In the June/July 2013 issue of Cafe’ Racer Magazine, social media and motorcycling. IMHO, Mike was gloating just a bit over the fact that some folks in the publishing business told him he needed a Facebook page when he started CRM, and he didn’t take their advice. Strangely enough, now there appears to be both an official Cafe Racer Mag and CRTV FB pages as well as a Twitter account. Anyway… the editorial goes on to basically say that he’d rather spend his time riding than in front of a computer posting to social media. Wouldn’t we all? But… What else are you going to do when there’s 15 inches of snow on the ground and more coming? Might as well be social.‘s editorial subject matter was
It seems to me that social media has a use for not only Cafe Racer enthusiasts, but motorcyclists in general, especially here in the northeast US where we don’t have a 10 month long riding season. And yes, I’ve previously written in this very blog about my difficulties with “forum experts” and other forms of internet stupidity. But it doesn’t mean that I stay away from the forums, FB and other social media. Quite the opposite, actually. I’ve found a couple of organizations in both the “real” and cyber worlds that are worth the time and cash investments.
Pittsburgh Vintage Motorcycles and Cafe’ Racers on Facebook and it’s associated co-op garage, G57 is certainly one of them. Containing the most eclectic collection of bikes (and riders) I’ve personally seen in one place, G57 is one of those clubs that makes you remember that humans are good, and motorcycle enthusiasts… better. Even when I wasn’t a dues-paying member, more than a few of the folks there were very helpful with questions and even technical help during my ongoing build. My only hope is that I can contribute something to the club that is worthy of it.
Another of the social media sites I participate in is the Do The Ton forum. A large, truly international web forum, DTT is a great source for ideas, parts, excellent (when solicited) opinions and has some very good humans in its membership rolls. Yes, it suffers from the same issues I described before, just not nearly as much as most. The moderators are for the most part, diligent in their duties, and not much in the way of shenanigans occurs there. I’ve yet to meet anyone from DTT, although not for lack of trying…life sometimes gets in the way, as with most things. But I’ve had 98% good experiences with them…pretty damn fine considering.
I don’t know if pod-casts should be included in this list, but I’m going to mention my favorite anyway. The Cafe Racer/ADV Podcast is an excellent podcast, and not just because I was lucky enough to be interviewed on it. You can find Chris’ webpage here, and you can also find Cafe Racer/ADV Podcast on iTunes, FB and Twitter as well. DO check it out!
BTW, Mike….I love your magazine (yes, I subscribe) and the TV show (can’t wait for S4), and agree with most of your opinions….Just not on this.
CYA…Wherever I see you!