb
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  12. frijole

    frijole Clickin'

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    SWEET!:clap
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  13. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    I like the idea of the Spud, PapaYolk! :clap

    Not ready yet to build one, but I am subscribed to watch development. Possibly buy a set of plans at a future date. I also sent the link to the website to a buddy of mine who I ride with occasionally. He is currently in his RV in the Floriday Keys.
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  14. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Love the thread, Started me looking at building something for my helix scooter. Even started a thread of what I ve foundhttp://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=754927 Not trying to steal the thread here.
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  15. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Open Casting.

    Just pitched Spud to ABC's "Shark Tank".

    [spackle these pox marks and spray on some tan]

    "I'm ready for my close up."

    This could be cool. Get payed to pull Spud to New York City?

    [​IMG]
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  16. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    PapaYolk -- fantastic little trailer. Wish you the best of luck. Keep posting pics of it in action! :clap
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  17. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    Maybe a camera man?
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  18. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    I did attend photography school many moons ago ... can't recall much but it's a start :deal

    BTW, love the mug shot :eek1 Like Nick Nolte's when he was hung over :lol3
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  19. rathackman

    rathackman Been here awhile

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    Great little trailer Papa Y.....I am already thinking about how it could be adapted to become a tub on my sidecar! :wink: I am scheming on a build for a sidecar camper and an inmate turned me on to your thread... As light as your rig will be, I may consider pulling a trailer instead...behind my rig.

    On another note...the Key West escapades bring back some interesting memories to me...I attended Naval sonar school there in 1962...yep, during the Cuban Crisis and I actually stood armed watch in the sub pens every other day and went to school the days in between. Weird days when the town of Key West was taken over by the military with barbed wire, radar and antiaircraft gun emplacements on the city beaches...wow!

    I also lived in Boise and Fruitland ID for a few years and rode and camped that area pretty extensively...beautiful country! In fact I became a sidecarist while living in Boise....

    Stay well and good luck on the production as well as a RTW trip....
    Brian
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  20. BMWzenrider

    BMWzenrider The Road Scholar

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    Nahhhh.....
    THESE are the guys that you want to be talking to.

    http://www.history.com/shows/invention-usa

    [​IMG]

    They seem much more willing to invest in smaller ideas and work with people.

    Good luck!