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Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by swamp, Jan 12, 2018.
Ugh! Such sad news. I hope they find dependable investors.
Let this be a lesson to NEVER get involved with H-D as a business.
Please Tesla buy and build
Too small a market, and Tesla already has their hands more than full....
Musk stated in one of the shareholder meetings he doesn't like motorcycles so he has no plan to build one..
This is disheartening news, but the writing is not on the wall at this time. If nothing else, the design/intelectual property are very likely to be resurrected, IMO.
They’ve built an off-road motorcycle platform that - even in its infancy - has proven time and again to perform on par with the best conventional competition. They’ve created a top notch (electric) dirtbike. If battery tech could provide more range and less charge time at near their current cost(s) then the sales case for these would be very strong against the premium ICE competition.
Incredibly sad. These guys seemed like they were making a great product and advancing the cause.
Sad if true. Their product is the best I have ever seen from small manufacturer. I hope they find an investor to keep them going.
Wondering how and when Japan will respond...
Bummer if true; are A&G's reports generally reliable these days / have other sources confirmed?
You’re assuming HD has any cause in this outcome. Maybe it’s the other way around: HD backed out of the partnership because they saw that the ship had a leaking hull after getting inside and looking around in detail.
Either way, hopefully they can get a cash infusion and continue to success.
Yeah it’s totally possible that it was the other way around.
... but it’s hard to touch HD without the suck rubbing off.
Revzilla just released a small review on the EXR as well - hope somebody picks up Altas tab!
I read a post claiming that they were bought out and the poster hinted towards KTM unless a reference to "oranges" points back to HD?
"Curse of the small innovative American dirt bike manufacturer" - strikes again...
Some (larger) company will buy the Tech and IP rights and re-surface under another name/brand/guise... when the time is deemed right... (I hope). But ALTA will go down in the books, as the name that first made a "genuine" competition and user viable dirt bike - that performed as well as it's combustion motored contemporaries - a reality.
I was really looking fiorward to riding (maybe owning) one next summer.
I hope they re-rurface sooner... rather than later...
This news totally sucks, and also casts some new light on Zero. Zero has been on the market for quite a while, getting a little better and better, and has the usable range in its favor.
I rode a zero on a super moto track about five years ago and was blown away by the power. It kept up with any 450 on the track and had a swappable battery. At the time I thought, “my next dirt bike will be a zero”, but they don’t seem to have offered a real dirt bike yet for doing technical single track.
With altas demise, there is going to be a real demand for zero to release a more premium trail bike.
Interesting side note: the zero rep who was letting us test ride his bike on the track said that “zero sells every single bike for below actual production cost.” Not sure if that has changed.
They (ALTA) are still planning to be racing at the Straight Rhythm this weekend so there is that....