Originally Posted by J Lewis
So, the biggest hurdle seems to be that a lot of the guys that are interested in participating at any level would also like to rent bikes.
I have tried to make contact with some guys who rent plated bikes, since a lot of the routes we would use require this and have had no luck. There are strict dirt bikes available but that really limits the where you can go.
The upfront costs to have even a few bikes is preventative for me at this point, maybe by next year that will change.
One thing I was considering is, for the guys planning on going onto a rally is coordinate a program where they buy the bike they will race and use it for the training and then have it prepped and shipped to the event. I have a few connections on guys who have done this and some guys that are looking to expand. In fact that is part of the plan that JCR has in the works to expand thier effort.
I also have the capability to safely store bikes if some riders wanted to leave the bike out for the season, which might be an option.
Or maybe someone else has a better idea?
Originally Posted by Dread Pendragon
I don't know what the costs are going to be, but what if you gave a slight discount to anyone who is willing to bring a second bike for someone else to ride? They can save a little on sign up costs plus get a little money from the person borrowing/renting their bike.
That money might not be worth their effort and wear on their bikes so it would also take a little generosity, but a rally school put together through adv seems likely to foster just such generosity.
Also, have you thought about talking to the Klim guys about helping sponsor a rally riding school? I could put a bug in the ear of one of my friends there.
Jimmy, another option would be to find some people that are fairly local and are willing to rent their own bikes to you (your students, really) for a few days. They don't have to be full-on rally bikes, you could for example have clamp-on navigation towers that could be added to most 450s in a few hours, so you could transform these "ordinary" bikes into at least good training bikes. No upfront cost, except for you having to invest in some navigation towers, but that's little compared to trying to buy and maintain a fleet of bikes. Sure, there would be wear and tear on the bikes, so perhaps you could have an event insurance to cover that, or have the participants responsible to cover the damage (I know I'd be willing to do the latter). I don't think this option would be for everyone, but it might cover some. This goes a bit towards what Pendragon was alluding to.
I really like the storage option you mentioned, that would be very useful to some of us.
Finally the idea about buying the bike, using it for training, then having it shipped is good. Neil (BlueBull2007) did that when training and then competing in the 2011Sertoes, and it worked well. This might lead you into the business of helping put the bike together, which I am not sure you want to, but that might be the expectation.