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January 9th, 2002, 08:06 PM
when your not quite pro and not riding in all the top events and stuff, how necessary are sponsors? like does it make it much easier to have a bunch of small sponsors or any sponsors at all? what do u think the benefits of starting in it early are?
January 9th, 2002, 09:58 PM
I don't think it matters much because most sponsors behind riders at the top level get world wide advertisement for only providing riders with free product. There are very few riders actually getting a paycheck from sponsors on a monthy basis.
Sure, it looks good but anyone can say FMF sponsors them and buy their pipes and graphics kits... As far as I know, no one checks with sponsors to verify a rider is sponsored. BUT, if you say you are sponsored by... it will eventually come out.
I am all for the rider with no sponsors vs: sponsors giving free products out and requiring riders to run stickers on the left side panel, right side panel, swingarm, rear fender, front fender, tow vehicle, trailer, jersey... and then the contract states rider must send in the torn boots before they replace them with a new pair. I went a little overboard on the sticker thing but only a little overboard.
January 10th, 2002, 09:50 PM
I could really give a crap if I have sponsors or not if you're talking about bragging rights and image.
The only reason I like sponsors is because I'm broke!!
It's pretty nice to get a few things here and there in exchange for running stickers on your bike and car and trailer and boots and jersey and boat and house and everything else you own :p But it's not needed...
January 11th, 2002, 07:08 AM
Yeah, Sponsors help me out a great deal. This season i havnt had to buy numbers, gear, or grips, they are all being given to me. And parts wise, most of my sponsors give me somewheres close to a 50% off of discount on parts. That comes into play a lot if your putting a lot into your bike. You can maintain your bike a lot better and keep it twice as fresh with the same amount of money normally used. Or you could just keep the money safed for other things and keep your bike the way it is.
Yeah, anyone could by the product and say they are sponsored, but if you send a resume out, and they send back contracts for whatever they want to give you, or they ask you for pics and make you an ID card ( like FMF and Spy do) then thats the real deal.
January 11th, 2002, 09:18 AM
i agree with slider on this one. i am rooting for the guy who is't sponsored and is the underdog.
i and all the guys at the shop where i work ride sport bikes, some nice ones (sometimes i get to drive them, when i suck up) and they all got their honda's from a local honda shop and because they go their so often when i started working there, and i got my RM they gave me the same discount as all of them 25% off everything in the store (parts, accessories) its awesome, so thats my sponsor!hahahah LOl
January 11th, 2002, 03:46 PM
sponsors have played a great deal in my riding career. with sponsors, i get to meet other team riders, i get places to rdie, i get free gear, parts, clothes, etc. and i can out my money towards other things that need it. i love it, i dont know how else i could do this. some sponsors are cool enought to make me whatever kind of piece of clothing i want with name printed etc. and give me money to travel. so for me, it has nothing to do with bragging rights, its about the support, and the people who want to see me succeed.
January 11th, 2002, 05:56 PM
well i get 25% off everything white brothers has to offer cause im a dealer!, you just gotta send them a pic of your shop sign from the road, and your shop and some other picsof stuff. but i just made a fake sign and i got a dealership, you gotta spend 1000 dollars a year i think but thats not hard cause i get parts for all my friends too.
January 14th, 2002, 10:18 AM
1000 a year? you must be gettin a lot of stuff for your friends. cause 25% off isnt enough to be saving that much money to go through the trouble of having a fake dealership.
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