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Guess Which Company Has Left A Press Loaner At My Apartment For 10 Months: Tales From The Slack

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Tim Cougar
Tim Cougar
21 days ago

Car & Driver had that happen with a Saturn Ion once. It failed to impress in testing and Saturn never picked it up after. So they stuck a logbook in it and it became a long-term test car: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15133124/2003-saturn-ion-long-term-road-test-maintenance-and-gripes-page-1/

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
21 days ago

I think they are scoring great PR from you because you love it so much and people respect your views. On the counter side Jalopnik evaluating an Indian motorcycle is just ludicrous because most of their writers hated cars didn’t know how to drive tried to intimidate people with do you know who I am, Elizabeth. Frankly did they have anyone who could even ride a motorcycle?

No Kids, Just Bikes
No Kids, Just Bikes
19 days ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Wes Siler started at Jalopnik, and he was a great motorcycle writer. His subsequent project, hellforleather, was stellar. Also, I think the current editor Bradley Brownell is a motorcycle guy.

Gubbin
Gubbin
21 days ago

After I got my first Zero, I had to remember to start up the other bikes occasionally, and keep track of how old the gas was. They just can’t be beat as commuters and errand-runners, and they’re not that expensive used.

Lotsofchops
Lotsofchops
21 days ago

What a terrible problem to have 😛
How long did it take you to get used to free loaners? I know it comes with the territory of the job, but I’ve always felt weird about getting “free” things; I think that partly comes down to working for a government contractor which has very strict federal regulations involved.

NosrednaNod
NosrednaNod
22 days ago

If you’re reading this it means you’re not a member.

But I am! I guess I must be a stupid member.

Collegiate Autodidact
Collegiate Autodidact
22 days ago

See if you can beat James May’s record; over at the Old Site Alanis King wrote about how May apparently had a Jaguar press car for three whole years: https://jalopnik.com/james-may-pretty-much-stole-a-jaguar-press-car-for-thre-1833201091

Smoke&Mears
Smoke&Mears
22 days ago

A friend of mine who works for the MIC had some sort of press\industry loaner Honda Grom for what seamed like years. I think she had to forcibly give it back. That Zero is a great bike to be stuck with!

Scott Ross
Scott Ross
22 days ago

I mean sometimes the firms and manufacturers forgets or gives people a free ride for a year or two. Looking at Honda and As The Magpie Flies. (dont expect an honest review from Amanda since she’s had no bike payment for two years)

With the zero are they letting you keep it for warm weather testing? Do they want the range to go above 120?

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
22 days ago

At what point do squatters right’s apply to the Zero? If they leave it for another year, they should be required to transfer the title to you.

VanGuy
VanGuy
22 days ago

“RevZilla”? Honestly a bit close to “Rezvani”. Although I’d take whatever the former is long before the latter.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
22 days ago
Reply to  VanGuy

It’s a silly name, but a good firm. I’ve bought a ton of stuff from them over the years, including all manner of hard to find replacement parts for my aging bike.

They occasionally even give you free stuff (in the form of a voucher dropped into your account) just because!

Squirrelmaster
Squirrelmaster
22 days ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I have a love/hate relationship with RevZilla. I love how easy they make it to find parts and accessories, but I hate how much money I keep giving them.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
22 days ago
Reply to  Squirrelmaster

Me too. But I justify it to myself with “well, their videos and exact measurements often save me the trouble of sending it back to get another size, so…”

Squirrelmaster
Squirrelmaster
22 days ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Absolutely. Their exact measurements have made me irritated with other online retailers who don’t provide that level of information and detail, as RevZilla shows it can be done if the effort is made.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
22 days ago

the front tire has rolled fewer miles than the rear tire

Go, Mercedes, Go!

https://cdn.dealerspike.com/imglib/v1/800×600/imglib/Assets/Blog/c7/d7/c7d76d33-8bcf-40e4-b82d-45844b1e64b4.jpg

That Guy with the Sunbird
That Guy with the Sunbird
22 days ago

Maybe they forgot? “Oops.”

Alexk98
Alexk98
22 days ago

My other guess is it costs an awful lot less to leave a bike on loan for a year than a whole car, and due to bikes not commonly being ridding in all weather like most cars are driven, getting a longer term review means the journo is going be able to give a more wholistic review rather than a “I only I had a week to test this so I rode it constantly and my ass hurts this thing sucks” sort of review

VanGuy
VanGuy
22 days ago
Reply to  Alexk98

….this actually makes me wonder about the economics of bikes in general, compared to cars. I’m guessing motorcycles sales are tiny (at least in the U.S.) compared to cars, but also I assume they pay back tooling and such sooner since they’re smaller, with fewer raw materials?

But at a very basic level, yeah, I think a manufacturer would cry less over a missing bike than a missing car.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
22 days ago
Reply to  VanGuy

Less, or, well, basically nonexistent, safety regulations, too, which means a design can have a vastly longer production run without fear of a sudden change to IIHS overlap rules creating a panic inducing press release

VanGuy
VanGuy
22 days ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

That’s an interesting thought, too. I guess there’s not as much room to aesthetically play with a motorcycle. Some, but not much.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
22 days ago
Reply to  VanGuy

I mean, Changjiang still sells an updated version of the 1938 BMW R71, the oldest passenger car designs still in production anywhere date to maybe the 1980s? 1986 Kia Pride & 1987 Peugeot 405

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
22 days ago
Reply to  VanGuy

Usually, they just do things put new plastic bits on an old bike for as long as they think they can. My Suzuki is a design from the ’80s that has a late ’90s fairing on it, when I bought it in the ’00s. 🙂

Last edited 22 days ago by Jack Trade
Mike Dris
Mike Dris
21 days ago
Reply to  Alexk98

I was thinking similar. This bike has had many articles with most of them being glowing reviews.

The only slightly negative article I can recall is the cold-weather battery issue. I was a little surprised the 12v battery totally died but high voltage systems often to have issues with very cold weather. I’d be surprised if Zero hasn’t already looked into some fixes.

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