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  1. My mongrel '04 in vaguely road legal trim ('cos that's what it takes to get from one trail to the next round here...) Am pretty pleased that I managed to beat KTM to the blue / white / yellow thing by a good couple of years.
  2. At the cost of offroad sales, possibly because of a dilution of the brand's competition image. Looking at what you guys over there were paying for 'em I don't really see how Husqvarna could have made a red cent out of the whole sorry episode. Niche brand + new factory with too much capacity = trouble.
  3. I'm more minded of William of Orange - a foreign prince that rocked up on English shores in 1688 (and not five miles away from where I am now), snagged the British throne in a cut-price deal and continued a flamewar that has lasted to this day. Funnily enough, his fanboys can be pretty tiresome too. It must be something to do with the colour...
  4. Heh, I stand corrected Norm! Yeah, it's badge engineering at it's most cynical.
  5. Husaberg is gone. Taken out back and hit on the head with a shovel. Husky is the new Husa (which has a bizarre symmetry to it, but there you go). There remain only two choices. Pierer's recent interview (posted a page or two ago and quoted by Shawn115 a couple posts back) suggests that KTM will remain the cutting edge brand and Husky will be a bit "softer". If that means wide ratio gearboxes, more flexible suspension (in terms of not futzing with the clickers every five minutes) and the possibility of a couple more litres fuel capacity then that will be great for real world trail riders, but don't expect the bikes to be chalk and cheese in terms of construction. we'll see - this is the 46th page of speculation, meaningless press releases and downright fanboyism, after all!
  6. Haha! I don't think you realise how funny that is. Owned by KTM... Great concept, pity they decided to use a corked up competition motor that holds two spoonfuls of oil (just like every other manufacturer). I guess they spent a lot of money developing the 350 lump and wanted to recoup as much of it as possible.
  7. +1000 But this would mean actually designing a bike properly, rather than just corking up a competition machine and sticking a plate on it. Is any manufacturer ready to do that? It would be cool if it actually happened though. There's no reason for a practical off road bike to be a crappy "dual sport" - i.e. a 350+ lb barge with a 600+cc motor. I want to ride dirt (which means coping with a few miles of tarmac between trails) - I don't want to tow a bloody trailer!
  8. Well there you go - it's what we knew all along. He's probably hoping that Yamaha goes bust next. he could buy the badge for 150 Yen and sell a snotload more blue KTMs...
  9. I took a few days off and I see that I've missed nothing. Orange is still the new blue. The fact that WR300 pilots are still lifting trophies speaks volumes about the state of the entire industry over recent years. @HR: Regarding that sorry-ass CCM with the Kymco motor. Yeah, I'm not impressed either! A motor with a crank life rated at a couple tens of hours and an oil capacity of two-and-a-half spoonfuls probably isn't the best choice for an adventure bike that may see a lot of flat-out tarmac miles in between gravel tracks. If you're riding in the boonies in a foreign country there's only so much room in those panniers for premium oil and spare filters. Many true Brits (and not least TBM magazine) have been concerned about the state of the company for some time - probably since CCM resorted to importing rebadged Chinese copies of CRF230s and such. At least when the rear shock snaps in half under it's own weight you can drop the genuine Honda part straight in (this happened to someone I know).
  10. No thanks, I'm happy on this side of The Pond. Perhaps a little more regulation would help you guys create a company like TM, Beta, Gas Gas or (dare I say it) KTM? Hey, let's not argue, I got The President on the other line wanting to rubber stamp some new crusade on the Godless Heathens. Maybe if he had a homebuilt dirtbike to ride instead of a pilotless drone to salivate over...
  11. A certain telecoms company over here used to punt the slogan "The future's bright - the future's Orange". Maybe there's still some life left in it. And what does bitching about Varese have to do with 2014 and forward? C'mon HR - focus!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that there seems to be a lot of interest out in the wider motorcycling community. Perhaps we'll have to wait for KTM to release some of those carefully posed "spy" shots that the industry and lazy journalists love so much.
  12. Heh, you have a point - it is all relative... I mean that it wouldn't be a bad buy because I don't think that obsolescence will make 'em worthless because of parts unavailability, or because they've been superceded by anything an order of magnitude better. There never were a massive number of surplus x-lites or strokers anyway... Stagnant market? People playing "wait and see"? I'm not sure that "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" has rung true for a while now. Manufacturers and racing bodies had better be aware that the offroad scene isn't going to fix itself though. Getting eight year old kids to drag their dads to SX vaudeville doesn't sell a lot of bikes, keep trails open, or get people out of bed on a Sunday morning so they can beat themselves senseless at their local track. I'm not sure how having one dominant manufacturer helps the situation either. Perhaps the Japanese will decide to spend their way out of their slump and come to play again. We'll see...
  13. Yeah, fire sales are a vicious cycle that an importer finds very hard to break. Customers begin to treat discount prices as retail and in the world of dirtbikes there may be very little difference between last year's model and this (or next) year's, so there's very little to convince a potential purchaser to part with an amount that makes anybody a profit. Didn't Suzuki hold off importing new roadbikes into the US for a season a couple of years back in order to clear old stock? Drastic, but you have to break the chain somehow (and hopefully without getting bought by your major competitor) I think that if anyone can find a 250 / 310 (or is lucky enough to grab a new old stock stroker) then it will be a good investment, because KTM (bearing in mind I'm not their #1 fan) seemed to look after owners of older Husabergs reasonably well when they bought that company. Funny really, the Husky strokers are pure Cagiva and BMW's involvement with the x-lite was pretty much limited to the top end (particularly the cylinder head). Makes one wonder what might have happened if people who actually knew about dirtbikes were the ones who were allowed to make the decisions.
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