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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2018, 11:40 AM
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Yes the owner "Larry" passed away in 2012 I thought.
the product looked well designed.

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Oh the products were well designed. By other companies. A LOT of MCL stuff was very closely copied from other folks' work. He changed just enough to stay legal

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Well, the way i see it, the guy had a great reputation, made good products, and the family now has a fully setup ecommerce business. A valuable, sellable enterprise it would seem !
By not responding to communication, they are doing harm to that reputation that Dad has probably spent a good part of his life earning. That harm spreads on the web like wildfire.

Their website should have a splash page explaining their situation, even if it is to say that they are in Limbo over the whole thing.

Sorry to be the jerk talking about a dead man but... Larry was not well loved in the Sport Touring community. He did turn out some really good stuff but his biggest sellers were close copies of the work of other companies. Going back to some of the Other Forums the reviews of MCL are not happy ones.


As I recall as his health and balance faded his last ride was on a Honda ST1300. He fell while dealing with a saddlebag with the bike parked and that did him in. He held on for a while longer but was never the same man.


Larry did love to ride, he did do a lot for our sport touring bikes. For that I wish him the best and I do sincerely hope he is in a Better Place.

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Oh the products were well designed. By other companies. A LOT of MCL stuff was very closely copied from other folks' work. He changed just enough to stay legal

Sorry to be the jerk talking about a dead man but... Larry was not well loved in the Sport Touring community. He did turn out some really good stuff but his biggest sellers were close copies of the work of other companies. Going back to some of the Other Forums the reviews of MCL are not happy ones.
Yup. Consider this a confirmation from an additional source. For as long as I can remember there were creators claiming rampant unlicensed copying. It seemed to me that he let others invest in the R&D and then made clones like Gerbing did when they off-shored the Heat Troller design (up to including a flaw in the original design that Heat Troller fixed and Gerbing never did). Or worse like when J&M sued a one-man shop for his own design after they came in behind him and patented his design; eventually bankrupting him before a ruling could be made. He died of cancer not long after and I've always wondered if it was the stress that played a major part.

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Oh my, seems a lot of stuff I wasn't aware of been going on...

I guess it is best left to fade away into Sport Touring days gone by.

I will look for a used Helibar clamp as I really like the double clamp bolts on each fork leg over the stock single bolt style. All my dirt bikes have (2) fork leg clamp bolts for rigidity can't see why Yamaha would go in reverse on a performance minded bike.

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