Goodbye Alta - Operations Halted

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  1. trailrider77

    trailrider77 Been here awhile

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  2. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth is Fast

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  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Did they get Buelled?
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  4. Dave.0

    Dave.0 on the spectrum

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    this is too bad, I had hopes for these guys and thought that they were on to something

    I like new companies doing new things but with stuff like this and Motus, its difficult as a consumer to put down the cash when there is a good chance that the company won't be around in a few years
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  5. staedtler

    staedtler Adventure Raider

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    looks like
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  7. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    All the same issues still - the breakthrough will be battery technology. Once carbon nanotube battery technology takes off, everything will change. Until then it’s all half measures. Bummer.
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  8. oldoval

    oldoval Energy Vampire

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    Wow, I was not expecting this. It seemed like Alta was gaining steam and recent reviews were very favorable. Honestly they were the only electric bike I was even remotely interested in. I liked how they didn't try to reinvent chassis dimensions or suspension tech sticking with proven parts and geometry.

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    south Long timer

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    Perhaps moreso "EBR-ed"; while HD is the villian in this situation, this move strikes me as "Hero-like": cheap initial buy-in, grab an eyeful of tech/engineering, then dump them in favor of an "in-house" program. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see Harley hire up all the furloughed Alta tech staff, given they plan to open their own R&D center in the same city: "we're not just going to sh*t-can your company, we're going to steal your people, too."
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  10. ninjamunky

    ninjamunky ¡Que buenos son! Supporter

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    Damn, those really looked like a sweet ride. Hopefully an investor will come along and pick things back up.
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  11. Cypress

    Cypress Adventurer

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    Yikes, and I was seriously considering adding one to the stable....
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  12. Monkeyshines

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    Maybe, but I dont think there was really anything technologically groundbreaking under alta's skirt, they assembled fantastic dirt bikes using the best components, and arrainged a great battery pack. I don't think there was a whole lot of tech to grab, maybe why HD pulled the plug so quick.
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  13. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    This is by far the most realistic and depressing scenario. Undermine a legitimately cool and innovative outfit just to vampire some of their mojo.
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  14. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    They really seemed to be at the leading edge....shame...
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    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    I tried one once, the SM model, it was a blast but not very comfy as you got into the fuel range. That may have been by design though.
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    spezjag Long timer Super Supporter

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  17. appliance57

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    Take a look at the zero fxs - saw one yesterday and it's beautiful. it has a number of configurations - one is a 100 city mile range fixed battery, the other has one or two removable batteries that add up to 100 mile range. They can be charged in a number of ways and are compatible with some public chargers. The 50mile removable battery model is under $8k depending on state rebates.

    Alta was much more specialized - no ABS so no EU, no charger compatibility etc..

    I hope there's room for both in the world, and much of ALTAs's filing has to do with restructuring. I think they'll be back. Beautiful machines. Get some ABS and LED lights / a charger port and sell them in France for god's sake.
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    Pun intended?
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  20. ex250mike

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    Bummer, they were the only electric bikes I was interested in.

    IF they come back in some form it will be interesting to see what state or country they relocate to.
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