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    Welcome to the official website of The International BMW F800 Series Riders Association - BMW Motorcycle Owners Association Chartered Club #338. We're dedicated to the owners of the BMW F800S, F800ST, F800GS, & F650GS Twin motorcycles.

    Our mission is to be an online community to support owners of the F800 through common knowledge, shared wisdom, mechanical know how, new information, humor, drama, and most importantly, the promotion of worldwide friendship between people who haven't yet met.

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    Looks like our forum needs some updating by the owner/manager/webmaster.

    Not much about any rally events except for 2012 ! There is an individual thread about tagging onto the Asheville thing last June.

    The poll of owner satisfaction is stated as being done yearly but only posted for 2010.

    Not trying to be a smartass and rock the boat. Just wondering if things are just kinda coasting along right now with this valuable forum.

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    Yes leafman60 that is the result of the former owner (Rob) selling the site to Vertical Solutions and for VS this forum is just one of the many they host but they do not participate actively like Rob used to do.

    I already tried to tidy up a bit and remove the sections of the forum not in use anymore some time ago but a VS-tech restored them again, or that is what I think happened because the old situation was restored.

    I've just cleaned up a bit, removed the 2012 rally section and made some old sticky threads not sticky anymore. I hope this time they will stay that way.

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    Leafman brings up some fair points. The forum content and layout is one area. Also, when Rob owned the forum, he also worked to build a community with the rallies, get togethers, etc. That helped folks get a bit closer to each other...as well their bikes. I think some of that has slipped since Vertical Solutions acquired the forum. They have not worked to drive the community beyond the online forum aspect (rallies, rides, etc.) but, quite frankly neither have we, the members, (at least in the US) as a community of riders.
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    Ahhh, I didn't know all the background politics going on.

    Hmmm

    Well, sounds like someone "bought" the site. I assume they're generating some sort of income from ads etc and letting the forum cruise on automatic pilot.

    We need an enthusiast(s) with some of the controls. Hell, like it is, we can't even do another satisfaction poll.

    An option is to do like so many churches. Something happens that they don't like, a new preacher, a new song leader and the congregation goes down the road and starts another church. Anybody wanna volunteer to be our new preacher ?

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    Karim , I tried to "Thank" you but, I got " Invalid response from server:" In that case, Thanks go to you Karim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadpizza View Post
    Karim , I tried to "Thank" you but, I got " Invalid response from server:" In that case, Thanks go to you Karim.
    I too got a "Database Error" message...so thanks as well.
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    I only joined the forum at the end of Rob's tenure. But, I'm still glad that you all are here. The members make this a great place to visit. I don't know how many other motorcycle forums are a center for discussions of politics, beer, movies, books, music and .... em, the f800!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafman60 View Post
    We need an enthusiast(s) with some of the controls. Hell, like it is, we can't even do another satisfaction poll.
    You should be able to start any poll you want and if someone does I will be making them sticky again, but I think there is not much use for them because the result will say nothing which can be generalized because this forum (as any product specific forum) will always attract a larger percentage of total group of owners of that product with a problem than the percentage of the total group of owners without problems.

    Which is a sad thing because that mechanism results in companies refusing to communicate with their customers through forums like this one.

    But as I said, feel free to start a satisfaction poll in one of the model specific sections and if you have technical difficulties doing so please PM me and I will try to solve it.
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    Had no idea Rob had sold the forum.

    Thanks for the info.
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    Yup. But would like to give BIG thanks to Karim, Phillip, AlanI, Teep and anyone else that I have missed for using precious time to keep the forum up.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by de100kb View Post
    You should be able to start any poll you want and if someone does I will be making them sticky again, but I think there is not much use for them because the result will say nothing which can be generalized because this forum (as any product specific forum) will always attract a larger percentage of total group of owners of that product with a problem than the percentage of the total group of owners without problems.

    Which is a sad thing because that mechanism results in companies refusing to communicate with their customers through forums like this one.

    But as I said, feel free to start a satisfaction poll in one of the model specific sections and if you have technical difficulties doing so please PM me and I will try to solve it.

    Okay, thanks.

    I'm a newcomer and just learning the ropes. Not trying to stir anything up.

    Thank you and others for keeping a hand on things here.

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    I was not aware that Rob had gone, when did that happen, and Karim have you tried to contact the new owners to see if things can be changed without any interference from them, if so what was their response?

    And should this post be made sticky!
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    Leafman can be the catalyst to make a rally happen. Whenever one presents a good idea or questions a situation, they automatically gain control. It's the Moose Turd Pie syndrome.
    There is a cast of looneys here that make visiting a reading a pleasure. Some mention of the motorcycle is made and that's enough to maintain a semblance of propriety.
    Locally there are groups that could provide for meets and rides. NKag locally has tried to do a LA regional thing but it's like herding cats.

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    What we really need is a FAQ with the forum rules and things like the different colors for the nicknames, where to find the HoW and a bit about the history of this forum. But I believe all of the mods are anarchists so I found no volunteers for writing it nor drive for writing that myself yet.

    But I see the changes I´ve made are still in place and I´ve cleaned up all of the things leafman mentioned and even started a new survey for the S and ST owners so I see no need to talk to VS now.

    I´ll move this thread to the ´Forum help-support´ section and merge it with Rob´s old sticky for new members.

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    What we really need is a FAQ
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    I never heard of a forum without a FAQ. I just got bounced from checking something out because I ran out "tokens." Never heard of tokens. ???

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    Sorry Bob I have no idea what went wrong there. If a technical error like that one happens and you are able to reproduce it please report it in the 'F800 Riders Site Issues Forum' because that is where the Vertical Solutions employees might pick it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY Bob View Post
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    I never heard of a forum without a FAQ. I just got bounced from checking something out because I ran out "tokens." Never heard of tokens. ???

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    Hey Bob,

    We do have a forum FAQ section but it appears to only be visible to members when they are not logged into the forum. Here is a link to it http://f800riders.org/forum/faq.php?\. As well I edited the first post to include a link to the FAQ.

    Cheers,
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    Hi everyone, My name is Sandro and I'm from Brazil. About three years I brought a BMW G650 GS and a couple of months I do my first upgrade F800GS 2009 orange. Good bike really fan to ride. I don't know if I'm posting in the correct place.Thanks

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    Hi Sandro from Brazil, welcome to the site. Many things to read and enjoy.

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    Hello Sandro, welcome to the forum ...
    You might like to introduce yourself in the "New F800 (and F650GS Twin!) Owner Introductions" section.

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