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Daniel-
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on: January 23, 2013, 19:11
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Just picking up on a point made by Peter (BladeVFR) in a recent post elsewhere on the forum pages, he makes reference to the site not being the liveliest. Of course no one could disagree our forum is rather quiet especially when compared directly with other regional IAM affiliated clubs. Nevertheless we mustn’t forget our forum is still relatively young and at the time of writing this post, has just 41 registered members with probably no more than 25% of those being active as regular contributors.

Knowing there are a considerable number of NAM members, it is clear the forum’s existence hasn’t motivated more to register. However it would be my hunch far more than just those 41 registered members regularly read the forum’s posts. Whether it is apathy, time constraints, inhibition, wariness or whatever else… I wonder if more members could be attracted to register and post on our site.

Nosing around other Advanced Motorcyclist forums or indeed forums in general, there always seems to be a “Smart Alec” who has pounced upon an erroneous post and in the most unsubtle manner, corrected and put the contributor firmly in their place. I suppose unless a post is completely accurate or the views therein solid and logical in content, the forum concept of social interaction/input whilst sitting at the computer screen is always going to capture the attentions of the “Smart Alec” who, safe in the knowledge they won’t meet their quarry in person, prey on flawed or imprecise posts in their characteristically sharp way. Perhaps fearing the “Smart Alec” is why we do not have a more broad selection of contributors to our forum or why our posts in the main are about events, group rides or just light hearted in topic. Without wanting to completely denounce these pedants of forums, they do in fact serve to make websites extremely useful places to research almost anything.

With just three headings in which to enter a post, I wonder if additional headings would encourage more members to start threads. I guess and can understand at the moment it maybe viewed by those who run the forum as unnecessary to broaden the variety of headings to post into, as it could be considered or argued there just isn’t the need.

Some additional heading ideas could be:

• Roadcraft & Theory
• Personal or Individual Rides or Trips
• Clothing & Equipment
• Technical
• Motorcycle Reviews

I for one have a question about the Bridgestone 023’s I’m running at the moment and in time would probably have other bike related posts to make. Moreover readers might like to peruse the views of members who have recently purchased for example a different motorcycle. I am sure nearly all of us enjoy reading a review, so what could be better than to read a short or long term review of a motorcycle or equipment, especially when it would have been written by another advanced motorcyclist.

The only reason I can see why the forum shouldn’t be opened up more, is it might start to compete for the entries which otherwise might be submitted to the periodic NAM Newsletter.

Of course this is all supposition and may, if implemented, make no difference whatsoever. However without trying, one would never know. Maybe if you are a NAM committee member reading this post you might consider raising the contents of this contribution at your next NAM meeting?

Daniel-
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on: January 24, 2013, 07:24
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A thought came to me in the night which expands on my suggestion of encouraging members to write motorcycle reviews as detailed in my initial thread...

What if NAM were to approach some of the well known motorcycle dealers offering the services for one or two of our well known and regarded members to periodically test and write candid motorcycle reviews (with photographs or video) for the purpose of our Newsletter and Forum. I really couldn't see why dealers wouldn't want to take advantage of additional exposure for the sake of let me suggest, two days’ bike loan. As I have hinted, I believe there is quite a considerable NAM membership for these reviews to be attractive to. Such is the state of our economic climate; any (free?) advertising would surely be sweet for dealers.

For someone inclined and talented to explore the role of being a motorcycle reviewer it might be a rather pleasant and joyful way of passing one’s time. I would imagine someone being semi or fully retired might like to take up the challenge.

Another thought for a committee member to bring to the table or indeed non-committee member taking it to the table demanding to do the job. If all parties agreed and were I to have the time, I would certainly be knocking on the door!

PaulMbmw
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on: January 24, 2013, 18:57
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This is "probably" my first visit to th NAM Forum - shame. However I think if I can use it then anyone can so two things:
First, what does anyone out there know about crash helmets... Oh I know about the Sharp test and all that but what I'm looking for is the quietist full face one out there. Some say a fixed helmet as opposed a flip up will always be quieter - any comments on that? I prefer a flip up but am thinking on a long run and especially on a 14 day bike holiday minimum wind noise is better. Any helmet is OK on the GT with the windshield fully extended but that's not the point, sometimes when the weather is "nice" it's good to feel the wind (sort of) in your face.
Second, today I heard about the death of Kevin Ash whilst he was testing the new BMW GS in South Africa. To many of us that will be a very sad loss since not only was Kevin a fine motorbike journalist, one of the very best, but he was also a very nice bloke. Some of us met him on the channel ferry back in 2007 on the way to Dijon and Moto Legende, later we stayed at the same hotel and had a few late night drinks and a nicer more unpretentious bloke you could not meet.
RIP Kev....
I'm not sure if I have to sign this short missive but just in case - Paul late GS owner now GT

Daniel-
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on: January 24, 2013, 19:24
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Paul, nice to hear from you…

I have been using a Schuberth C3 since about July last year. For important reasons, I have a tremendous concern for the quietest ride possible. Having read much debate, I took the plunge and ordered a C3 from the then Hein Gericke shop in Norwich. It’s only my second helmet but it’s an absolute joy being very quiet and boasting a wonderfully useful in built drop down sun visor. The visor itself is so simple to remove should you need to change or clean it and really the whole helmet is so very well made and reasonably light too.

One nice feature, which I really do like, is, for my head at least, the helmet covers the jawline and envelopes the area under the chin. In part this design is both functional for comfort but key as an effective soundproofing feature.

C3’s are pricey Paul… but to me it has been worth every penny so far.

The Vicar
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on: April 8, 2013, 12:36
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To Daniel-Stamp's suggestion of becoming a test rider for local dealers: "Hell, yes, I'm in!". Having survived last year's excellent CJBall Test Ride Day as an Observer/Ride Leader (and despite getting a bit lost - oops, sorry guys) I'd leap at the opportunity!

I too am saddened that more NAMers don't join in the Forum...more contentious issues concerning Advanced Riding or how the Club spends its milliions, perhaps, are needed? Why not give Matt his own: 'Trolls-only Section' to moderate - that should create some lively debate!

Regarding PaulBMW's helmet dilema, I'd give +1 for the Schberth C3 over the very simiar Schberth-manufactured BMW System 6 that I eventually went for. Being a spekkie and an Observer, who prefers to give his b*ll*ckings in whispered tones whilst still having some head protection ;-), flips suit me and IMHO are not noiser than my (older, pre-spekkie days) full faces.

I tripped over this supplier recently that offers a 365 day returns policy and C3's from £400 http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk...

I'm now developing tinnitus after 30 years of riding (almost all with earplugs), mind you, I think the last 10 years of 1150GS riding has done the most damage...all replies welcome, JUST SAY THEM LOUD!

The Vicar

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