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NotoriousDJW 10-02-2002 08:16 AM

Forget about HST
This is actually the kind of writing I want here at MO:

With all the cool sh*t in the world to write about and ridicule and you give us Tom Daschle? Tom *F***ing* Daschle?

akcarlson 10-02-2002 08:18 AM

Missing contributor
Hey, whatever happened to Joe Glydon? I know he's still writing for CityBike, but I think he was a great addition to this site.

Woozy 10-02-2002 08:50 AM

Re: Delurk; newbie (squid?) and old reliable bikes
Look at the the archives. There are plenty of camparos of cheaper bikes, standards, etc.

These kinds of bikes tend to have really stable designs--think gs500 and ex500--and there's not much to report on the '03 model if it's just a different color from the 92

PS 'yer no squid. No shame in being new. You're not a squid until you're doing 125 on your R1 in flip flops

drthompson65 10-02-2002 09:17 AM

More like European magazines
1) More tests (Bikes, Equipment, Oil, Tires)

2) Compare Bikes (I love shoot outs!)

3) More Babes (something about those beautiful asian umbrella girls)

4) Long term tests (Rip the bike apart at 10k, 20k, 30k)

5) More Tech and how too do this articles (I'm a moron with a monkey wrench, I NEED HELP!)

6) More Pictures and Videos

7) More bikes (not just the latest Japanese Crotch Rocket Suicide Machine)

8) More adventure stories. One of the funniest things I ever read was when one one MO editor got busted being stupid on a XX Blackbird. You had a vote if you should bail him out or let him rot.

9) More track day and race coverage.

10) Let's see BIO's of the editors. Maybe even guest editors from sister publications such as motorcycles, Sport Rider, Cycle World, etc.

11) How about a MO Survivor contest? MO takes on the editors from Motorcyclist, Sport Rider and Cycle World at a track day. I'll nominate myself as guest rider (I know, fat chance..)

12) Anything else?

I will say this, I'm willing to pay more than 11.97 a year to receive the above mention. $29.97 I feel is not asking too much.

sgtsv 10-02-2002 09:31 AM

Re: And the point is...
I think the suggested ideas on a reader's rides section, added babe layouts, the e-mail (provided you offer a quick, reliable web-based e-mail client) and a forum are all great!

One nit I have to pick, however, is the lack of an intuitive layout with Motorcycle Online. Now I don't mean to be overly critical and I'm a new subscriber who loves MO, but it seems like there is the 'main site' with the news, sundry postings on various topics, etc. Then it seems as if you're transported to another place all together when you're at what I'll call the 'hardware site' which features the beautifully written, photo-adorned tests and comparos.

It just doesn't feel seemless when navigating MO. I like the white background, tab-topped 'hardware site' appearance better than the black and tan trimmed 'main site' and wish the whole MO virtual experience was a bit more intuitive, fluid and consistent.

sgtsv 10-02-2002 09:34 AM

Re: And the point is...
In other words, make this:

...look, feel and "act" more like this:

Hope I'm making sense. ;)

ikonoklass 10-02-2002 09:55 AM

Buyers' Guide
In improving your site, please be guided by what this medium can do that paper can't. Motorcyclist and Cycle World each publish a buyers' guide every year. This is great info, and you need to do it, too. Why? Because an on-line buyers' guide could let people search by any useful criterion (price, engine type, etc.), show changes in the bike from year to year, allow people to enlarge the picture, link to the manufacturer's site and reviews, get insurance quotes, check the Bluebook for used prices, and the list goes on and on.

twister299 10-02-2002 10:07 AM

Re: Amatuer writing
They do ask for articles look to the left it's in CAPS "POST ARTICLE"

ErricZ 10-02-2002 10:08 AM

Re: How hard is it to review older bikes???
Yes yes, what happened to Senor-X? Did it get tossed in the scrap heap? Keep that going and find more basket cases to toy with. Hell, I'll come work for you rebuilding and testing those basket cases!

DragonF6 10-02-2002 11:05 AM

How about the bikes we loved, and lost
A "Regret" page regarding the one's we let get away. Maybe traded in on a new one (like my fast, smooth, comfortable 1980 GS850L for my new Valk-no regrets on the Valk but miss the old bike) or ones we were forced to sell (like my '72 Kaw 500 H1 to pay for a used van to move back to Michigan from New York City...and the kid who bought it wrapped it around a tree the day before I left, and felt the need to tell me...jerk only got a broken leg out of the deal) a lost love, or an opportunity we let go by, those bikes of the past still haunt us. Why oh why didn't we keep them? Think of the wonderful stable of two wheeled loves we would have!

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