Were your previous 79 posts as much of a waste of time as this one?
I'm sitting here wondering why Valdosta State University would have "Whining and Kvetching" courses (that you taught for 5 years)- probably graduate level - based on your post.
As it's been said by some sage, on a t-shirt, "if it has mammary glands or tires, it'll cause you problems".
I'd like to know what to look out for in order to avoid complications of those problems. I'd like to know how to fix those problems. I'd like to know how to act proactively to prevent those problems. If we don't discuss the "warts" of our vehicles, then everyone has to live through negative experiences without benefit of other's experiences.
Maybe I find it valuable because I do my own maintenance. I don't trust anyone to work on my bike - and that's been confirmed almost everytime I've had someone do some work on one.
Without these posts, we're at the mercy of a motorcycle manufacturer's or a shop's bulls**t explanations. "We've never seen a rear drive failure before" doesn't hold water when there are dozens on this site alone (me being one). That example illustrates the point of having a community that is more than just a collection of mouth-breathing, logo-wearing, brand loyalists who garner self-confidence through their brand identification, and purchases, and post self-congratulatory missives citing what they drive or ride......
Your posting is a perfect illustration of that which you complain; a whiny post that adds nothing to the site or the motorcycling experience.
I'm sure that, after you get home from a hard day of ogling co-eds and abusing TA's, you take off your leather-elbow-patched tweed jacket, put on your BMW-logo'd attire (including green hat and liederhosen), stoke up a nice meerschaum pipe, and head out to the garage to lovingly stroke wax onto the hard loins of your Teutonic Vehicle Gods whilst listening to Wagner and look longingly at travel posters of Bavaria. A nice Konigs Pilsener on the workbench to reward your exertions.
After a few hours of this, you head back into the house and sit to watch "The Sound of Music" up until the point the Nazis come to the door - you just loop it back to the beginning and watch it again. We can't have bad things ruin our experiences, can we.
And, of course, once you do have something go to hell you'll come whining to the board about how evil BMW is.....or maybe what a pleasure it is to spend more money at your dealership because of a failed component that was obviously not made by Germans. Probably made by the insidious yellow peril and substituted in the boxes during shipment to erode confidence people have in German machinery.
Bastards are trying to get back at the Teutonic Order. With help from the Masons.......
And, yes, I'd be happy to perform this verbal abuse, accompanied by plenty of laughing (and maybe a fine beer) in person. Next time I get to Georgia, I'll PM you first.
Originally Posted by dnifong
One of the main reasons that I sold my Goldwing this spring and moved to the LT is the Goldwing board. When I visited the site looking for useful information, I read the negative CRAP. I thought my frame was going to crack, engine was going to overheat, and cargo doors were never going to open again. ďNone of that ever happened.Ē
The internet has changed ďinformation-sharingĒ forever. You can find out more about this motorcycle ďboth positive and negativeĒ in 30 minutes than you could in years by talking with others close to you. On an info-board, we can act like someone that we are not. We can, and will say things that we would never say to each other in person. We have a tendency to have or even desire our own ďpity party.Ē This is our opportunity to vent or strike-out without any recourse what so ever. Engine-noises, lighting-failures, dead-batteries, brake issues etc. are much worse when we write them down for everyone to read. Written language seems more official or formal. If I posted that my bike sh*t bolts every time that I rode, some of you would believe it. And then you would worry that yours would pi*s bolts when you ride.
BMW owners are a little more discerning. We have a tendency to expect absolute perfection because itís a BMW. However, my 530I and Porsche shi*ts bolts, overheats, and cracks frames as well.
Itís human nature to be narcissistic, and paranoid. A board like this is the perfect venue. Just enjoy the damn motorcycle, donít read too much negative crap.
PS. I taught this subject for 5 years at Valdosta State University.