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Rain and Forum thought police reloaded

Much of the state I live in has become a disaster zone with floods equaling the worst on record and rain forecast to continue into the next month. Things are looking grim for many people.
If you would like to help please donate to the official relief fund.
As for riding there is not a lot anyone can do.

I am considering pulling some parts of the CB and getting them polished or perhaps sending the seat off to be raised. Tackle some stuff now rather that later when the rain eventually stops.
Meanwhile not being able to ride I am spending far to much time looking at accessories for motorcycles on eBay and doing things I said I would never do again, like post on motorcycle forums.
I wrote about forums back here so why am I mentioning them again? Well like a fool I was bored watching the rain and visited a couple of forums.  Let me repost my original words from 18 months ago:

Ever notice many of the internet motorcycle forums have members who act as 'thought police'.
I have been known to frequent a number of motorcycle forums despite realising they waste far too much of my time. I am stepping away from them now as each forum seems to have one or two members who have an extreme difficulty in accepting not everyone shares their point of view about certain aspects of motorcycling. These folk then tend to spend a huge amount of time ramming home their point of view, killing off any free discussions that go against their point of view. These overbearing characters drive people off the forums they inhabit as members start to feel they need to moderate their comments or hesitate to engage in threads or eventually not bother to post because they think it may simply get a narrow minded sarcastic response.

And so 18 months later what did I find? The same bullies and bitter old men are in residence snapping at anyone who posts contrary to their beliefs, even if they say the sky is green don’t you dare say it is blue. Sigh, and so I have just deleted my bookmarked links to all forums so I hopefully in another 18 months will remember why I don’t have those links before I get other ideas.
Easter this year is a 5 day weekend, woohoo! Now that is a seriously good amount of time for a ride if the weather is permitting. I am already putting together a 5 day route to the Tableland way and return. 

The Motorcycle Paradise Facebook page is going very well and already averages 2000 visits per day despite very little exposure which is far more than this blog which averages 300 visits a day. I am glad I started the Facebook page as I feel that is the future despite the limitations of the current format. Not that numbers mean anything as this is just my hobby, a desire to share with others.
I hope you are safe from the flood waters or if affected then help gets to you quickly.

Regards, IC.

10 comments

  1. I find Netrider to be the most unfriendly place. I guess that happens when there are too many big egos in the one location. {shrug}

    As an aside, what kind of distance are you getting on the 1100?

    Michael

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  2. Many people say they have that experience there. I have thus far not visited often.

    The engine in my CB is very low k so not a good guide however the one I rode in Japan averaged about 200k to reserve, so the 240k range quoted seems right. A little bigger would have been nice but may have spoiled the lines of the bike.

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  3. Hello, I congratulate you for your post, and opportunity is well done, congratulate yourself!

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  4. I agree with Michael. I've subscribed to the CB400 thread in case something interesting is posted, but I don't engage with them because of some of the egos there.
    I'm spending a lot of (work) time on the Kiwi Biker forum in preparation for my trip later this year, and they've been much more accommodating toward new bikers (and even Aussies!).

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  5. I've not been there much but by the sounds it has the same issues as many forums.

    I think you need really tough admins, which is more work than most people can meet.

    I know. I formed the Australian Buells Downunder Forum and besides the stuff you see there is a mountain of work behind the scenes mediating fights and trying to stop all the madmen who join to post porn or all the haters that constantly start wars. Even with three admins we could not keep on top of it.

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  6. Couldn't agree with you more about forums. It seems that you asked for help, something simple and you're more likely than not to get a completely different conversation started that has nothing to do with what you needed help with. I once got two pages of folks talking back and forth to each other and only one response to my topic. It was horrible!!!! God bless with the floods ya'll are facing. I praying for you!

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  7. Thanks oldchigger, I am in the middle of Brisbane but in a high spot so out of trouble. Many have not been as lucky.

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  8. Good to hear your high and dry.

    Keep in touch if you pass though this way at easter and wouldn't mind some company I'd be up for a squirt through the Tablelands Way again, I rate it as one of my favorite roads.

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  9. Thanks Stuart, will keep that in mind. Hope the weather looks good then, Easter is a rare one to get fine here but then who knows after what we just had.

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  10. I'm keen to have a run across the Bylong Way too, maybe we / I will work that into the equation.

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