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12/7/2018 7:00 PM

Talks lately about brand ambassadors got me thinking.. what riders do you associate with what brand and who should the ambassadors be.. Like when you think of a brand who is the first rider that comes to mind? Mine is;

Kawasaki - RV
Honda - MC
Suzuki - RC
Yamaha - CR (when he retires)
KTM - Dunge
Husky - Anderson I guess?

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12/7/2018 7:06 PM

Good topic. I agree with almost all your picks but unsure about Yamaha.

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"Who cares about what other people think"

12/7/2018 7:12 PM

Myke wrote:

Good topic. I agree with almost all your picks but unsure about Yamaha.

No one else really springs to mind for Yamaha that is recently retired, or is a real Yamaha guy? to me RV is not the fit

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12/7/2018 7:14 PM

Brand Ambassadors are a joke.

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12/7/2018 7:36 PM

Kettle One - Me

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12/7/2018 8:23 PM

Assuming in the USA:

KTM - Ryan Dungey
Husqvarna - Ryan Sipes
Yamaha - Doug Henry
Honda - Trey Canard
Suzuki - Ricky Carmichael
Kawasaki - Jeremy McGrath

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12/7/2018 10:15 PM

Myke wrote:

Good topic. I agree with almost all your picks but unsure about Yamaha.

McGrath for Yamaha
Nobody for Honda..... they don't deserve it!!!!!

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12/7/2018 10:25 PM

Kawi- Bubba
Suzuki- TP199
Honda- RC
KTM- Dunge
Yamaha- McGrath
Husky- Brownie

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12/7/2018 10:38 PM

TXDirt wrote:

Brand Ambassadors are a joke.

why?

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12/7/2018 10:48 PM

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

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12/7/2018 11:52 PM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

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12/7/2018 11:59 PM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

Sully wrote:

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

"bother me"- thats an interesting way to describe it.. It doesn't 'bother' me, I just don't see the point in it.

Will I buy a Yamaha because RV is the ambassador for it? No. Would I buy or not buy any brand because anyone was an ambassador for it? No.

Come to think of it, aren't ALL contracted riders 'brand ambassadors' for their current employer?? That's their job, no?
K'Roc is currently a brand ambassador for Honda, right?
Eli- Kawi.
And so on..

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12/8/2018 12:02 AM

Sully wrote:

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

There appears to be a trend on this forum that if you have an opinion on something, no matter what the subject, someone thinks you are bothered by it, or are butthurt by it and it's none of your business and you shouldn't concern yourself with it.
FFS man, it's only an opinion!

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12/8/2018 12:10 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/8/2018 12:11 AM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

Sully wrote:

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

"bother me"- thats an interesting way to describe it.. It doesn't 'bother' me, I just don't see the point in it.

Will I buy a Yamaha because RV is the ambassador for it? No. Would I buy or not buy any brand because anyone was an ambassador for it? No.

Come to think of it, aren't ALL contracted riders 'brand ambassadors' for their current employer?? That's their job, no?
K'Roc is currently a brand ambassador for Honda, right?
Eli- Kawi.
And so on..

So if you don’t like Brand Ambassador, what would you call a guy who represents a brand in public?

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12/8/2018 12:45 AM

Sully wrote:

So if you don’t like Brand Ambassador, what would you call a guy who represents a brand in public?

I call them riders.

K'Roc
Cole Seeley
Eli Tomac
Marv
Cooper
Weston
Justin
Chad
The list goes on. They are all 'brand ambassadors'.

Dunge- retired from racing, still seen riding an orange bike when he fancies it. Still wears a KTM coat when he's on tv... Not announced as or given job title as Brand ambassador- KTM already have the brand ambassadors- Cooper & Marv.

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12/8/2018 1:31 AM

TXDirt wrote:

Brand Ambassadors are a joke.

No. It's not

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12/8/2018 2:17 AM

The point basically is they are still a sponsored rider representing the brand at races they do.. yes all racers are brand ambassadors but retired legends that are still around are still sponsored in exchange for brand representation.

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12/8/2018 3:33 AM

I may associate RV with Kawasaki due to his longer racing career with them, but of all the brand ambassadors out there, he is the best one out there for Yamaha. He brings more visibility to his product than any other ambassador. He also links the Yamaha brand to the fun and joy of racing and hanging out with your buds at the track/trails. That is why most of us are in the sport.

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12/8/2018 3:39 AM

Eazy one:

Yamaha: Mcgrath

Kawasaki: J.Stewart

Suzuki: Carmichael

KTM: R.Dungey

Honda: Ricky Johnson

Husqvarna: No one for now but Anderson once retired



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12/8/2018 3:46 AM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

Sully wrote:

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

"bother me"- thats an interesting way to describe it.. It doesn't 'bother' me, I just don't see the point in it.

Will I buy a Yamaha because RV is the ambassador for it? No. Would I buy or not buy any brand because anyone was an ambassador for it? No.

Come to think of it, aren't ALL contracted riders 'brand ambassadors' for their current employer?? That's their job, no?
K'Roc is currently a brand ambassador for Honda, right?
Eli- Kawi.
And so on..

Not everyone is you.

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12/8/2018 4:11 AM

Is Emig still the Husqvarna brand ambassador ?

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12/8/2018 4:19 AM

Just who i think of first when i think of the brands

Kawi - rv, mitch payton, tomac
Honda - kdub, roczen
Suzuki - rc
Yamaha - mc barcia or reed
Ktm - dungey or cairoli
Husky - osborne or anderson

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12/8/2018 4:37 AM

agn5009 wrote:

Not everyone is you.

Ditto.

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12/8/2018 4:49 AM

Kawi- Emig
KTM- Dungey
Honda - McGrath
Yamaha - Henry. They should give him a new bike too.
Husky - Anderson ?
Suzuki - TYLER

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12/8/2018 5:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/8/2018 5:38 AM

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

The sport doesn't need Brand ambassadors! If a successful rider retires and stays on with his brand as an 'advisor' and subsequently does promo work for that brand then I get it, but to hire someone and label their job as a brand ambassador is just a pretentious nonsense. And to hire a man never to have professionally raced on that brand is simply bullshit. If yamaha can hire RV as a brand ambassador, they could hire Brad Pitt (or enter any celebrity name) for the same role?!

Sully wrote:

It’s a job title for guys who do exactly what your second sentence says. Why does it bother you?

Thisusernameisavailable wrote:

"bother me"- thats an interesting way to describe it.. It doesn't 'bother' me, I just don't see the point in it.

Will I buy a Yamaha because RV is the ambassador for it? No. Would I buy or not buy any brand because anyone was an ambassador for it? No.

Come to think of it, aren't ALL contracted riders 'brand ambassadors' for their current employer?? That's their job, no?
K'Roc is currently a brand ambassador for Honda, right?
Eli- Kawi.
And so on..

Exactly, all contracted riders are also brand ambassadors, it’s just a title. They all do it, but exactly how they go about it differs.

It’s marketing, all of these guys get eyeballs on product. People still want to see what RV is up to, and when they see him on a Yamaha, they might think “oh man that bike looks cool” and it doesn’t mean they instantly want to buy a Yamaha because RV is on it. But when they are in the market for a new bike they might conciously or sub-consciously think “man Yamahas are cool bikes, I think I’ll go take a look at the YZ”

Considering how much money goes into getting a bike from drawing board to the shop floor, marketing is a cheap expense.

Vital members also need to realize we aren’t the “normal consumer” most people that buy motorcycles don’t watch racing every weekend.
Love him or hate him, i guarantee Axel Hodges gets more eyeballs than a 10th place 250 guy.

Oh and I am sure Yamaha would love to have Brad Pitt as a brand ambassador, but he is going to cost a little more than RV.

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12/8/2018 5:27 AM

Doddy wrote:

Kawi- Emig
KTM- Dungey
Honda - McGrath
Yamaha - Henry. They should give him a new bike too.
Husky - Anderson ?
Suzuki - TYLER

Tyler rides suszukis not suzukis

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12/8/2018 6:55 AM

Yamaha = Damon Bradshaw

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12/8/2018 7:15 AM

Eddy wrote:

Yamaha = Damon Bradshaw

Thats what i was gonna Say , i could See Emig too , when i picture yamaha's i see those two

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12/8/2018 7:18 AM

blockhead17 wrote:

Talks lately about brand ambassadors got me thinking.. what riders do you associate with what brand and who should the ambassadors be.. Like when you think of a brand who is the first rider that comes to mind? Mine is;

Kawasaki - RV
Honda - MC
Suzuki - RC
Yamaha - CR (when he retires)
KTM - Dunge
Husky - Anderson I guess?

I was thinking the same thing. And how when you’re young and impressionable things kinda stick with you:
Kawasaki - Jim Weinert
Suzuki - Mark Barnett
Yamaha - Bob Hannah
Honda (Mugen) - Johnny O’Mara
Honda - Donnie Hansen
Can-Am - Jim Holley
Maico - Barry Higgins

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12/8/2018 7:53 AM

Honda - MC
Kawasaki - RV
Yamaha - Not sure
Suzuki - RC
KTM - The Dunge
Husky - Not sure

RV on blue is just as funny as Emig on Husky, or even MC on green...

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....