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Hi Guys,

My name is George, from Melbourne, Australia. This post is to give a little sneak peek into a board project that a friend and I have been working on since 2010. The name is BajaBoard.

Words are cheap, so before I get into any of that, check out for yourself the attached photo to get an idea. We are working out of our garages, so it may not look the most polished.

BajaBoard started as an idea of creating a motorized board that snowboarders can enjoy in the off-season. Motorized boards are not new, but to date, they all have been more or less mobility scooters. We wanted one that can actually FREESTYLE. I'm not talking about a casual drift or an incidental jump off a mound. I'm talking serious air time, grinds, grabs and flips. Think Crusty Demons, think Nitro Circus.

So, we came up with the BajaBoard - for the extreme sports enthusiasts, the adrenalin junkies, the dare devils and perhaps a few nut cases. It is designed by board riders (and professional engineers) for board riders. Throw it into the car trunk or strap it to your roof rack. Turn your local park into a snowfield (or motocross arena) at your whim.

The machine you see in the photo is our Prototype Generation 1. It has not been refined or styled. From playing with this baby, we are now implementing all the lessons learnt into a Prototype Generation 2 in Sept. It will be lighter, meaner, slightly smaller, and better integrated.

The BajaBoard's proprietary design will offer:-

- Independent suspension & steering - to land BIG jumps and for responsive handling (dirt half pipes anyone?)
- Dynamic wheel behavior - stable at speed and easy to carve;
- Heaps of low-end torque, and a top speed on the flat in the order of 50km/h;
- Optimized engineering - strong enough for stunts, and weighing in sub-15kg (and like a bad strip poker player, we are constantly taking more off).

It will also feature a grind plate.

BajaBoard is past conceptual, but still relatively early-ish days. And if you are intrigued by what you see, we would greatly appreciate your support. Please LIKE our Facebook page (facebook.com/bajaboard), follow us on Twitter (@BajaBoard) and let others know.

And, of course, please feel free to comment or ask questions. Whilst it is a proprietary design, I will be as open as possible.
 

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Do you have any photos or video of it in action? Can't really get a solid idea of its intended purpose from that still shot. Does it strap to your feet? How is it ridden? Is there a way to run-out of anything or bail if things go bad? Or is it affixed to you a la scary Tranformer?

My tendency for self-preservation is piqued.
 

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Wow!

Looks sick. Don't know why BurtonAvenger wants to shit on it, might be sarcasm, also might be that he likes Burton, whatev, but it really looks cool! Are the shocks from a bicycle? It looks like fox rear wheel shocks. Idk
 

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while i'd never want to ride one, i'd most definitely like to watch someone else get broke off on that thing... sorry, but it looks like it has a bad time written all over it!
 

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Looks sick. Don't know why BurtonAvenger wants to shit on it, might be sarcasm, also might be that he likes Burton, whatev, but it really looks cool! Are the shocks from a bicycle? It looks like fox rear wheel shocks. Idk
Does it look like I was being sarcastic douche juice? Remove head from ass, wipe shit from eyes, then bring a more relevant post to the topic at hand.
 

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Hmm.

Does it look like I was being sarcastic douche juice? Remove head from ass, wipe shit from eyes, then bring a more relevant post to the topic at hand.
It's ok, I have built in shitwipers. As for the more relevant post, how about Burton. AAre you for or against Burton. Its hard to tell from your name.
 

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Judging from BA's reaction I foresee that this will be reviewed in the "Bad ideas" section of angrysnowboarder.com within the next 48 hours. :giggle:

Don't know man... It looks insane but perhaps not neccessarily in a good way. I feels conceptually wrong with a motorised snowboards since it's supposed to go downhill with the help of gravity. Wouldn't you have been better off motorising a skateboard instead? As for snowboards on wheels / snowboards on ground I'd say plain mountainboarding/dirtboarding/freebording is more true to the original concept and just overall better.
 

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ANy video about riding that board?
 

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How is this any different than all the other motorized mt boards? do you control this one with a smartphone instead of a wired throtle controller
 

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How is this any different than all the other motorized mt boards? do you control this one with a smartphone instead of a wired throtle controller
Yes. You sent it a text like "brake" to brake. 30 seconds after you've splattered yourself all over the panel van, the brakes come on. :laugh:
 

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Yes. You sent it a text like "brake" to brake. 30 seconds after you've splattered yourself all over the panel van, the brakes come on. :laugh:
...but the mobile video you get from that is "Spectacular!!!" :yahoo: :laugh: :eusa_clap:
 

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Do you have any photos or video of it in action? Can't really get a solid idea of its intended purpose from that still shot. Does it strap to your feet? How is it ridden? Is there a way to run-out of anything or bail if things go bad? Or is it affixed to you a la scary Tranformer?
Self preservation is right. Believe it or not, we too want to be able to bail if s*** hits the fan. Thinking at the moment of those freeboard half bindings, just so you can jump out quickly. But, testing over the next couple of months will probably give a better indicator.

Still early-ish days, but we will be gradually updating facebook with more pics and vids as we progress.
 

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Don't know man... It looks insane but perhaps not neccessarily in a good way. I feels conceptually wrong with a motorised snowboards since it's supposed to go downhill with the help of gravity. Wouldn't you have been better off motorising a skateboard instead? As for snowboards on wheels / snowboards on ground I'd say plain mountainboarding/dirtboarding/freebording is more true to the original concept and just overall better.
Don't read too much into the thread heading. The idea started as "an off-season" snowboard (we live in Aus, so snow isn't exactly our forte), because that's the background of the team.
And you are right, we can just as easily (and perhaps more correctly) say that this is a mountainboard.
We actually test this with snowboarders, mountainboarders and longboarders. Risky? No doubt. Do you have to get to top speed? Probably not. My rule of thumb for it is: how fast do you need to go to do a flip.
 

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How is this any different than all the other motorized mt boards? do you control this one with a smartphone instead of a wired throtle controller
Wireless controller at the moment, nothing too fancy yet. Do have some controller ideas we want to explore down the track.
Motorized mt boards are not new, very true. Difference? I want to say it's like comparing a normal car with off road tyres against an off road buggy. When we make the vids, they will say more than what we can ever say on here. (Especially if we plaster ourselves across a van).
 

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Judging from BA's reaction I foresee that this will be reviewed in the "Bad ideas" section of angrysnowboarder.com within the next 48 hours. :giggle:
If a board straight out of a garage can get a review 48hrs from its first crappy pic being revealed, then we're doing literally a shitload better than we could've hoped:giggle:
 
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