By Bill Harr
If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you have some knowledge of online motorcycle information. Years ago, information on how to work on your bike required knowing someone who would share the information with you. Factory service manuals were so expensive that you might need to share the cost with a friend who owned the same motorcycle.
Today with the help of Google, you can find many brand-specific sites that are full of information and helpful members. I have become a member of the model specific website of every motorcycle I have owned. In 1993 I started with my 1993 Honda ST1100, my 2003 ST1300, my 2012 BMW K1600GT and now my 2016 Ducati Multistrada S. All of these sites brought me information and guidance on my motorcycle.
The sites have also brought me many new friends. Some of these friends I know only online, others I have met. Sadly www.st1100.org is no longer online, however, much of the information is archived and can be viewed. The person who started st1100.org, Steinar Fremme, lives in Oslo, Norway. He has on moved to a BMW K1600. I found he started a BMW K1600 website when I purchased my BMW K1600.
I have a daughter who went to school for a year in Copenhagen, Denmark. When planning a trip to see her, I posted on st1100.org a question about where to rent a motorcycle for a day and what to see. One of the site members in Zurich, Switzerland set me up with his dealer to rent an ST1100. The member set up his GPS to give me a 150 mile back road tour of Switzerland, still one of the highlights of that trip.
My daughter wanted to take an overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway. I wrote Steiner, who ran st1100.org, saying I would like to buy him lunch if he had time. Steiner took the day off and gave me a tour of his city. You really do meet the nicest people on a motorcycle!
Whatever your motorcycle or style of riding you can find a website with information and people who share your interests. Ride a Harley? Then the HOG website is for you. Ducati has several sites for each of their motorcycles. Are you a road racer? AFM and most racing orgs have great sites. Off-road? ADVrider has a large website. New rider wanting to learn? Many websites will guide you in the right direction.
This is a great time to be a motorcycle rider. In my next blog post, I will cover the Online motorcycle community. The pictures attached are riders who I have met on motorcycle web sites. And yes, that is a wheel chair on the back of the Yamaha. More on the rider in my next post.