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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by a_k_nicholls, Jul 10, 2004.
Ok here is a pole for the Mod God's
Only 1 way too see where this will go hey
Well thus far we have about a 2 to 1 ratio in favor of the airheads... (is that like voting for blondes?)
Absolutely! Every time we have an Airhead thread, people pipe in with, "Man, I love my Airhead" or "I wish I still had my Airhead." There's a lot of interest here. Sure there's lots of Airhead resources on-line, but none with the ADVrider attitude, Because of the vast model range and the interchangabilty of Airhead components, I'm always finding a new tweak or source for Airhead bikes. Throw in the incredible experience of the asylum inmates from around the world and you've got the makings of a very unique forum.
I'd be happy to volunteer my time to moderate the forum.
Lord Rider voted yes. It's official!
Go airheads, go
my stuff on the R100 goes out for finishes soon (I keep saying that)
I have the following
1969 R60/2 US - was beautiful - recently crashed . . . dammit
each in varying states of decay in my garage
I would be willing to help moderate - a desk job means I get to advrider just about everyday.
Something about those bikes made me go a little crazy over the last couple of years trying to get one of each generation of the twins.
I sold my '87 R80 today...
It went to a happy home nearby, so it will be geting lots of love and lots of miles.
Best thing I did for it was to put in Carillo rods and lightweight wristpins. The R80 engine is already smoother than the R100, but the Carillo rods, with their offset webs and perfect mass distribution, let that happy motor sing and sing. I preferred it to the Olhead GS for a while, while still riding both on alternate days... but the GS won in the end.
They aren't here in great numbers, so the question is, if we build it, will they come?
I don't think so. Advrider is a bit progressive for most Airheads. They hang out in musty corners of the internet where the blinding speed of a 56k modem can still make people dizzy.
Then again, it's hard to see how a self-respecting site that calls itself Adventure Rider can not have a dedicated airhead forum since that's been the ride of choice for so many hard-core Adventure Riders over the years.
Still, in a modern era, why should we have a forum dedicated to an aging group of bikes when they can comfortably participate in the forums we already have?
Doesn't this just boil down to whether or not someone is interested in moderating it and qualified to do so? If it puts more work on people who aren't interested, don't do it. If someone wants to do it, why not? The number of posts to deal with should be very small in comparison to the oilhead forum.
That would be a qualified no. A no that could be changed to a yes if compelling arguments were made by Airhead forum proponents who, so far, seem rather tepid in their support. The kind of answer I wouldn't expect you to understand.
A successful forum needs critical mass, so you want to know if enough people will participate to make it worthwhile.
Tepid? OK, let's try again.
You speak of forums that the Airhead could comfortably participate in.
Thumpers? Well no, they are 4 strokes, but that's about it. Orange Crush? Not quite. Roas Warriors always draws good viership when an Airhead thread appears. Big Mean and Nasty is abput as close as it gets. The catch-all forum Seems a shame to relegate the beloved oilheads progenitor to mingle with the likes of Japenese 2 strokes.
Mutineer's Carb Chronicles had a great following and it appeared in Jo Momma. This poll, in Gspot, has drawn over 50 votes. Is it fair to judge a potential forum's appeal from a poll in one forum?
Please remember that a lot of folks come here for entertainment as well as information. An R1200GS is technically intriguing.
An R69S will make you smile.
What about "Blood, Sweat and Gears", "GSpot", "Equipment" and "The Perfect Line?"
A lot of the airheads used for adventure riding are GSes, after all.
Rider said you were a jackass You/they have a forum for KTM for christ sakes. I'm betting there are more airheads than ktms
KTMs are up-and-coming while Airheads are...well, hey, maybe we should have a forum for vintage bikes!
All forums, within which, one could participate comfortably. GS's KTM"s, thumpers. And yet, we have seperate forums for each of them. Why is that?
Obviously because there's enough interest and "critical mass" to warrant an exclusive forum.
I have no doubt that the majority of the airheads here are GS's. But given this site's overwhelming oilhead skew, any airhead GS thread carried in GSpot would disappear quickly. Excluding Jo Momma, GSpot is the busiest forum.
Forgive my niavete, but is it difficult to establish a new forum within the site? Should it fail to generate the desires traffic afte, say, 60 days, is it that difficult to pull the plug?
Give us our own corner in ADVrider. We'll cleanup after the others forums. At 40-50 horsepower, we'll be runnig sweep anyways.
Or even vintage moderators?
I guess the hardest thing is trying to figure out how much interest will lead to a "Critical Mass" as you call it.
If you look at the Forum titled "Racing" for example, Does 82 threads with 969 posts define overwhelming popularity or should we close that down due to lack of interest.
I guess its all relative isnt it, We have people putting there hand up to be a Mod here & so far an 80% yes vote on the poll. All you need to do is think outside the square & give some more of us a place to share.
Come on you can do it