Thanks for all the replies and votes on the poll. I tried to extend the voting period previously but I wasn't able to do so without risking losing everything that had already been posted and the votes to date. When I set it up I didn't put an end date in but apparently the site automatically put one in.
What got me going on this was the fact that I would come on here and notice the tiny amount of logins and looking at the last post it would be many days since the last post. Obviously that would allow me to sign in and not have to do much of anything but it was starting to take the wind out of my sails regarding the site. I would see Wayne putting up huge posts trying to keep things alive with loads of pictures and explanations and very few replies. The ones who would always post would post also. If someone came in with a question there would always be someone to reply but those posts were far and few between. Are these types of posts being put up on FB and not here? I don't know.
I had discussed with Wayne a few times about the situation and he would tell me that the FB page was active. I haven't seen the FB page but figured that gave people a chance to post there pictures and other things. No problem. It was mentioned to me that we should have a welcome page for new members directing them on how to use the site, etc. I contacted Wayne and he told me that he was already doing that with new members via email. He thinks of everything and this shows you how much time and effort Wayne puts in on keeping this site alive. Maybe a welcome page would cut down on his work a bit. That will be up to him. I pretty much maintain the site, make sure things are going smooth, check the logs, go over suggestions with Wayne that he and other people have, whatever needs to be done. Wayne even has his own system for approving new members to help filter out spammers. I'm sure this takes a bit of time to do.
Doing these things doesn't bother me at all and I'm sure the same goes for Wayne but when we see the results of our efforts being hardly any logins and no posts for close to a week sometimes, that is what makes us wonder if it is worth the time.
I know that things relating to the RE5 might have already been covered on the site and obviously people are searching for them because I haven't seen a post on here in quite awhile directing people that there is a thread regarding a question they might have. Maybe that is why the activity has slowed down also. But notice that there is a general section and it says 'You can talk about anything here'. That means what it says, anything. For example, my passion is detailing. I love doing it and I have a detailing job almost every weekend doing a car or a cycle. I'm guilty of posting few posts also. I could have started a thread about my favorite products in the General section. Don't we all like to make our bikes look the best that we can. That is just an example. Tim contacted me a few months ago and asked me if I'd be interested in one of the RE5 shirts that Suzuki put out. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. I could have posted a thank you in the General section along with a picture instead of via PM. Do you see what I mean. You don't have to be an RE5 tech to post on the forum. I certainly am not. One will always jump in when you have your tech questions.
Ok, enough of my thoughts here. I will get in touch with Wayne when I can and see what he thinks. All posts on this thread have been read and I appreciate the opinions of everyone.
Most, if not all, of us get email notices when something is posted on a subject. It has often been a reminder that I haven't been to the site for a while. It might be worthwhile to have some automated reminders that remind us we haven't logged in for some time, to come check out the latest posts. I also spent some time where I couldn't log on because I'd forgotten my password. I finally found where I had written it down and set it up to be remembered for me. I can't believe I'm alone in that.
I think it's a valuable resource. RE5s are not going to generate a lot of traffic, but the faithful will remain so. I check in once in awhile to see what's going on. Having owned five RE5s in the past, including a new one in 1975, I'll always be interested and someday may own another.
Welcome to the forum decotriumph,
You most likely are part of a small handful of peoples who purchased one new, you get extra points. Will be interesting to hear
your stories of how you happened to part with them.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2019 20:30:56 GMT -5 by timpa136
You most likely are part of a small handful of peoples who purchased one new, you get extra points.
As opposed to some of us who have been congratulated on keeping it so nice from new... But were actually 4 when the bike was manufactured and may have taken offence to the suggestion that they look many years older than they do. Happened twice to me now!
Perth, Western Oz 1975 RE5M x 2 02 Beemer R1100S mature conveyance Some dirt bikes for fun! Wish list: Just about everything in Jay Leno's garage
Thanks to this forum , It re sparked my interest several years ago after owning a RE5 for 35 + years . I have since re build several Proper units and restored 6 complete bikes in addition to maintaining and repairing owners bikes . Retirement has become a very busy hobby thanks to this forum. Difficulty in Posting photos has lost some interest in posting. But there is information and photos stored here that is helpful to all owners. Wayne does a great job Tim/Jeff/Andy and others have added allot of there experience. Many thanks Keep up the good work Rog
Now Bikes RE 5 M,(UK )Blue 1974 RE 5 M (UK) X 6 H/D XR1200 X1 Sports RE 5 A (UK) Black 1976 Norton Rotary Classic 1988, Norton IP2 1986
Yes, this forum has been, and is very important to all who own or will own RE5’s. I may have been the first to vote on this thread but am guilty of not taking the time to post. I very much appreciate all the people that have taken time to add their knowledge and information to this site. A special thanks to those that are keeping it alive. Today I am working to figure this picture posting, we shall see if I can, and maybe add a tidbit or two with a picture. Brian
Wayne has a talent for explaining the complex & making it understandable. There are others with greater knowledge of all things RE5 but none with the ability to articulate like Wayne.
I would like to strongly encourage Wayne to use his talent, resources (including Tim, Jess, Rog & everyone else that has posted on this site) to publish a book on all things RE5. Take a good look at one of Ian Falloon's books on bevel drive Ducati 750's. I can give other examples for Matchless, Rickman, BSA & many that are model specific. Talk about history, development, what to look for in purchasing a project & how to restore.
If this site should die of natural causes at least let there be hardcopy (paper) books floating around that someone can always scan 100 years from now.
Let me be the first to purchase an autographed copy B~
Folks forget quick or have their REs tucked in for the winter. Linked this site to the FB page so new owners can link over to it.
Two 09 Victory Visions, RE-5 parts bikes merging into one. Former bikes are a 75 RE-5, Sportster, several XS-11's, XJ-750, GL1000, GL1100, Several Valkyries, VTX 1800, Vstrom 1000, and a few other bikes along the way.
Sorry to be late to the vote, along with other members I would be lost if not for the massive amount of help from the collective. I feel it is not just about this innovative, and challenging vehicle but the experience folk impart, the true restorers, the innovators. All of my questions have been answered on this forum just by reading without logging on, I'll log on more in future now I realise that not logging on has a negative impact. I have little to offer on top of what is available here but will remain loyal to this forum, long may it live. No interest in Friend Face I would also be interested in a paper copy regarding a RE5 publication, not just a short mention but a full history.
RE-5M, pending rebuild,Triumph 500 Daytona, out of the basket. RE-5A running (at last). GSX1100E (WHY!)