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post #1 of 37 Old 01-26-2020, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Forums, a thing of the past?

Yet another forum I followed died a miserable death at the end of last year. The last few people just disappeared. There are a dozen-ish people that regularly post on this one. Facebook groups seem to be falling off as quick as they appear.

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post #2 of 37 Old 01-27-2020, 09:29 AM
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I have to agree. I've been part of forums for well over a decade, but I've been a member here for only two months. There isn't a whole lot of activity here and often wonder if there is another forum that has activity.
But, I have to say that the regular posters here seem to have a great deal of knowledge of the bike.

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post #3 of 37 Old 01-27-2020, 10:00 AM
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Is anything replacing the forums? People are still talking over common interests, someplace?

Remember those e mail lists that were popular in the 90's?
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post #4 of 37 Old 01-27-2020, 11:40 AM
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Itís interesting to me too why some forums die and others stay active. I am a forum junkie. I look at 8-10 on a daily basis, and a few several times a day. The logical answer would be when a bike has been arounf for several years with little to no changes. But that is not the case. Iím on the FJR and BMW 1600 forums and they stay active and have had very few changes.

The KTM forums are nearly dead also.

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I was a member of a sport bike forum specifically located in Orange County, California (SoCal). It was called "OCmoto".

I've never met so many dickheads in my life. Online, and in person. I was surprised that they rode the same as they posted online. No group riding etiquette. No manners. Every rider to himself. There were a few good people and I've kept that friendship alive and we still ride together. But the rest of them characters I dumped like a bad habit. I honestly cannot ride nor spend as much time with such selfish, negative energy. I did one long, multi-day ride with them...never again. The website is still around but the same dickheads are still lingering around, which scared off all the newbies, and the good folks. Maybe it had to do with the attitude of SoCal folks in general...I don't know. I hope not.
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I'm not a terribly social person and mostly come to the forums for technical ideas. I'm here because the previous Ninja forum I was on simply died and Roland was nice enough to point me here. Having been around these things since email groups you start to see that it's a circle of life kind of cycle. The lifespans differ but as surely as the seasons, nothing lasts forever. Bike specific forums tend to follow the lifespan of the bike model. Hence the longevity of some FJR & BMW forums and the shortness of others. The VFR forums lasted quite well until Honda did what Honda did. Forum longevity also seems to have a lot to do with a fairly small number of people. Sometimes a few folks enthusiasm carries a forum. I've seen it in local forums where one person (or a few) put a lot of effort into organizing events keeping everyone pumped up and excited to be a part of the group. They stop and it all goes away quickly.

I don't participate in giving all my personal information to everyone and every company in the world so I'm not a facebook user and try to keep as low an on-line profile as possible. I assumed that's where all the groups were going.
As for this forum, there seems to be some hope. I've seen several new folks recently and we seem to have a fairly solid core. Let's hope the 2020 Ninja is a big hit!

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Kenors, in my corner of the country, I see way more, MORE, adventure riders, and dual sport riders than sportbike riders. I see about as much ADV/DS riders as I do H-D/cruiser/Sons Of Anarchy type riders. Sport bike riders I see less and less. And as I ride further away from population centers, I see even LESS if no sport bike riders at all. Yet I still encounter Cruiser, and ADV/DS riders.

I think this shift to adventure riding is just hitting its second wind. I just went to a local to me desert state park and visited the nearby town/watering hole. Mind you this park is surrounded by epic twisty roads. I saw what seemed like a ton of bikers stopping, having a drink, eating lunch, in a period of about 2 hours. Most of them were ADV/DS riders and cruisers. A handful were sportbikes. 10 years ago (I've been going there for that long), I remember seeing tons of sport-tourers and sportbikers stopping there. VFR's, CBR's, GSXR's, and Ducati's were everywhere. Now these have been replaced by Africa Twins, Suzuki DR650's, KTM's, and BMW GS's. I saw maybe one FJR1300. Meanwhile KTM 990's, 1190's, and 1290's were a dime a dozen!
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Originally Posted by rcannon409 View Post
Is anything replacing the forums? People are still talking over common interests, someplace?

Remember those e mail lists that were popular in the 90's?
My thoughts as well, but wonder where they are going. There is too much competition on FB with everyone opening their own group. Meetup came and went, at least around here. I know interest in motorcycles is down, people showing up less at all the motorcycle dealers.
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Well I'm 45 years old and I feel like one of the youngest guys here and most other forums I'm on. My group of riding buddies is all older than I am and they are getting old on me and don't ride as much. So I think it's a generational thing with motorcycling and I am just riding bikes younger people aren't interested and/or can't afford. I'm sure the Yamaha MT-07 crowd is much more lively.

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This is a very good board by comparison in my experience,,.

Folks here are usually tripping over one another to help on this board where as the BMW board I participate on once and a while doesn't offer nearly the same experience while at the same time there are concerns over there of lack of participation,,. They seem very be defensive of the Brand and some members can be quite egocentric with there knowledge and experience, like telling you what something isn't, or recommending you invest in a repair manual,,.

The other thing we don't get here that many forums get is the shit disturbers,,. Ive participating on all kinds of forums from Photography Gear & Photo Rating sites, to Equity trading sites and they invariable attract one or two absolute shit disturbers that ultimately turn a lot of the threads into ridiculous debates and name calling,,. I don't know that Ive ever seen that here in 5 years of participation!!

Im pretty sure I wouldn't have done half the mods and work Ive been able to do on the N1K were it not for the valued advice and generous participation of the members here!!

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