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Old 03-02-2007, 10:31 AM   #16
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the more i look at it, the more i like it. looks to be well thought.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:32 AM   #17
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+1 on some type of luggage rack to base some bags or boxes on.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #18
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Great job! It does look nice; however, the base Monster weighs in at ~425lbs (regardless of cc). I'm thinking that thing might have pig potential.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:43 AM   #19
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What's not to like???
900cc plus, please.

Originally Posted by dfwscotty
+1 on some type of luggage rack to base some bags or boxes on.
Give Roger at Caribou about a minute and a half and he'll be developing your solution.
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:25 PM   #20
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:28 PM   #21
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For christ sake

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just take the fucking honda to a dealer and wholesale it so we dont have to see your toaster ad any more!!
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:03 PM   #22
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Why......why......why... would you show me something like this? After all the self help books I've been reading on addictions, I was just beginning to believe I had a problem and didn't need any more bikes.
What have you done?..........What did I ever do to you?

Make mine a 1000 .........and in red please!
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:14 PM   #23
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Now that's just frickin awesome

Now I'd like to see Suzuki follow suit w/ the weestrom.

Originally Posted by Desert Dave
Spy photos are great, photoshops are fun, but this is the real deal.

I'm fortunate enough to have a good friend at Overland Motorcycles who gave me the oppurtunity that we all want....the chance to help mold a developing motorcycle.

The "Terra Mostro"

A Ducati based dual sport based on the idea of a the mid displacement adventure bike we've all been talking about. As I've only ridden an earlier prototype on the street I can't give a full ride impression yet. Even after riding with me an seeing the way I treat my bikes , I've still been invited to give it a full test in the dirt soon .

More to come............
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:03 PM   #24
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Wow! How much $$$?
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:25 AM   #25
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Where to start.

First I didn't build this bike, just had some input. About the only "engineering" I did was a day at the shop measuring for an appropriate shock length and experimening with wheel travel options. Hardley a speck compared to all the hard work that's gone into this. Basically I'm the guy in the corner with a beer telling them when somthing was crap or not

Really I fit into the picture as a good example of thier target demographic for this bike. We've spent hours tossing around ideas as far as function, looks and other specifics. I'll try to address some of your questions, I don't have any specs and some are subject to change as it's still evolving. I've aready seen this bike in many different stages.

Seems many of you are concerned that it is along the lines of a plated dual sport more than an adventure bike. I probably wouldn't be involved if that was the case, let's face it, if you just want a dirt bike with plates there are already many good options. In the early stages of this bikes concept the goals were what I'm looking for: to build a bike that's really off-roadworthy yet can handle a full day of open highway, whether traveling or sport, and not feel like you're abusing the bike or yourself in either environment. That's not a mission statement , just a summary of ideas.

As for some of the specifics, I wouldn't be intrested without luggage potential. If you can't carry gear it's not an adventurebike IMO. While there are no current plans to manufacture luggage, there are model specific options availble that bolt on, and I'm sure it wouldn't take much to adapt others products as well.

Colors? Whatever factory colors you want. I've seen it in red, very sexy In fact that's another concept that's important, custom packages that will allow you to choose how you want yours from options that work for you, not cookie cutter bikes like big manufacurers. A bike should FIT you and have options for how you intend to use it. Choices are what it's all about.

I can't comment on price as nothing is set yet and it'll depend on options, but the numbers I've heard thrown around it will be doable for the average guy and not an over-expensive novelty for a few.

Scapegoat- YES this is a real plan. Speculation was a long time ago. This has been a full time job for some, not just an evening and weekend project. I've been amazed from the little insight I've had as to what I've learned about the market and sourcing parts/costs etc. as well as whats involved with making your own parts.

Zapp- don't worry, these guys are on the west coast so availability will be in the states no problem

It's good to hear feedback from you guys on the project. It looks like it's heading the right direction and more input can only help make decisions at this point.
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:51 AM   #26
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What a cool looking bike! It's amazing how longer travel and a knarley set of knobs can alter a bikes appearance.
Good on ya! wayne
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:36 AM   #27
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:41 AM   #28
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So how would this gorgeous beast be titled? A Ducati, A Terra Mostro? Importanat consideration with insuring, registering, etc.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:13 AM   #29
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sweet beast!
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And don't be scared, just enjoy your ride.

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Old 03-03-2007, 01:16 PM   #30
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WOW I like it!

Looks great.

Will there ba a chain guard of any sort?
Where is the oil cooler
What is the displacement? 900 750 800 1000 650?
Fuel injected or carbs?
How loud is the exhaust?
Wet or dry clutch?
What size are the rims? 21 in front and 17 rear?
How many can they make in a year?
(answer any you feel like... )

Love the concept. If the weight can be kept down...

Keep us in the loop!
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