Hello Guys, Hope you're enjoying the recent improvements and updates that we have made to our community. We've been around for over 4 years and along the way we have expanded and grown quite a bit. We've grown in many way, not just in the size of our community, but also in the way we interact we each other.
We started just before the then totally new K1200S was announced. Now there are new K bikes on the horizon and for those of us who prefer inline 4s, BMW is going to produce an even faster line of multi-cylinder bikes, named the S. We of course are the global home for both of these model ranges.
I hope you have noticed that our community as a whole has become a lot more open as the years have passed. Our message of positive camaraderie, intolerance for abuse and abusive behavior have hit a favorite chord with our tens of thousands of members and visitors.
But as we move forward to welcome the new faster line of K bikes and even lighter and faster S bikes, I'd like to find out how you, our valued members, want to see us expand, and grow. But first let me share and clarify somethings with you.
There are 3 core principals that will always be the backbone of our community, these are respect, respect and respect.
1- Respect for our members, meaning members of this exclusive and dare I say it elite private club will always treat each other with respect, even though we may clash at times or disagree. And we have had many fine examples of this core principal in action. There are many threads where our members have had honest disagreements, where they have very eloquently dished it out, without a single foul word or patronizing comment. Heck, Caratz and I seem to do it every few months.
2- Respect for our moderators, who are generously volunteering their services to this community.
3- And our third core principal, is also respect related, but it's what I call, "don't go against the Admin." To quote from one of the greatest movies of the 20th century (there are 200+ greatest movies from that century by the way) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
This quote sums up the third principal.
Election Council President: [at the territorial statehood convention] The chair recognizes its old friend; that distinguished member of the Fourth Estate, founder, owner, publisher and editor of the Shinbone Star, Mr. Dutton Peabody, Esquire!
Dutton Peabody: Thank you, thank you, Mister Chairman, for those kind words; but why don't you tell them the whole truth: founder, owner, editor, and I also sweep out the place.
LOL, I could not have said it better myself Mr. Dutton Peabody. (that's a John Ford movie by the way). I think you get the picture.
Now besides these 3 core principals, anything else goes. Oh before I forget, I got a 4th one. The 4th one is, once you have more than 100 posts under your belt, you're a full fledged, fully protected member. Meaning you can't be kicked out, you can't be deleted, unless you mess up 3 times. That's right, you're protected by our 3 Strikes You're Out Policy. I think we are unique to offer this level of membership protection. But until you have those magical 100 posts under your name, and specially if you're a "lost puppy" you're membership card (you have one of those don't you) is only temporary.
OK, that's it, really, that's all. Besides these 4 guidelines, anything else goes.Call it a new openness policy, call it the old openness policy. Call it anything you like. But we are an extremely tolerant community. We're not only tolerant, we don't ask you for much either. We never bug you about money. We don't constantly come up with schemes and sob stories to ask you to loosen your wallet. We don't come up with ranks, we don't place some above others so to get you to donate money. We let you enjoy a solid, highly informative, civilized, fun, and truly global community, totally guilt-free. Now, isn't that nice. However if you do want to support this community, the best way is to help promote us. There are two great ways to promote this community, the first is to help spread the word. The second is to order one of our quality T-shirts and caps and actually wear them and proudly display our logos. For the K bike purists we have the BMW-K.COM logo or go the extra-strength route with BMWSuperBikes.com.
If you have any thoughts in how we can make this even a better community. I'm all ears.
Thank you for the privilege of hosting a community for some of the greatest and most advanced motorcycle rides in the world.