Whatever.... I have 3 triumphs (2 TR6's and 1 TR4) and if someone
wants to come up with something that improves what's out there, great!
No one has a patent on any of this stuff. If someone wants to do their
on thing, so be it and it is what it is.
The way I see it, the more the better. Since we are a small community
is really a positive for John's creative thinking, not a reason to
I've been on this list for about 10 years, and enjoy the threads and
lurk in the background most of the time. However, I felt the need to
respond on this attempt to squash the ideas of a fellow TR enthusiast.
Do some of you think you have the elitist mentality and are the gods
of the Triumph community? I think not....
We should all have the sense that we are here to help each other, not
to belittle what someone is trying to do to help all of us out.
Just my two cents, for what it's worth!
On Jan 16, 2009, at 8:47 PM, Bob Danielson wrote:
> Joe & Bob.......I have no problem with someone making a part for
> their own
> use, but that's not what we're talking about here.
> I also have absolutely no problem with someone taking a product,
> it, upgrading it, making it easier to install etc. A great example
> is Joe
> Cannon's emergency hood release that is out in the public domain and
> can be
> made for about $3 or you can buy a much improved, smoother working and
> beautiful piece of machining from Francois for significantly more
> money. Now
> if someone takes all of Francois' ideas and "steals" them because
> they feel
> they can sell it cheaper, I have a problem with that. If you want to
> one up for yourself that's one thing but to take someone's work and
> duplicate it with no attempt at making it better.........that's
> else. A perfect example is Rick Patton's Fan Eliminator Kit. The
> concept and
> design are Rick's, though I do remember someone on the List saying
> they did
> the same thing with a big washer and a big bolt.... Anyhow, Rick's
> kit has
> been outright copied and is being sold on eBay & promoted in the 6-
> Vendor area for $5 less than Rick charges. No attempt to improve
> upon it or
> even to make it look different...just copied because it's not a
> piece to machine. Sorry, but that's just not right when we're
> dealing with a
> small cottage industry in a fairly tight knit Triumph community.
> really sad is when a new good idea comes along, like the Trailing
> Arm Repair
> Kit, and Rick's immediate reaction is....."I wonder how long it will
> before someone steals the idea and undercuts me". That's when we all
> hurt because new improved products will stop being produced.
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