The Alta Thread

Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by swamp, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. mtntrails

    mtntrails Life is Short...

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    Ugh! Such sad news. I hope they find dependable investors.
  2. Ron_Luning

    Ron_Luning Been here awhile

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    Let this be a lesson to NEVER get involved with H-D as a business.
  3. rainmaker8

    rainmaker8 Been here awhile

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  4. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    Please Tesla buy and build
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  5. ctromley

    ctromley Been here awhile

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    Too small a market, and Tesla already has their hands more than full....
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    Plawa ¿ʞO ǝʞᴉq ʎɯ sI

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    Musk stated in one of the shareholder meetings he doesn't like motorcycles so he has no plan to build one..
  7. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    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.
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  8. Kyle K

    Kyle K Adventurer

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    Incredibly sad. These guys seemed like they were making a great product and advancing the cause.
  9. Motodisiac

    Motodisiac Moto Terrorist

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    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.
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  10. Moto Jimmy

    Moto Jimmy Making the transition

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    Wondering how and when Japan will respond...
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  11. RCmoto

    RCmoto Long timer

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    Bummer
  12. p3ga

    p3ga Rounding Error

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    Bummer if true; are A&G's reports generally reliable these days / have other sources confirmed?
  13. _mtg_

    _mtg_ Been here awhile

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    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.
  14. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Yeah it’s totally possible that it was the other way around.

    ... but it’s hard to touch HD without the suck rubbing off.
  15. Tortuga353

    Tortuga353 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Dammit!
  16. firstshadow

    firstshadow Urban Warrior

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  18. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Super bummer...

    "Curse of the small innovative American dirt bike manufacturer" - strikes again... :cry

    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...
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  19. 81forest

    81forest ADDRider

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    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.
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  20. macd7919

    macd7919 Been here awhile

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    They (ALTA) are still planning to be racing at the Straight Rhythm this weekend so there is that....
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