No More BBM?
August 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm #4166BenParticipant
I wanted to thank everyone for supporting me, but I am letting you know that BBM might remain as it is (i.e. Not updated) for the foreseeable future. My motorcycle bent two intake valves and broke one exhaust valve a couple weeks ago which means a new engine (or at least a new top-end, either one is going to cost me too much money!). I’m planning on selling the whole thing for parts, hopefully that will recoup some of the costs and I can get a cheap car.
One of these days I plan on getting another motorcycle, but not for at least a year or so. If anyone was seriously interested in taking over the running and management of the website part of BBM (I already have a few forum moderators) then just let me know and we can discuss it. This site was always a labor of love, so I want the information to continue to be available for new riders. Worse case scenario is I will continue to pay for the server space, but the website just won’t be updated anymore really (besides the forums which are all user created).
~BBM AdminAugust 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm #28021TrialsRiderParticipant
It generally takes a major timing chain failure to eat valves like that. What kind of bike was it and what happened ?August 11, 2010 at 12:03 am #28022MunchParticipant
We gotcha on the whole keeping the community thing going. I would help with the maintenance but its been a very long time since I messed with any kind of coding. Maybe…hopefully some of hour 9 to 5’ers will have experience and willingness to.August 12, 2010 at 3:07 am #28031owlieParticipant
Sorry to hear that you are having to give up your motorcycle. Hopefully the catastrophe was only for your bike and not for you too.
The forums will keep the website alive until you decide to come back into it.
OwlieAugust 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm #28063eonParticipant
Sorry to hear about your Bike Ben. Hopefully you can get back on 2 wheels sooner than you hope.
I can help out on the website part a little (more of a database programmer than website guy) but I would guess it’s more about content than coding. Maybe some of the more experienced folks around here could write up some of their experiences on how they branched out in different areas of biking. Thinking about MegaSpaz and Eternal doing their track days, TrialsRider doing his thing (though he may not be able to remember back to when he started!). Links to professional bodies, where to find more information. That kind of thing. Sometimes I think the place gets a little stale with the “start on a Ninja 250” and “I’m a big guy” posts. Learing about the different areas of motorcycling and what they are like would be interesting I think.August 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm #28065TrialsRiderParticipantAugust 14, 2010 at 8:16 am #28071eternal05Participant
Or, at least speaking for myself only, I can help. I may or may not be a web software engineer, and I may or may not have a weakness for blabbing on about things I care about. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to contribute to the site outside of the forums. I’ve gotten a lot from the site and the community; I’d hate to see it stagnate.August 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm #28264BenParticipant
Thanks for all the feedback. I think I am going to change the main frontpage so that there are 10-20 articles that new riders should definitely read instead of all the gear review stuff. If you guys have any recommendations on which articles to include (or articles I should write, or articles you have written that you want to include) please let me know. You can always e-mail me at best[email protected] or PM me on this website.
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