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Re: MAC-PAC: OT: Spyder BRP (3-wheeled motorcycle)
- From: Robert Silas <robert.silas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 16:31:59 -0500
- Subject: Re: MAC-PAC: OT: Spyder BRP (3-wheeled motorcycle)
Personally I always look for practicality, I also thought that there is no market for these 3 wheelers. But you have a good point there.
Regarding snowmobiles, water-skis etc., all those vehicles supplied types of transportation not yet in existence at the time.
The original idea of the 3-wheelers came from England when in the early 1900s those 3 wheelers were used as "car-substitutes". If I remember well, I read something called "The troubled history of British car making"(???), that in England there were laws or high taxes on cars and car fabrication was subdued. I believe that this was another reason for making 3 wheelers. In my childhood I remember seeing some, with exposed JAP V-engines in front.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bruno Valeri
To: Oilheads List ; Mac-Pac list
Cc: Steve Makohin
Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2007 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: MAC-PAC: OT: Spyder BRP (3-wheeled motorcycle)
From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> PS: In the words of one friend of mine, it's nice to see Canadians making a
> product for a virtually non-existent market :-)
True, but it's in keeping with Bombardier philosophy, part of their DNA coding,
if you will. :)
To think outside the box.
Armand Bombardier invented snowmobiles and created a huge market where non
Bombardier, the company, introduced Sea-Doo watercraft, creating a huge market
where non existed.
They innovated with the ATV market.
The Spyder is an extension of the Powersports product mix. It is not an attempt
at creating a motorcycle. It's a leisure product meant to provide
entertainment in the same way that personal watercraft and snowmobiles do. In
this sense, there is an overlap as many people buy motorcycles for an
entertainment value vs strictly practical tramsportation.
BTW, Rotax, owned by BRP, power several BMW models as well as supply the 990cc
V-twin for the Aprilia sportbike. This is the engine now in the Spyder.
I'm looking forward to riding one for review.
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