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  1. Hey Everyone, I received a new price sheet from Alta and wanted to give you a quick update. The Redshift has proven to be a very competitive model in 2017. But, the major factor holding many consumers back is the price. Alta has adopted a very aggressive pricing structure In an effort to put the Electric platform within reach of more riders.... So, without further ado: 2018 Alta MX $10,495 (reduced from $14,995) 2018 Alta EX $12,995 (reduced from $15,495) 2018 Alta SM $13,495 (reduced from $15,495) All offroad models (EX and MX) will require a charger, you will two options for this: Base (currently shipping with the Alta MX and EX) $499 Upgraded (will have some additional features) $799 All SM models will continue to feature onboard charging and do not require a separate charger purchase. Alta has also given some incentives for 2017 models as well (these prices may vary depending on dealer) here is what we have available: 2017 Alta Redshift MX (Demo with 66 hours) $9,999 (includes charger) 2017 Alta Redshift MX (brand new) $10,495 (includes charger) To give you an idea of how competitive these prices are, the 2018 KTM Freeride E-XC will likely retail for over $13K! The Alta Redshift, in almost every way, is a superior motorcycle for a lot less money! I will do my best to keep you updated on any changes for 2018 as soon as they become available. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Redshift lineup or would like to schedule a private demo. Scott Elite Motorsports scott@elitektm.com 970-461-1022
  2. Last year during the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, Alta Motors unveiled their Redshift motocross bike proving to critics the electric bike is no longer a novelty. Recently, I had the opportunity to test ride the Redshift bike and tour Alta Motors. I was blown away by the power of the bike and thought if someone replaced my gas powered bike (KTM350SX) with the Redshift I would not miss a beat. The Redshift is comparable to any modern gas powered 250cc four stroke motorcycle, minus the noise pollution and emission of exhaust, but this article is not about the breakdown or the technical aspects of the bike. There are quite a few articles out there that already do an exceptional job of reviewing the Redshift, you can find the information at www.altamotors.com. Having a competitive Electric Motorcycle that offers comparable or superior performance to a gas powered machine can open new opportunities to the Motocross world and ultimately expand the industry, key word expand not replace. Electric motorcycles are the future, opening doors to new riding areas and attracting a fresh generation of enthusiasts. Ripping in the city, causing no disruption. As city populations grow, riding areas and racing facilities continue to decline. Racing facilities are coming under fire for noise pollution, and in some cases are pressured to close or relocate to a further distance. This problem began with 2 Stroke motors but 4 Stroke motors have significantly amplified the issue. Electric bikes are not completely silent, but they are quiet enough to ride in highly populated areas without disturbing neighbors. Anyone with land can have their own track, it doesn't matter if it's next to a library, the bikes does not cause noise disruptions. With quiet motors and no exhaust, indoor riding facilities become a possibility. Earplugs and giant industrial sized fans will no longer be required to make an indoor facility bearable. Having fun while not bothering anyone. This is not to say electric bikes will not encounter their own challenges, run time was my main concern. With that said, I hammered the Redshift (as fast as a 42 year old B rider can) on a motocross track for a solid 45 minutes and 18.9 miles before the battery was done. It takes 2.5 hours to recharge, so if I had plugged the motorcycle in during my water break (about 30 min) I could have added approximately a quarter of charge back to the bike. If I had charged the motorcycle it would have outlasted my fitness. Alta Motors explained the bike would decrease power as the battery ran down, but I hardly noticed the difference. The Redshift is the first generation of Alta Motors and motorcycle performance, and battery life will only improve from here. With simple updates to your motorcycle’s software Alta motorcycle owners are constantly receiving the latest upgraded technology. Rather than rebuilding your ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) motor, you can install an update. A look inside the Redshift motor I often ask people at motorcycle dealerships their opinion of electric and I receive instant resistance that is eerily similar to the past when motorcycles changed from 2 Stroke to 4 Stroke. I remember the first 4 Stroke motorcycle I owned, it was a 2001 YZ426 and after 4 months I decided I was done with Motocross. It was hard to start, it flamed out and handled like a bread truck. As gearheads we sometimes struggle with accepting change. For example, how much attention does any 2 Stroke event receive these days? In 2004 after a few years of not riding, I was convinced to try a Honda CRF450 and to my surprise it started easy, had trackable power and handled like a motorcycle. I was back riding and hooked on motocross again! If electric follows a similar development curve, bikes in the next few years are going to rapidly improve as the starting point is further developed than 4 Stroke motorcycles were in 2001. Electric motors are simple and leave opportunities for manufacturers to create a plethora of bikes to suit all rider’s needs and budgets. The guys hard at work in the assembly line. Today's kids are not riding motorcycles because they have iPads, Drones, Xbox and many other electronics to compete for their attention. If electric motorcycles create more urban riding areas and motorcycles with less bike maintenance, electric has potential to grab hold of the next generation. My kids enjoy riding but don’t like the extremely loud sounds of 4 Stroke motorcycles and the 1-2 hour commute to our nearest track. They would rather commute 10 minutes to the nearest BMX or skate park. Imagine if parks could convert into an electric motocross track, far more kids would try motocross. We need to involve younger kids in the sport we love or risk losing it. I would love to see motorcross as a high school sport. Electric motorcycles will not take over all aspects of motocross, the electric motorcycle’s battery life may not be suited for sand tracks or long rides for quite some time. There is definitely room for both electric and gas motors to coexist. Motocross riders, myself included typically have more than one bike. I would love to ride an electric track in town during the week and then hit the Sand Dunes on the weekend with an ICE bike. Both can exist and compliment the industry and lifestyle. I got the guys to smile for a pic, then right back to work. I am a gear-head at heart and love the smell of burnt 2 Stroke oil, the vibration of an ICE motor and the sound of a full gate of motorcycles wide open waiting for the gate to drop. These sounds and smells will never be replaced for me because they invoke memories that make up my entire life. While electric bikes do not offer the sound or smell stimulations as and ICE bike they will open up new opportunities. Have you ever wondered what Supercross riders say to each other after a dirty block pass? With Electric bikes there is a good chance you will hear the conversation. Will the electric generation of racers use trash talk? No more need for pit boards, just yell! The same joy I receive from the smell of 2 Stroke oil or hearing a bike roar will be what the electric generation receives from a buzzing sound similar to an RC car along with the sound of tires spinning. Yes, I said the sound of the tires on the dirt. About 5 minutes into my Redshift ride I stopped and checked to see if I had a flat. Chad at Alta Motors erupted into laughter as almost everyone who rides the bike assumes the same. Dirt Bike tires make a lot of noise, but the motorcycle usually drowns out the sound. Hearing your tires might lead to advancements in tire performance, who knows? Chad from Alta showing his Endurocross prowess. The team at Alta Motors received homologation for FIM North America competition in the 250 class. This unlocks Canada and propels them halfway closer to AMA Supercross, where they really want to race. They have big plans this offseason. Alta Motors is returning to Red Bull Straight Rhythm and including additional European Supercross events. While racing with gas bikes proves they are not a novelty, attention should be focused on an electric only event too. If the Electric bike is as fast as or faster than an ICE motorcycle the sport could expand to unthinkable territory. All the major manufacturers have purchased Alta Redshift motorcycles to study and dissect. They see the future and it’s ELECTRIC! Another shot of Chad. Here are some other articles and podcasts out there with information about the Alta Redshift: https://www.altamotors.co/redshiftmx#redshift-mx https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rocky-mountain-atv-mc-keefer-tested-podcast/id1245516386?mt=2&i=1000391436611 http://www.cycleworld.com/alta-motors-redshift-mx-electric-motocross-bike-full-test-review#page-3 http://motocross.transworld.net/videos/first-impression-2017-alta-redshift-mx/#eiydtZMiphJBuSgs.97
  3. Advances in battery technology are making more eco-friendly modes of transportation possible. One company leading the charge is Alta Motors, a manufacturer of high-performance electric motorcycles for motocross, trail riding, racing and commuting. PITTSBURGH, PA – September 8, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Alta Motors developed the Alta Pack, a custom, energy-dense battery pack for its Redshift MX and SM electric motorcycles. The Alta Pack stores 5.8 kWH into 31.5 kilograms with a maximum output of 350V. Components of the Alta Pack’s housing utilize polycarbonate blend resins from Covestro LLC. The Alta Pack features an aluminum casting with black textured covers injection molded from Makroblend® UT5207 polycarbonate/polybutylene terephthalate (PC+PBT) blend and Makroblend® UT403 polycarbonate/polyethylene terephtalate (PC+PET) blend. Makroblend® resins offer an unique combination of chemical resistance, impact resistance, durability, ease of processability and the ability to be bonded to a metal substrate. “We worked with Alta Motors to select materials that would withstand a variety of situations from asphalt to trails, as well as all the bumps and jumps in between. Makroblend® resins provided the right mix of properties required to help ensure the functionality and safety of the Alta Pack,” said Richard Aldrich, business development manager, Southwest region, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. “We wanted a material that could provide structure and tolerate impact without a breach as any opening in the battery could expose high voltage or allow water to get in,” said Rob Sweney, ‎director of advanced powertrain, Alta Motors. The Alta Pack is exposed to several different kinds of wear and tear: the sun, weather elements, dirt and more. There’s also risk of impact from dropping the removable battery or the motorcycle hitting the ground. “We’ve been impressed with how resilient the battery has become. It’s been able to withstand drops onto concrete, even some hard crashes and rock hits. But even after all this abuse, the battery covers still look brand new. This material’s resilience is outstanding,” explained Sweney. The top battery cover features Makroblend® UT5207 PC+PBT blend, which offers many advantages: Enhanced dimensional stability and performance with thread forming screws to protect the electronics mounted inside Impact modified for superior durability UV-stabilized Exceptional low-temperature impact strength Excellent chemical resistance Good flowability and easy release from the mold The bottom battery cover utilizes Makroblend® UT403 PC+PET blend, which provides several benefits: Impact modified for superior durability UL746C f1 rated, meaning the material withstands exposure to UV and water, making it appropriate for outdoor use UV-stabilized Good impact strength, dimensional stability and chemical resistance High flow, injection molding grade In addition, the core of the Redshift subframe features Makroblend® UT6007 PC+PBT blend for exceptional durability. The material provides: Exceptional low-temperature impact strength, good flowability and excellent chemical resistance UV-stabilization Easy release from the mold Covestro assisted with material selection and color matching, providing data and samples of materials. Covestro also evaluated the part design and provided technical support to Alta’s part suppliers to successfully utilize the material in the molding process. Alta assembles the battery pack from the individual pieces, and assembles the final vehicle from subsystems. “Our work with Alta Motors demonstrates Covestro’s expertise in the electric mobility segment and showcases how our materials are formulated to meet the high demands of this market,” said Ignacio Osio, key growth program manager, Polycarbonates, Covestro LLC. The Redshift comes in two models: the Redshift MX, a trail-ready motocross and Redshift SM, a street-legal supermoto. Attendees at the Battery Show (www.thebatteryshow.com), Sept. 12-14, Novi, Michigan, can visit Covestro’s booth (#1733) for more details about the company’s material solutions for electric mobility. About Covestro LLC Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016. Find more information at www.covestro.us or www.plastics.covestro.com. 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. Please visit us at: www.altamotors.co Forward-Looking Statements This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments. Makroblend® is a registered trademark of Covestro Group.
  4. Hey Everyone, I just wanted to give everyone an update on how the Alta Redshift MX did at the RMEC Hard Rock Enduro in Colorado. Don was able to get a 2nd place finish (would have been first if not for a flat rear tire) in the A 50 + class and 17th overall. The bike was absolutely amazing on the technical rocky terrain. Race Info: 6 laps that averaged 23 minutes per lap a little over 2 hours of actual racing time Don was able to sneak in about 35-40 minutes of charging total using a 220v generator. Raced the entire race in Map 1 on the Alta The Alta does require a little more strategy for Longer format Enduro racing, but it is very competitive against gas bikes! Here is the link to the YouTube video of the race from Don's helmet cam.
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