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Bubba going for it all minus his SX jersey
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post Apr 17 2012, 04:18 PM
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Go to BMXnews.com for the official release of Bubba Harris and Supercross bikes parting ways with class. Sucks but its seems to be for the right reason. Who will he swoop on in the sponsor dept?
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post Apr 17 2012, 07:35 PM
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I thought that SX being one of the best selling brands would have enough money for him. But he does have a second girl on the way and riding a bike is a tough way to make a living. Best two both parties.
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post Apr 17 2012, 09:15 PM
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Make sure you pick up an event shirt this weekend as Bubba is featured on the shirt in his supercross gear. Might be a collectors item someday.
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post Apr 18 2012, 05:54 AM
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I wish Bubba all the best. Still my favorite pro. The dude has come back strong from such a horrific accident and still pack rides like nobody else.

Any team out there would be lucky to have him. He is a great rep. there are a ton of parents, myself included who have great things to say about how he interacts with their kids...for that matter go ask a kid. (My son is 14, a die hard year round baseball player and hasn't raced BMX in 6 yrs. All his BMX memorabilia is gone save for one Bubba Harris RLC poster in his room.) I would think if you ask his sponsors, they would say the dude sold mega tons of bikes.
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post Apr 18 2012, 06:27 AM
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I am somewhat confused about this. This is kind of like saying, "I don't make enough money so I am going to quit my job" Unless we all don't know something and he already has a deal in the works? Also, it seems some of the pro riders do a better job than others with picking up additional sponsors, like DR with Monster, and Day with Red Bull. Makes me wonder if Bubba needs to market himself better?

My kid started racing in 2006 and we immediately recognized Bubba as a superstar in BMX.
I wish all the luck for Bubba and for Supercross.
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post Apr 18 2012, 06:44 AM
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Makes me wonder if Bubba needs to market himself better?


Leading up to 2008 Bubba did have all the big Sponsors. He was THE man on Redline with Nike, Visa, and Kronik as sponosrs as well........things can change pretty quickly with one injury.
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post Apr 18 2012, 07:13 AM
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I think that I was more confused by his signing with Supercross than I am by his leaving. When I think of Supercross, I don't intrinsically think of PRO bmxers. I think that they have always been a company that is very good at giving upcoming riders a bit of support to start them off, or a place for legends to have some continued support. I understand that they have strong VET Pro's, but I can't recall a AA that has finished in the top 5 for them. This isn't meant to be disrespectful at all. I simply think that they have a different business model and a different support structure than other companies (i.e. Free Agent, Intense/Speedco, Redline).

I think they had a mutually beneficial relationship. They helped support Bubba's comeback (and it seems that he is back to being a legit contender - or he is at least back in the discussion), and Bubba is a great representative to help sell Supercross bicycles and products.

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post Apr 18 2012, 07:53 AM
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QUOTE (mannequinforce @ Apr 17 2012, 08:35 PM) *
I thought that SX being one of the best selling brands would have enough money for him. But he does have a second girl on the way and riding a bike is a tough way to make a living. Best two both parties.


Adding the margin on BMX frames is part of your formula.

But yeah, nice show of class from both sides on this one.
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post Apr 19 2012, 01:53 PM
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QUOTE (mannequinforce @ Apr 17 2012, 08:35 PM) *
I thought that SX being one of the best selling brands would have enough money for him. But he does have a second girl on the way and riding a bike is a tough way to make a living. Best two both parties.

If a company is not selling bikes/parts to ordinary people outside of BMX racing they have a hard time turning a profit. If you only sell to BMX racers you are having a hard struggle. Redline, free Agent, DK, SE, Diamondback, Etc. all sell outside of racing. THose types of companies have the funding to make it happen. Dominating the race scene is not enough

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post Apr 19 2012, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE (Stileman @ Apr 19 2012, 03:53 PM) *
If a company is not selling bikes/parts to ordinary people outside of BMX racing they have a hard time turning a profit. If you only sell to BMX racers you are having a hard struggle. Redline, free Agent, DK, SE, Diamondback, Etc. all sell outside of racing. THose types of companies have the funding to make it happen. Dominating the race scene is not enough


Very true Colin- I am still amazed that teams like Alltow, Chain reaction, Extreme and so many others don't have outside corp. sponsors like Verizon, Taco Bell or a car company. It's one sanction now so the sponsor is getting complete coverage on racing. Being an Olympic year it seems more should have already happened.
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