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RainyDaze

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  1. 16 vs. 18

    I heard the EM replacement battery is $2500!?!? How's that for sticker shock? They are probably embarrassed to list it on their website parts catalogue. I understand they will refurb a battery pack for much less money though.
  2. 16 vs. 18

    I am seriously considering the OSET too. I’m 200lbs, probably 220 geared up, which is a little higher than they recommend. It seems a bit more like a toy, but my primary goal is back yard riding so it could be perfect. I’m sure I could learn a lot on it and upgrade to a proper trials bike later without losing as much money on resale. I know a guy with an OSET and he said he’d let me ride it for a couple days. I’m really looking forward to giving it a try.
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    Yes, the auto clutch is a tool for trails and a huge energy saver for long rides. It’s a total cheater tool, and works super well for its purpose, which isn’t trials. That being said, I’ve seen some very impressive trials riding on these EM bikes, at a level that would take me years to achieve, if at all. The cost of this experiment is what I’m agonizing over. I have 7 acres of land so there is lots of fun that could be had here. Feels like I’m a year too early too. There seems to be a lot of advancement in electric trials and 2019 may see some new releases and significant improvements (clutches and gears)
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    The dealer said $7900 USD. It has zero miles and a full warranty still. Another guy in here sold a used ‘17 for $6500, so yes $7900 is a bit to high.
  5. 16 vs. 18

    I wonder what the dealer cost is on these things? From what I've heard over the years, the dealers don't make much on bike sales. The parts and service is where the money is. Making him a lower offer is definitely the right move if I decide to try out the EM.
  6. 16 vs. 18

    I have zero riding experience with Trials, but have owned motorcycles for +30 years. I ride a '16 KTM300xc-w now and want to explore something new that will also benefit my woods riding skills. A silent electric bike would be the ticket since I could ride in my yard and some other local areas that wouldn't draw any attention. Where I live we drive 1-2 hours to get to a riding area. I recently put a Rekluse and LHRB (left hand rear brake) on my KTM and I really like it. It operates like my mountain bike now. The EM without a clutch would be setup similarly and would be a great training tool. If the trials bug bit me hard I could always join a local club and get a proper gasser later. I have read others mention the turning radius. I'll have to go see it in person again to see if that'll be a deal breaker for me. I've also heard there could be updates for 2019 with the EM ePure, but what those are is still a mystery. That will likely affect the resale value even more. If future electric bikes come out with gears and clutches and are in the price range of the new GasGas TXE ($15k USD) then this discounted '16 may not depreciate bad as you may initially think. It may not be as versatile, but it'd be half the cost. Too bad the E bikes haven't really taken off yet. I'm probably a couple years early.
  7. 16 vs. 18

    There is only one dealer in my state. They'd have to order a 2018 at MSRP, $9,595. The '16 is sitting on the showroom floor, and in my opinion $1500 off is a fair deal for a leftover model of any bike, provided it doesn't have some glaring performance or reliability issues. So few folks have these bikes it's hard to find an opinion (or facts) on how different each model year has been. Someone mentioned in another post on this forum that he's ridden a '15, '16, and '17 and the '17 was the best yet. Was it $1500 better?? That's what I'd like to know. Considering this dealer has a '16 on the floor and it isn't selling after 2 years, I'm worried that when it comes time for me to sell it I'll have a hard time finding buyer. I might lose less reselling the '16 with the discount though.
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    Looking at my first trials bike and I’m going electric so I can ride on my own property. My local dealer has a new ‘16 sport for $1500 off MSRP. I’m torn if I should scoop that up or get an ‘18. Are the motor improvements that significant or any other refinements that would make a new ‘18 a better option?
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