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Most of us on the forum will look at it as we get to see an early version of what we are buying and think that Rivian will use this as a way to make changes before production. A person that is not into BEVs will think that these pickups and SUVs are unreliable and not ready for them to make the leap to BEV yet. This is basically bad press so far....
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I believe anyone watching this series would have started at the beginning, where it was made perfectly clear, these are prototype vehicles, having many painful lessons to learn. It is said often, I think in every episode, but these are prototype vehicles, making it hard for people to forget. I hope that people watch the series with optimism, and realistic expectations. Think back at the severe oversight Harley Davidson had with their charging methods, something the series implied was a potential game changer in the negative. One would think that that oversight would have been engineered in the early stages Of the Harley’s development, but somehow that was missed, that wouldn’t deter me from buying the live wire if I was a motorcycle rider looking to go EV. Although I do have a regret that the series did not pick the zero motorcycle, as I feel that was better designed for this trip. But that’s another topic for another day.
 

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The suspension was designed long before they put these 2 trucks together.
As I recall, when we got a look at the prototype trucks being put together, it looked like they might not have had the production suspension.
 

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+1 for wishing they chose a Zero bike instead.

You're all pissed at this knob thing that fell off. I'm still pissed at the knob driving the R1T.

Rivian guy - "lets just chill and see what's broken"
KnobGuy - "must...keep....driving immediately! The show must go on!"
 

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+1 for wishing they chose a Zero bike instead.

You're all pissed at this knob thing that fell off. I'm still pissed at the knob driving the R1T.

Rivian guy - "lets just chill and see what's broken"
KnobGuy - "must...keep....driving immediately! The show must go on!"
I am impressed at the rivian crew ability to fix on scene and from a continent away sometimes.
 

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I know that this post will come with the "This is only a test vehicle", etc, but honestly what a major fail of Rivian to say these are adventure vehicles and have such vulnerable pieces so low. Honestly, what would it have taken for them to TIG weld an aluminum skid plate around that. This is a failed design for what they are marketing this for. I actually was disappointed when I saw that. I mean any engineer should have seen this coming.... And if they honestly were not ready, they should have not given them vehicles that are being FILMED while they were testing this.
I think there's a lot of judging going on with no real background information. I think its easy to judge something that we don't know much about and don't get me wrong......yes, IF this was a production vehicle or our own and something like these failures happened then the criticism is warranted. At this point, like the vehicles in the Rebelle Rally, its all about testing and data collecting in the field. These are real world scenarios with not even a "gold master" beta test rig! Personally I'm impressed Rivian has even allowed this publicity and non in-house people flogging these vehicle around! I see no reason to express concern or criticism......but thats me. :rolleyes:
 

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You're all pissed at this knob thing that fell off. I'm still pissed at the knob driving the R1T.

Rivian guy - "lets just chill and see what's broken"
KnobGuy - "must...keep....driving immediately! The show must go on!"
Dude seriously. "Rivian told me not to drive it but I'm going to drive anyway"

Someone else: "Two minutes of work now could save hours in the future"

Dude: "I don't want to be in the desert any longer, do you?" *drives off*

I get he was probably frustrated and tired, but man you're doing a show about overlanding, you need to take care of your vehicles because you're treating them VERY rough.
 

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