What Does Dirt Biking Look Like in 10 Years?

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5/14/2019 1:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/14/2019 1:18 PM

Here's a few of mine to get started:

* Riding Categories - Hybrid/ CrossOver becomes normal as MX and Offroad merge more together
* Bikes - Electric and Automatic Gas become common, 2 New Manufacturer's Emerge and replace 2 others
* Demographics - 1/2 of Dealers disappear along with 1/4 of the Riders
* Media - Magazines disappear, TV becomes streaming of all Events
* Events - Locations continue to come to the Populated Areas like SX and away from remote locations




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5/14/2019 1:20 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/14/2019 1:28 PM

The 450 4t will die like the 500 2t
We will have one manufacturer no longer offer Mx bikes.
We will have one manufacturer get back in the 2stroke game.
Ktm will aquire another brand. Raise it from the ashes to become another steady top 5 contender.
Everyone gets a first place trophie...

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5/14/2019 1:24 PM

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5/14/2019 1:36 PM

California:
No gasoline engines, 2 or 4 stroke.

Electric motors only.
Only can charge batteries from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am

No dirt mx tracks. All mx tracks will be concrete.

Hover mx in 30 years

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5/14/2019 1:46 PM

Pure speculation but something similar to this



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5/14/2019 1:57 PM


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5/14/2019 2:00 PM

Talisker wrote:

The 450 4t will die like the 500 2t
We will have one manufacturer no longer offer Mx bikes.
We will have one manufacturer get back in the 2stroke game.
Ktm will aquire another brand. Raise it from the ashes to become another steady top 5 contender.
Everyone gets a first place trophie...

1. I hope. It's for the best. Just like it was back then.
2. Suzuki
3. Suzuki
4. Harley Davidson

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5/14/2019 2:07 PM

Personally, I think it'll look pretty similar to what we have now. I just don't see electric bikes taking over. I suppose it is possible, and depending on who's running the government it might just be mandatory, but an engine that burns fuel is, at least to my way of thinking, what brings excitement. The noise, the smell, the ability to tune it to perfection. I'm probably completely wrong, but I hope not. If electrics become mandatory, I'll just quit riding. Hell, I'm about too old anyway.

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Harrison Backmon, Esq.

5/14/2019 2:07 PM


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5/14/2019 2:32 PM

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5/14/2019 2:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/14/2019 2:35 PM

I’m going to try a little positivity in this thread...

Have you guys ever done endurance races that combine MX and a bit of off-road? Two hour long races with teams of 1,2, or 3. So much seat time, still competitive and not a ton of waiting around but enough time to pit and eat drink some water.

These types of races are THE BEST form of racing I’ve ever done. So fun. I hope they get more popular.

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5/14/2019 2:53 PM

Take your new quiet electric bike to the track. Ill keep my loud 450f that smells fantastic

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5/14/2019 2:58 PM

Goon126 wrote:

Take your new quiet electric bike to the track. Ill keep my loud 450f that smells fantastic

I dig your angst, but how does a 450f smell fantastic?

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5/14/2019 3:00 PM

Goon126 wrote:

Take your new quiet electric bike to the track. Ill keep my loud 450f that smells fantastic

GrapeApe wrote:

I dig your angst, but how does a 450f smell fantastic?

haha race fuel brotha

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5/14/2019 3:02 PM

Few / little dealers left

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5/14/2019 3:13 PM

All Electric. New places open up to ride. More people involved in the sport due to more places to ride and easier to ride electric. Noise pollution has been the biggest issue since going 4 stroke. So many tracks closed down due to complaints. I fire my bike up in my garage for 30 seconds and people start poking their heads out around here. I welcome the electric change.

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5/14/2019 3:23 PM

Johnny Depp wrote:

Here's a few of mine to get started:

* Riding Categories - Hybrid/ CrossOver becomes normal as MX and Offroad merge more together
* Bikes - Electric and Automatic Gas become common, 2 New Manufacturer's Emerge and replace 2 others
* Demographics - 1/2 of Dealers disappear along with 1/4 of the Riders
* Media - Magazines disappear, TV becomes streaming of all Events
* Events - Locations continue to come to the Populated Areas like SX and away from remote locations




Not sure what the future holds but as for the present, I must say I love your use of dirt bike as a verb. “Hey hun, I’m off to go dirt-biking, be back shortly”

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5/14/2019 3:38 PM

Goon126 wrote:

Take your new quiet electric bike to the track. Ill keep my loud 450f that smells fantastic

GrapeApe wrote:

I dig your angst, but how does a 450f smell fantastic?

VP T4

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2016 RMz450

5/14/2019 4:38 PM

1. Tracks become fun with challenging sections because some of the older guys with egos stop riding due to age, and track owners don't have to deal with them bitching anymore any time a jump isn't a glorified speed bump.

2. Electric starts to take a decent market share, but doesn't fully take over. However the writing will be on the wall and the advantages will be impossible to deny.

3. We see a move toward composite chassis, with multiple different materials being used for different sections. Much like husky uses a steel frame and composite subframe, the same idea will be applied to the main frame of the bike as material bonding improves over time.

4. As computing power becomes cheaper and cheaper, we'll see an increase in complexity on gas bikes and possibly a closed loop EFI system that becomes standard. Two strokes will also (finally) move toward EFI.

5. Chinese bikes will continue to gain market share and potentially begin to rival Japanese bikes

6. A new American company will pick up where Alta left off. The foundation has been laid, someone will build upon it and really shock the industry if done correctly. Alta had some major tricks up their sleeve just before they went under, and had they stayed afloat the industry would have absolutely been turned on its head.

7. The powers that be will continue to desperately reach a casual fan base that does not exist, and be blindly persistent in their efforts to engage a general population audience would could literally not give 1/4 of a shit about any form of racing. We will be told that many changes are necessary to "grow the sport", none of which will have any measurable effect just like it has not for the past 20 years.

8. People will still gather on Vital and bitch to no end about topics that are limited only by your imagination. Electric bikes will be simpler mechanically, easier to ride, and require almost no maintenance, yet we will still have people telling us that two strokes are more economical and accessible to the average person.

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5/14/2019 5:48 PM

The way things are going

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5/14/2019 6:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/14/2019 6:12 PM

wishing a 125 class had been legitimised(way earlier that is, by the 10 year mark the chance for proactive planning will be long lost)

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vomiting equals disqualification.

5/14/2019 6:17 PM

There will be safe spaces, time outs, participation trophies and non binary racers.....

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5/14/2019 6:22 PM


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5/14/2019 6:24 PM

Until I see differently, it will look exactly as it has since the beginning of time. Dirt, jumps and motorcycles that drink gasoline

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5/14/2019 6:27 PM

Goggles will be $300.

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5/14/2019 6:27 PM

New tracks will not opening for electric bikes. They will be less than 5 percent of the market.

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5/14/2019 7:06 PM

Big changes coming. Elon Musk already developing a single wheel bi-motor lithium nuclear powered single wheel cycle.
Reliable source says something like this.

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5/14/2019 7:10 PM

Vital will be hoping to see the 2030 rm125 that will use a 2005 rm125 engine in a 2019 rmz250 frame

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5/14/2019 7:15 PM

I think it'll look pretty similar to now. 2009 compared to now isn't much different at all, and I don't see electric catching on nearly as much as some people want it to.

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