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post #1 of 88 Old 07-03-2019, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Why Is It.

I joined this site a few months ago because i wanted information on Vstroms. A new member starts a thread wanting information about Vstroms. Next post is some guy telling the new member how good their GS is or the Ktm is gods chariot. I figure i was smart enough to make it here, I can probably make it to a BMW site as well. In a way it makes a person feel inferior because they know what they can afford, but some one who wants to feel good about his purchase is here belittling your dreams. For Gods sake STAY IN YOUR LANE BRO.
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post #2 of 88 Old 07-03-2019, 11:26 PM
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Tenns, I have a '15 650 and I'm happy with it. It does what I need and expect. Good mileage and will get me into dangerous territory faster than Jack the bear.
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post #3 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 01:30 AM
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I am sorry you had that experience, it is uncalled for! Sadly there are those who love to chit on others parades and push what they personally feel. I think they do this stuff just to get attention!

I have owned bikes since 1964..I started at an young age! I owned a bike shop (off road brands from Europe and Japan) and have competed (and did quite well I must say) at moto-cross, hare scrambles, and even some trials and flat track just for the hell of it! (Why not!). I have owned and ridden more motor cycles than I can count, everything from a little Hodaka Ace 100 up to a BMW K1200GT with a lot of stuff in between. I am not bragging, many have done the same, but I do want to make a point: There are many of us who have owned a pile of motorcycles and now have found the DL650 suits us well. I worked hard all my life and now am in a situation where I can afford any motorcycle I might want. I sold off my high dollar BMW's and Triumph and have settled into my little Vstom 650. Why? Because it does exactly what I want it to do, haul me and my favorite gal around the back roads of Kentucky with out fuss or hassle. It doesn't break down nor require dealer servicing for hundreds of dollars a year. I can care for it myself, a job I enjoy putting around at. Its my second DL650 as I traded in my 2005 after twelve trouble free and enjoyable year.

I don't care what the latest snob appeal bike is. I don't care if someone wants a BMW or KTM or whatever...I don't. Its their money and their choice. I have been down that road and enjoyed those bikes too. They are great motorcycles if you don't blink at the price or the cost of service. But now its my Wee that has my heart as it is just the bike I need. As we always say; the perfect motorcycle is the one you are riding right now! Yes, there are "better" bikes out there if you can define what "better" really is I suppose. My Wees have been great bikes and have served me so well since 2005. I really love my current one, a 2017, as its a step up from my original 2005 model in many ways; lighter, more powerful, handles better, great dash that allows me to adjust the traction control and other settings all with my left thumb. Its so much fun! Multi level traction control, ABS, gear indicator, lots of info on the dash and you can change it with your left thumb. They gave this bike a lot for the money. Yes a KTM or BMW can have more flash, but you will pay two or three times more for it than a Vstrom.

I'll keep my Wee....we are bonded....

'17 DL 650 Vstrom, Best value ride of all time. (replaced our '05 Wee)
'07 Triumph Tiger 1050 Feel the Power! Culled from the herd...gone but never forgotten.
BMW K1200 GT, Gone but never forgotten
KLR 650.....
BMW K100 RS, Beautiful German engineering
Husky 250WR, (1986) Last of the real Huskies made in Sweden
Bultaco's ...for those of you who remember....
A long list of so many others.....

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post #4 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 02:20 AM
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Don't pay attention to the cultists.

You do you, and enjoy not having to go 15 years back in order to afford your bike, or finance it over 8 years.

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post #5 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 09:30 AM
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"For Gods sake STAY IN YOUR LANE BRO."

That's actually very funny. I can appreciate the feeling though. But when you are new to a forum it may take a while to get used to the culture of the site rather than expect everyone to configure to your norm.
An acquaintance started a site for our local mountain road and one of the commuters that use a portion of it for their daily run basically told him to bug off when he posted a comment contrary to what she wanted. Very funny to some of us and he has the power as Admin to simply pull the plug on her.

I've had BMW's and friends had all the exotic stuff too. The Suzuki suits my riding needs and other comments are eminently ignore-able.
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post #6 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 10:17 AM
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LOL, I like that too. I kinda get what you're saying, had to think about it a minute, but yeah, on bikes and equipment opinions or questions, it does happen. My wife and I adhere to a budget, and pay cash, or don't make the purchase on most anything. With that our garage has had a few bikes parked in it the last 15 years, notice a trend ? Set your budget, set your sights, and glean the info you can from this site, it is full of it. Great people with lots of knowledge.

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post #7 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 10:25 AM
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Some people just like to argue. A forum gives them a place to do it without getting punched in the nose. Don't feed the trolls. They will tire and go look for another place to get their jollies. Hopefully sooner than later. And the more people speak up about it instead of just not coming back here the sooner it will change. So good on you!
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post #8 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 10:28 AM
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This is an internet forum thing that you're just going to have to get accustomed to. It happens on every motorcycle forum I've ever been on. There'll always be someone more than willing to tell you that you made a dumb choice; there's a member on the Super Tenere forum who joined apparently just to complain non-stop about the Super Tenere.

You're fortunate on this site though, because the number of members who are more than willing to help far outnumber the "big personalities" that just like to act contrarian. I have noticed, since forum guru Greywolf passed on, that some members are starting to lean into the whole ADV Rider "Jo Mamma" thing and want to delve into name calling and ad hominem attacks, but it's rare enough behavior that it still stands out (and still gets curbed by the moderators).

There's always the risk, when you post your thoughts on line, that you're going to receive feedback you don't want to hear, off-topic or not. Once you put it out there, you really can't control how people respond to it. It's just like threshing wheat; you keep what you can use, and discard the chaff. If it gets particularly obnoxious, you can go to the user CP and put whoever the offending member is on "ignore", so you don't have to see their posts.

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post #9 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 12:32 PM
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And notice the little triangle with exclamation point inside it at the lower left corner of the post. If you hover your cursor over it a flag pops up that says report post. That will get the moderator or administrators attention. Not sure which.

Like RCinNC said, this site is not as bad as some, but it has definitely changed. The worst site I have ever been on was the ST1300 site. Nothing but trolls, a-wholes, and smart asses. I hate to see this site moving in that direction. Even a little bit.

I have given a lot of thought about the challenge faced by the owner of the site. They buy websites that are flourishing under the leadership of gifted people who have a certain kind of helping attitude and mission. When those leaders are gone someone has to fill the void. Things change and the sites head in a new direction. Some stay, some leave, the nature of site is different. i personally don't like the tolerance for rule violations, discussions of religion and politics, but some do.

Worse are the sites they start themselves without the benefit of one of those gifted leaders. They just don't seem to ever get off the ground or prosper. People come and go, but they just never get to the the stage of those started by those helpful caring dedicated types. It's a real challenge and I really have no idea how much thought VS has put into it. They may just appreciate people who work for free.
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post #10 of 88 Old 07-04-2019, 01:22 PM
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You do you man, leave the dudebros to themselves.
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