Originally Posted by soldiermedic
Addition to this story....
I spoke with Dave Schumann at the St. Louis RV show about the bike. Everyone was talking about the price of the unit. It turns out that Sandra Bullock wanted an Airstream so Jesse and the factory struck a deal for the bike.
Airstream plans to use it for advertising, and will likely auction it off in the future for charity.
This was discussed before in eariler threads and now to my horror in the latest Airstream Life. Waste of good paper.
I am already turned off by the celebrity biker boy costume parade and now the Airstream Company spends 250k for this ridiculous bike.
Will another celebrity bid more than this amount so Airstream can finally donate procedes to a worthy cause.
That's a long way to go for a company that actually makes a highly visible product that could have been used as service units during Katrina, or the many floods, hurricanes, and other disasters that have stuck this Country while Jesse was building this for the last two years. Two years?
Imagine Airstreams donated to the Red Cross, Animal rescue groups, and so many relief agencies that could have used the help and Just imagine the good will that would have created for "The Company"
The bike just reaks excess and is completely unrideable. It's whole purpose is to annoy john Q public with it's straight pipes and menacing look. Boring. everyone already owns one, now even the Prez of Airstream.
The advertising is backfiring for me. Big turn off. Imagine the Pan America pulls into the campsite next to you at, say, Glacier National Park. The back door opens (probably by remote control) and four middle aged dudes dressed like pirates roll out their trophy hogs planning to ride up and down the Going to the sun road for the next four days.
Nature vacation OVER.
sorry, I just love making fun of this. But really....Charity , IMAGE? and PR and target markets and really? not buying it.