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When did we get so damn BORING?

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Yeah I'm 37 and find this forum awesome. Not overly active but still a wealth of info and experience.

Keep up the good work @Cruizin 

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You all suck. I’m the only cool one on this board. 

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I like Guns...

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1 hour ago, rustyshackles said:

Pass the hat and pay wordsmith a few AUD to come back?

I've just been in touch with wordy and he says he'll only accept US currency!  The exchange rate is better!

He also wants me to act as his agent so please deposit the cash into my account and I'll negotiate terms with him to come out of retirement!

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I mostly lurk, rarely post unless I have a real question, some maybe useful information to share, and maybe a ride report.

But I check out the forum just about everyday. It's my daily bike fix if I don't ride. The forum is great!

 

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We went through this with our local european car club. We had hundreds of daily visitors. When the facebook/instagram crowd came up to the age of owning cars, the forum died.

They were more interested in likes and shares than actual content. Very few and far between wanted to learn or contribute. The old timers, 30's crowd got bored and slowly filtered away.

Such a shame with the knowledge and willingness our club had to help the young kids at a local level.

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People were a hell of a lot more smarter back in the early 2000's.  Your avg internet user was tons smarter than now. Forums were harder to use then, people had to know a lil BB Code to post pics. 

Today, Social media has made people dumb. point and click is all they know. Nobody wants to learn any code. And yeah, the content sucks. Go to FB, there is no useful info, just everyone bragging about what they bought, they no longer even post links to share the good deal they just found, just pics. Heyy! look at me! 

It's sad. 

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I'mma join the list of older folks shaking their fists at modern social media.  

So many of the car/mc groups on Facebook etc that guys I know use are basically the "what did you do today" thread, and that's it.  I mean, that's great and all, but it's transitory and even less use.  After a couple days, any content that may have existed is basically gone.

Maybe forums are less "fun" (I'd disagree, but I'm an opinionated old codger now who's stuck in his ways), but at least they're actually useful.  

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I've thought a little about this also.

One reflection I have is that quite frankly the Tracer/FJ-09 is just too good.  What I mean by that is that it has very few foibles.  Given that the bike is now five years old the initial rush of identifying standard issues and popular accessories has died down. We have a library of how-tos and such which cover most topics so there isn't really anything new to write about.  That I think reflects the traffic on the forum which is mostly about what people have been doing in their free time or what trips they're planning. Newbies to the forum can immerse themselves in the wealth of info that is on the forum without necessarily having to start threads.

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I think we need to separate the forum from FB. As already said there is a wealth of information, and, in general most people on this forum help each other and know each other digitally.

The Tracer FB groups are just a wealth of useless pics and posts which contain no content or useful info. In between boasting there is the occasional joke. On the flipside, at least instagram has nice pics without the bullshit.

My point being we don't need to make this a "more fun" place. The latest trend is that people are actually moving away for the reasons above 

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I see a lot of Q's asked on MC FB groups and the answers are usually rubbish, so far, as to be dangerous should the asker not have a clue.

The three FB groups for the MT's are a bit better than the ride groups.

Im 66 and try to help rather than hinder.

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I personally really like this forum and find the people friendly and the information valuable and accurate.  I am a fair weather rider and having this place to visit and discuss helps me get through winter.  I retired two years ago at the age of 56 and winter can get pretty stale. I stay far more busy in the summer with maintaining the home and property, riding and maintaining my motorcycles.   I can not wait to be riding again!!! 

As far as excitement......I think that our bike attracts a slightly more mature crowd than some other motorcycles will do, so we get more mature and measured topics, comments and responses.  Some may find that boring but I do not.  Sure, I am always up for a good laugh and some bawdy jokes, but that is not what I come here for.

I used to own a 2015 ZX6R and the forums I visited for that particular bike were full of nonsense.  I think the bike attracted a different kind of crowd.

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There is nothing like spending a day riding with friends in the grip of a shared obsession.

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I love this forum. I come here usually every day, whether I need to or not. Great information, great people.

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1 hour ago, johnmark101 said:

 

As far as excitement......I think that our bike attracts a slightly more mature crowd than some other motorcycles will do, so we get more mature and measured topics, comments and responses.  Some may find that boring but I do not.  Sure, I am always up for a good laugh and some bawdy jokes, but that is not what I come here for.

I used to own a 2015 ZX6R and the forums I visited for that particular bike were full of nonsense.  I think the bike attracted a different kind of crowd.

There's definitely a fairly substantial difference between average ages and mindset here and, say, a gsxr forum :)

I rather strongly prefer it.  I mean, I'm an irresponsible hooligan at the best of times, but I find those forums definitely tend to have a much worse signal:noise ratio.

I hadn't really noticed the age gap until this thread, though - it's pretty significant if you compare it to the MT09 forum, particularly when you consider they're fundamentally the same bike.  

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Is Usenet still around? I suppose we could all go back there and create a rec.motorcycles.tracer board. Of course it would immediately fill up with porn, but that would at least not qualify as boring.

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