Very nice and I would definitely be in the market for this except your development is way too slow, by the time you get this out to the public I'll be dead.
Its <sic> not a rocket but a trailer, its <sic> been 2 years now.
Canadian, really? I'm kidding!!
I read your comment with levity and humor, even if your name is not Red Green. I hope that's how it was intended.
And, your point is taken. Let's explore some thoughts...
First and foremost (on a very serious note), we do not take lightly that people are putting their wellbeing in the hands of our engineering and design. It's an insane responsibility and we are doing everything possible to make sure the ADV1 is as safe as possible. I'm sure you'd rather wait a bit than to have the trailer fail or underperform in any way.
My second thought is, you may not know that Pasq is a side project for just two people
. 1) Me. I own a digital marketing agency (pilotdigital.com
) that takes about 50+ hours of a normal week. BTW, Pilot has funded all the R&D work so far, and that investment is measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. You might not believe that amount, but I'm happy to show you the expense spreadsheets if you'd like. 2) Luke, our engineer, is currently a contract worker for Pasq and only spends about 50% of his time on Pasq. He will be coming on shortly as our first full-time employee.
My third thought is, if anyone has an extra $100k+ laying around that you'd like to invest in Pasq so we can move faster, I'm open to a conversation!
Next, it might not be a rocket, but don't overlook that we had to come up with a whole new technology (the trapezoid hinge
) in order for this to work. We have a patent on it. (BTW, patent attorneys are insanely expensive.) It took months and months to develop and perfect it. But it makes pulling a trailer behind a motorcycle at 90 mph possible. All other trailers will sway to greater or lesser degree at that speed. The ADV1 does not sway...not an inch. And, suspension linkages are not easy to design and perfect. And figuring out the best way to build and manufacture our idea has not been easy. We want to be able to produce the trailer at a reasonable (but it's far from cheap) price at volume. If you look around, one of the best trailers out there is only able to produce a few trailers a month. We are designing the ADV1 so we can ramp up to meet demand.
In all of our posts and info, you might have also missed that a very large, very famous shock absorber manufacturer, whose name rhymes with pox and box and lox, worked with us for four months to develop the shock we wanted, and then ghosted us when we put in a PO for samples. It turned out their lawyers said the ADV1 was a non-prescribed use of their products and they would not sell to us. They robbed us of nearly 6 months. We had to find a new supplier (who is actually much better than the big one), and that took a while as well.
And finally, WE ARE BASICALLY DONE! Our final prototype is exceeding our exceptions. We are ready to go now! We are likely going to add another step (just to anger you, @lund
) and make 5 to 10 trailers and sell them at just above cost to riders we screen. We will be looking for riders who have plans, or can make plans, for this late summer and fall and will pull it a lot of miles, or beat it up on a BDR or something similar. That would give us a lot more testing and allow us to make sure the ADV1 is ready for prime time.
So please rip away!
Let me know what I've done wrong, how much smarter and better looking you are than me, and how we could have saved a year or two from the process. I'd be especially eager to hear how we could get back some of our R&D money!!
Rod "He didn't sound Canadian to me!" Holmes
(Ask Me Anything)