Cannondale Shuts Down
Posted January 24, 2003 - 12:11 PM
Posted January 24, 2003 - 06:43 PM
I went on finally to post to get it and it had just sold. Oh well now onto blue n white. You riding much?
Posted January 24, 2003 - 09:15 PM
Posted January 25, 2003 - 04:45 AM
Just think of the possibilities the lies ahead in the future, no camshafts, just electro-hydraulic valve actuation. Variable valve timing has done wonders to the cars we drive everyday.
Instead of cutting wires, advancing cam timing, changing jets and exhaust, we could just plug in our pda and dial in the power curve for the conditions we are riding.ABS on dirt bike? You never know.
It's only a matter of time before the EPA starts sniffing the exhaust at the local MX track.
The bottom line is,that I hate to see a company as innovative as Cdale lose money and go out of business. If they would have stayed profitable, it would have been good for the entire industry.
Posted January 25, 2003 - 04:47 AM
Yes I'm riding every week. The AMA Dist 20 HS Series starts next week.
Posted January 25, 2003 - 09:14 AM
What if Cannondale and ATK merged??? I think the result would be, a first class American Made dirtbike.
Posted January 25, 2003 - 10:07 AM
Posted January 25, 2003 - 10:39 AM
Shoulda outsourced the motor.
Coulda been producing more bikes, faster.
Woulda stayed in business?
I hope, for Cannondales sake, this is a temporary setback. I'd be first in line to buy one if it were a superior product. I own a Aerostitch riding suit http://www.aerostich...wearhouse.store because it is the finest, non-leather, riding suit available. It's also Made In The USA.
Posted January 25, 2003 - 01:51 PM
It is probably true that C-dale bit off a little too much to soon. I hope they can figure out a way to recover.
Posted January 25, 2003 - 04:23 PM
Polaris is a company that has the ability to design,develop,and market a product. They've made a pile of money over the years and could offer a company like Cannondale some stability. An extensive dealer network is icing on the cake.
Posted January 26, 2003 - 09:30 AM
Cannondale sounds like it was ahead of their time in some specialty areas like the Tucker automobiles of old, but hit a bump in the road of their own. Too bad, I really like seeing representation from as many competitors as possible--tends to keep everyone on their toes and forward-thinking.
Posted January 27, 2003 - 06:34 AM
Cannondale should have looked at other start up motorcycle companies to see how many fail and how many succeed and learned from their mistakes. Exelsior-Hendersen, various Harley Clone manufacturers, etc. have all failed in recent years. Look at Bimota with the V-due. They were a profitable company until they developed their own engine and now their history as well.
I know we all complain about how expensive our bikes are but the bottom line is that we get a lot of technology for the money. The big companies can supply bikes at reasonable prices due to large volume. Cannondale bit off way too much and was trying to sell bikes in a very competetive market.
Posted January 27, 2003 - 06:49 AM
Posted January 27, 2003 - 07:55 AM
Posted January 27, 2003 - 08:31 AM
Sorry couldn't resist!
Still roosting when were down.
Posted January 27, 2003 - 08:47 AM
However, I'd be willing to bet that any of the riders who were "Continuously finishing first in several classes" would have done so on other brands as well.
$21,412,000 loss on Motorsports in 2002. In otherwords, every motorcycle and ATV sold in 2002 was sold at a loss, according to Cannondale's annual report. To me, this isn't kicking a$$, it's losing your a$$.
Posted January 27, 2003 - 09:09 AM