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Old 08-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #31
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The guy (company) that designed the frame, suspension, wheels for the rover owns a company that builds, among other things, mountain bikes. Litespeed is a high end titanium bike building company. They turned to aerospace when the bike industry crashed in 2007. Their bike sales have fallen off sharply since that time. This is the same company that designed Lance Armstrong's first Tour de France victory TT bike. It was made of titanium. (Had a Trek sticker on it...)

At any rate, I would love to see a US company build a titanium dual sport motorcycle. Not sure if its been done before. But, given they have built MTB's and Mars rovers out of titanium, I would imagine they could do it for motorcycles. Super strong, super light...
Strong? You meant to say stiff, right? Titanium would not stand up to the rigors of off road riding and the flexural modulus that offroad riding requires, the tubes would be fine, but all of the welds would fall part with one good day in the Cali deserts. A road bike like Armstrong's would never see the bashing thatoffloadd bikes get and this Martian machine will never go fast enough to stress the material or the welds.

I had titanium pipe berths and stanchions on my Grand Prix offshore racer and they all broke welds routinely because they can't flex properly without breaking welds.

Great material if used correctly, not for a dirt bike though.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:31 PM   #32
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Strong? You meant to say stiff, right? Titanium would not stand up to the rigors of off road riding and the flexural modulus that offroad riding requires, the tubes would be fine, but all of the welds would fall part with one good day in the Cali deserts. A road bike like Armstrong's would never see the bashing thatoffloadd bikes get and this Martian machine will never go fast enough to stress the material or the welds.

I had titanium pipe berths and stanchions on my Grand Prix offshore racer and they all broke welds routinely because they can't flex properly without breaking welds.

Great material if used correctly, not for a dirt bike though.
What 'bout 7075 Aluminum dog bones?
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:33 PM   #33
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What 'bout 7075 Aluminum dog bones?
I called that one too...........

And you personally saw the titanium on my boat fall apart.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #34
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I called that one too...........
But you were still willing to ride 800 miles with them. But you knew the physics of the "Tennnis shoe" suspension.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #35
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But you were still willing to ride 800 miles with them. But you knew the physics of the "Tennnis shoe" suspension.
Still perfecting that one..
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:45 PM   #36
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Everyone knows it would have to be billet titanium. Oh and by the way, where's the ktm support vehicle for the mars pic? We all know that thing wouldn't even make it to the moon without breaking down!
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:57 PM   #37
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1. Is it really offroading on Mars when Mars has no roads?

Say the word OFFROAD, Thats riding were there is no roads, like Mars. But give the Huggers some time and that will be closed too..

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #38
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:34 PM   #39
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What 'bout 7075 Aluminum dog bones?

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:27 PM   #41
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Check the link for the 360 degree panoramic photo that this came from MARS

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443991704577579652958963584.html?m od=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read



It looks like few years from now Mars could have a new terrains wide open for Dakar... Must trailer ur bike up their though.
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I will never understand how anyone could be against space exploration. It is vital to our advancement and our future and a great never ending adventure.
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should be a good show!

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-probe-sna...115251441.html
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