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Old 10-12-11, 12:24 AM   #1
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Bicycles Made by Car makers....

Not that I care much for them, but some are very interesting in design.


http://autos.yahoo.com/news/bikes-fr...companies.html



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From a marketing standpoint, a car company selling a branded bicycle makes solid sense. If you’re into four-wheeled fun, there’s a good chance two wheels also light your fire. And for anyone aspiring to own a Mercedes-Benz or other exotic car, a bike’s a nice way to get a Three-Pointed Star or Land Rover in the garage at a fraction of the cost.

But don’t dismiss all auto-bikes as mere sales tools. These days, companies as different as Ford and Ferrari are selling bicycles that offer consumers cutting edge products that won’t embarrass you at the next latte-fueled gathering of road warriors.

"Bikes are on the rise in people’s daily lives as they become more conscious of the environment, and that includes car companies,” says Andrew Bernstein, gear editor at Bicycling magazine, who notes that the range of auto-bike product is broad, from fully outsourced machines to bicycles that are produced with the input of in-house designers and engineers.

The ideal customer for these bikes are people who want the name Porsche or BMW on their down tube,” he says. “But in some cases you’re actually buying something unique and cutting edge, as with many of these e-bikes. The great thing about them is you can bike to work and not get there sweaty.”

Bernstein has a word of advice for anyone considering an auto-related bicycle: Test drive it if at all possible. “The main drawback of these kinds of bikes is that often they’re not sitting in a showroom with a demo program that allows you to ride it,” he says. “If you can’t do that, go online and see what people who already own that model say.”
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Old 10-12-11, 04:45 AM   #2
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Kia started as a bicycle company.
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Old 10-12-11, 08:01 AM   #3
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What a stupid, unresearched article. People get paid to write that junk ?
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Old 10-12-11, 11:15 AM   #4
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What a stupid, unresearched article. People get paid to write that junk ?
It's from Yahoo. We can't expect much.
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Old 10-12-11, 11:31 AM   #5
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Paying to have your Brand Name painted on It is not exactly the same as Making It.
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Old 10-12-11, 03:48 PM   #6
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Chances are they don't make the bike or the cars.
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Old 10-12-11, 04:56 PM   #7
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I was under the impression that Ford's bike was vapor ware.
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Old 10-12-11, 05:50 PM   #8
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Kia started as a bicycle company.
Yup. And Honda started as a shop outfitting bicycles with engines.

Here's what I think is the real reason:
"If you’re into four-wheeled fun, there’s a good chance two wheels also light your fire."

Definitely true for me.
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Old 10-14-11, 10:31 AM   #9
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FORD made a bike back in 2000/2001 called Th!nk (it was also electric)
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