Post by Mills Extreme Vehicles on Jan 25, 2016 12:19:58 GMT
The licence to manufacture the Eco-Exo in the USA is an option I can offer. Not withstanding the good intentions we hear of in the UK, it is time to get this party started. My licence' all carry provision for ensuring that active marketing and manufacturing continues. If a licencee only made 3-5 per year but at least had occasional adverts in magazines and stock, a demo vehicle, magazine features, and news items then that seems reasonable even though huge potential is potentially left untapped. If on the other hand we see no proof of anything going on apart from forum chat then the licence terms are not being adhered to. If none are made or sold in a given year then the project is dead in the water. Action speaks louder than words and a picture speaks a thousand words. I am very proud of Eco-Exo, it will remain in production. Our licence fees have to be negotiable to fit the person or firm involved, fees need to be sustainable, realistic and not over encumbering. A licence must contain terms that will ensure longevity and future proof the value of any money invested whilst also protecting the product the brand and it's end user. It would then follow that full tech support and marketing assistance will be provided and the right to use the MEV brand will be permitted whist the agreed licence terms are adhered to. Please come back to me if you are seriously interested by PM.
I will not pretend to even know the first step in becoming a manufacturer of anything. At my age of Nearly 67, I am a bit to old to engage in a start up business. That does not dampen my desire to see the Eco-Exo become more than it is. On ocassion, I check Exomotive's home page. They are selling Exocet's all over the USA. It would be great to see those sorts of sales in the US for the Eco-Exo. Someone with a bit of knowledge of fabrication, welding and salesmanship could bring this trike up to its true potential. Whether it is made in the UK, or the USA, is not really important. What is important is actually Making it, regardless of location.
Stuart, if you find a US builder, I will make myself available to the new US manufacturer to answer questions concerning my build and the mods needed to adapt the 2007+ power train and electronics. I will also provide photos, and answer questions. I am sure Edward in Wisconsin would offer the same concerning his build and the mods necessary for a front mounted radiator, but I will let him speak for himself. I can say though, we both are very happy with the products the Turner family put out. The Eco-Exo-R is a sturdy, safe, fun and well designed reverse trike.
Same for me Stuart. I still had the original Eco Exo frame that Kevin at Exomotive modified to a Eco Exo R. That is what I used for my build.
I sought advice from you on the wishbones before modifying them but they are the same except for a 1" wider track in using a 3/4" rose joint on the bottom and a 5/8" rose joint on top to be able to use ready made misalignment spacers in the construction.
The front radiator just cleaned up the engine compartment so much I would do it again in a heartbeat.
As you said Stuart a picture is a thousand words so here are a few to illustrate what I mean.
Wait till you see my latest mod. Shall we say Photon.
Front downflow ducting like a aircraft. Perfect temperature while idling or going full bore. You can see the larger rose joints but not the top wishbone to be able to adjust caster and camber. IMG_3167 by evanbelkom, on Flickr