So... I Rode the Alta!

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7/23/2017 3:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/22/2017 4:48 PM

I hit the 110 out to milestone today to ride and stumbled upon a dealership set up with a test ride tent for the new Alta MX machine.

Upon throwing a leg over, I got the feeling that I was on one nimble, quick motorcycle. Not having to kickstart the bike in 95 degree heat was obviously a gift from God, and getting going was as easy as one, two, three (literally)

There were four map settings available, two trail settings and two MX settings. The standard moto setting was very comparable to what I'd say would be a mix between a 250 and 350 four stroke. The only other map I decided to try was the fastest setting, or "hooligan" setting as the lovely representative called it. The hooligan setting was gnarly my dudes. Ever want to feel the torque of Eli Tomac's KX450F? Sign up to ride the Alta and put it on into that fourth map. I was spinning the rear everywhere, these things are fast and I don't care what anyone else says, they can compete. With correct body positioning and weight transfer it plants the rear very well and takes off like a damn missile.

The suspension was not set up for a 250 novice rider so it was damn soft but with some tweaks it would have been perfect. Solid suspension given the circumstances. Braking was insane, definitely one of the hardest stopping bikes I've ridden.

Overall if you've never checked one out I would definitely suggest riding one if given the chance, a high price tag maybe true but for two laps to feel it out there's no reason not to!

Thank you to the people who were there at the stone today and thank you Alta for making moto great again!

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7/23/2017 3:48 PM

Cool review - I can't wait to try one!

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7/23/2017 4:30 PM

Thanks for sharing. I want to ride one soon.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

7/23/2017 4:39 PM

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

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7/23/2017 4:42 PM

Mx746 wrote:

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

They still make sounds, just different sounds wink but it is pretty cool to hear the rear tire digging. Not something you can hear on a gas bike.

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7/23/2017 4:44 PM

I've went from a huge skeptic of Alta bikes to deciding that they will rule when battery tech gets perfected.

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7/23/2017 4:54 PM

All it will take is a top rider posting some killer results somewhere. I have seen an electric MX bike take a massive starting lead at a Cross Country race. As everyone starts with their bikes off and at the GO, they start their bikes and launch, the electric was just gone, so far ahead of everyone.

Then being able to just stop on a tight rocky climbing section with many other bikes stopped or stalled in front, the rider just pointed else where and turned the throttle, no worries of stalling at all.

Honestly I think those that grow up with electric bikes, that can compete, will not have the same attachment to the gas bikes that we have.

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7/23/2017 5:01 PM

Saw you guys out there today. I should of stopped to check it out

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7/23/2017 5:55 PM

Mx746 wrote:

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

colintrax wrote:

They still make sounds, just different sounds wink but it is pretty cool to hear the rear tire digging. Not something you can hear on a gas bike.

The thing is so powerful and so fun to ride I didn't have time to give a flying fuck about what I heard from it!!! I was too busy focusing on controlling the bike and I think if you're a real enthusiast you do the exact same.

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7/23/2017 5:57 PM

Aceofspades wrote:

I've went from a huge skeptic of Alta bikes to deciding that they will rule when battery tech gets perfected.

Yeah the battery life seemed pretty good considering it was being abused all day, I think they had two MX models in rotation and probably charged each one only once in about a 5 hour time span. We got two laps each on it, the bike seemed like it has the potential to last way longer than I physically could on a rough track.

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7/23/2017 6:04 PM

Also saw a super moto alta out there

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7/23/2017 6:06 PM

They are definitely the future, but given the high price of some current 4 strokes and how many people moan about that pricing then I am not sure the Altas will take off until the cost is a lot more competitive, regardless of how good they

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Current rides: 2020 CRF450RWE and 2019 TC300
Occasional ride for VMX: 1985 CR500RF
Adventure/Road bike: CRF1000L

7/23/2017 6:11 PM

I just wish I was younger too reap the full benefits of e bikes as you could have tracks everywhere and no one would give two shits . I love my 4t but they have killed more tracks than any tree huggers could .

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7/23/2017 6:22 PM

kiwifan wrote:

They are definitely the future, but given the high price of some current 4 strokes and how many people moan about that pricing then I am not sure the Altas will take off until the cost is a lot more competitive, regardless of how good they

Valid points. If they somehow manage to keep the performance of the product where it is but drop the out the door price about 3-5K I think they have the potential to throw some haymakers at other OEM's sales numbers.

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7/23/2017 6:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/23/2017 6:31 PM

kiwifan wrote:

They are definitely the future, but given the high price of some current 4 strokes and how many people moan about that pricing then I am not sure the Altas will take off until the cost is a lot more competitive, regardless of how good they

MX Guy wrote:

Valid points. If they somehow manage to keep the performance of the product where it is but drop the out the door price about 3-5K I think they have the potential to throw some haymakers at other OEM's sales numbers.

absolutely agree 100% smile

More likely other manufacturers will follow suit rather than say produce 2 strokes....Honda has been using Mugen to develop very very fast electric bike racers (esp. at the IOM)...you can bet that technology will eventually flow out to customers at some point

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Current rides: 2020 CRF450RWE and 2019 TC300
Occasional ride for VMX: 1985 CR500RF
Adventure/Road bike: CRF1000L

7/23/2017 6:39 PM

Somebody in the industry should hire MX Guy to test, he is fast and writes good stuff that makes sense.
Alta could use this guy as a spokesman.

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7/23/2017 6:42 PM

Mx746 wrote:

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

4 strokes sound like shit anyway, good riddance valves

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7/23/2017 7:05 PM

Has anyone tried an Alta on a deep sand track?

How well will it work there?

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7/23/2017 7:30 PM

Mx746 wrote:

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

Hut wrote:

4 strokes sound like shit anyway, good riddance valves

I wouldn't miss the farters either from a sound stand point lol.

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7/23/2017 7:38 PM

I haven't seen one here in Japan.
I'm guessing the price would be the biggest issue selling them here.
Alta, if you're reading this and need someone to set up a demo and dealership in Japan, let me know!
They definitely are a big part of the future, and there's a lot of possibilities moving forward with them.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

7/23/2017 7:47 PM

No doubt this is the future. Lower maintenance, lower sound. Price will come Downs's the tech matures. They have a hell of a great product going.

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7/23/2017 8:48 PM

Mx746 wrote:

we've already lost one of 5 senses with loss of 2t's and castor.
Im not ready to lose sound as well.
someday we'll ride with virtual reality helmets instead of bikes, and the transformation will be complete.

colintrax wrote:

They still make sounds, just different sounds wink but it is pretty cool to hear the rear tire digging. Not something you can hear on a gas bike.

MX Guy wrote:

The thing is so powerful and so fun to ride I didn't have time to give a flying fuck about what I heard from it!!! I was too busy focusing on controlling the bike and I think if you're a real enthusiast you do the exact same.

I think that'll be true now, when they're new. But eventually, like the 2 strokes, we'll find ourselves turning back a bit because we miss "that sound". By no means am I against electric bikes, I think they're Uber cool and I can't wait to try one!

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Osama Bin Mixin - Head of the 2-stroke Taliban

7/23/2017 9:27 PM

I'm sure they could do what is done with electric R/C planes where a light weight sound system can be added and then you can have whatever sound track you want, 2 stroke or 4 stroke haha

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7/23/2017 9:34 PM

"light weight sound system"

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7/23/2017 10:01 PM

krypto71 wrote:

I'm sure they could do what is done with electric R/C planes where a light weight sound system can be added and then you can have whatever sound track you want, 2 stroke or 4 stroke haha

Could I cancel out the sounds from my bike and make it sound like Gared's instead?

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7/23/2017 10:06 PM

krypto71 wrote:

I'm sure they could do what is done with electric R/C planes where a light weight sound system can be added and then you can have whatever sound track you want, 2 stroke or 4 stroke haha

I can't really wrap my head around needing loudness to go fast. When I hop on a bike I haven't ridden I still think the same as when I'm on my own bike, and I basically always go the same speed after a couple laps of adjusting. I think tripping out over the sound of it is just wasting time you could be thinking about how fun it is.

If you think it's totally quiet you are surely mistaken. You can definitely hear the thing. Maybe not if you're on a clapped out two smoker and an Alta rider is coming in hot behind you, but riding it yourself there's most certainly a fantastic Fomula-E type sound.

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7/23/2017 10:11 PM

Nah, just go with Huts sound system lol.

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7/23/2017 10:56 PM

kiwifan wrote:

They are definitely the future, but given the high price of some current 4 strokes and how many people moan about that pricing then I am not sure the Altas will take off until the cost is a lot more competitive, regardless of how good they

I agree i couldn't afford 1 if I had too

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7/24/2017 1:47 AM

Thanks for the good review MX dude

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7/24/2017 7:56 AM

Nice review. Thanks!


RC cars have onboard sound

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"Who cares about what other people think"