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  1. Hey Everyone, I wanted to give everyone a quick heads up on a demo day that we are setting up in conjunction with the Benduro. I have included the info for the event below: Join us on June 4th, 2017 for the Benduro - Full Sprint Fundraiser for Rick Emerson! This fun-filled event features four classes with trophies for first, second, and third. Racers and spectators will be eligible for door prizes donated by local motorcycle shops. 9:00 am Riders meeting and Parade Lap 10:00 am Race Starts 12:00 pm BBQ with free beer donated by Berthoud Brewing Co 2:00 pm Awards and door prizes Elite Motorsports and the crew from Alta Motors will be onsite running demos of the Amazing new Redshift MX electric motorcycle. Bring your gear for a chance to experience the Future of Fast! Demo rides begin at 1:00 pm and end when everyone that is interested gets a chance to ride. You will be able to ride the bike on the enduro course so you should be able to get a good test for the capabilities of this amazing bike! This is way more than a race, this will be an all out party! Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the riders, enjoy the BBQ/beer, and have an amazing time! All proceeds from the first ever Benduro - Full Sprint Fundraiser for Rick Emerson will go to Rick Emerson's 2017 Inside ISDE France 2017 effort. Rick will be representing Team USA!! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or visit: www.benduro.weebly.com Racers need to be registered by May 30, 2017, and registrations are limited....SO SIGN UP NOW!! You do not need to race to be able to enjoy the festivities and ride the Alta. Please sign up on the website if you are interested in demoing the Alta, pre-registration (as a spectator $15) gets you food, beer, and a ticket to ride the Alta. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us for this event. Scott Elite Motorsports 970-461-1022
  2. Hey Everyone, We just got word that the Alta Motors Redshift SM will officially begin shipping this week! Give us a call if you would like to get one of these amazing new motorcycles! Make sure you call your dealer (or us if you choose) to make sure they have one coming for you if you put a deposit down on the Alta Website. The deposits are handled by the Alta Motors dealer network, I would recommend being proactive in contacting your dealer if they have not already contacted you first. Here is a video of Andy DiBrino riding the Alta Motors Redshift SM on the cart track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLyCowUMOCE&t=5s Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions. Elite Motorsports 970-461-1022 scott@elitektm.com
  3. Greetings! I just bought an electric 2017 Alta Redshift MX. Love it to pieces! I have been trail riding it on powerline roads for the last week. It has a ton of traction, a lot of instant HP, and it is always in the right gear. It weighs 260 lbs, but without a heavy flywheel if feels very light, I swear, not any heavier than my 2015 Husky 250TC 2-stroke. Very flickable and maneuverable. The suspension is exactly the same as on my Husky. Same 4CS fork, same shock, and same linkage and motion ratios. Alta spec'ed an excellent valving, this 4CS works! The bike is very nicely balanced too. But it feels way too soft for motocross. And it is not the damping but the springs that feel soft. I can easily tell, the bike is very well controlled but feels wallowy, slow to respond to large road bumps, whoops, etc. Compresses the suspension almost fully on even small jump. Lots of slow but very significant acceleration squat and brake dive. It definitely needs stiffer springs. I noticed this when riding two other Altas as well. And some magazines and YouTube videos are also saying that the Alta Redshift MX is sprung too soft. I initially thought the springs were much softer than on my Husky. But they are NOT, according to the manufacturer. The stock springs are 0.52 kg/mm front and is 6.3 kg/mm rear. The bike weighs 260 lbs. It is heavy. The Alta has much stiffer springs than all my other MX bikes, including the YZ450F! So I bought the Motool Slacker digital sag scale and measured the sags accurately. Here is the kicker: The race sags are the same or less than on my 2-stroke Husky! The Alta suspension engineers must have copied the 2014 KTM and increased the spring rates proportionately to the weight of the bike + the weight of the rider. The static sags were a little larger, showing that the stock Alta is sprung 1% stiffer than my well-tuned Husky, when adjusted for its weight + the weight of the rider. However, when the springs rates are compared to just the weight of the naked bike, they are 6% SOFTER. OMG! This is why it wallows, squats, pitches and bottoms out so much! The bike itself has a lot of inertia, including the pitch inertia. There is no other way to fix this but to stiffen the springs. So... I think I have reached a conclusion: I have to stiffen the springs proportionately to the original specs, approximately the same percentage front and rear. The static and race sag numbers will not match the traditional specs. I can make a reasonable static sag, or race sag, but NOT BOTH. I wonder if there are some suspension gurus here who have experience with re-springing bikes that are much heavier, much lighter, or have a much stiffer suspension, like the pro bikes. They can't match the same 35/100mm rule of thumb rear sag numbers either. So, please check my spreadsheet and let me know what you think. I am leaning towards Variant 2. Thank you for reading my post. - - - - - - - - Last thought: I cannot understand why people do not care about the decimal point in spring rate specs? For pete's sake, MXA and MX-Tech, 4.9 N/mm is NOT the same as 5.0 kg/mm! Race Tech has figured it out though, it appears.
  4. 2018 ALTA REDSHIFT MXR I own a 2017 Alta Redshift MX. Yesterday Alta Motors had a demo day at Hollister Hills SVRA , south of San Francisco. I got to check out and ride the 2018 Alta Redshift MXR. Below is the review. MXA has never written an Alta review, so I will write one for them. Q: IS THE 2018 ALTA REDSHIFT MXR BETTER THAN THE 2017 ALTA REDSHIFT MX? A: You're damn right it is better. A whopping 20% increase in power, quicker charging, latest and greatest WP suspension, proper MX tires, grippier footpegs. And the most important change is the white plastic. Q: WHAT DID ALTA CHANGE ON THE MX(R) FOR 2018? A: A plenty of things that matter the most. So much that Alta had to introduce the MXR moniker. (1) New battery. Same 5.8KW capacity, but it can now be charged and discharged much quicker. Thanks to this, the bike can now produce 50HP, a whopping 20% increase. Kids, this is 50HP for you. The power and the hit of a 250 2-stroke with the delivery, the traction and control that is superior to that of a 4-stroke, and the holeshot acceleration that is faster the fastest 450. The 147 ft-lbs of torque is greater than in most 2.0L passenger sedans. Additionally, reportedly, the new battery has no thermal issues of the old battery, this is why it is possible to discharge it so much quicker, producing more power. And the re-charging now takes only 1.5 hours from a 240V source. The riding range is the same, but you can now drain that battery faster and charge it faster. (2) AER48 fork. The latest venerable WP air fork replaces the 4CS fork. That saves ~3 lbs. The bike's "fueled" weight is now 259 lbs. (3) The shock. The latest WP shock replaces the older WP shock. It also comes with a new linkage. The result is a ~10% motion ratio change. The new spring itself is probably softer, but the whole rear end is definitely stiffer. Pump up that AER fork and the bike is no longer undersprung. (4) White plastic. Gone is the Suzuki-yellow, we do not want to associate with that manufacturer. Thank you, Alta!!! (5) Footpegs. New less slippery and more grippy footpegs. Q: THE BURNING QUESTION ON THE MIND OF ALL CURRENT ALTA OWNERS: HOW CAN I ADD 20% MORE HP TO MY CURRENT REDSHIFT? A: You need to buy a new battery, flash a new software, and we suspect that's it. However we emailed this question to Alta today and are expecting a confirmation and the pricing details. Q: THE QUESTION ON THE MIND OF ALL FUTURE ALTA OWNERS: IS THIS BIKE A REAL MX BIKE? IT IS COMING TO MY TRACK? A: It is real, and it is coming. And it will beat your current bike weekend after weekend, after weekend. If you can't beat it -- buy it. Q: HOW IS THE POWER? A: Awesome. Instant. Plentiful. Ridiculously easy to control with a twist of the throttle. Say hello to power slides at both low and high speeds, and wheeling over obstacles. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. All my current bikes, with the exception of the classic '05 CRF and '95 CRs, are for sale. Q: HOW IS THE NEW SUSPENSION? A: The demo bike's fork was slightly underinflated compared to the rear, for my liking. But that's a 30-second fix, just do not get an arm pump before the race. The shock is valved very decently from the factory, but it could use more low-speed rebound damping. But I would not have hesitated racing this bike as-is. Q: HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE GAS-POWERED BIKES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON THE MARKER? (1) Weight. It weighs 259 lbs, which is what YZ450F and RM450 weight when topped off with fuel. But, as a rider, you only feel this weight when lifting the bike onto the center stand. On the track, in motion, the bike feels as light as a 250cc 2-stroke. This is due to the lack of the rotating flywheel inertia. (2) Power. As it was said before, the power is awesome. The MXR will beat the 250cc bikes on any track. It will accelerate out of corners faster than the 450cc bikes. Being 10 HP short of the 450cc 4-strokes, it may not climb Mt. Helen as fast as the big bikes. But it will holeshot and will be running up front, and this is half of the victory. (3) Handling. It can turn tighter and cut under any other bike, including the proverbial Suzuki. Perhaps only a 125cc bike could rotate quicker. It is also super easy to place the Redshift anywhere on the track and get it to follow any line desired. Best of all, it does exactly as it is told and never does any weird unexpected kicks or tricks that happen due to a sudden rear wheel spin. (4) Ergonomics. Both the standing and the sitting positions good and feel right. The bike is on the narrow side. Some people like narrow bikes, but I like something a bit fatter between my lags. The "radiator shrouds" are a little bulging, and I hope Alta redesigns them in future models to make them flow with the seat and the frame a little better. The footpegs are located a little lower than on other bikes. On one hand, this creates more cockpit room. On the other, get used to riding properly on the balls of your feet with the toes in, else your toes can get banged up or hooked onto things. The footpegs are interchangeable with the YZ250F/YZ450F footpegs. (5) Bodywork. The plastic is made by Acerbis. The front fender and front number place have the same shape as the '09 CRF. There are a few dubious molded-in nuts in various plastic parts. Never over-tighten the screws that do into those nuts. Use medium or low-strength Loctite instead. Best of all, the Redshift boasts a no-tools air filter replacement. Just kidding! (6) Brakes. They are Brembo brakes, exact same as on all KTMs and Huskys. Q: WHAT ARE THE WORST ATTRIBUTES OF THE REDSHIFT, AND CAN THEY BE FIXED? A: There are a few small things. (1) Rear brake. The rear brake is too touchy. Having no flywheel inertia is equivalent to braking with the clutch pulled in. The solutions are several. The simplest one is to buy an add-on Rear Brake Return Spring made by Fasst Company. It makes the rear brake pedal easier to feel, and also makes it harder to lock up the rear wheel. Another solutions is to add a Left Hand Rear Brake (LHRB). Alta is working on this product, stay tuned. (2) Mud collector. A lot of mud gets collected under the motor. It is not easy to get to, even with a pressure washer. The solution is to use a skid plate. SXS makes one. Alta also makes one, which it installs on the EX models. Or you can cut your own MX skid plate from a sheet of plastic and attach it with a couple of bolts and zip ties. This will be not for protection but to keep the mud out. Q: IT IS WORTH UPGRADING OR TRADING UP FROM THE 2017 MX TO THE 2018 MXR? A: Probably. But you mileage may vary. The new MSRP prices are $10,495 for the 2018 MX and $11,995 for the MXR models. If you need more power and must recharge the battery quicker, then yes. However, the riding range is the same. I would not do it for the suspension, as it is likely to also need a revalve, eventually. Although the MXR suspension is race-ready from the factory, so you do not have to mess with it right away. Additionally, if you shelled out $15K for the 2017 model (you know who you are!), then you can surely spend a little more. Q: HOW DOES THE ALTA REDSHIFT COMPARE TO THE KTM FREERIDE E? A: Are you kidding? The Freeride is a 20hp moped with a cheap short travel suspension. No contest. Q: WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT AN ELECTRIC BIKE? A: It is fast. It is almost maintenance free. But the biggest reason is that it is so much fun! It might be painful to hear, but the Redshift is more fun that any 2-stroke. An instant response, always 'on the pipe', always in the right gear, no clutching, no starting, no stalling. It is quiet enough to ride in your backyard every day after work. In fact, this is what I am going to start doing. Q: DOESN'T IT SOUND LIKE AN RC CAR? THE 2-STROKE AND THUMPERS SOUND BETTER. A: It does sound a bit like an RC car. But listening to the sound of the rear tire throwing roost beats the crap out of BRA-A-A-AP. Q: WHAT DID WE HATE? (1) Rear brake. Buy a Fasst Rear Brake Return Spring and install it right away. You will need the KTM Brembo model. (2) Molded-in nuts. You will start hating them the first time you over-tighten one. Therefore, finger tighten those bolts and use a drop of Loctite to keep them in. (3) No noise. A quiet bike can be very good, until you need to get around someone at the track. You have to get too close or yell for them to notice you. I think Alta needs to sell an air horn as an option. Q: WHAT DID WE LIKE? A: The like list is: (1) Power. It is awesome, instant, plentiful, easily controllable. (2) Traction. In the 1st or 2nd mode, I climbed such hills that I was afraid to look at. (3) Handling. This is perhaps the best handling big bike ever made. (4) No noise. Yes, the no-noise made both the hate and the like list. No noise can be very good as well. (5) The sound. Hearing the rear tire slide, hook up, or throw roost is amazing. Q: WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK? A: The Alta Redshift MXR is definitely the most fun and the most radical new bike of the millennium. It is going to be popular. It is already competitive. Some people are curious. Some are ignoring it. Some are hating. The AMA is afraid of it, they probably want to ignore or dismiss it. But it is coming, whether they want it or not, and it is coming fast! We will still keep and never sell the gas-powered bikes that we love. We will still take them out to the track and make noise and roost dirt. But when the time comes to change oil, filters, adjust the valve clearances, or rebuild the top end, it is very likely that we will just roll out the electric one out of the garage and ride it instead. And then keep riding it, and riding it. Never underestimate the power of the lazy, or the size of the wallet of the guy who wants to holeshot and be the fastest on the track, or the determination of the guy who wants to have the most fun. The future of electric dirt bikes is looking very bright. 👍
  5. After riding the ALTA Motocross bikes two weeks ago I finally got my hands on one of their dual sport bikes. What a blast! The bike is really easy to ride and a lot of fun. From riding real off-road terrain, to playing around on mountain bike trails or just messing around in the city. A lot of opportunity to find new riding spots with out upsetting people too much on a bike that is easy to maintain. Has anyone else had a chance to ride one yet?
  6. Alta Motors, together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has just announced a recall of certain Redshift MXR and EXR electric motorcycles. The 2019 Redshifts debuted two months ago, where the multi-terrain electric motorcycles were lauded as an example of an EV in the motorcycle industry that had made a strong showing in a traditionally loud and proud gas-fueled motorsport. But now a flaw has been found in the throttle firmware of the electric motorcycles. According to a letter from the NHSTA: The issue could cause a power cutout while riding the motorcycle, potentially leading to a crash. A total of 215 motorcycles are affected by the issue in the recall. A software update will be applied to all affected motorcycles at a dealer free of charge, and it does not appear that any hardware on the motorcycle is affected. According to Ultimate Motorcycling, the recall is in effect for certain 2018/2019 Redshift MXRs with VIN range 56PARAEM_KB000367 – 56PARAEM_KB000488 and 2019 Redshift EXRs with VIN range EXR 2019: 56PARAFM_KB000099 – 56PARAFM_KB000191. Source: https://electrek.co/author/micahltoll/
  7. Hey guys, I had the chance to swing a leg over Alta's new Redshfit MXR this week. I was really impressed with the bike and how good it is. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as performance not just from the "engine" but also from the chassis. After spending a whole morning on it it's safe to say that it was one of the most fun days I ever had on a motorcycle. What do you guys think about the Alta? Anyone had a chance to ride one yet? I did a little video review with more information and my impression of the bike.
  8. Alta Motors Debuts the Redshift MXR, Achieving Cost and Performance Parity with Gas Bikes for New “Motorcycle Curious” Markets The new MXR’s more accessible price point targets new riders, while delivering increased torque and horsepower SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 2, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Alta Motors, the leader in global lightweight electric vehicles, today announced it has introduced the 2018 Redshift MXR, the next evolution of Alta’s popular off-road MX model. With several notable performance improvements, including a lighter overall weight, 50 horsepower, 147 lb-ft of torque, and a recharge time of 1.5 hours, the MXR comes with a price tag of $11,995, a 16 percent drop in price as Alta scales operations and its global supply chain. 2017 marked the year that Alta and pro rider, Josh Hill, proved an all-electric bike could not only compete, but best gas-powered bikes at the Geneva Supercross, and 2018 promises new electric bike concepts, new performance standards and attractive entry point pricing. “Alta’s love for two wheels and a dirt road is evident in the design and performance of its Redshift MXR,” said Christine Sullivan, the owner of Beverly Hills dealership. “Most new riders test-driving the Redshift are blown-away by how fast and light it handles, and how easy it is to acclimate to the four performance maps.” The Redshift Reaches Price Parity Cost has been one of the biggest barriers to adoption for the electric lightweight vehicle sector, so reaching price parity with competing gas-powered vehicles represents a major milestone for Alta and the industry alike. Alta Motors designed the Redshift to compete head to head with gas-powered vehicles, while placing a premium on performance. Now, Alta’s award-winning Redshift will be more accessible without compromising on performance. Redshift MX($10,495): Designed as the electric equivalent of a modern 250, the Redshift MX is just as capable as a trail and woods bike as it is a MX2/Lites class motocrosser. Redshift EX($12,995): An ideal ratio of motocross speed, single-track prowess, and urban capability, the Redshift EX offers drivers versatility. Redshift SM ($13,495): The ultimate urban commuter bike, the Redshift SM is Alta’s lightest bike with 42 horsepower and 120-ft-lbs of torque. Over the lifetime of each Redshift vehicle, riders save thousands of dollars, because unlike gas bikes which need frequent service and consumables, the Redshift requires little to no regular maintenance other than taking a moment to adjust the chain and check tire pressure. Capable of traveling up to 60 miles on a single charge, the Redshift meets the full daily mileage needs of the average U.S. commuter, which travels approximately 15 miles one way according the U.S. Department of Transportation. Each Redshift model has a 5.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which riders can also take off-road for 40 miles. The electric motor makes the bikes virtually silent, allowing riders to travel discreetly any hour of the day or night. “While the costs of combustion vehicles are essentially flat to purchasing power, electric is still moving down the cost curve and is now a clear contender in terms of performance,” said Alta Motors Chief Product Officer, Marc Fenigstein. “Now that we’ve reached price parity and our vehicles outperform combustion in nearly every category, our plans are to bring electrics into the mainstream by making them more accessible to a more diverse set of riders and future motorcycle curious audiences.” About Alta Motors Alta Motors is a global leader in lightweight electric vehicles with a proprietary mobility platform that offers new levels of power density and economics. It leads the industry with a complete portfolio of battery and drivetrain components, an existing fleet of lightweight vehicles manufactured at its world-class Brisbane facility and a full customer backlog. Alta’s award-winning Redshift platform is now available to riders at 44 U.S. dealerships across 19 states. Please visit us at: www.altamotors.co Source: Alta Motors
  9. Oh no! Say it isn't so... https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news/alta-motors-ceases-operations/
  10. eBikes here to stay? Surely some doubters, but looking like more and more, that's the case. ⚡⚡⚡ From the Alta folks... Nate Adams positioned his Alta Redshift MXR as the first electric motorcycle to ever qualify and compete at X Games. The most decorated Moto X athlete in X Games history put his MXR head-to-head against some of the industry’s biggest names in this year’s Best Whip contest at Summer X Games in Minneapolis. “X-Games week was a blast,” said Adams. “I rode the first-ever electric dirt bike in X-Games competition, threw some good whips, and showed the moto industry and the rest of the world that the Alta Motors bikes are on the same level as any other motocross bike manufacturer.” Throughout the week, Nate found himself fielding inquiries from both curious fans and industry professionals alike. “As usual, people had a lot of questions. Most people have a genuine curiosity of why I am riding the Redshift MXR and what benefits it brings to me compared to a gas-powered bike. I tell them my suspension is set up for my weight, shave a couple inches out of the seat-foam, bolt on my Pro Taper handle bars, put some grip tape on the sub-frame and on the upper fork tubes. I Ieave the gearing stock and bolt on my backflip levers to my handlebars. That’s it! Although Adams finished eighth in the finals, he sees a strong future for the Alta brand in the extreme sports space. “Two of my competitors said they are planning to buy Redshift MXRs in the near future due to having noise issues at their private practice facility. The word is spreading fast. And like I tell everyone that asks me, the Alta Motors bikes are here to stay. Get some!” Do you think this is good for the X-games? Does this change your mind any which way about eBikes?
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