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General => General Bike Related Banter => Topic started by: m0lt3n on April 05, 2019, 09:30:49 am

Title: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: m0lt3n on April 05, 2019, 09:30:49 am
I see guests still don't have access to the forum. And checking last posts there really isn't a lot of active threads here.

Are we all just to interested in the for sale section?

This really saddens me, I remember 5 years ago I was living in the RP section, it got me amped to to get out and push my comfort zone, it helped me with planning and helped me to sell ideas and plans. Now it seems to be dying a slow death?

I would call it the heart of the forum actually...
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 05, 2019, 09:53:13 am
I see guests still don't have access to the forum. And checking last posts there really isn't a lot of active threads here.

Are we all just to interested in the for sale section?

This really saddens me, I remember 5 years ago I was living in the RP section, it got me amped to to get out and push my comfort zone, it helped me with planning and helped me to sell ideas and plans. Now it seems to be dying a slow death?

I would call it the heart of the forum actually...

Not sure whether it has anything to do with the access to ride reports for non-members but also noticed a decline in quality ride reports.

Unfortunately a large percentage of the guys that are really active on the forum seem to have very little or no interest in adv biking. Trying to be funny, using foul language, racism and insulting strangers  seem to be their priority on here and one has to wonder how this impacts the average Joe who has no interest in the drivel being posted.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 05, 2019, 10:03:11 am
I must say that I have not posted a ride report.

But to be honest I have not gone on a big/long trip where I could report back.

Most trips so far are weekend trips and I feel that a weekend trip is not "worthy" of reporting back.

One pager seems silly
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JustBendIt on April 05, 2019, 10:06:00 am
It takes a lot of time to put together a good RR - I used to do it many years ago but don't anymore ... I can't really say why I don't because I don't know ...I just don't feel like doing it

Nobody expects reward or adulation for a ride report and those that do it do it for different reasons

At least there are still members here like Xpat who really take the time to share their trips with us

This forum has changed radically - I have been a member for 12 years - in the beginning it was small and very close knit but as time goes by it has grown tremendously - if anything there should be more epic ride reports
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Chairman Meow on April 05, 2019, 10:07:42 am
Maybe many are just riding less and face it after almost 2 decades most roads have been covered by someone one way or another... I mean how many reports can be written of the same old places.

.... Or maybe the more serious adventurers have moved over to that "other" DS forum.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 10:10:08 am
It is all about money or the lack of it. People do not have the amount of money to spend on fuel and camping like a few years back and their lives have changed and they have gotten older and so have their children and they have to spend their free time next to the sportsfields on weekends.
I do miss the days after the June/July holidays when there were 4-5 Namibia ride reports to be read at once :thumleft: :(
Sadly I have not done a RR in a while too, but they were boring anyway. :(
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Operator on April 05, 2019, 10:19:15 am
.... Or maybe the more serious adventurers have moved over to that "other" DS forum.  :peepwall:


You mean the Roam Africa forum ?                   http://www.roamafrica.co.za/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi (http://www.roamafrica.co.za/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi)


That forum was a noble idea, but they also pulled the plug on it.  R. I. P Roam Africa  :bueller:

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Chairman Meow on April 05, 2019, 10:22:35 am
It is all about money or the lack of it. People do not have the amount of money to spend on fuel and camping like a few years back and their lives have changed and they have gotten older and so have their children and they have to spend their free time next to the sportsfields on weekends.
I do miss the days after the June/July holidays when there were 4-5 Namibia ride reports to be read at once :thumleft: :(
Sadly I have not done a RR in a while too, but they were boring anyway. :(

Spot on... Think you nailed it.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Chairman Meow on April 05, 2019, 10:23:20 am
.... Or maybe the more serious adventurers have moved over to that "other" DS forum.  :peepwall:


You mean the Roam Africa forum ?                   http://www.roamafrica.co.za/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi (http://www.roamafrica.co.za/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi)


That forum was a noble idea, but they also pulled the plug on it.  R. I. P Roam Africa  :bueller:

Wow... Never knew.. Only checked it out once... Sad
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on April 05, 2019, 10:25:09 am
Molten, Thanks for starting a very relevant thread, about a topic that is near the heart for me.

I hope it's not dying, but merely evolving, but it feels as if it is dying.

There are several reasons for this, one of which Noneking mentions above.

It was the ride report section that introduced me to this forum. In September 2009 a regular riding buddy had a bad crash in southern Namibia. His friends dealt with the trauma and finished the trip and later wrote about it. It was the only post that guy ever made. My beaten up friend sent me the link and I joined the forum because of that report.

I think one of the biggest reasons for the decline is the fact that there are too many social media platforms in existence. It makes sharing things too easy, too quick, too convenient to make you care about what you share. 10-12 years ago we didn't have a WD Facebook page, we didn't have Tapatalk, we didn't have Instagram, we didn't do our ride planning merely by means of watsapp groups, we actually planned & invited fellow riders along on the planning a ride section. We didn't have GoPros to simply take a video, so we stop for less photographs. Few of us had GPS & mapsource, we asked each other for routes. Almost none of us had our own blogs as well. These days it's simply too easy to just not care.


All of these extra social media platforms creates noise in our lives. Several of my friends are deleting watsapp, deleting their facebook accounts simply because it makes friendship cheap and creates just another irritating notification noise on our phones.

This then creates a chain of events. Several of the ride report pioneers like Metaljockey, Dorsland and many others leave the forum for several  personal reasons, due to this "noise"

I am just as guilty. I love writing and I still do the stuff that makes me want to write about it. But to put my name on a quality intellectual product, readable by a few Afrikaans & English okes takes time. It's not time I don't have, it simply is time I don't spoil myself with. I used to ride 40kms on a Friday afternoon around Durbanville and write about it.These days it's just too easy to share that one pic on Facebook.  But then when I have difficult days in the office and I need time out I then go back to some of my old reports and then realise the joy it gave me in doing the trip & writing about it.

Another reason I can think of is how the biking hobby evolves for every one of us. For instance many started out on big tourers, did trips, wrote about them but due to kids & life happening they now enjoy Enduro for instance. And nobody is gonna write about their saturday at Zone7. Another example is going from riding bikes & touring on them to buiding, reparing, restoring & customising bikes. These guys are still bike mad, they just don't ride as often anymore and enjoy the fiddling more. Less riding = less ride reports.

Then there is the fact that many of us enjoy certain routes. One can never grow tired of riding to Cederberg Oasis for instance. But all of us has been there now, so when we go again we don't even tell anyone anymore.

But ja, as Noneking touched upon...opening the forum each day in anticipation of something biking related...you get to a place that it littered with negativity & a shitload of R&P threads by the same 10 people merely ticking the board over like the flight boards at an airport.

I think everyone needs to go ride again, stop for photographs & share them with us again on a ride report. Doesn't have to be long, or Deon Meyer literature approved, just share them here. I will read, enjoy & comment that I did  :deal:

Speaking of which...I'm pulling out the 1200 in the next hour to go to Paarl. Will gooi a pic in the "where has your bike taken you today" thread  :deal:



Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Operator on April 05, 2019, 10:31:18 am
Nevermind Ride Reports.........................in the end this going the route of, and will end up with an ultimate discussion about the "state of the forum"
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Matewis on April 05, 2019, 10:37:29 am
It is all about money or the lack of it. People do not have the amount of money to spend on fuel and camping like a few years back and their lives have changed and they have gotten older and so have their children and they have to spend their free time next to the sportsfields on weekends.
I do miss the days after the June/July holidays when there were 4-5 Namibia ride reports to be read at once :thumleft: :(
Sadly I have not done a RR in a while too, but they were boring anyway. :(


Dis so waar Chris. Destyds het ek geklim en gery. Nou moet bike trips vooruit beplan word. My dogtertjie nou 6 en spandeer meer tyd in die kar/bakkie as op die bike. Maar. Wanneer ek die slag ry is dit 'n naweek en doen ek rondom 1000-1500km. Het nou huis ook gekoop, vuurwapens aangeskaf so aansienlik minder geld om op die hobbies te spandeer!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Operator on April 05, 2019, 10:39:22 am
Goeie post Lem  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on April 05, 2019, 10:41:02 am
Nevermind Ride Reports.........................in the end this going the route of, and will end up with an ultimate discussion about the "state of the forum"

+1

which will lead to more valuable, experienced contributors leaving
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Chairman Meow on April 05, 2019, 10:45:38 am
+1Lem...well written and probably all true.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 10:47:12 am
+1Lem...well written and probably all true.
BTW waas jou RR oor laas naweek se Rooiberg bymekaarkom? :peepwall: ;) ;) :pot: :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: DanieW on April 05, 2019, 10:54:44 am
Tend to agree..

I recently joined the forum to look for like-minded individuals with which to share motorcycle related banter, rides, and most likely a bit sentimental but comradery.

Adventure...explore.... discovery... being words that spring to mind of what I hoped to find. Don't get me wrong, I found some interesting threads and have created my own in the time I have been on. I do believe there is a wealth of information on here and some information not even on here yet cause the right thread hasn't been created.

But I do find there is an increase of "rubbish" threads about religion (or lack of), political stand points and the forum is kinda losing the "value" of the motorcycle heritage.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 11:17:14 am
I remember(my memory is still ok) the excitement before each National Bash. The two days riding there and two back.
All of them being great and spent in great company.
How else would I have ever visited Boegoeberg se dam and seen the horror of ETS in his Crogs. :lol8: :eek7:
Till this day the owners of Fiddlers Creek still ask me when are we having a bash there again.
Those were the days :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: alwyn_gs on April 05, 2019, 11:20:16 am
Dink die wereld het verval in me myself and I... en niemand sien die son oor n ander se gat skyn nie... en die WD forum neig ook in daai rigting. Aan die begin was dit awesome!  (2011/2 gejoin) Biere op vrydag middag.. saam gaan ry. Dit het  nie saak gemaak wat jy ry nie, en nie "my opinie op ander afdwing nie" was so erg soos dit nou is nie.  Moet erken die brand bashing ding vang my! Elke ou doen sy eie ding op sy eie manier - en dit moet respekteer word.

Het wel opgetel die ouens in die Kaap wil net bike ry... en partykeer is ek so bietjie jaloers op hulle samesyn en die mooi area's op hul agterstoep....

Ek is nou nie deel van die "click" hier nie... glo die lewe word op die fiets in die buitelug gelewe, en nie voor n rekenaar nie, so dalk is my "forum" presence nie so pertinent en ek wys nie as ek my fiets se brake pads change in my groenstoep vloer geverfde tappet  garage nie... hoe se Michelle - ek fiddle gedurig aan die fietse

Wel ek doen nog ride reports... MAAR vir my self! En dit blyk ook so, want daar is nie baie comments nie. Meh, maak nie saak nie. Kom loer in elk geval seker nou 1-2 week hier in anyways

Dit vat n rukkie om so n ride report te doen, en dis vir my lekker, om die fotos bymekaar te maak tussen die 2 fone, te verwerk, in volgorde te sit, en dan te verwoord.

Erens kry ek so gier, en dan gaan blaai ek deur al die ride reports en sien - "fokket dis lekker of dual sport bike te ry"  :thumright:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Matewis on April 05, 2019, 11:21:30 am
Tend to agree..

I recently joined the forum to look for like-minded individuals with which to share motorcycle related banter, rides, and most likely a bit sentimental but comradery.

Adventure...explore.... discovery... being words that spring to mind of what I hoped to find. Don't get me wrong, I found some interesting threads and have created my own in the time I have been on. I do believe there is a wealth of information on here and some information not even on here yet cause the right thread hasn't been created.

But I do find there is an increase of "rubbish" threads about religion (or lack of), political stand points and the forum is kinda losing the "value" of the motorcycle heritage.

ek het die religion en politics sommer net geblok. Uit die staanspoor. Ek is hier om oor my bike te leer en te lees en nuwe roetes te explore.

That said: 'n Ride report neem tyd om aanmekaar te sit. Na 'n biketrip slaap en net tot 3:00 in die oggend en dan begin skryf ek. Gewoonlik gaan dit so tot ek die ride-report klaar het en dan keer my slaappatroon terug na normaal. My laaste ride report was seker die 1150 Bash laasjaar Oktober!!!

Weer tyd dat ek slag ry.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 05, 2019, 11:24:00 am
Maybe this thread is a wake-up call to go back to the roots...to go out and ride.

Like I said, I haven't written any ride reports because weekend trips feels a waste.  I look at the big ride reports and they make me think that weekend trips are trivial.  But I think I am/was missing the point.  I'm a commuter so I am on the bike daily.  Every weekend I don't get a chance to go out I tell my wife I can't wait for Monday morning to get back on the bike.  That is the attitude we must go out there with.  Go out and ride and share the joy of it with others!!
Even if the same place is explored by someone else, each of us have a different interpretation of the place explored. 

One of the best ride reports I read an enjoyed was the one where someone was picking up a car in Eastern Cape and driving it back to Gauteng.
I can't remember now who wrote it, but I really enjoyed it.  And it was not even a bike related ride report  :biggrin:

I might be rambling on now, but like @DanieW  said, the idea is that we are like-minded people who share one passion...motorcycles...
No matter where they take us  :ricky:

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 11:29:00 am
 because weekend trips feels a waste.

They are not cause through them we see parts of SA we do not get to see. So your backyard might not be interesting to you, but it is to me/us. :thumleft: :deal:

Moet net nie foto's post van elke bar waar jy stop en niks tussenin!!! Dit is/was Stoetbul speciallity!! :deal: ;) :lol8: :lol8:
Ek mis die ou siel :(
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 05, 2019, 11:31:13 am
I see guests still don't have access to the forum.

This is not true, guests do have access to the Ride Report section.

It is just sections such as Jou Ma and the For Sale sections that are only open to members.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: NEON DEON on April 05, 2019, 11:38:34 am
I am relatively new to this forum, member for about 15 months now , enjoy both the planning rides and RR , threads , has been an inspiration . I have been riding for near 40 years, first couple of years on thumpers , and the balance on sport-bikes , Must say I am enjoying my 1190. puts a smile on my dial and cant wait for my next trip , we are hardly home and the planning starts again .
I never stopped riding, but for about 6 years got seriously involved with 4x4  own 2 modified jeeps, served on the jeep club committee , same happened , driving up and down dirt humps was just no challenge anymore and after completing Carnage canyon for the 3rd time , I found that I was looking for bigger challenges and not everyone was on the same page , did not  want to go to the pipe car scene , Adventure bike with panniers seemed to be the way to experience life , and I/we have been enjoying the bike , At least one trip away every month ,For us a new enjoyment , but to write about it in a way that can promote the same experience we had on the trip takes a special kind of skill ,
Those that have the penmanship to do so , makes  for good reading .
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 05, 2019, 11:40:15 am

Het wel opgetel die ouens in die Kaap wil net bike ry... en partykeer is ek so bietjie jaloers op hulle samesyn en die mooi area's op hul agterstoep....


Ek is net so jaloers.

Hier is nie baie manne in Bloem area wat ek kan sien nie.

Sou lekker wees as die local manne bietjie kon saamry.

Die manne in die Kaap doen iets reg  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 05, 2019, 11:44:48 am
I am relatively new to this forum, member for about 15 months now , enjoy both the planning rides and RR , threads , has been an inspiration . I have been riding for near 40 years, first couple of years on thumpers , and the balance on sport-bikes , Must say I am enjoying my 1190. puts a smile on my dial and cant wait for my next trip , we are hardly home and the planning starts again .
I never stopped riding, but for about 6 years got seriously involved with 4x4  own 2 modified jeeps, served on the jeep club committee , same happened , driving up and down dirt humps was just no challenge anymore and after completing Carnage canyon for the 3rd time , I found that I was looking for bigger challenges and not everyone was on the same page , did not  want to go to the pipe car scene , Adventure bike with panniers seemed to be the way to experience life , and I/we have been enjoying the bike , At least one trip away every month ,For us a new enjoyment , but to write about it in a way that can promote the same experience we had on the trip takes a special kind of skill ,
Those that have the penmanship to do so , makes  for good reading
.

I agree with you but also disagree.

Some have great skills yes!! And reading their reports have a certain flow to them. 

But you don't have to be a good writer to put thought to paper.

Most of us here are average Joe's and would be able to relate to what another average Joe writes.  I enjoyed your last ride report  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on April 05, 2019, 11:48:18 am
Chris and Lem has touched on most of my feelings about it as well.

The ride report used to be (for me anyway) as much part of the trip as the days ahead of it working with maps and planning it was.

Sort of like the 'life cycle of a trip' - plan/execute/report
:-)

In the beginning I even wrote a ride report for a lunch time break that I had up Paarl Rock once.
And I enjoyed doing that (just about) as much as I did the really big tours my wife and I did.

To me there's a couple of things that changed.
The 1st is what have been mentioned. I don't do nearly as many 'leisure' km's as I used to.
And when I do it is to places that have been covered quite a lot.
(Or just a brekfis run for a morning)

The 2nd reason is that in the beginning (I joined in January 2007) everything was magical and 'intense'
The 1st time my wife and I went on gravel
The 1st time I took the the 1100 on the backroads between Ladismith and Montagu
The 1st time I did Baviaans or 'Die Hel'
1st time doing a 'proper' technical 4x4 route
1st time hitting the road with just the luggage and my wife on the bike and returning 2 weeks later, having traveled through roads and places that we didn't even knew existed before we got there.

The intense 'emotional response' that goes along with a '1st experience' made it easy to write about it and even easier to actually do the effort. It was about reliving the experience and if anyone read about it or not was a side issue.

I am not 'blazŤ' about a place like Baviaans - I've been there 5 times (3 with my wife), but even as majestic and awesome as it is (and as much as I will never get tired of it and enjoy it every time), nothing gets close to the '1st time'.

Reason 2b (kinda goes with #2) is that the same goes for the actual ride reports on the RR section. There's not much 'new' happening, so reading about 'Gysmanshoek', Baviaans or Die Hel isn't read with the same awe and 'hunger' for new places and knowledge like it used to be.

Reason 3 is that the way I travel/tour has changed over the years.
I am extremely jealous of the 2wheel/dust road time that I do have and therefor I do it quite often alone (or with a very close-knit group of friends that I know are on the same page as me).
My 'needs' from a trip also changed a bit and where before I would constantly be on the lookout for a 'photo opportunity' I now don't even take a camera with.
It is very cool to have memories, but leaving the camera at home has caused me to be waaaay more 'in the moment'. I come back from rides like that more relaxed.
And then also - no photos, no ride report

Reason 4 (also kinda ties in to 1 and 2) is that I don't really feel that there's anything I can contribute that hasn't been written/contributed before.

Reason 5 is my personal opinion about the 'state of the forum', but I don't feel this is the thread for that (and even if it was, I also feel that I have nothing to contribute that haven't been said)
It is sad, 'cause I do remember how I couldn't wait to see something new pop up in the RR section and how that made me feel 12 years ago.

But it is also I suppose the way of the world:
Things change, needs change, people change.

I very rarely go into the RR section anymore, so I suppose in a sense I am contributing to the problem as well - no audience, no comments and ride reports slip away to the 2nd page and beyond very quickly.



Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on April 05, 2019, 12:06:34 pm
I remember(my memory is still ok) the excitement before each National Bash. The two days riding there and two back.
All of them being great and spent in great company.
How else would I have ever visited Boegoeberg se dam and seen the horror of ETS in his Crogs. :lol8: :eek7:
Till this day the owners of Fiddlers Creek still ask me when are we having a bash there again.
Those were the days :thumleft:

You are also 100% spot on.
I remember the MAJOR excitement of planning to go to my 1st WD bash  (that was 2007 in Hogsback)
Hell - I even started a new job about a month before it and in the interview I already mentioned that I wanted to have half that Thursday, the Friday and the Monday off.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 12:18:11 pm
But you don't have to be a good writer to put thought to paper.

Jy kan maar net foto's post ook, WDs is nie groot lesers tussen foto's ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 05, 2019, 12:21:06 pm
Ride Reports is a section of the forum that is very close to my heart, and certainly one that I regard as the most important of the forum.

Sadly, I think that view is not shared by most members of the forum.

Why are there not as many Ride Reports being posted on the forum as there used to be?

I think there are a few reasons, some of which we can control and some we can't.

Let's face it, a Ride Report takes a lot of effort to post. First of all there's taking the time on the ride to stop and take pics of the scenery etc, which can be a pain in the ass to do, much easier and more fun just to ride with your mates and not worry to stop the whole time for pics. Then is the actual writing of the report, the downsizing of the pics to the correct size, and the painstaking posting of each picture. And once you have spent a few hours writing and posting the report you get 3 or 4 comments and maybe 100 views, whereas some inane post in Jou Ma will get 100's of views and go on for pages and pages. So you just have to wonder if posting a ride report is really worth the effort involved. Far easier to post a few pics on FaceBook where all your non-WD member mates and family will see it.

Take this Ride Report for example:       http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234817.60

This was an awesome Ride Report, stacks of great pictures and interesting well researched facts, yet only 4 members bothered to leave comments.

The only reason that I still bother do Ride Reports on the forum is that it is great way of preserving the memories of all the trips that I have done, enabling me to go back and re-live all those memories made over the past 13 odd years of doing ride reports.

Not many people have the luxury of taking weeks or months off to go and explore Africa on their bikes, so if you just head off for a day ride on your own or with mates into the mountains, stop and take a few pics and do a short Ride Report about it on the Monday morning and tell us about it, some of us are interested and appreciate it.

Moaning about the lack of Ride Reports on the forum yet never posting anything yourself is not going to solve anything.



 
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 0012 on April 05, 2019, 12:27:56 pm
only done 2 RRs   :(  and these days I get half a day's ride in on the weekends if I'm lucky...   :'(
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Knucklhead on April 05, 2019, 12:35:22 pm
Molten, Thanks for starting a very relevant thread, about a topic that is near the heart for me.

I hope it's not dying, but merely evolving, but it feels as if it is dying.

There are several reasons for this, one of which Noneking mentions above.

It was the ride report section that introduced me to this forum. In September 2009 a regular riding buddy had a bad crash in southern Namibia. His friends dealt with the trauma and finished the trip and later wrote about it. It was the only post that guy ever made. My beaten up friend sent me the link and I joined the forum because of that report.

I think one of the biggest reasons for the decline is the fact that there are too many social media platforms in existence. It makes sharing things too easy, too quick, too convenient to make you care about what you share. 10-12 years ago we didn't have a WD Facebook page, we didn't have Tapatalk, we didn't have Instagram, we didn't do our ride planning merely by means of watsapp groups, we actually planned & invited fellow riders along on the planning a ride section. We didn't have GoPros to simply take a video, so we stop for less photographs. Few of us had GPS & mapsource, we asked each other for routes. Almost none of us had our own blogs as well. These days it's simply too easy to just not care.


All of these extra social media platforms creates noise in our lives. Several of my friends are deleting watsapp, deleting their facebook accounts simply because it makes friendship cheap and creates just another irritating notification noise on our phones.

This then creates a chain of events. Several of the ride report pioneers like Metaljockey, Dorsland and many others leave the forum for several  personal reasons, due to this "noise"

I am just as guilty. I love writing and I still do the stuff that makes me want to write about it. But to put my name on a quality intellectual product, readable by a few Afrikaans & English okes takes time. It's not time I don't have, it simply is time I don't spoil myself with. I used to ride 40kms on a Friday afternoon around Durbanville and write about it.These days it's just too easy to share that one pic on Facebook.  But then when I have difficult days in the office and I need time out I then go back to some of my old reports and then realise the joy it gave me in doing the trip & writing about it.

Another reason I can think of is how the biking hobby evolves for every one of us. For instance many started out on big tourers, did trips, wrote about them but due to kids & life happening they now enjoy Enduro for instance. And nobody is gonna write about their saturday at Zone7. Another example is going from riding bikes & touring on them to buiding, reparing, restoring & customising bikes. These guys are still bike mad, they just don't ride as often anymore and enjoy the fiddling more. Less riding = less ride reports.

Then there is the fact that many of us enjoy certain routes. One can never grow tired of riding to Cederberg Oasis for instance. But all of us has been there now, so when we go again we don't even tell anyone anymore.

But ja, as Noneking touched upon...opening the forum each day in anticipation of something biking related...you get to a place that it littered with negativity & a shitload of R&P threads by the same 10 people merely ticking the board over like the flight boards at an airport.

I think everyone needs to go ride again, stop for photographs & share them with us again on a ride report. Doesn't have to be long, or Deon Meyer literature approved, just share them here. I will read, enjoy & comment that I did  :deal:

Speaking of which...I'm pulling out the 1200 in the next hour to go to Paarl. Will gooi a pic in the "where has your bike taken you today" thread  :deal:

spot on  my bud
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on April 05, 2019, 12:36:56 pm
I must say that it is the ride reports that got me going to various different places, if only to experience first-hand the magic that a ride report described. I used to diligently report on my rides too, but I must admit I have nowhere near the skills needed to capture someone's imagination with a ride report, and get them to wish they were there.

I love those types of ride reports, where you almost feel like you're part of the trip. But, my skills lay elsewhere (the little that there is) so I think I tend to bore most readers with my reports.

Nonetheless they are a valuable source of information and enjoyed reading. Especially with lots of photos. Throw in a bit of humour or perhaps a twist to the tale, or any unexpected situation that actually makes it an adventure and you have a magical way of passing the time.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 05, 2019, 12:47:51 pm
Ride Reports is a section of the forum that is very close to my heart, and certainly one that I regard as the most important of the forum.

Sadly, I think that view is not shared by most members of the forum.

Why are there not as many Ride Reports being posted on the forum as there used to be?

I think there are a few reasons, some of which we can control and some we can't.

Let's face it, a Ride Report takes a lot of effort to post. First of all there's taking the time on the ride to stop and take pics of the scenery etc, which can be a pain in the ass to do, much easier and more fun just to ride with your mates and not worry to stop the whole time for pics. Then is the actual writing of the report, the downsizing of the pics to the correct size, and the painstaking posting of each picture. And once you have spent a few hours writing and posting the report you get 3 or 4 comments and maybe 100 views, whereas some inane post in Jou Ma will get 100's of views and go on for pages and pages. So you just have to wonder if posting a ride report is really worth the effort involved. Far easier to post a few pics on FaceBook where all your non-WD member mates and family will see it.

Take this Ride Report for example:       http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234817.60

This was an awesome Ride Report, stacks of great pictures and interesting well researched facts, yet only 4 members bothered to leave comments.

The only reason that I still bother do Ride Reports on the forum is that it is great way of preserving the memories of all the trips that I have done, enabling me to go back and re-live all those memories made over the past 13 odd years of doing ride reports.

Not many people have the luxury of taking weeks or months off to go and explore Africa on their bikes, so if you just head off for a day ride on your own or with mates into the mountains, stop and take a few pics and do a short Ride Report about it on the Monday morning and tell us about it, some of us are interested and appreciate it.

Moaning about the lack of Ride Reports on the forum yet never posting anything yourself is not going to solve anything.

Absolutely! Writing an RR is my way of reliving a lekker trip by firstly writing the RR and then going back to it every now and then........

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 05, 2019, 12:49:09 pm


Take this Ride Report for example:       http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=234817.60



En die man het 4 bladsye se photos gepost  :(
Voel nou bietjie sleg...

Ek het wel gelees en gekyk. Net nie gepost nie.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on April 05, 2019, 12:50:49 pm

The only reason that I still bother do Ride Reports on the forum is that it is great way of preserving the memories of all the trips that I have done, enabling me to go back and re-live all those memories made over the past 13 odd years of doing ride reports.

Not many people have the luxury of taking weeks or months off to go and explore Africa on their bikes, so if you just head off for a day ride on your own or with mates into the mountains, stop and take a few pics and do a short Ride Report about it on the Monday morning and tell us about it, some of us are interested and appreciate it.


Pretty much all the reasons for not doing RR's are covered - but the reason for doing as above is pretty much spot on!

For not doing a RR, also, as above - in my case, its time & money - running a business sucks money and time like nothing i have ever know, there just isnt spare loot for a dash to Clarens for a long weekend, nor the time! Sad, but true - and as mentioned right at the beginning, I am one of those that builds bikes inbetween as well, so that eats into free time as well, not that the wife minds me being at home...

BUT, I still make a plan to dash off to my "local" route (370km round trip to Loskop from Benoni) about every 6 weeks or so, and its still a wonderful, relaxing, picturesque, free ride - I normally go by myself, mainly because I like my own company, and have a picnic on a bridge or something, but like everyone else, guilty of not taking the time to take a few pics....

I will endevour to improve!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Mikie on April 05, 2019, 02:10:11 pm
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
Finances havent been playing game with me, buying a house is not friendly on adv trips
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: sidetrack on April 05, 2019, 02:27:34 pm
As mentioned here before people just have less time and money to do trips, even a day trip can cost you close to a R800  (include a lunch / brunch whatever along the way) and in that day most will just post one or two pics of the ride and wont bother with a RR. Now imagine what a proper week or so trip will cost you. But it's not just Ride Reports even sections like technical and the ones on specific models are dead quiet. Unfortunately besides the guys commuting I think most bikes live the in garage most of the time. I also detest R&P, I'm sure it has made most of us so depressed that we don't even remember that this should be a adventure bike forum first and foremost.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 05, 2019, 03:09:01 pm
About time someone put this subject up for discussion. I first heard about this forum in 2008 ... then lost the link and got distracted by real life for a while. By chance I found it again in 2010 and joined up, a RR by SGB was enough inspiration for me to go out and buy a S10. I would, and still do, check this forum daily ... it's the reason I joined up because of the mental escape a good RR offers, but it has changed over the last 3 years. It's become a little cynical. At times is seems like the most vociferous here have not been on a ride in years, and no doubt they have their reasons for that. And then personal bullshit prevents some people from even reading certain RR's posted, but that's their prerogative too so no issue with that.

I think this forum's mantra has been distracted by some new section and what it offers to members, like venting their politics and religious views ... but it has to offer something to everyone I suppose.

So, I will now return to the For Sale section ...

 
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 03:37:32 pm
on the forum is that it is great way of preserving the memories of all the trips that I have done, enabling me to go back and re-live all those memories

Would be nice finding a old RR using the search function. Have just tried it by typing in the exact name of RR in and poster.
Throws me a long finger, says cannot find anything.Has happened a lot.How am I going to find it one day sitting in the old age home if I cannot find it now!!?  :(
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 05, 2019, 03:47:43 pm
And then personal bullshit prevents some people from even reading certain RR's posted, but that's their prerogative too so no issue with that.



I've heard rumours of this happening..... :peepwall: really childish, but nou ja.....
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 05, 2019, 04:15:47 pm
I did a ton of RR previously, slowed down considerably for many reasons. 

As was mentioned previously, it takes forever to do a decent report.
Lets face it, this forum is also not very users friendly if it comes to posting a rr. 
Once done you post it and only a few, the same old same people mostly, will comment.  It seems as if the rest is more interested in jou Ma and religion and politics.
I recently again started to post rr's, but what a waste of time, I rather post on gesigboek where my family and friends can see what I do and don't.  At least they appreciate the pics and vids and it is much much easier to post photos there. 
I see someone mentioned that Roam is dead, seems like WD is also dying a slow death if you judge it by the rr's.

Take for instance this thread, the members that posted here is almost the only members active in the rr section.  The others do not even bother to look here so the message will therefor not reach them.   It is a real same. 

To answer the OP question, YES the rr section is dying.   :deal:
Title: Interesting
Post by: Osadabwa on April 05, 2019, 04:17:27 pm
I was going to commiserate, but instead I'll just say: I'm doing my part from Kenya! Every little toodle down to the Valley gets put on this website, and even though I don't ride in RSA, I have more in common with most of you riders than the other forums like ADV Rider. Check out the threads I've put together. I lump all my rides in the same thread for a year and start over every January. In exactly 7 days I'll be doing a very long, very dry, very hot and very fast ride up to the border of Ethiopia which should be fantastic. Writing RRs is an addiction for me by now, so I can't wait to share... though very few folks have the patience to read them.

 :snorting:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on April 05, 2019, 04:19:40 pm
Please do not stop your RRs. Best way for me to see more of Africa and I enjoy your witty way of writing. :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: m0lt3n on April 05, 2019, 04:34:02 pm
I feel there is two reasons to write a report.

1. To share your experience. It may sound vain, but if you do all that effort to write the Ride report and do not get some attention, then you won't do it again. I have searched sometimes for info and found good RRs which was stopped halfway because of lack of interest. It's very sad, I know the amount of effort that must have gone into it then already.

2. For later reference or to show others what you have done. When family ask me how was my trip, I send them a link. Even some of my older uncles I don't have much contact with have pestered my mother for a link of my latest trip. Or if if I want to get someone to join me to go on some trip or see how awesome an area is, I send a link of an applicable RR. I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered. Why will I now continue to write an RR on Wilddogs if I can't 'use' it at a later stage...

edit: incorrect statement
Title: Re: Interesting
Post by: 0012 on April 05, 2019, 04:38:24 pm
... In exactly 7 days I'll be doing a very long, very dry, very hot and very fast ride up to the border of Ethiopia which should be fantastic. Writing RRs is an addiction for me by now, so I can't wait to share... though very few folks have the patience to read them.

 :snorting:

Schweet, let's hit it   :thumleft:   :ricky:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 05, 2019, 04:43:16 pm
I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: m0lt3n on April 05, 2019, 04:56:34 pm
I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS

apologies. I shared something else from a section that used to be open 2 days ago and it was blocked, made the incorrect blanket assumption.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 05:05:27 pm
Some very valid comments made.   :3some:

If I may add my 2c - Nothing wrong with the RR section IMHO.  The problem is with the participation level of readers.  If no participation and interest is shown, a RR either dies or becomes the last one written.  Whether you want to admit it or not, participation and feedback result in the brain secreting a hormone called dopamine.  The resultant effect is that of happiness, euphoria and motivation.  Thatís what keeps you posting.

Unfortunately Iíve also decided this week to refrain from wasting any more time with RRís.  The effort and cost is simply not worth it.  And I donít feel I need to pen it down here to refer back to.  I have the photos and Iím not likely to forget a memorable trip.

To blame R&P and Jou Ma of the forumís demise is a lame excuse.  Unsubscribe to both and youíll see a lot more bike related banter taking place.

Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 05, 2019, 05:14:52 pm


Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:

Gaan ons 'n rr sien.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 05:23:01 pm


Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:

Gaan ons 'n rr sien.   :biggrin:

Ek dink daar sal beslis een wees, net nie deur my nie.   :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kaboef on April 05, 2019, 05:23:31 pm
As die Ride Reports beter was, sou meer mense dit gelees het.
 :biggrin:

Maar op n ernstige noot: 10 jaar terug het ek tyd gehad om n uur te sit en lees aan n ride report.
Deesdae het ek nie eens n uur om met my vrou te gesels nie.

Dalk is dit net my probleem.

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 05, 2019, 05:28:03 pm
Some very valid comments made.   :3some:

If I may add my 2c - Nothing wrong with the RR section IMHO.  The problem is with the participation level of readers.  If no participation and interest is shown, a RR either dies or becomes the last one written.  Whether you want to admit it or not, participation and feedback result in the brain secreting a hormone called dopamine.  The resultant effect is that of happiness, euphoria and motivation.  Thatís what keeps you posting.

Unfortunately Iíve also decided this week to refrain from wasting any more time with RRís.  The effort and cost is simply not worth it.  And I donít feel I need to pen it down here to refer back to.  I have the photos and Iím not likely to forget a memorable trip.

To blame R&P and Jou Ma of the forumís demise is a lame excuse.  Unsubscribe to both and youíll see a lot more bike related banter taking place.

Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:


Very valid point!

I read most RRs posted on here but hardly ever comment, purely because I read these reports in sections, often on a device where Iím not logged in. I will endeavour to post more on these threads in future because I share your view that we need to encourage members to make an effort with RRs
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 05:34:05 pm
Some very valid comments made.   :3some:

If I may add my 2c - Nothing wrong with the RR section IMHO.  The problem is with the participation level of readers.  If no participation and interest is shown, a RR either dies or becomes the last one written.  Whether you want to admit it or not, participation and feedback result in the brain secreting a hormone called dopamine.  The resultant effect is that of happiness, euphoria and motivation.  Thatís what keeps you posting.

Unfortunately Iíve also decided this week to refrain from wasting any more time with RRís.  The effort and cost is simply not worth it.  And I donít feel I need to pen it down here to refer back to.  I have the photos and Iím not likely to forget a memorable trip.

To blame R&P and Jou Ma of the forumís demise is a lame excuse.  Unsubscribe to both and youíll see a lot more bike related banter taking place.

Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:


Very valid point!

I read most RRs posted on here but hardly ever comment, purely because I read these reports in sections, often on a device where Iím not logged in. I will endeavour to post more on these threads in future because I share your view that we need to encourage members to make an effort with RRs

Iím just as guilty Noneking and will start practicing what I preach.

Iíve found myself writing things that I think others want to hear instead of writing just from the heart in mother tongue, just to get people interested in the experience.  Silly, isnít it.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 05:38:06 pm
As die Ride Reports beter was, sou meer mense dit gelees het.
 :biggrin:

Maar op n ernstige noot: 10 jaar terug het ek tyd gehad om n uur te sit en lees aan n ride report.
Deesdae het ek nie eens n uur om met my vrou te gesels nie.

Dalk is dit net my probleem.

Kaboef, jy mag dalk Ďn grap maak, maar daar steek Ďn bietjie waarheid in.  Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.  Ian in Great Brak river het dit 100% reg gekry met sy laaste een.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BliknÍrs on April 05, 2019, 05:49:24 pm
Iemand het dit al genoem maar daar is n klomp splinter groepe wat ander platforms gebruik om te kommunikeer. Dis maar soos die tegnologie evolve maar dit beteken RR seksie dip uit.
Die trick gaan wees om WD te laat aanpas.
Miskien moet daar meer aandag gegee word aan die kwaliteit i.p,v, die kwantiteit inhoud.
Ons moet ook beter kyk na mense wat positiewe bydraes lewer, sodat hulle nie voel hulle talente word nie hier waardeer nie. PÍrels voor swyne ens.
En soos reeds genoem is dit nogal n mission om n ordentlike RR met fotos gepos te kry sonder om jou gat af te sukkel.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 05, 2019, 05:59:42 pm
Sien julle nou hoe moeilik is dit om 'n rr te doen.  Wat een dink 'n goeie rr is dink 'n ander dit moes beter wees. 
 
Ek myself probeer maar altyd in ingels te skryf om almal te "please", maar ek sukkel my gat af om dit reg te kry.  Afrikaans kan ek skryf tot die keyboard moeg raak, maar dan kla ander weer.  Hoe weet 'n persoon dis 'n bad rr, of dit OK is, of dit uitstekend is.   
Party keer wonder 'n ou, "as ek die rr doen, maak ek nie my naam gat nie".     

Dan maak ons maar soos ander doen, vermy die rr's geheel en al en ploeter maar aan met jou eie se lewe.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 05, 2019, 06:12:45 pm
Iemand het dit al genoem maar daar is n klomp splinter groepe wat ander platforms gebruik om te kommunikeer. Dis maar soos die tegnologie evolve maar dit beteken RR seksie dip uit.
Die trick gaan wees om WD te laat aanpas.
Miskien moet daar meer aandag gegee word aan die kwaliteit i.p,v, die kwantiteit inhoud.
Ons moet ook beter kyk na mense wat positiewe bydraes lewer, sodat hulle nie voel hulle talente word nie hier waardeer nie. PÍrels voor swyne ens.
En soos reeds genoem is dit nogal n mission om n ordentlike RR met fotos gepos te kry sonder om jou gat af te sukkel.


Die fotos post storie was vir my ook helse mission tot ek Google photo ontdek het. Copy die link in jou browser en post by jou IMG opsie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 05, 2019, 06:24:34 pm

Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.

Kobus I am not sure I understand what you are saying here, my Afrikaans is not that delicious  :biggrin:

But if you are saying that there is nothing worse for you than to read a Ride Report that doesn't have a story to it, then I have to say I completely disagree with you.

I would even say that this attitude might be why people are not that keen to do Ride Reports.

Sure a Ride Report with twists and turns and danger and highs and lows makes for gripping reading and a great story, but 90% of rides that are done don't have any of this excitement, especially if it is a well planned ride done by semi competent riders. So if I understand you correctly, and apologies if I have got this completely wrong, on a trip that goes according to plan without any major calamity happening is not worth doing a Ride Report on? But  a trip where the author makes up a story of getting lost and running out of petrol, then having an emotional breakdown after he faces a near death experience is the only kind of Ride Report that you feel is worthwhile.

Again, apologies if I have misunderstood your comment  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on April 05, 2019, 06:26:48 pm
I am relatively new to this forum, member for about 15 months now , enjoy both the planning rides and RR , threads , has been an inspiration . I have been riding for near 40 years, first couple of years on thumpers , and the balance on sport-bikes , Must say I am enjoying my 1190. puts a smile on my dial and cant wait for my next trip , we are hardly home and the planning starts again .
I never stopped riding, but for about 6 years got seriously involved with 4x4  own 2 modified jeeps, served on the jeep club committee , same happened , driving up and down dirt humps was just no challenge anymore and after completing Carnage canyon for the 3rd time , I found that I was looking for bigger challenges and not everyone was on the same page , did not  want to go to the pipe car scene , Adventure bike with panniers seemed to be the way to experience life , and I/we have been enjoying the bike , At least one trip away every month ,For us a new enjoyment , but to write about it in a way that can promote the same experience we had on the trip takes a special kind of skill ,
Those that have the penmanship to do so , makes  for good reading .

Leave the penmanship.  Learn to post pictures instead!  A picture says a thousand words. (anyway, a lot of the ride reports I skip the writing - it often tends to be the same style, though different authors, and after the third clichť I find the writing boring, but the pictures often make it worth the while)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Dwerg on April 05, 2019, 06:33:01 pm
Sien julle nou hoe moeilik is dit om 'n rr te doen.  Wat een dink 'n goeie rr is dink 'n ander dit moes beter wees. 
 
Ek myself probeer maar altyd in ingels te skryf om almal te "please", maar ek sukkel my gat af om dit reg te kry.  Afrikaans kan ek skryf tot die keyboard moeg raak, maar dan kla ander weer.  Hoe weet 'n persoon dis 'n bad rr, of dit OK is, of dit uitstekend is.   
Party keer wonder 'n ou, "as ek die rr doen, maak ek nie my naam gat nie".     

Dan maak ons maar soos ander doen, vermy die rr's geheel en al en ploeter maar aan met jou eie se lewe.   :biggrin:

Eks ook skuldig om nie te comment op RRs nie maar ek lees elkeen. Ek geniet julle sin al vir jare lank. Ek het veral geniet om te sien hoe julle gegaan het van 2 up toere na mev vissie wat so lekker met die sand stoei en begin reg kom. Moet asb nie ophou nie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 06:47:35 pm

Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.

Kobus I am not sure I understand what you are saying here, my Afrikaans is not that delicious  :biggrin:

But if you are saying that there is nothing worse for you than to read a Ride Report that doesn't have a story to it, then I have to say I completely disagree with you.

I would even say that this attitude might be why people are not that keen to do Ride Reports.

Sure a Ride Report with twists and turns and danger and highs and lows makes for gripping reading and a great story, but 90% of rides that are done don't have any of this excitement, especially if it is a well planned ride done by semi competent riders. So if I understand you correctly, and apologies if I have got this completely wrong, on a trip that goes according to plan without any major calamity happening is not worth doing a Ride Report on? But  a trip where the author makes up a story of getting lost and running out of petrol, then having an emotional breakdown after he faces a near death experience is the only kind of Ride Report that you feel is worthwhile.

Again, apologies if I have misunderstood your comment  :thumleft:

No apology necessary at all. 

What I meant was the following:  (And Iíll try my best to get it across correctly this time round)

I enjoy the vast majority of the Ride reports.  What I enjoy less is when someone just post a video of drone footage.  Iím often not sure where the footage was taken and although I envy the scenery created by the footage, it doesnít tell me anything about the route, the smell, the emotion. 

A simple narrative accompanying the footage will give context to me.  And no, I donít need drama, things to go wrong or anything like that to get me exited.  Simple is often better, I just want to feel part of your excursion.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 05, 2019, 06:50:48 pm

Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.

Kobus I am not sure I understand what you are saying here, my Afrikaans is not that delicious  :biggrin:

But if you are saying that there is nothing worse for you than to read a Ride Report that doesn't have a story to it, then I have to say I completely disagree with you.

I would even say that this attitude might be why people are not that keen to do Ride Reports.

Sure a Ride Report with twists and turns and danger and highs and lows makes for gripping reading and a great story, but 90% of rides that are done don't have any of this excitement, especially if it is a well planned ride done by semi competent riders. So if I understand you correctly, and apologies if I have got this completely wrong, on a trip that goes according to plan without any major calamity happening is not worth doing a Ride Report on? But  a trip where the author makes up a story of getting lost and running out of petrol, then having an emotional breakdown after he faces a near death experience is the only kind of Ride Report that you feel is worthwhile.

Again, apologies if I have misunderstood your comment  :thumleft:

No apology necessary at all. 

What I meant was the following:  (And Iíll try my best to get it across correctly this time round)

I enjoy the vast majority of the Ride reports.  What I enjoy less is when someone just post a video of drone footage.  Iím often not sure where the footage was taken and although I envy the scenery created by the footage, it doesnít tell me anything about the route, the smell, the emotion. 

A simple narrative accompanying the footage will give context to me.  And no, I donít need drama, things to go wrong or anything like that to get me exited.  Simple is often better, I just want to feel part of your excursion.  :thumleft:

Kobus I completely misunderstood your post, I didn't even realize you were talking about videos  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Bundu on April 05, 2019, 07:41:58 pm
Sien julle nou hoe moeilik is dit om 'n rr te doen.  Wat een dink 'n goeie rr is dink 'n ander dit moes beter wees. 
 
Ek myself probeer maar altyd in ingels te skryf om almal te "please", maar ek sukkel my gat af om dit reg te kry.  Afrikaans kan ek skryf tot die keyboard moeg raak, maar dan kla ander weer.  Hoe weet 'n persoon dis 'n bad rr, of dit OK is, of dit uitstekend is.   
Party keer wonder 'n ou, "as ek die rr doen, maak ek nie my naam gat nie".     

Dan maak ons maar soos ander doen, vermy die rr's geheel en al en ploeter maar aan met jou eie se lewe.   :biggrin:

ek stem saam met Dwerg, ek het al jou/julle RR's gelees en baie geniet - ek comment net nie altyd nie - ek besef egter dit moet 'n moerse klomp werk wees....  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 06, 2019, 04:07:51 am
Dink die wereld het verval in me myself and I... en niemand sien die son oor n ander se gat skyn nie... en die WD forum neig ook in daai rigting. Aan die begin was dit awesome!  (2011/2 gejoin) Biere op vrydag middag.. saam gaan ry. Dit het  nie saak gemaak wat jy ry nie, en nie "my opinie op ander afdwing nie" was so erg soos dit nou is nie.  Moet erken die brand bashing ding vang my! Elke ou doen sy eie ding op sy eie manier - en dit moet respekteer word.

Het wel opgetel die ouens in die Kaap wil net bike ry... en partykeer is ek so bietjie jaloers op hulle samesyn en die mooi area's op hul agterstoep....

Ek is nou nie deel van die "click" hier nie... glo die lewe word op die fiets in die buitelug gelewe, en nie voor n rekenaar nie, so dalk is my "forum" presence nie so pertinent en ek wys nie as ek my fiets se brake pads change in my groenstoep vloer geverfde tappet  garage nie... hoe se Michelle - ek fiddle gedurig aan die fietse

Wel ek doen nog ride reports... MAAR vir my self! En dit blyk ook so, want daar is nie baie comments nie. Meh, maak nie saak nie. Kom loer in elk geval seker nou 1-2 week hier in anyways

Dit vat n rukkie om so n ride report te doen, en dis vir my lekker, om die fotos bymekaar te maak tussen die 2 fone, te verwerk, in volgorde te sit, en dan te verwoord.

Erens kry ek so gier, en dan gaan blaai ek deur al die ride reports en sien - "fokket dis lekker of dual sport bike te ry"  :thumright:


Alwyn, ook nou al geleer uit my eie posts dat daar byna Zero comments gemaak word op enige thread wat "BMW Club ride" in die titel het.
Geniet nog altyd jou reports! :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 06, 2019, 04:13:12 am

Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.

Kobus I am not sure I understand what you are saying here, my Afrikaans is not that delicious  :biggrin:

But if you are saying that there is nothing worse for you than to read a Ride Report that doesn't have a story to it, then I have to say I completely disagree with you.

I would even say that this attitude might be why people are not that keen to do Ride Reports.

Sure a Ride Report with twists and turns and danger and highs and lows makes for gripping reading and a great story, but 90% of rides that are done don't have any of this excitement, especially if it is a well planned ride done by semi competent riders. So if I understand you correctly, and apologies if I have got this completely wrong, on a trip that goes according to plan without any major calamity happening is not worth doing a Ride Report on? But  a trip where the author makes up a story of getting lost and running out of petrol, then having an emotional breakdown after he faces a near death experience is the only kind of Ride Report that you feel is worthwhile.

Again, apologies if I have misunderstood your comment  :thumleft:

No apology necessary at all. 

What I meant was the following:  (And Iíll try my best to get it across correctly this time round)

I enjoy the vast majority of the Ride reports.  What I enjoy less is when someone just post a video of drone footage.  Iím often not sure where the footage was taken and although I envy the scenery created by the footage, it doesnít tell me anything about the route, the smell, the emotion. 

A simple narrative accompanying the footage will give context to me.  And no, I donít need drama, things to go wrong or anything like that to get me exited.  Simple is often better, I just want to feel part of your excursion.  :thumleft:

Also enjoy reading a story and will mostly spend time at night reading good ones. Very difficult to follow reports where the photos have been downsized to the point where they are pixelated. I ignore reports where the OP only posts link to a blog or another forum where the actual report has been posted.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: HB 9 on April 06, 2019, 07:13:10 am
Ek geniet dit om die RRs te lees... maar lewer nie noodwendig kommentaar nie omdat dit nie die effort van die skrywer genoeg kan komplimenteer nie.

Eers het ek nie genoeg tyd gehad om avontuurlike ritte te doen nie... Nou steeds nie omdat my tyd verdeel moet word aan my belangrike dinge in my leweÖ vrou, kind. hond. werk. fietsry en kort ongereelde motorfiets ritteÖ

Ek sal voortaan meer kommentaar lewer as dit die skryf en saamstel van RRs sal laat aanhou... Baie dankie vir elkeen wat die moeite doen om hul ervarings te deel!!


Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 06, 2019, 10:34:31 am
I was going to commiserate, but instead I'll just say: I'm doing my part from Kenya! Every little toodle down to the Valley gets put on this website, and even though I don't ride in RSA, I have more in common with most of you riders than the other forums like ADV Rider. Check out the threads I've put together. I lump all my rides in the same thread for a year and start over every January. In exactly 7 days I'll be doing a very long, very dry, very hot and very fast ride up to the border of Ethiopia which should be fantastic. Writing RRs is an addiction for me by now, so I can't wait to share... though very few folks have the patience to read them.

 :snorting:
Yeah please keep them coming.

Love them!!!!!

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kamanya on April 06, 2019, 05:13:37 pm
I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 06, 2019, 07:02:14 pm
I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)

I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 06, 2019, 07:16:23 pm
I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)

I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS


Itís not only RRs that arenít being read......
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 06, 2019, 07:29:14 pm
I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)

I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS

Not entirely true Jon.

Log out and go have a look at that alwyn report and tell us what you see. No pictures. I will save you the hassle - guests don't see attachments, hence if the poster loads photos directly on WD these are visible only to logged in members - guests don't see them. Same for for example attached GPS tracks. The only photos visible are the ones linkes from other sharing sites like flickr and such.

Look it is none of my business as these locked down state actually helps me move away from the forum, but unless you guys are going to reslove the chinesse attack and unlock the forum back to where it was before when only Jou Ma and Trading section is locked to guests, I think its just downhill for the forum. Unless one is logged in (I prefer not to be logged in all the time) they can see only very few sections and even in those they cannot see uploaded pictures so many threads don't make any sense.

Get it back to the original state and the traffic will improve. I suspect most people reading my RRs are guests, not members here.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 06, 2019, 07:41:46 pm
I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)

I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS

Not entirely true Jon.

Log out and go have a look at that alwyn report and tell us what you see. No pictures. I will save you the hassle - guests don't see attachments, hence if the poster loads photos directly on WD these are visible only to logged in members - guests don't see them. Same for for example attached GPS tracks. The only photos visible are the ones linkes from other sharing sites like flickr and such.

Look it is none of my business as these locked down state actually helps me move away from the forum, but unless you guys are going to reslove the chinesse attack and unlock the forum back to where it was before when only Jou Ma and Trading section is locked to guests, I think its just downhill for the forum. Unless one is logged in (I prefer not to be logged in all the time) they can see only very few sections and even in those they cannot see uploaded pictures so many threads don't make any sense.

Get it back to the original state and the traffic will improve. I suspect most people reading my RRs are guests, not members here.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention Martin, I know that we had opened the Ride Report section to guests a little while ago, didn't realize that none of the pictures loaded directly on to the forum were not visible to guests.

So currently guests do have access to the Ride Reports, but not the pics, which is obviously a huge problem for us.

Will get hold of the tech guys to see what they can do to sort this out.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: IanTheTooth on April 07, 2019, 01:46:08 am
Nice to see you are still here Martin. Looking forward to your next report!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JMOL on April 07, 2019, 07:55:13 am
I do RR's for family, the grand kids and for one day when I cannot ride anymore.  Some staff members cannot wait to read my RR's although they are not hectic.  One black lady once said to me that she travels with me by reading the RR's as she doesn't know much more than East London.

Often when life is tough, I read an old RR and it gives me a smile and I can face life again.

It would be nice if guests can see Ride reports & Planning a Ride as it would be nice to send a link about a topic.

By the way - if it wasn't for the RR's, I wouldn't go there  :deal:

Think I must stop talking and post my Lesotho trip of 2 years ago .

My 2c   :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 07, 2019, 08:02:01 am
I do RR's for family, the grand kids and for one day when I cannot ride anymore.  Some staff members cannot wait to read my RR's although they are not hectic.  One black lady once said to me that she travels with me by reading the RR's as she doesn't know much more than East London.

Often when life is tough, I read an old RR and it gives me a smile and I can face life again.

It would be nice if guests can see Ride reports & Planning a Ride as it would be nice to send a link about a topic.

By the way - if it wasn't for the RR's, I wouldn't go there  :deal:

Think I must stop talking and post my Lesotho trip of 2 years ago .

My 2c   :biggrin: :biggrin:

Het reply op jou PM oor fotos post...... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: dual on April 07, 2019, 08:51:06 am
I do a lot on Facebook and keep my blog up to date from time to time

https://dualadventurebiking.blogspot.com/

Just did a trip to Cederberg Oasis last weekend
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JMOL on April 07, 2019, 10:41:31 am
I do RR's for family, the grand kids and for one day when I cannot ride anymore.  Some staff members cannot wait to read my RR's although they are not hectic.  One black lady once said to me that she travels with me by reading the RR's as she doesn't know much more than East London.

Often when life is tough, I read an old RR and it gives me a smile and I can face life again.

It would be nice if guests can see Ride reports & Planning a Ride as it would be nice to send a link about a topic.

By the way - if it wasn't for the RR's, I wouldn't go there  :deal:

Think I must stop talking and post my Lesotho trip of 2 years ago .

My 2c   

Het reply op jou PM oor fotos post...... :thumleft:
Yep. Gaan dit vanmiddag probeer.

Baie dankie.

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 07, 2019, 02:15:12 pm
I do RR's for family, the grand kids and for one day when I cannot ride anymore.  Some staff members cannot wait to read my RR's although they are not hectic.  One black lady once said to me that she travels with me by reading the RR's as she doesn't know much more than East London.

Often when life is tough, I read an old RR and it gives me a smile and I can face life again.

It would be nice if guests can see Ride reports & Planning a Ride as it would be nice to send a link about a topic.

By the way - if it wasn't for the RR's, I wouldn't go there  :deal:

Think I must stop talking and post my Lesotho trip of 2 years ago .

My 2c   

Het reply op jou PM oor fotos post...... :thumleft:
Yep. Gaan dit vanmiddag probeer.

Baie dankie.

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

Nou help ons ander ook assemblief tog my kroon.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Hardy de Kock on April 07, 2019, 03:29:29 pm

Daar is niks erger vir my om Ďn drone footage report te Ďleesí nie.  Dit moet darem gepaard gaan met Ďn storie.

Kobus I am not sure I understand what you are saying here, my Afrikaans is not that delicious  :biggrin:

But if you are saying that there is nothing worse for you than to read a Ride Report that doesn't have a story to it, then I have to say I completely disagree with you.

I would even say that this attitude might be why people are not that keen to do Ride Reports.

Sure a Ride Report with twists and turns and danger and highs and lows makes for gripping reading and a great story, but 90% of rides that are done don't have any of this excitement, especially if it is a well planned ride done by semi competent riders. So if I understand you correctly, and apologies if I have got this completely wrong, on a trip that goes according to plan without any major calamity happening is not worth doing a Ride Report on? But  a trip where the author makes up a story of getting lost and running out of petrol, then having an emotional breakdown after he faces a near death experience is the only kind of Ride Report that you feel is worthwhile.

Again, apologies if I have misunderstood your comment  :thumleft:

@JonW -  I think Kobus meant that there has to be a personal touch to the R&R - leading the reader to understand what the rider experienced.
a Drone flight over Swarbergpas with credits at the end of the video is not going to interest Kobus in my opinion.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 07, 2019, 04:41:46 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JMOL on April 07, 2019, 08:04:51 pm
Nou help ons ander ook assemblief tog my kroon.   :biggrin:

Noneking moet ons almal klas gee  :lol8:

Ek doen nog steeds iets verkeerd.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 07, 2019, 08:49:12 pm
Just so much easier to post a few pictures on fb with comments, but I do miss real good RR's like those of Trailrider, Michnus and others.
That was also the reason why I have origionally joined the WD's - Trailrider (Johann van Tonder) introduced me to this forum.
I am however adicted to this forum, and I am going nowhere.....
So maybe I own it to the forum which I love so much (by that all the people that I became friends with, and can't go without) to make an effort and post my next ride in the RR section.

Daytrips and weekend trips sometimes makes for a good read, we all love pics. Look at the bike rebuild section and other technical threads; its the pictures that makes us click on the WD shortcut!!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Mikie on April 08, 2019, 07:22:54 am
I did a ton of RR previously, slowed down considerably for many reasons. 

As was mentioned previously, it takes forever to do a decent report.
Lets face it, this forum is also not very users friendly if it comes to posting a rr. 
Once done you post it and only a few, the same old same people mostly, will comment.  It seems as if the rest is more interested in jou Ma and religion and politics.
I recently again started to post rr's, but what a waste of time, I rather post on gesigboek where my family and friends can see what I do and don't.  At least they appreciate the pics and vids and it is much much easier to post photos there. 
I see someone mentioned that Roam is dead, seems like WD is also dying a slow death if you judge it by the rr's.

Take for instance this thread, the members that posted here is almost the only members active in the rr section.  The others do not even bother to look here so the message will therefor not reach them.   It is a real same. 

To answer the OP question, YES the rr section is dying.   :deal:

Some very valid comments made.   :3some:

If I may add my 2c - Nothing wrong with the RR section IMHO.  The problem is with the participation level of readers.  If no participation and interest is shown, a RR either dies or becomes the last one written.  Whether you want to admit it or not, participation and feedback result in the brain secreting a hormone called dopamine.  The resultant effect is that of happiness, euphoria and motivation.  Thatís what keeps you posting.

Unfortunately Iíve also decided this week to refrain from wasting any more time with RRís.  The effort and cost is simply not worth it.  And I donít feel I need to pen it down here to refer back to.  I have the photos and Iím not likely to forget a memorable trip.

To blame R&P and Jou Ma of the forumís demise is a lame excuse.  Unsubscribe to both and youíll see a lot more bike related banter taking place.

Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:

I really enjoy the writing part. But, am guilty that Iíve not done one for a while.

Iíll also have a conversation with the mods to open it to all. I agree, itís the ďCrown JewelsĒ of the forum. (Is was closed because we had a bot infestation of foreign programs searching through our database.)

I see it as a huge issue that the site is blocked for people that isn't registered.

For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS

Not entirely true Jon.

Log out and go have a look at that alwyn report and tell us what you see. No pictures. I will save you the hassle - guests don't see attachments, hence if the poster loads photos directly on WD these are visible only to logged in members - guests don't see them. Same for for example attached GPS tracks. The only photos visible are the ones linkes from other sharing sites like flickr and such.

Look it is none of my business as these locked down state actually helps me move away from the forum, but unless you guys are going to reslove the chinesse attack and unlock the forum back to where it was before when only Jou Ma and Trading section is locked to guests, I think its just downhill for the forum. Unless one is logged in (I prefer not to be logged in all the time) they can see only very few sections and even in those they cannot see uploaded pictures so many threads don't make any sense.

Get it back to the original state and the traffic will improve. I suspect most people reading my RRs are guests, not members here.

Dont you guys dare stop posting your reports, I am also guilty of not always commenting, sometimes work has me busy or whatever the excuse, it happens to all of us.

@Vis Arend
Do your report in Afrikaans then, its harder for me to read but I can still read it, Just please share.

@Kobus Myburgh
Agree with you on the drone videos, but it is what it is, I still watch them

@Xpat
I think half this forum will hunt you down if you stopped posting here

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: dual on April 08, 2019, 10:41:12 am
I used to post a lot in the past, nowadays not so many
I speak with photos, struggle with long story lines
I suddenly saw an increase in visitors to my blog
It's quite an effort to post and use other platforms for uploading photos
But, if the need to see it are there, I will post
Non participation in replies feels as if it's not seen
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on April 08, 2019, 10:43:23 am
Ok, ek nog net bls 1 en 2 gelees.en meestal/baie is waar.  Ek gaan omtrent NOOIT na die Planning en Ride afdelings.  Om die waarheid te sÍ ek gaan maar net na die tegniese freds.

Hoekom?  EK HET NIE TYD NIE.  Ek doen nie die Facebook/Pintrest ding.  Ek doen amper nie eers die Watsup ding - net uit nood moet ek.  Ek het hopeloos te veel ander dinge wat 'net so lekker' is.

Met meer as 50 000km se trips reg oor SA het ek nog altyd gewonder wat om met die magdom video's te maak behalwe om ure aan editing te spandeer. 

EN TOE DIE VRAAG. Hoekom neem ek dan die trip af as ek niks daarmee doen?  As ek eendag oud is wil ek weer daarna kyk.  En hier was die probleem.  My sig mag miskien so wees dat ek nie kan lees.  Die 'medium' mag nie meer beskikbaar wees (Wat het van mixit geword?)  Aan die einde het ek besluit om nie aan enige vorm van sosiale media gekoppel te wees maar nog my wedervarings te deel.  En ek verwag GEEN komentaar, soms wil ek nie eers komentaar he nie want dan moet ek dit antwoord of the persoon dink ek is snaaks/windgat ens.

Ek het toe op finaal besluit die video opsie kan werk.  Dit het GROOT finansiele en tyd belegging gekos.  My video metode maak editing nou baie vinnig en maklik teenoor toe ek begin het.  Die laaste trip video van 3.5 minute het 2 uur geneem.  Dit sluit my navorsing in oor hoe om die klank te doen.  Hoe meer ek van die editing program weet hoe vinniger gaan dit gedoen kan word.  Dit is nogal redelike moeite maar ek geniet dit net soveel as om die trip voor te berei.

MAAR ek moet se daar is niks so lekker om weer na 'n trip te kyk en weer te geniet.  Ek laat hulle sommer speel terwyl ek kosmaak.

Hoekom post ek nou my trip video's hier? Miskien is daar iemand wat 5 minute af kan staan en sÍ "bliksem dit was interresant, ons moet dit ook probeer ry"  En as dit nie so is nie het hulle darem 'n deel van ons land UIT MY OOG gesien, maak nie saak hoeveel hulle dit uit 'n ander se oog gesien het nie.
 
Vir die wat die RR's plaas, hou aan.  vir die wat dit lees, hou aan.  Ons lewe net een keer en kan net een keer droom oor wat ons wil/kan/gaan doen voor ons ouetehuis toe gaan en dan terugdink aan ons lewe.


My lewens motto: 'ek sal arm doodgaan maar ryk aan ondervinding lewe'

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Plaasseun on April 08, 2019, 10:48:53 am
Some very valid comments made.   :3some:

If I may add my 2c - Nothing wrong with the RR section IMHO.  The problem is with the participation level of readers.  If no participation and interest is shown, a RR either dies or becomes the last one written.  Whether you want to admit it or not, participation and feedback result in the brain secreting a hormone called dopamine.  The resultant effect is that of happiness, euphoria and motivation.  Thatís what keeps you posting.

Unfortunately Iíve also decided this week to refrain from wasting any more time with RRís.  The effort and cost is simply not worth it.  And I donít feel I need to pen it down here to refer back to.  I have the photos and Iím not likely to forget a memorable trip.

To blame R&P and Jou Ma of the forumís demise is a lame excuse.  Unsubscribe to both and youíll see a lot more bike related banter taking place.

Now back to preparing for the Northern Namibia trip next week.   :biggrin: :ricky:

Kobus ek geniet jou RR's baie al comment ek amper nooit. Jou vorige RR staan op 7100 views en 209 replies wat wraggies nie sleg is nie. Ek hou daarvan as die skrywer uit sy hart skryf en sy gevoel oor die trip deel eerder as 'n report wat net 'n klomp feite deurgee. Hoop jy heroorweeg om te skryf oor julle Namibie trip volgende week, maar ek kan dink dat dit baie tydrowend is.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on April 08, 2019, 10:52:05 am
As die Ride Reports beter was, sou meer mense dit gelees het.
 :biggrin:

Maar op n ernstige noot: 10 jaar terug het ek tyd gehad om n uur te sit en lees aan n ride report.
Deesdae het ek nie eens n uur om met my vrou te gesels nie.

Dalk is dit net my probleem.

Ek het nou die dag tyd gekry om met my vrou te gesels toe die krag af was.  Moet sÍ sy is nogal 'n interessante mens.

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: >>ThumpįC on April 08, 2019, 11:17:38 am
I've also got lazy to post Ride reports, somehow there was more motivation 10 years ago.

Just a thought, if you want more adventurers to join, make planning a ride open to public as well.

A visitor will see the plans and join the forum so he can also join in???
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on April 08, 2019, 11:26:19 am
As die Ride Reports beter was, sou meer mense dit gelees het.
 :biggrin:

Maar op n ernstige noot: 10 jaar terug het ek tyd gehad om n uur te sit en lees aan n ride report.
Deesdae het ek nie eens n uur om met my vrou te gesels nie.

Dalk is dit net my probleem.

Ek het nou die dag tyd gekry om met my vrou te gesels toe die krag af was.  Moet sÍ sy is nogal 'n interessante mens.

Adie

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 0012 on April 08, 2019, 12:20:57 pm

Ek het nou die dag tyd gekry om met my vrou te gesels toe die krag af was.  Moet sÍ sy is nogal 'n interessante mens.

Adie

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Matewis on April 08, 2019, 12:21:37 pm
Iemand het dit al genoem maar daar is n klomp splinter groepe wat ander platforms gebruik om te kommunikeer. Dis maar soos die tegnologie evolve maar dit beteken RR seksie dip uit.
Die trick gaan wees om WD te laat aanpas.
Miskien moet daar meer aandag gegee word aan die kwaliteit i.p,v, die kwantiteit inhoud.
Ons moet ook beter kyk na mense wat positiewe bydraes lewer, sodat hulle nie voel hulle talente word nie hier waardeer nie. PÍrels voor swyne ens.
En soos reeds genoem is dit nogal n mission om n ordentlike RR met fotos gepos te kry sonder om jou gat af te sukkel.

Chris ek stem nogal saam. RR op Wilddogs is ietwat van 'n schlep. Want ek kan nie vanaf my blog net copy en paste nie. Ek moet letterlik die geskryfde gedeelte copy en dan die fotos manually insit via tapatalk. LANGDRADIG maar tot dusver het ek dit so gedoen.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ganjora on April 08, 2019, 03:41:07 pm
The forum grew.
There a topics on everything from streaming TV to growing marijuana.
The ride reports are still there, and more are added all the time.
There is just a lot more 'other stuff' between them after you hit the new posts button.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking number of replies equal interest.
Some people actually hate the bullshit other posts that interfere with the flow of the RR.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 08, 2019, 03:54:10 pm
I did Namibia last year.. do you really want another Namibia RR

on top of that , its a pain to load every photo, resize it, load it to somewhere else to grab it from.. it takes a lot of time and is a labour of love, if there was an easier way to just load the RR then im sure there would be more.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 08, 2019, 03:59:33 pm
I did Namibia last year.. do you really want another Namibia RR

on top of that , its a pain to load every photo, resize it, load it to somewhere else to grab it from.. it takes a lot of time and is a labour of love, if there was an easier way to just load the RR then im sure there would be more.
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+1
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JMOL on April 08, 2019, 09:24:22 pm
I did Namibia last year.. do you really want another Namibia RR

on top of that , its a pain to load every photo, resize it, load it to somewhere else to grab it from.. it takes a lot of time and is a labour of love, if there was an easier way to just load the RR then im sure there would be more.
.
+1
Stem 110% saam en die RR's en Planning a Ride moet ook vd roofkykers available wees.

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 09, 2019, 08:02:40 am
I think part of the problem is a lot of us don't read the reports. Lets be honest, reading a good report can take hours, and we have all become lazy with twitter and other shite. If it more than 140 words it not dumb enough for many who don't have the attention span beyond a few minutes at most.

Writing them is more difficult and a labor of love.

It would be interesting to see the forum demographics. How may of us are old ballies or getting on a bit? Most I think are over 40. How many active members do we have who are less than 30 years? How many of these people write RR's? Very few, I recon.

Looking at myself as part of the problem:
I keep threatening to write another report or two, have the material but the willpower is lacking. Been trying to spend less time in R&P because the negativity there is one of the biggest things putting me off posting elsewhere.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 09, 2019, 08:05:05 am
I think part of the problem is a lot of us don't read the reports. Lets be honest, reading a good report can take hours, and we have all become lazy with twitter and other shite. If it more than 140 words it not dumb enough for many who don't have the attention span beyond a few minutes at most.

Writing them is more difficult and a labor of love.

It would be interesting to see the forum demographics. How may of us are old ballies or getting on a bit? Most I think are over 40. How many active members do we have who are less than 30 years? How many of these people write RR's? Very few, I recon.

Looking at myself as part of the problem:
I keep threatening to write another report or two, have the material but the willpower is lacking. Been trying to spend less time in R&P because the negativity there is one of the biggest things putting me off posting elsewhere.

You missed the best demographic.... 30-40  O0
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BlueBull2007 on April 09, 2019, 03:41:35 pm
Hehe, I was waiting for that. You dirty 30's guys are cool because you are still able to write; those in their 20's like my kids...well I have to wonder sometimes. ;D :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 09, 2019, 03:54:19 pm

It would be interesting to see the forum demographics. How may of us are old ballies or getting on a bit? Most I think are over 40. How many active members do we have who are less than 30 years? How many of these people write RR's? Very few, I recon.
ę Last Edit: Today at 08:03:13 am by BlueBull2007



Put up a Pole BB, with a 2 vote option; 1) Do you post RR'S ?  and   2) How many orbits have you done?

Interesting numbers will emerge no doubt ...

 8)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: CUZZY on April 09, 2019, 06:32:01 pm
I am 59 years old so you know my age. I read almost all the ride reports and appreciate the effort involved. I occasionally comment. Fuzzy Muzzy hit the nail on the head!! I am not completely computer illiterate, but surely there has to be a way in 2019 of making it easier to post pics and a ride report .It  is such a hack  and time consuming exercise I don't bother. I believe if you could do your report with original size pics and story and copy and paste  there would be 50 % increase in ride reports  .If  FB and Whatsapp can do it surely the boffins running this can sort. Let us know if you can and if not why not.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Gťrrard on April 09, 2019, 07:28:30 pm
I used to contribute and became lazy. Also my camera broke and I did not bother replacing it. Schlep to post from my phone. And I have a lot of other good excuses...
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on April 09, 2019, 07:45:59 pm
I am 59 years old so you know my age. I read almost all the ride reports and appreciate the effort involved. I occasionally comment. Fuzzy Muzzy hit the nail on the head!! I am not completely computer illiterate, but surely there has to be a way in 2019 of making it easier to post pics and a ride report .It  is such a hack  and time consuming exercise I don't bother. I believe if you could do your report with original size pics and story and copy and paste  there would be 50 % increase in ride reports  .If  FB and Whatsapp can do it surely the boffins running this can sort. Let us know if you can and if not why not.


True words spoken.   :thumleft: :thumleft:  But they will tell you they do not have space to store the pic's.   :patch:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: CUZZY on April 09, 2019, 08:05:54 pm
Trying not to show my ignorance here but surely they can have some kind of mechanism that automatically down sizes all the pics that come through. Nothing wrong with the size of the pics just looking at Losper and Xpats recent post. Stunning photos. I did a ride report a few years back and it took me forever to post. I've not done one since because of the mission.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 09, 2019, 08:31:37 pm
Trying not to show my ignorance here but surely they can have some kind of mechanism that automatically down sizes all the pics that come through. Nothing wrong with the size of the pics just looking at Losper and Xpats recent post. Stunning photos. I did a ride report a few years back and it took me forever to post. I've not done one since because of the mission.

Cuzzy if you use Fast Stone Image Viewer, which you can download free, it takes about 5 minutes to downsize a batch of 50 pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Highsider on April 10, 2019, 05:20:41 am
I have to agree that I found it too frustrating to do a RR from the antiquated web based forum.  I find it easier to type the text on my phone and import all pics to my phone, then use Tapatalk to construct the RR.
When I say easier, I actually mean ďless difficultĒ.  Typing long tracts of text on a cell phone is laborious and you end up shortening the story.
It shouldnít be such a mission.  I agree more people would do RRís if it were simpler.



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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 10, 2019, 05:38:56 am
Last night I did some RR surfing...
Devoted my "social media time" to it.

What a treat

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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JonW on April 11, 2019, 02:12:00 pm


For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS
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Not entirely true Jon.

Log out and go have a look at that alwyn report and tell us what you see. No pictures. I will save you the hassle - guests don't see attachments, hence if the poster loads photos directly on WD these are visible only to logged in members - guests don't see them. Same for for example attached GPS tracks. The only photos visible are the ones linkes from other sharing sites like flickr and such.

Look it is none of my business as these locked down state actually helps me move away from the forum, but unless you guys are going to reslove the chinesse attack and unlock the forum back to where it was before when only Jou Ma and Trading section is locked to guests, I think its just downhill for the forum. Unless one is logged in (I prefer not to be logged in all the time) they can see only very few sections and even in those they cannot see uploaded pictures so many threads don't make any sense.

Get it back to the original state and the traffic will improve. I suspect most people reading my RRs are guests, not members here.
[/quote]

@Xpat  this issue has now been addressed.

The situation now is that guests can see the Ride Reports section and all pictures posted in the section are visible to guests.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on April 11, 2019, 02:45:35 pm
@Xpat  this issue has now been addressed.

The situation now is that guests can see the Ride Reports section and all pictures posted in the section are visible to guests.

Awesome !

Thanks for sorting it
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 11, 2019, 02:55:48 pm


For the second time on this thread:

THE RIDE REPORT SECTION IS VISIBLE TO GUESTS

Not entirely true Jon.

Log out and go have a look at that alwyn report and tell us what you see. No pictures. I will save you the hassle - guests don't see attachments, hence if the poster loads photos directly on WD these are visible only to logged in members - guests don't see them. Same for for example attached GPS tracks. The only photos visible are the ones linkes from other sharing sites like flickr and such.

Look it is none of my business as these locked down state actually helps me move away from the forum, but unless you guys are going to reslove the chinesse attack and unlock the forum back to where it was before when only Jou Ma and Trading section is locked to guests, I think its just downhill for the forum. Unless one is logged in (I prefer not to be logged in all the time) they can see only very few sections and even in those they cannot see uploaded pictures so many threads don't make any sense.

Get it back to the original state and the traffic will improve. I suspect most people reading my RRs are guests, not members here.
[/quote]

@Xpat  this issue has now been addressed.

The situation now is that guests can see the Ride Reports section and all pictures posted in the section are visible to guests.
[/quote]

Yes, it works now (even in other sections like Zog's Yankee blog) - good job Jon & team  :thumleft:

That deals with the problem in RR and other open sections. I still feel though that having most of the other sections locked (apart from Jou ma and Trading) diminished traffic on the forum greatly. For example Planning a Ride section is one that may interest many guests and/or members like me who don't like to be logged in all the time. Not sure what is involved in getting forum back public as it was before, or even if there is intent to do so, but without it the forum has very circumcised feel that drives traffic away IMO.

And as someone who works around IT space, I appreciate the work that goes on behind the scene to keep this forum running and dealing with issues like this.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 11, 2019, 03:21:10 pm
Trying not to show my ignorance here but surely they can have some kind of mechanism that automatically down sizes all the pics that come through. Nothing wrong with the size of the pics just looking at Losper and Xpats recent post. Stunning photos. I did a ride report a few years back and it took me forever to post. I've not done one since because of the mission.

CUZZY, the thing is I load those pictures into sharing site - in my case flickr and link them from there. And while I downsize them somehow otherwise it takes for ever to load to flickr, I load them there in high quality, when every photo is usually 3 - 5 MB big. And that is part of the reason why they look better than pictures just attached directly on WD, which have to be much more downsized and hence lose detail and probably color definition.

While I understand calls for easier posting to WD, especially for pictures I think people are missing the point. Loading pictures directly on WD means massive storage space and its maintenance is required. I think people underestimate how much work and money this cost (not just storing the pictures, but back-up and all that jazz). And this all on free forum. There is a reason why the biggest companies in the world like Google and Yahoo now limit their free storage and make people pay for going over the limit - hence I have to pay annual subscription now to flickr, when before for years I had free 1TB of storage. Same for Google. Same thing happened with photobucket - I don't think there is any sharing service left now that allows big storage (at least big enough to store my pictures for RR) for free.

So expect that free forum like WD will basically grant its users unlimited storage space is not realistic.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Highsider on April 11, 2019, 04:01:11 pm
I donít know how Tapatalk works in terms of where pics are stored but it is so easy to upload from my phone, I usually select the 1024x768 resolution and off it goes...  Iíll try here to load an image 3 times at progressively bigger resolutions:
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/6fbf959369f71fb9eea7c80a1b42b1b1.jpg)
Above is small
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/a5d86a885a3d0a9ec4f4c68570e59f42.jpg)
Above is medium
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/62c379d70d49fad8cb2eae4287324616.jpg)
Above is best

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/42e9f93319700d10b84ce54fa2e45563.jpg)
Above is how Tapatalk presents the options.

Very easy to use, only thing is if you use a device other than your phone, those images need to be sent to your phone first.


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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 11, 2019, 04:12:55 pm
Tapatalk actually stores the images you upload on their servers (i.e. provide storage I talked about) and then just link them on WD (i.e. the same scenario as if I load them to flickr/googlephoto/any sharing service and then link them in my report myself).

And it costs - a lot -  so that is why they try to push you to buy subscription, or if not you get your tapatalk overrun by adverts. I.e. they have two revenue streams - adverts and subscriptions, none of which exist on WD. And it remains to be seen if Tapatalk model will workout - if not and they go bankrupt, kiss goodbye to all photos in your ride reports or elsewhere, same was as what happened with Photobucker photos year or two ago when they started charging for storage. Plenty of reports with Photobucket photos are now useless. Probably not a big deal if it is weekend quickie, but if you spent month scribling and photo processing your year long trip through Africa, not that good.

The bottom line is, there is no way to work around the hard problem of data storage (which photos and videos explode exponentially) without throwing a lot of money on it. Facebook may have that money (for the time being, I suspect they may go bust in 10 years time, with all your nice pictures and videos and memories), but everybody else including Google is already charging for storage over some limit. I don't see how WD can pay for it unless they go subscription and or advertisement (as advrider.com already went, and even so advrider will not host anybodies unlimited pictures).
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Highsider on April 11, 2019, 04:15:02 pm
Iíve just checked the auto resize of Tapatalk.  The original image taken with my iPhone is 1,4Megs.  The ďbiggestĒ image above which I sent to my email and checked the size, is 314 KB.  So Tapatalk instantly resizes the images for you.
Now 314KB is not great but for the average point-and-shooter it should suffice. 
As far as ease of use goes, why canít the forum be as simple as the Tapatalk interface?


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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Highsider on April 11, 2019, 04:21:10 pm
I guess Iím still small fry in the upload Dept however Iíve never been asked to pay for Tapatalk not seen any ads YET. 
Personally I dont mind paying for storage, I use Dropbox pro or something, itís just about the EASE of doing it that is in question.  If people could easily link pics on FB to a ride report for example, or to their Dropbox pics, or google docs, Iím sure a lot more RR would be forthcoming.


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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 11, 2019, 04:43:59 pm
I guess Iím still small fry in the upload Dept however Iíve never been asked to pay for Tapatalk not seen any ads YET. 
Personally I dont mind paying for storage, I use Dropbox pro or something, itís just about the EASE of doing it that is in question.  If people could easily link pics on FB to a ride report for example, or to their Dropbox pics, or google docs, Iím sure a lot more RR would be forthcoming.


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Kevin, I understand the point about ease of posting pics (and I agree that one thing that can be done is on WD is automatic downsize function for image loaded directly on WD as attachment), but I'm afraid unless you have your owned controlled storage, its difficult to control how easy/difficult it is to link photos from each specific sharing site. It used to be much easier on Picasa where I started and is much more laborious now with flickr - but that is sharing site option, and WD cannot do much about it (only about stuff that is loaded directly on WD - and then the storage limitations apply).

I checked Tapatalk now (I don't use it much) - there are definitely adverts in between threads and between posts in threads, and if you click on remove you get sent to App store (I have iPhone) with option to buy Tapatalk Pro for R15 per month subscription or R80 for annual subscription. May be worth getting that, but as you said, while it is good for pictures it is useless as far as I'm concerned for text, so you just half way there.

And again, if Tapatalk doesn't work out business wise, your pictures are gone (That is true for any sharing site, but I kind of have higher hopes for Google /Yahoo to survive than Tapatalk).

I understand the comments about ease of posting and its impact on quantity of reports, but apart from automatic downsizing facility for photos uploaded directly to WD (which I don't use, as downsized photos do suffer in terms of quality) I don't see right now what else can be done, unless WD decides to charge for the storage via subscription, adverts.

But hey, I may be missing something. If there is anybody here with an idea about how to make RR posting easier without costing arm and leg, let's hear it. I post quite a lot of reports and they tend to be long so nobody would benefit more than me.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Highsider on April 11, 2019, 05:22:49 pm
I must have paid for it then, probably through the App Store.  Last thing about Tapatalk then Iíll shut up.
If you follow other forums it batches then neatly and makes a common inbox, making it super easy to access your forums and current discussions ON the Fly on your phone.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/d3c7aa2e16c759a7daaa6730f5502c27.jpg)
Ok thatís me done selling Tapatalk


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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Nimmo on April 11, 2019, 05:41:29 pm
Personally I feel a lot of guys write a report (not to gain anything from it) as a way of storing memories and having access to the photos etc.
I also think if 1500 people read it and you get 10 replies on something that took you hours to prepare it tends to make you ask why go through the effort. :patch:

If you enjoyed a report as a common courtesy at least say something.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 11, 2019, 06:47:26 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on April 11, 2019, 10:52:34 pm
We had a looonnngg discussion last night about ride reports.  The WHY, WHERE, .........

For me there are only ONE issue with posting pics directly in WD.  You can not structure your report nicely. -- there are no way to put text between pics. - that I know of.  >:D

My take on the topic.
1. Resizing is so easy and quick from Windows with 'Image Resizer'.  I do the whole batch in one go.
2. I also use the resize step to sort the pics. (all resized pics that are posted will go into a 'Posted' folder.  This helps to keep sanity and duplications in control.
3. All non used pics are deleted from the 'Forum folder' and all masters are saved on external backup.
4. I even rename the DICIM folder on the phone every month for additional ease of management. (Android will create the folder again with the next picture taken.)  sometimes I even create a folder for a trip on the phone.
5. In my view there are no reason to upload a moerse hi-res picture for a tripreport - or any social media.  It is just counter productive. I size to 1336 x 768 and don't think the quality is an issue (for the intended purpose)
6. The video route 'detatch' me from any 'loss of host' issues and I can mail/give/send/... my report to anyone- even without social media etc.
7. The reason I post ????.

At this point in time (and I did mention it in the fred already) I will do a trip report (mostly video in my case)  to share it with other like minded souls that might not have the TIME/MONEY/SKILL/PERSEVERANCE to go and enjoy our country.

I've been involved in the filming of the two 'Look what your missing' seasons and can tell you, IT WAS A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING in both labour and finance.  BUT the feedback we received (fokol geld) from viewers that will never have the chance to do even a small trip to some unknown destination made it worthwhile.  (there also were those who just find fault -  this is also good as it was a constant gauge if the producers was 'on the right track'.

In my case I like to share MY experience (even about a well documented route) with anyone out there and hopefully the viewer close the screen on a more positive note about what is out there.  I hope I will never get so low to become one of the 'Whatsup guys, please click the LIKE button' brigade or let adverts ruin the experience for the viewer.

I actually don't mind if no-one comment (good or bad).  I do go to the 'analytics' page of my youtube channel and look at the 'hit rate' and how long the video was watched.  for me that is the REAL indication if the content was presented in a captivating way.  Some of my first video's had a watch time of less than 15%.  I knew that would be the case until I could put voice in to explain the where/when etc.  The last two got a MUCH higher watch duration which could be linked to the voice and I now have a standard intro and are working towards a 'theme'.  (I am still an absolute beginner in this whole process.)

Lastly.
I have so many things/hobbies etc that I basically only visit about 4 freds on the forum - and Trips/Reports is NOT one of them.  I probably go there once or twice per MONTH and than just scan through the pics. - only if the title draw my attention.  If I find them interesting only then will I read (a bit)  There are freds I've NEVER even visit on the forum.  :laughing4:

To sum:  WD is the only forum I joined.  My phone do not have any social media activity other than WatsAp.  I despise it when I am with a group and 80% of them are constantly on their phones.  I think it is an addiction.  I will rather sit for 30minutes and watch a goldfish swim in an empty bowl than listen/watch other people acting stupid or whatever.  But that is just me. 

WD 'management', keep up the good work.

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 12, 2019, 05:22:38 am
@Weedkiller - Adie :

You can easily structure text with pictures on WD, but only if you use linked pictures from external hosting site , like googlephotos, flickr, tapatalk etc (any external site will do). You can insert the image link from those sites wherever you want in the text.

You cannot structure the report - i.e mix text nad pictures, only if you load pictures directly onto WD as attachments. Then they are just attached at the bottom of the post as attachments.

I personally prefer having my pictures on the third party shared storage service as that allows me to post reports easily elsewhere (eg. advrider) which you cannot do if you load pictures directly on WD, and should WD go the way of dodo like RA went, the pictures and reports wouldn't disappear forever. Also you can load pictures on for example flickr ini full resolution - i.e. much better quality  - if you hahve bandwidts and share those albums with whoever you want without even mentioning RR (of course without text) or use them in completely different reports/travelogues if you wish to do so.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on April 12, 2019, 06:57:56 am
@Weedkiller - Adie :

You can easily structure text with pictures on WD, but only if you use linked pictures from external hosting site , like googlephotos, flickr, tapatalk etc (any external site will do). You can insert the image link from those sites wherever you want in the text.

You cannot structure the report - i.e mix text nad pictures, only if you load pictures directly onto WD as attachments. Then they are just attached at the bottom of the post as attachments.

I personally prefer having my pictures on the third party shared storage service as that allows me to post reports easily elsewhere (eg. advrider) which you cannot do if you load pictures directly on WD, and should WD go the way of dodo like RA went, the pictures and reports wouldn't disappear forever. Also you can load pictures on for example flickr ini full resolution - i.e. much better quality  - if you hahve bandwidts and share those albums with whoever you want without even mentioning RR (of course without text) or use them in completely different reports/travelogues if you wish to do so.
Exactly how do you link to photos on google photos? I've tried inserting the google photos share link in between the image tags, but then it just show 'n little blue icon and not my actual image.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 12, 2019, 07:06:57 am
Open the image in the google photo - i.e. click on it so it is big on your screen, not just using its small thumbnail in the album, then right click on the image, select 'Copy Image Address', and then post the link in between the image tags on WD post - i.e click the Insert Image icon above and then post the link in beween the  tabs created in the post.

Here an example from my googlephoto

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mMeY0Ia3tNkEO0NiF9jA-aiMifh_NxaCBcA7h7BhJGtBR6cdhA5YjmPLO3X8ir_ElOOdWi-UBpGPUdrBpUGxPbzn0BbtQA1Z2fOUSDMRBETSvhAcsueNxJD-gebUus0AoMCbvxO3vShSIs_MF2YX68oDKA0sstuiA9AAVwJZLNeeJzFMpp9a8rTzEz2awCLElOiN2FRdUm8bvZWK1lFXdEE-WfR4g0xIS57OIxyAl4oOovcM-fsoDElyNZynDYcuf8-U2QKUcQNYyXkLpbBJbszyjwMLapz_DqFAzdGPOVFLeBzG17XoncI6Hbao-mI4xdPLWhrXCCLupc6Mqyyt9RbxWpb1Oi2T8DL52Yao5Swtm7jANHIfbxihUUNzLruXOL3qHFvrzs5x-Y4KA75L8JzpDPYkCeO6_NlTXZ53fke5yP_bZrsPt_Wy_oCR3gAa498I1cDZYVPU-8vxDhpOxq6gmZi-3EICHQBfiB9cVJhbad1ZPaTQmVtR1z9AA7B_Pbfz_LTaWL35t82jKre4yWa4Yaeg1wn1fyQpJom0-GplBPjWZV0Y0MLI28-GSIInyE4EAftttvOl5nzCpbKekvLa3QF2yFPPbPsJje_lREMO1Py2j8w8jfzDd9TRmTwj6tlWpRS-TpFiA-oatcsayRzipeijdBc=w2232-h1674-no)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on April 12, 2019, 07:26:26 am
Will you look at that! All this time I've been trying by using the google photos share link. Thanks for the tip!

Here's my attempt:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/s3WJzlhg4xAaeHoZ4bl8afDuyJfewbgY96j0DnmWCAGPDHcbrYFmYfQ729DebmLcRRW3ilMLDKgRexMZsT9z5s9FWMYBof3t74ji6O3uF_nv0awiUBnu2kPIC7NvW8oKtss42MOYsyAUOCNeWbe-M21jEAAxTXPeMzn7bInEwUHCHQ_ZbMm-nJRbC_Wt4aZrkcx8TH5QWD2zau-wgFBLq7Q_PZWDxYRIkRGy8W0rx-U2cWRyd-fysUxZc8nwS0biq6CXvhcv_kWTMoGLaBDnhjOTNdLf1_HkAAPTTRwdqfnKVtXFgWgrBq-G692f2Ipj7VRc6wSULsXcAFynAKHx8H4AIKnO1aJaUIMYT9xfVbObof6-oLxC1DYIOtUmG-POuYAHWehSqCSd3n0WCUMWBp-NmKEN1PT0b2QDEJxfhmrV0AUACeLBh0w_atzCSekhMQwfEcqRAJCWQ_oFbNi9PM7bXJl52fu6rPkd4Svza4QW9ZvSSkUngN0VjqPA3RbeNn9HwLliGIN_5Yf9SM4ogdPytKvI1je3Lud0nCUWuSVB5zrakCIh9y_Wv4m75SHqMVesU2I35y6F7wUgpi9u3cnaKwR0eaOVOdgEJyTmDP6kcyIXdwmyOVIOntfc7tWX80XLUkd_JP8GDFTUgasWTF5cd1nZxeoydUPC15n-bpKr4pivQ0ZbK7ogS0c8OkDNT3EoJl94E9lq5rxdvuEyKVq-kQ=w477-h358-no)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 12, 2019, 08:16:13 am
Open the image in the google photo - i.e. click on it so it is big on your screen, not just using its small thumbnail in the album, then right click on the image, select 'Copy Image Address', and then post the link in between the image tags on WD post - i.e click the Insert Image icon above and then post the link in beween the  tabs created in the post.

Here an example from my googlephoto

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mMeY0Ia3tNkEO0NiF9jA-aiMifh_NxaCBcA7h7BhJGtBR6cdhA5YjmPLO3X8ir_ElOOdWi-UBpGPUdrBpUGxPbzn0BbtQA1Z2fOUSDMRBETSvhAcsueNxJD-gebUus0AoMCbvxO3vShSIs_MF2YX68oDKA0sstuiA9AAVwJZLNeeJzFMpp9a8rTzEz2awCLElOiN2FRdUm8bvZWK1lFXdEE-WfR4g0xIS57OIxyAl4oOovcM-fsoDElyNZynDYcuf8-U2QKUcQNYyXkLpbBJbszyjwMLapz_DqFAzdGPOVFLeBzG17XoncI6Hbao-mI4xdPLWhrXCCLupc6Mqyyt9RbxWpb1Oi2T8DL52Yao5Swtm7jANHIfbxihUUNzLruXOL3qHFvrzs5x-Y4KA75L8JzpDPYkCeO6_NlTXZ53fke5yP_bZrsPt_Wy_oCR3gAa498I1cDZYVPU-8vxDhpOxq6gmZi-3EICHQBfiB9cVJhbad1ZPaTQmVtR1z9AA7B_Pbfz_LTaWL35t82jKre4yWa4Yaeg1wn1fyQpJom0-GplBPjWZV0Y0MLI28-GSIInyE4EAftttvOl5nzCpbKekvLa3QF2yFPPbPsJje_lREMO1Py2j8w8jfzDd9TRmTwj6tlWpRS-TpFiA-oatcsayRzipeijdBc=w2232-h1674-no)

Can't see your photo??

Did you make your Google photo album public
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Xpat on April 12, 2019, 08:24:30 am
@Noneking : Whoops, sorry, may have forgotten about it.

I did now - I guess I have to repost a photo from that album to become visible though. Here is one from that album and one more from another album I have already shared so should be OK, just to test it

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jeAA_kIlrFuPtMvu2QMf5OtG2CW05MRhA0wxAhbzHVkmUNq7OtrKQy-hV76gmTLyt4nf3ya51iu6ahA7VhhVz6V8x9bTdUCuLD-3QTVHQwOfsfxFvOjLZcfnyRdIYRCT7RJ1PYRoeykL_lkJLoGlKSLha2N_1SFrx_mFGlS8WNZ1RQwAe0PMsKF3kSv4IK5eRMH1MPUY506sooA7sExUHBDz6vsFY0tSWmgBu9hBTPvruQF9-Yz_BBren7RuCTQRUG7Y5R_GTCtMAvStGh0EsEmhhPqgBwjB0ZgOEpCw1ryGRq2R3t5QHZQWrAj3hyVOp7hrxAnjNXw_vfpMbVPf-GPRJ2YAc8nj4C_Eh6l0Jk5aT_KPNSOVZ8jui9_OdVuZMxUZs80b9xwFMHrmODjoNtMtSNjmKyO96eLcejILcWl-bWORbtjQrQmX39BN-GAtgAPCvZxvwdAQ4bMeEYVVJVb7Uaooo0VVj33k8U-CQGwUF_RL6NajkRE6WOF5ZD9Es06mFox4DcfsH_BDBn3433J5WleclDd6dnT5Vl_G6EbMkJMPV2gg1vq-WoWXen0BZ6H67Xfa789tblPdkgSBhAEbLzbTA80bmpeZz2bVzm6lakVRx83fiA6MHbltbtyPFW6ql5860Tuz5npnb0xXvQjHknAlTTV0J71lcViWV-HzXry_P5JjUHLK09o3qlTcwkBPlZL2bF0mJ5OO1WvuHKKm=w2232-h1674-no)


And this one from another album which was already used before;

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/oOgLSEEkuatsRLVMnD0e7WYhunf_aO1eUSeSAgqdLniGVZdYy-9ACEDmiOVj-N_dLWP2n1WOUTPyqE1AtvACrtxkaI6JkfjTpkWc9m38_m-djhU8CPqmPvGqnInfW2EYuapoE0bRiyETEx5FReaRYfhccFA8n1bZPjYGv-m3u8Cy11tSb7yQ5skU5knkmVrDhWagcviIw41mYOOmQLaNv0J9gEwsmiUilklIo7ez72jE26wc_2gCpDBx6rW9aOd25JC4xHLQNCcqOA71DcR_Yql9UyQ3CA9k9Whs_D4cCJbfo9z17PPdCqu5ask261NLc0nKdFs3v7_SXfHUe5zFyDXBIiIZSQ_Q5RbbML6CHDNckBqJ1vWjw8NaZxkVghyswzhR1n5nGk5HuJDmlDNVWcKkwT2RVPNK-9wxLnPWY2Jetxby_Xgt6B0mTDoLb4RkOjg2JoS9OB5EmCZ3ULn3s6EbqcLoXpIIww52YjAaQYtMoJ5DmJQ4vThGDxESlFLs5vu4z1myjeSu_81Yoy0vu9y05kckIOHMBFrDkGYXX_YFpUehiMqQjmQK6KZf1VhfmGYpNeV1cn-ze7WGjMmsczFMn-FVBxhxMOBg5O2YzvmrQgVt7XIl915ru4YUHQj3SI-qKvLID_oHXL04q8UwwtDH_sxBpPpJkVgFf-4QNC38xTN3nDZOQIRfldOXbYgexWrf1IQstC0Moth7RrdXwvoV=w2512-h1674-no)

Are these visible?

Noneking raises good point - on Google Photo (and other sites as well I guess) you have to set your album in Options to 'Share' for people with link. The poster may not see a problem, because when they post the link they can see the image (as they are owner of those photos on Google Photo, so google somehow knows that they are fine to see them even linked in other site), but others will not see them unless they are made public.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 12, 2019, 08:52:28 am
@Noneking : Whoops, sorry, may have forgotten about it.

I did now - I guess I have to repost a photo from that album to become visible though. Here is one from that album and one more from another album I have already shared so should be OK, just to test it

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jeAA_kIlrFuPtMvu2QMf5OtG2CW05MRhA0wxAhbzHVkmUNq7OtrKQy-hV76gmTLyt4nf3ya51iu6ahA7VhhVz6V8x9bTdUCuLD-3QTVHQwOfsfxFvOjLZcfnyRdIYRCT7RJ1PYRoeykL_lkJLoGlKSLha2N_1SFrx_mFGlS8WNZ1RQwAe0PMsKF3kSv4IK5eRMH1MPUY506sooA7sExUHBDz6vsFY0tSWmgBu9hBTPvruQF9-Yz_BBren7RuCTQRUG7Y5R_GTCtMAvStGh0EsEmhhPqgBwjB0ZgOEpCw1ryGRq2R3t5QHZQWrAj3hyVOp7hrxAnjNXw_vfpMbVPf-GPRJ2YAc8nj4C_Eh6l0Jk5aT_KPNSOVZ8jui9_OdVuZMxUZs80b9xwFMHrmODjoNtMtSNjmKyO96eLcejILcWl-bWORbtjQrQmX39BN-GAtgAPCvZxvwdAQ4bMeEYVVJVb7Uaooo0VVj33k8U-CQGwUF_RL6NajkRE6WOF5ZD9Es06mFox4DcfsH_BDBn3433J5WleclDd6dnT5Vl_G6EbMkJMPV2gg1vq-WoWXen0BZ6H67Xfa789tblPdkgSBhAEbLzbTA80bmpeZz2bVzm6lakVRx83fiA6MHbltbtyPFW6ql5860Tuz5npnb0xXvQjHknAlTTV0J71lcViWV-HzXry_P5JjUHLK09o3qlTcwkBPlZL2bF0mJ5OO1WvuHKKm=w2232-h1674-no)


And this one from another album which was already used before;

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/oOgLSEEkuatsRLVMnD0e7WYhunf_aO1eUSeSAgqdLniGVZdYy-9ACEDmiOVj-N_dLWP2n1WOUTPyqE1AtvACrtxkaI6JkfjTpkWc9m38_m-djhU8CPqmPvGqnInfW2EYuapoE0bRiyETEx5FReaRYfhccFA8n1bZPjYGv-m3u8Cy11tSb7yQ5skU5knkmVrDhWagcviIw41mYOOmQLaNv0J9gEwsmiUilklIo7ez72jE26wc_2gCpDBx6rW9aOd25JC4xHLQNCcqOA71DcR_Yql9UyQ3CA9k9Whs_D4cCJbfo9z17PPdCqu5ask261NLc0nKdFs3v7_SXfHUe5zFyDXBIiIZSQ_Q5RbbML6CHDNckBqJ1vWjw8NaZxkVghyswzhR1n5nGk5HuJDmlDNVWcKkwT2RVPNK-9wxLnPWY2Jetxby_Xgt6B0mTDoLb4RkOjg2JoS9OB5EmCZ3ULn3s6EbqcLoXpIIww52YjAaQYtMoJ5DmJQ4vThGDxESlFLs5vu4z1myjeSu_81Yoy0vu9y05kckIOHMBFrDkGYXX_YFpUehiMqQjmQK6KZf1VhfmGYpNeV1cn-ze7WGjMmsczFMn-FVBxhxMOBg5O2YzvmrQgVt7XIl915ru4YUHQj3SI-qKvLID_oHXL04q8UwwtDH_sxBpPpJkVgFf-4QNC38xTN3nDZOQIRfldOXbYgexWrf1IQstC0Moth7RrdXwvoV=w2512-h1674-no)

Are these visible?

Noneking raises good point - on Google Photo (and other sites as well I guess) you have to set your album in Options to 'Share' for people with link. The poster may not see a problem, because when they post the link they can see the image (as they are owner of those photos on Google Photo, so google somehow knows that they are fine to see them even linked in other site), but others will not see them unless they are made public.

All visible now  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kamanya on April 12, 2019, 09:21:19 am
I use Smugmug (https://secure.smugmug.com/signup?Coupon=7ovFBQhdrwnZw) as a photo host.

It was created by people who are also the owners of ADVrider and avid photographers. It's stable, easy to use and automatically creates the hyperlinks to your photo's in the format that is right for this forum. It has an app that is quick and intuitive. For what you get it's good value for money.

To write a ride report, I'll first upload all my photo's to a file in Smugmug. I then start writing in Word whilst reminding myself of the moments by looking at my photo's. As I go along I paste the hyperlinks into the report.

Once that's done I open a new thread in Ride Reports and paste the sections in. Before I post it, I click "preview" to check if the formatting and pictures are in the right place. Normally this needs a bit of work. I try to only edit the word document and keep cutting and pasting from there so it remains the master document or else it's possible to do a ton of editing in the posting window only to lose it when something unexpected happens.

Once posted, I read it through as there's normally small screwups that need correcting.

(disclosure - through that link I've given, if you choose to make Smugmug your photo holder, I get 20% off my next invoice)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Maverick on April 12, 2019, 02:10:02 pm
I used to spend hours reading ride reports and then go out and create my own special trips and share. Then I had two boys and all my time are going into them still now instead of doing ride reports. I do read a lot of them still and enjoy the stories very much. I am sure there are quite a few of us aspiring to write reports that make it to the hall of fame and perhaps this is a way to get this section more action again. For each month you vote on your favourite ride report, everyone likes a good old fashioned challenge :ricky:

It obviously puts more strain and work onto the moderators to manage something like this who have a life of their own  :thumleft:

NOTE: I see exceptional ride reports are still being elected by mods.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on April 12, 2019, 04:20:56 pm
Since this thread was started, the traffic in the RR section has definitely picked up.

I hope we can keep this up  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on April 12, 2019, 04:37:36 pm
Since this thread was started, the traffic in the RR section has definitely picked up.

I hope we can keep this up  :thumleft:

blissem, en ek os ook skuldig daaraan.  :pot:

Adie
Title: Reminder
Post by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2019, 05:35:29 pm
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on April 24, 2019, 06:42:09 pm
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.


Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Reminder
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on April 24, 2019, 08:10:28 pm
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

Yes Boss ... so where is it ..?
Title: Re: Reminder
Post by: Xpat on April 24, 2019, 08:50:54 pm
I just returned from my yearly big ride and it was fantastic. I've harped on my friends so much to carry cameras that now they've followed through. I feel I've created a monster! Now the buggars have dumped 8GB of photos and videos on me and are eagerly awaiting our ride report! Snapping pics is the easy part, you asshats!

I've been working on it for over 3 working days by now. It's a labor of love, and I'm always happy I've done it later, but the process is challenging if you want to tell the story well through words, pics and now vids, the latter of which are a huge pain in the ass... takes much more time to put together a 2 minute video that YouTube later tells me a whole 500 people watched an average of 50% of. And if you're a normal guy with a normal family and job, I don't know how you're expected to put one together at all.

Anyway. I'd do them even if I just shared them on Word (which is how I compose, by the way, so I keep a copy for when the whole internet goes the way of the Dodo), but it's cool when a handful of strangers show some interest too.

Yes Boss ... so where is it ..?

Ahem... http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=233364.20 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=233364.20)
Title: 2019 - XR650Rs in Kenya
Post by: Osadabwa on April 24, 2019, 08:53:02 pm
Looks like my plan to combine all my rides into one report was ill considered. Perhaps this is why nobody finds them.

The current RR is in the 2019 Big Red Pigs in Kenya thread I started at the beginning of the year. The direct link to the start of the long ride is HERE (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=233364.msg4239815#msg4239815)

It's coming together slowly. Got 2 days up so far.

Cheers

 :snorting:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Willem55 on April 25, 2019, 10:18:17 am
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
Finances havent been playing game with me, buying a house is not friendly on adv trips
Sorry you will have to change your avatar if you want people to read your posts... Seker nou vir 5 minute probeer om te lees wat jy skryf maar jou avatar trek my aandag versriklik af  >:D
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on April 25, 2019, 10:20:33 am
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
Finances havent been playing game with me, buying a house is not friendly on adv trips
Sorry you will have to change your avatar if you want people to read your posts... Seker nou vir 5 minute probeer om te lees wat jy skryf maar jou avatar trek my aandag versriklik af  >:D

you get used to it....eveentually  :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BliknÍrs on April 30, 2019, 11:59:32 am
Back on topic.
It has become easier to post a couple of photos in "Where has your bike taken you today" and "2018 Bash post your pics here" and be done than to write trip report and post it.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Tom van Brits on May 02, 2019, 04:51:46 pm
Well it seems the section is 'restored'; I see some good RR's and RR's in progress  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Mikie on May 07, 2019, 08:20:17 am
I have shared a few of our rides as reports on this forum, and its something I enjoy, but things have changed somewhat in my life, I often still get cal;ls from various dogs inviting me to join them on a trip somewhere.
The last trip I did was almost a year ago, to the EC Bash, we used to try and fit in at least 2 trips a year.
And I didnt do a report for that one, time just got the better of me, it really does eat up a lot of time to put a report together, I dont just share a bunch of photos and let everyone make their own assumptions of whats happening in the photo, giving a story to it is always lekka
Finances havent been playing game with me, buying a house is not friendly on adv trips
Sorry you will have to change your avatar if you want people to read your posts... Seker nou vir 5 minute probeer om te lees wat jy skryf maar jou avatar trek my aandag versriklik af  >:D

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on September 28, 2019, 05:20:19 pm
Well it seems the section is 'restored'; I see some good RR's and RR's in progress  :thumleft:


Few months on and still some lekker RR being posted
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on September 30, 2019, 08:00:37 am
Well it seems the section is 'restored'; I see some good RR's and RR's in progress  :thumleft:


Few months on and still some lekker RR being posted

Sjoe ja.  Ek kan nie by bly met al die reports nou nie!!  :o
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: big oil on October 30, 2019, 04:20:16 pm
Is the Ride Reports section dying?

Unfortunately, it feels like this is the case.  Which is sad as this is the section that drew me in hook, line, and sinker.

I believe it is the backbone of the forum.

We can do better.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on October 30, 2019, 06:04:36 pm
You are certainly doing your bit, big guy.   :sip:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: big oil on October 30, 2019, 06:22:16 pm
You are certainly doing your bit, big guy.   :sip:

thank you, I mean it.  I love this place.  I interact with my friends on a daily basis though, and I hate to admit this, I get more stimulating conversation here.

ADV is a poser site for the majority of members if you ask me, this feels like the real deal.....knobbies, dirt, sand, rocks, mud, gravel, water, this is the real deal.

I get pissed and say stupid things when I'm drunk high or pissed off like when I said I don't care what anyone thinks of me here, just the bright ones.

It was bullshit, I love everyone here, this is my online family, a family in which I hope to meet many members of in the future if it's meant to be.

Okay, that's enough syrup to make me gag, so I'll stop there!!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 30, 2019, 06:58:00 pm
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 30, 2019, 06:59:15 pm
Also, eight pages of discussing the lack of ride reports.

Some could have done a RR or two in this time. :ricky:

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Gťrrard on October 30, 2019, 07:04:24 pm
Also, eight pages of discussing the lack of ride reports.

Some could have done a RR or two in this time. :ricky:

SÍ jy  :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: big oil on October 30, 2019, 07:11:26 pm
I'm searching for a smoking deal on a low hour mint condition dirt-bike.

I feel Xpat has it figured out or shall I say, I think what he's been doing is what I want to do more of.

I miss a 250 pound dirt bike and tight trails.

I can't justify owning a Ducati ST4s anymore, I'm preparing it for sale so I can get a light dirt bike I can easily load on a hitch carrier and away I go to majestic off road riding areas several hours drive north of me.  I want to go ride where there are few paved options, if any for a large radius.

That way, I'll have my low mileage GSA in the barn and light dirt bike.....I'll be content then  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on October 30, 2019, 08:23:06 pm
Also, eight pages of discussing the lack of ride reports.

Some could have done a RR or two in this time. :ricky:

Speaking of which, didn't you just return from a pretty epic ride? :ricky:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Buff on October 30, 2019, 08:48:18 pm
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

 :laughing4: :imaposer: Se hulle Danie  ;D
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 30, 2019, 08:56:19 pm
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

 :laughing4: :imaposer: Se hulle Danie  ;D

 ;) :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 30, 2019, 08:58:35 pm
Also, eight pages of discussing the lack of ride reports.

Some could have done a RR or two in this time. :ricky:

Speaking of which, didn't you just return from a pretty epic ride? :ricky:

And what a ride it turned out to be!!

Chopperpilot and Noneking showed us their backyard, and it is a dream.

Where can you take big jumps at high speed while taking quick peeks at Giraffe, buffalo and Kudu??  I kid you not. :eek7:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on October 31, 2019, 06:59:04 am
Also, eight pages of discussing the lack of ride reports.

Some could have done a RR or two in this time. :ricky:

Speaking of which, didn't you just return from a pretty epic ride? :ricky:

And what a ride it turned out to be!!

Chopperpilot and Noneking showed us their backyard, and it is a dream.

Where can you take big jumps at high speed while taking quick peeks at Giraffe, buffalo and Kudu??  I kid you not. :eek7:
So tell us about it... in a ride report!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 31, 2019, 07:23:32 am
I will do a ride report, I just need time for the psychological build-up and to ready myself for using more than normal amounts of technology.

I am waiting to get all the photo material together, and then I'll plan our report.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 31, 2019, 07:31:04 am
Is the Ride Reports section dying?

Unfortunately, it feels like this is the case.  Which is sad as this is the section that drew me in hook, line, and sinker.

I believe it is the backbone of the forum.

We can do better.

And @Minxy is the exception...... epic reports from her & @Hondsekierie

Just saying.....
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Dwerg on October 31, 2019, 07:43:32 am
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Minxy on October 31, 2019, 08:02:48 am
Is the Ride Reports section dying?

Unfortunately, it feels like this is the case.  Which is sad as this is the section that drew me in hook, line, and sinker.

I believe it is the backbone of the forum.

We can do better.

And @Minxy is the exception...... epic reports from her & @Hondsekierie

Just saying.....

Awww thanks ClimbingTurtle!!! :D I will write a bit more today, promise.

I feel that there are a couple of good reports out there at the moment, the problem is I just haven't had the time to properly read most of them :P

Anyway, I don't think it's the case that people are not riding, it is social media being so damm easy to use that is killing ride reports. Good RR's take a really, really long time to compose! I am also guilty here, our shorter rides I only share to facebook. It is just SO much easier to quickly upload photos to facebook, write a couple of words, then share the post to various groups with just the click of a button. FB friends then give you a bunch of "likes" and everyone is happy. Facebook groups such as Adventure Riders Sa, Stoffkatte, Meerkatte and KTM Fanatics, are busy with people sharing stuff on a daily basis.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on October 31, 2019, 08:15:13 am
I will do a ride report, I just need time for the psychological build-up and to ready myself for using more than normal amounts of technology.

I am waiting to get all the photo material together, and then I'll plan our report.

why don't you just ask Minidan to start writing?  :deal:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on October 31, 2019, 09:23:41 am
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:

 :spitcoffee:  :lamer:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: MiniDan on October 31, 2019, 09:29:00 am
I will do a ride report, I just need time for the psychological build-up and to ready myself for using more than normal amounts of technology.

I am waiting to get all the photo material together, and then I'll plan our report.

why don't you just ask Minidan to start writing?  :deal:

Ek is nie my pa se kind vir niks nie...
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Yami Super 10 on October 31, 2019, 12:12:09 pm
I have been off the Forum page for quite some time :-[
My problem is being connected to a proper Wifi connection here in Africa. Secondly, as Lem rightly said, FB, Instagram and other quick cell phone apps works great and a quick way of posting and sharing.
Even when you do a weeks ride, you take pictures as you travel and post. Its on the net straight away for everyone to see.

When you log onto your mobile device, its not the same as on a PC or Pad.

Then to post picture here on the Forum has always got the better of me. Write a report and try and attach a picture and gives me some errors :lamer:

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 31, 2019, 02:09:43 pm
I have been off the Forum page for quite some time :-[
My problem is being connected to a proper Wifi connection here in Africa. Secondly, as Lem rightly said, FB, Instagram and other quick cell phone apps works great and a quick way of posting and sharing.
Even when you do a weeks ride, you take pictures as you travel and post. Its on the net straight away for everyone to see.

When you log onto your mobile device, its not the same as on a PC or Pad.

Then to post picture here on the Forum has always got the better of me. Write a report and try and attach a picture and gives me some errors :lamer:

True what you say, however I actually enjoy the process of writing, very relaxing, provokes thought in me, I just need to get out more....
My other issue tho, is that I forget to stop for pics, often I take a camera or phone and dont look at it for teh whole day, only remember when I get back...

If you want a quick go-around for posting pics, PM me - I use PostImages to host as it's easy......
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on October 31, 2019, 07:13:47 pm
I would say it is not just the ride report section that has quieted down. The general bike banter section is also very quiet. Little movement there. The most movement on this forum I would say is the for sale / buy / swap sections. For me that reflects the state of the economy and the despair of the working population. Bread and butter approaches and policies are more and more coming to the fore. Survival for a lot of people. To travel at pleasure is becoming a luxury beyond the grasp of more and more people. Even if you have R200 -300K to buy a bike, kitting it out, staying in lodges (at R1000 plus a night easily, everybody wants to life well, you know), ensuring that your property will not get ransacked during your absence, not knowing the condition of the roads, rampant crime on the roads, ineffective police force, open racial discrimination are all factors that dampens the adventure spirit of a lot of people. They then, having the bike and all the extras, rather elect to do the breakfast ride thing or down the beach or commute with the bike and save some money off the petrol account in doing so, while still getting in that bit of feeling of adventure. Or the bike(s) just stay in the garage, to keep the imagination and appearances up and running, while utilising your energy to try and stay sane and keep everything that you have slaved for, together.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 31, 2019, 07:44:52 pm
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:

Ek skryf sommer die ding op n a4 vel en laat n paar blaaie afrol en deel dit dan uit by die volgende bash. >:D
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on October 31, 2019, 08:50:02 pm
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:

Ek skryf sommer die ding op n a4 vel en laat n paar blaaie afrol en deel dit dan uit by die volgende bash. >:D


Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on November 01, 2019, 06:54:46 am
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:

Ek skryf sommer die ding op n a4 vel en laat n paar blaaie afrol en deel dit dan uit by die volgende bash. >:D
Die feit dat jy die woord " afrol" gebruik :imaposer: Dink ek het dit laas op laerskool gehoor :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kaboef on November 01, 2019, 07:27:33 am
For a bit of fresh air, read @NiteOwl 's ride report To the Lungs of the Earth.

Splendid work.


Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Yami Super 10 on November 01, 2019, 08:06:04 am
I look at this forum, and riding in general, and I cannot help but think that it is the type of machine that is preventing good ride reports.

Modern machines seem to need trailering to destinations, and bakkie back-up in case of breakdowns.

This adds tremendously to cost.

Another point, when Yamaha discontinued the aircooled XT, I just knew it is the death knell for ride reports.

The problem is that people who still believe in air cooled thumpers can't use a computer well enough to do a ride report  :pot:

Ek skryf sommer die ding op n a4 vel en laat n paar blaaie afrol en deel dit dan uit by die volgende bash. >:D
Die feit dat jy die woord " afrol" gebruik :imaposer: Dink ek het dit laas op laerskool gehoor :lol8:
Die woord "Afrol" wys net hoe oud is 2SD  :peepwall: :pot: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 01, 2019, 08:43:50 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on November 01, 2019, 08:46:36 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??
:imaposer:
Ja, maar ons draai nie meer daai slinger soos op die ou was masjiene nie.  :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Yami Super 10 on November 01, 2019, 09:42:09 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??

Noem dit n PRINTER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet :peepwall:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on November 01, 2019, 09:53:23 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??

Noem dit n PRINTER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet :peepwall:

Reggemaak vir jou :lol8: Jy mag verbaas wees hoeveel rekenaar terme in Afrikaans voorkom, mens sien hulle net nie behalwe as mens per ongeluk jou "operating system" (beheerstelsel?) se taal verander na Afrikaans :o
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Yami Super 10 on November 01, 2019, 09:59:10 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??

Noem dit n PRINTER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet :peepwall:

Reggemaak vir jou :lol8: Jy mag verbaas wees hoeveel rekenaar terme in Afrikaans voorkom, mens sien hulle net nie behalwe as mens per ongeluk jou "operating system" (beheerstelsel?) se taal verander na Afrikaans :o

Lankal uit skool, as jy nie tussen die lyne kan lees nie :peepwall: Dan moet jy maar n HAT nader krap. :spitcoffee: Ek weet wat ek sÍ :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: @offroad on November 01, 2019, 10:02:01 am
I would say it is not just the ride report section that has quieted down. The general bike banter section is also very quiet. Little movement there. The most movement on this forum I would say is the for sale / buy / swap sections. For me that reflects the state of the economy and the despair of the working population. Bread and butter approaches and policies are more and more coming to the fore. Survival for a lot of people. To travel at pleasure is becoming a luxury beyond the grasp of more and more people. Even if you have R200 -300K to buy a bike, kitting it out, staying in lodges (at R1000 plus a night easily, everybody wants to life well, you know), ensuring that your property will not get ransacked during your absence, not knowing the condition of the roads, rampant crime on the roads, ineffective police force, open racial discrimination are all factors that dampens the adventure spirit of a lot of people. They then, having the bike and all the extras, rather elect to do the breakfast ride thing or down the beach or commute with the bike and save some money off the petrol account in doing so, while still getting in that bit of feeling of adventure. Or the bike(s) just stay in the garage, to keep the imagination and appearances up and running, while utilising your energy to try and stay sane and keep everything that you have slaved for, together.

Sadly very true  :'(.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on November 01, 2019, 10:11:09 am
Gebruik hulle nie meer afrolmasjiene nie??

Noem dit n PRINTER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet :peepwall:

Reggemaak vir jou :lol8: Jy mag verbaas wees hoeveel rekenaar terme in Afrikaans voorkom, mens sien hulle net nie behalwe as mens per ongeluk jou "operating system" (beheerstelsel?) se taal verander na Afrikaans :o

Lankal uit skool, as jy nie tussen die lyne kan lees nie :peepwall: Dan moet jy maar n HAT nader krap. :spitcoffee: Ek weet wat ek sÍ :thumleft:

Self, het lank terug 'n konferensie bygewoon waar 'n sagteware ingenieur nog gepraat het van "datavelle". Ek spot bietjie met die "komputer", want het die ouer mense dit nie nog 'n "komper" genoem nie?
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BuRP on November 04, 2019, 10:47:58 am
Noem dit n PRINTER AFDRUKKER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet

Reggemaak vir jou
[/quote]

Regtergemaak vir jou  :P
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on November 04, 2019, 01:41:40 pm
Noem dit n PRINTER AFDRUKKER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet

Reggemaak vir jou

Regtergemaak vir jou  :P
[/quote]

Uhm actually

'n Afdrukker is kopieŽr masjien (of slegte Afrikaanse woord vir fotostaatmasjien)

'n 'Drukker' is 'n printer...

Meer regter gemaak...

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on November 04, 2019, 01:44:25 pm
O en 'Operating System' is 'bedryfstelsel'

:biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: BuRP on November 04, 2019, 01:49:36 pm
'n 'Drukker' is 'n printer...

Meer regter gemaak...

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

LOL, dankie Eisbein!  ;D
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on November 04, 2019, 05:00:24 pm
Noem dit n PRINTER AFDRUKKER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet

Reggemaak vir jou

Regtergemaak vir jou  :P

Uhm actually

'n Afdrukker is kopieŽr masjien (of slegte Afrikaanse woord vir fotostaatmasjien)

'n 'Drukker' is 'n printer...

Meer regter gemaak...

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
[/quote]

afrolmasjien so ook gewerk het. Of kopieŽrder :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on November 04, 2019, 05:01:43 pm
Noem dit n PRINTER AFDRUKKER.
Alles werk nou met gevordere komputer rekenaar stelsels, wi-fi, USB stokkies, Bou tanne en internet

Reggemaak vir jou

Regtergemaak vir jou  :P

Uhm actually

'n Afdrukker is kopieŽr masjien (of slegte Afrikaanse woord vir fotostaatmasjien)

'n 'Drukker' is 'n printer...

Meer regter gemaak...

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Afrolmasjien sou ook gewerk het. Of kopieŽrder :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on November 04, 2019, 05:55:26 pm
En ek het gedink dat 'n drukker was a hugger.  :biggrin:  Ek weet niks.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on November 04, 2019, 06:09:59 pm
G'n wonder die avontuur-afdeling is moer toe nie. Hier is nou al byna twee bladsye wat handel oor wat noem jy sekere aperate, welke aperate deesdae in dieselfde kategorie hoort as vergassers. Hierdie is die digitale era. Klim op julle rekenaarbeheerde, sagteware-afhanklike, petrolinspuiting-aangedrewe fietse en ry. Neem digitale foto's dan, voer die goed deur manipuleringsprogramme om dit polities korrek te kry en plaas dit hier. Wie druk nog? (daardie tipe druk)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on November 04, 2019, 06:15:31 pm
Not if I can help it. Working real hard on the 2019 Ride Report that might have something new to it ...
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Gťrrard on November 04, 2019, 06:26:12 pm
G'n wonder die avontuur-afdeling is moer toe nie. Hier is nou al byna twee bladsye wat handel oor wat noem jy sekere aperate, welke aperate deesdae in dieselfde kategorie hoort as vergassers. Hierdie is die digitale era. Klim op julle rekenaarbeheerde, sagteware-afhanklike, petrolinspuiting-aangedrewe fietse en ry. Neem digitale foto's dan, voer die goed deur manipuleringsprogramme om dit polities korrek te kry en plaas dit hier. Wie druk nog? (daardie tipe druk)

Smaak dat punte en condensors het jou gatvol  :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on November 04, 2019, 06:26:32 pm
Not if I can help it. Working real hard on the 2019 Ride Report that might have something new to it ...


Canít wait!

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 04, 2019, 10:19:42 pm
En ek het gedink dat 'n drukker was a hugger.  :biggrin:  Ek weet niks.

n DRUKKER is n hardlywige ou op n kakpot.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on November 05, 2019, 05:59:43 am
G'n wonder die avontuur-afdeling is moer toe nie. Hier is nou al byna twee bladsye wat handel oor wat noem jy sekere aperate, welke aperate deesdae in dieselfde kategorie hoort as vergassers. Hierdie is die digitale era. Klim op julle rekenaarbeheerde, sagteware-afhanklike, petrolinspuiting-aangedrewe fietse en ry. Neem digitale foto's dan, voer die goed deur manipuleringsprogramme om dit polities korrek te kry en plaas dit hier. Wie druk nog? (daardie tipe druk)

Jy preek vir die koor. Die enigste sagteware waarvan my motorfiets afhanklik is, is ek self, en ek het RRs gedoen vir Junie, Augustus en September.

Kan nie onthou dat ek onlangs iets van jou daar gesien het nie, behalwe kommentare op ander mense se poste....  :sip: :pot: :imaposer:  ;)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on November 05, 2019, 06:43:11 am
G'n wonder die avontuur-afdeling is moer toe nie. Hier is nou al byna twee bladsye wat handel oor wat noem jy sekere aperate, welke aperate deesdae in dieselfde kategorie hoort as vergassers. Hierdie is die digitale era. Klim op julle rekenaarbeheerde, sagteware-afhanklike, petrolinspuiting-aangedrewe fietse en ry. Neem digitale foto's dan, voer die goed deur manipuleringsprogramme om dit polities korrek te kry en plaas dit hier. Wie druk nog? (daardie tipe druk)

Jy preek vir die koor. Die enigste sagteware waarvan my motorfiets afhanklik is, is ek self, en ek het RRs gedoen vir Junie, Augustus en September.

Kan nie onthou dat ek onlangs iets van jou daar gesien het nie, behalwe kommentare op ander mense se poste....  :sip: :pot: :imaposer:  ;)

Jy maak 'n klompie goeie punte  :thumleft:
Bv. dat jyself (jy in persoon en ook jy derde persoon) is in beheer, nie sagteware (synde die fiets of vervaardiger) nie  Afleidings wat hier gemaak kan word, is dat onafhanklike motorfietse (dws fietse onafhanklik van beheer en toesig van die vervaardigers - jy kan dus op die fiets doen wat jy wil) meer aangelÍ is vir avontuur (rondneuk in die bosse, bv.).
Waar daar 'n wil is, is daar 'n weg - 'n pad letterlik.
Ekself mis 'n goeie rit. Inderdaad. Daar is 'n rede daarvoor en is ek omgekrap dat ek in die posisie is wat ek tans is. Maar ek werk aan planne. Daar is lig aan die einde van die tonnel.
Die beste wat ek nou kan doen, is om deel te neem aan ander se avonture en die beginsel te ondersteun en aan te por.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on November 05, 2019, 06:45:03 am
Smaak dat punte en condensors het jou gatvol  :lol8:

Jy som dit goed op. In my geestesoog sien ek myself op allerlei plekke met die fiets, behalwe waar die fiets tans is.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on November 05, 2019, 08:58:54 am
I love reading Ride Reports, but I've hardly written any worth mentioning myself for various reasons.

Like, I don't do many long or prestigious trips. I'm a lousy writer and an even worse photographer. Any pics I might take would be just my bike badly composed against some backdrop or other. Or a similar selfie of my own ugly mug. And I wouldn't know how to post the pics anyway.

But I'll keep reading the marvellous reports that are there of rides that I'll almost certainly never get to do any more and occasionally voicing my appreciation. I don't think the forum is all that short on reports, there certainly seems to be plenty to keep me glued to the screen for longer than I ought to be, but keep them coming nonetheless. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on November 05, 2019, 09:27:24 am
I love reading Ride Reports, but I've hardly written any worth mentioning myself for various reasons.

Like, I don't do many long or prestigious trips. I'm a lousy writer and an even worse photographer. Any pics I might take would be just my bike badly composed against some backdrop or other. Or a similar selfie of my own ugly mug. And I wouldn't know how to post the pics anyway.

But I'll keep reading the marvellous reports that are there of rides that I'll almost certainly never get to do any more and occasionally voicing my appreciation. I don't think the forum is all that short on reports, there certainly seems to be plenty to keep me glued to the screen for longer than I ought to be, but keep them coming nonetheless. :thumleft:
I used to dislike posting ride reports, for the same reason. After a while I started realising there's no such thing as a bad ride report.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: big oil on November 05, 2019, 06:51:09 pm
I love reading Ride Reports, but I've hardly written any worth mentioning myself for various reasons.

Like, I don't do many long or prestigious trips. I'm a lousy writer and an even worse photographer. Any pics I might take would be just my bike badly composed against some backdrop or other. Or a similar selfie of my own ugly mug. And I wouldn't know how to post the pics anyway.

But I'll keep reading the marvellous reports that are there of rides that I'll almost certainly never get to do any more and occasionally voicing my appreciation. I don't think the forum is all that short on reports, there certainly seems to be plenty to keep me glued to the screen for longer than I ought to be, but keep them coming nonetheless. :thumleft:

Ohhhhh.....................HORSE SHIT old man.  :lol8:  Regardless whether you ride 10, 50, 1000 klicks, who gives a shit, tell us about it. 

I'm one of your fans man, git it dun  :biggrin:  All you need is a current smartphone with a decent camera and have someone download Tapatalk for you and give you a quick demo on how to use it.  Simple as can be.

As far as your ugly mug, you have to remember, everyone can't be as handsome as I am, I was just born incredibly lucky in the looks department, but that's superficial, jay, nobody is going to print my incredible face or your ugly mug and posterize it to their garage wall, so whats da big debate about already  :pot:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on November 05, 2019, 06:54:17 pm
Would it be too much to ask that BMW Boxer pics get eliminated from RR's? >:D
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on November 05, 2019, 09:06:33 pm
I love reading Ride Reports, but I've hardly written any worth mentioning myself for various reasons.

Like, I don't do many long or prestigious trips. I'm a lousy writer and an even worse photographer. Any pics I might take would be just my bike badly composed against some backdrop or other. Or a similar selfie of my own ugly mug. And I wouldn't know how to post the pics anyway.

But I'll keep reading the marvellous reports that are there of rides that I'll almost certainly never get to do any more and occasionally voicing my appreciation. I don't think the forum is all that short on reports, there certainly seems to be plenty to keep me glued to the screen for longer than I ought to be, but keep them coming nonetheless. :thumleft:

Ohhhhh.....................HORSE SHIT old man.  :lol8:  Regardless whether you ride 10, 50, 1000 klicks, who gives a shit, tell us about it. 

I'm one of your fans man, git it dun  :biggrin:  All you need is a current smartphone with a decent camera and have someone download Tapatalk for you and give you a quick demo on how to use it.  Simple as can be.

As far as your ugly mug, you have to remember, everyone can't be as handsome as I am, I was just born incredibly lucky in the looks department, but that's superficial, jay, nobody is going to print my incredible face or your ugly mug and posterize it to their garage wall, so whats da big debate about already  :pot:



 :lol8: Okay, I'll bear what you say in mind.....who knows?  8)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: big oil on November 05, 2019, 11:19:23 pm

 :lol8: Okay, I'll bear what you say in mind.....who knows?  8)

One doesn't have to have an iPhone, I mean, Apple products are the benchmark of the industry, though a Google Pixel cell phone captures amazing pics.

Apple iPhone's interface and or usability makes it the easiest phone to use.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: OomD on November 06, 2019, 06:33:07 am
Would it be too much to ask that BMW Boxer pics get eliminated from RR's? >:D
Any RR with a boxer is so much more than a regular RR, for the rider actually hauled that big-ass machine of his over terrain that is more suitable to the other Austrian manufacturer's bikes, and therefore deserves to have pics of his tormenting machine posted. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 06, 2019, 07:52:07 am
Would it be too much to ask that BMW Boxer pics get eliminated from RR's? >:D
Any RR with a boxer is so much more than a regular RR, for the rider actually hauled that big-ass machine of his over terrain that is more suitable to the other Austrian manufacturer's bikes, and therefore deserves to have pics of his tormenting machine posted. :biggrin:

 :imaposer:

Good Point.....
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 26, 2019, 09:44:40 am
I have tried my hand after quite an absence in the RR section now and it was actually fun. Yes I am not a @Trailrider who has inspired me in 2009 to convert to adventure bikes - ok I know, I know the NC750X is not regarded as adventure bike but I have adventure on it :deal: My English can be terrible at times as well but I want everyone to be able to read.
What I love about some RR's is that guys like Trailrider, BigOil and some more are giving you the facts and history.

Mine is simply about the moment, telling the traveler story.

Regardless, long live the RR section!!  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on January 13, 2020, 10:18:24 am
I have tried my hand after quite an absence in the RR section now and it was actually fun. Yes I am not a @Trailrider who has inspired me in 2009 to convert to adventure bikes - ok I know, I know the NC750X is not regarded as adventure bike but I have adventure on it :deal: My English can be terrible at times as well but I want everyone to be able to read.
What I love about some RR's is that guys like Trailrider, BigOil and some more are giving you the facts and history.

Mine is simply about the moment, telling the traveler story.

Regardless, long live the RR section!!  :laughing4:

it all started going downhill when guys like Trailrider left  :-\
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on January 13, 2020, 10:26:51 am
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Battlestar on January 13, 2020, 10:50:29 am
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)
Because its still lekker to read them when someone actually posts

I enjoy yours so please dont stop  :thumleft: :deal:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Grunder on January 13, 2020, 10:52:17 am
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)

Yes, I enjoyed your Postal Route RR very much.

I hope I said so in the end  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on January 13, 2020, 10:56:42 am
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)

Because I actually started reading them
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on January 13, 2020, 10:58:08 am
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)

to breathe some life into the old beast again and get it on an upwards curve  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on January 13, 2020, 12:18:57 pm
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)



Because yours are among the best, if not the very best.

And otherwise we'd be reading only impossible to resolve arguments about politics, religion, global warming, pollution, overpopulation, whether to leave the country, or oil your chain, and how crap are Chinese (and German) bikes.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on January 13, 2020, 01:29:14 pm
 :laughing4:       :laughing4: 

 :redface: ....Didn't mean to fish for compliments but the reassurance is nice, thanks everyone... :redface:

Gonna go crawl under a rock now, I'm so embarrased :-[ :imaposer:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: mtr89 on January 13, 2020, 03:19:31 pm
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)
Dont stop posting your RR's, @Ri
They are really good reading. Now go for a ride and then write about, I'll wait....
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on January 13, 2020, 05:39:01 pm
Faark steaks, why do I even bother to write RRs?  ::)


Nee wat, ons geniet jou RRs. Hou so aan!
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 13, 2020, 08:34:04 pm
I have tried my hand after quite an absence in the RR section now and it was actually fun. Yes I am not a @Trailrider who has inspired me in 2009 to convert to adventure bikes - ok I know, I know the NC750X is not regarded as adventure bike but I have adventure on it :deal: My English can be terrible at times as well but I want everyone to be able to read.
What I love about some RR's is that guys like Trailrider, BigOil and some more are giving you the facts and history.

Mine is simply about the moment, telling the traveler story.

Regardless, long live the RR section!!  :laughing4:

it all started going downhill when guys like Trailrider left  :-\

I personally feel that the forum is much better today without some of the very self-important people that used to be members. :deal:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Kamanya on January 13, 2020, 10:13:29 pm
If you write Ride reports for others, you'll not write them for long.

It's super nice to have plaudits and thanks, but it's a short lived thing.

Write them because you want to. In years to come, only you will go back to them and there's the true reward.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Noneking on January 13, 2020, 10:28:20 pm
If you write Ride reports for others, you'll not write them for long.

It's super nice to have plaudits and thanks, but it's a short lived thing.

Write them because you want to. In years to come, only you will go back to them and there's the true reward.


Couldnít agree more.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Eisbein on January 14, 2020, 01:27:31 pm
If you write Ride reports for others, you'll not write them for long.

It's super nice to have plaudits and thanks, but it's a short lived thing.

Write them because you want to. In years to come, only you will go back to them and there's the true reward.

Did that just yesterday with a report that my wife wrote about our tour through Swaziland and Transkei in 2009 and experienced that reward you were talking about.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: windswept on January 21, 2020, 03:20:41 pm
There are some really top notch RRs that are on going at the moment. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on January 21, 2020, 08:11:56 pm
If you write Ride reports for others, you'll not write them for long.

It's super nice to have plaudits and thanks, but it's a short lived thing.

Write them because you want to. In years to come, only you will go back to them and there's the true reward.

That's why I went the video route. When I sit in the old age home I can watch them on the big screen with the 'kwyl' drooling from the mouth corners.  :imaposer:  Other than showing our beautiful country to the couch travelers.

Ohh fook and this is not long anymore.  >:D

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 18, 2020, 09:51:47 pm
No! The past few weeks some excellent ride reports got posted. It is alive and well!   :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on February 19, 2020, 07:58:32 am
No! The past few weeks some excellent ride reports got posted. It is alive and well!   :thumleft: :thumleft:

I think the turning point was that epic ride you did on the Big Boy CGL through that mud :thumleft:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on February 19, 2020, 08:15:30 am
As one who hasn't been able unfortunately to contribute much to the ride reports, I'm an avid reader and find that it's full of fascinating stuff. I occasionally add thanks or an appreciative comment and think everyone should do the same. Anything to encourage more great reports and pics.
Especially great to see our American oilman making a comeback after his brain shock.  :3some:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 19, 2020, 03:44:55 pm
No! The past few weeks some excellent ride reports got posted. It is alive and well!   :thumleft: :thumleft:

I think the turning point was that epic ride you did on the Big Boy CGL through that mud :thumleft:

Thank you for that vote of support! But letís ascribe it to a group effort, as in the approach by @jaybiker . (On the other hand, sometimes a ďstupidĒ thing has to be done to bring home a point.)



I find that a lot of people are caught up in a pressure environment. They want the adventure, but feel that they are not kitted out correctly due to social pressure. They fear being laughed at if they go on a trip with what they have, alternatively that it canít be done if you donít have the prescribed stuff. Because of pseudo movie / documentary material out there and because of massive marketing they feel that they can only take on an adventure if they have the ďneededĒ equipment and correct bike. Outside pressure is placed on them to first buy X,Y and Z. And that stuff is often prohibitively expensive. So they procrastinate. And the dream dies slowly.

I cut and pasted pictures from a recent ride report (below). That plastic bag made the report for me. It kept moving around as the trip progressed. It said so much. It said everything. The trip report pictures were all very good and the ride experience was exceptional, but that plastic bag put the stamp of TRUE, unsolicited, genuine unabashed adventure on that particular trip for me. They were having a time of their lives. Is that not what adventure is about? Drop the designer and marketing companies, and ignore what goes around in the general media. Checkers is your friend. And a full tank of petrol. That simple.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 19, 2020, 03:45:33 pm
Here is a picture of Philippe Jambert's BMW R65 in the 1979 Dakar. Before big money and marketing took over.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: JMOL on February 19, 2020, 09:47:03 pm
I don't see a Checkers bag on his bike  :deal:

 :peepwall:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

Just pulling your leg. 

What you said is true - I know "Die Arende" and they are just normal plain people with no fuss. All they want to do is ride their bikes.  finish & Klaar.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Lem on February 20, 2020, 08:01:57 am
I don't see a Checkers bag on his bike  :deal:

 :peepwall:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:

Just pulling your leg. 

What you said is true - I know "Die Arende" and they are just normal plain people with no fuss. All they want to do is ride their bikes.  finish & Klaar.

+1 on what JMOL says.

The Arende "adventures"  very well. Behind the bars of a big bike uncle Vis Arend will put to shame the skills of 90% of the guys with the 3 Countrytrax certficates in their offices.

In places where most intermediate riders pick up bikes & then ponder over ABS & tyre pressures the Visarende will come ploughing through 2-up on a fully loaded 1200 Super Tenere, both sitting down with Nannie taking pictures on either side with one hand.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 20, 2020, 08:38:39 am
I don't see a Checkers bag on his bike  :deal:


I actually scanned it to try and find one.  The picture fitted perfectly in with my approach, except for the missing plastic bag. Maybe there was no Checkers there?  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on February 20, 2020, 09:24:05 am
Interesting how events go by and no evidence available.  :(

On my PE trip I bought a pie (and I hate pies) in Uniondale to eat as a late afternoon snack with coffee from the flask.  Somewhere an hour or what later I stopped for a pic and noticed that half the pie was gone.  The stretchie cut it in two.  I did not bother too much as I dont like pies in any case.  An hour later I decided to stop for the snack break as planned.  Surprise Surpise, the other half also 'left the bag'.  All I could do was to lick the oil from the alu tray and stay hungry.  At least I did not need to eat it.

The main reason for not being too disappointed about the missing pie was because the one I ate in Uniondale was CHEESE AND SPINAGE.  It was k@k sleg.

It does make for good memory and a story to tell when we discuss the funny side of trips.

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on February 20, 2020, 10:31:12 am
Interesting how events go by and no evidence available.  :(

On my PE trip I bought a pie (and I hate pies) in Uniondale to eat as a late afternoon snack with coffee from the flask.  Somewhere an hour or what later I stopped for a pic and noticed that half the pie was gone.  The stretchie cut it in two.  I did not bother too much as I dont like pies in any case.  An hour later I decided to stop for the snack break as planned.  Surprise Surpise, the other half also 'left the bag'.  All I could do was to lick the oil from the alu tray and stay hungry.  At least I did not need to eat it.

The main reason for not being too disappointed about the missing pie was because the one I ate in Uniondale was CHEESE AND SPINAGE.  It was k@k sleg.

It does make for good memory and a story to tell when we discuss the funny side of trips.

Adie

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:   Lick the oil you say....... :lol8: :lol8:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: punisher on February 20, 2020, 10:41:53 am
i hve even wrapped our sleeping backs in dustbin liners

and had a few designer checkers sakkies ook
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Vis Arend on February 20, 2020, 12:34:29 pm
Looking for a checkers sakkie?   

There you have it.   :biggrin:

Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: jaybiker on February 20, 2020, 01:35:00 pm
Voice of (pooratech) experience here. If you want to pack your stuff tidily at min cost, Pep stores do large plastic zipper bags which are almost waterproof, especially if the gear inside is also in black refuse bags. Can withstand a thorough dunking in someplace like Smitskraal  :-[

And of course, if there is something you need to have handy without delving into the bottom, just tie a checkers packet on top.  ;)  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 20, 2020, 02:07:23 pm
Voice of (pooratech) experience here.

The voice of experience. Full stop. Certain things just simply work. End of story. That is what you learn from experience. Just look at the difference between the luggage of a first time traveller and that of an experienced (totally unsponsored) traveller.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Weedkiller - Adie on February 20, 2020, 02:29:00 pm
Lat 'n fookhing  plastieksakkie ons nou so aan die kuier het.   :pot:

Adie
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 20, 2020, 03:24:03 pm
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Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: dual on February 22, 2020, 04:25:48 pm
Kan seker tel as 'n Ride Report  :biggrin:

Vanoggend uitgery Malgas toe, die ou pont is nog in werking maar word blykbaar Dinsdag vervang met die nuwe monster
Sekerlik my laaste fotos van en op die ou pont dan

Hierdie kan seker as 'n ride report deurgaan

Salmonsdam afdraai na Stanford

(https://i.ibb.co/X4jdqNg/001.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/G7z8DMJ/002.jpg)

Terugblik na Hermanus op die Salmonsdam pad

(https://i.ibb.co/r2DRFgL/003.jpg)

Sandy's Glen, ou kerk

(https://i.ibb.co/t3vN7wM/004.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/fF5w50w/005.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/fv08yq8/006.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/DL6s094/007.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/nDDQjv2/008.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/2hRVxWx/009.jpg)

Sandy's Glen pad, aansluiting by Napier/Caledon pad

(https://i.ibb.co/x68bjDg/010.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/kg0KYcq/011.jpg)

Napier se NG Kerk

(https://i.ibb.co/YL1zzHg/012.jpg)

Die windpomp sal niks pomp nie

(https://i.ibb.co/THdhLDR/013.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/wLvLBBp/014.jpg)

Trading post oorkant Malgas afdraai

(https://i.ibb.co/pzch0hC/015.jpg)

Sommige borde sÍ Malagas, ander net Malgas

(https://i.ibb.co/1rx9twK/016.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/QFM4r56/017.jpg)

Gratis oor die pont

(https://i.ibb.co/R2R7yR3/018.jpg)

Malagas winkel, toe vandag

(https://i.ibb.co/P9VN0S3/019.jpg)

Die monster nog op droŽ grond

(https://i.ibb.co/kmDxB3Y/020.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/k2WXRYw/021.jpg)

Sekerlik die laaste ou pont fotos vir my

(https://i.ibb.co/mRPTLCy/022.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/DRVhMhY/023.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/VCPmhSw/024.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/T2VCxqb/025.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/pwgbzgC/026.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/n18Lqyv/027.jpg)

Op pad Buffeljags toe, Swellendam se berge

(https://i.ibb.co/GtvQ2XL/028.jpg)

Die Tenere het weer heerlik stofpad gery

(https://i.ibb.co/MPtqLJ4/029.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/jfw1Qrp/030.jpg)

Riviersonderend van die N2 af

(https://i.ibb.co/phR9YMZ/031.jpg)

Shaw's pas, die wolke pak saam en dit lyk na misreŽn

(https://i.ibb.co/5TndT1y/032.jpg)

Tesselaarsdal

(https://i.ibb.co/hKjndPH/033.jpg)

338 km se heerlike uitry, lekker natgereŽn deur die Hemel & Aarde vallei

(https://i.ibb.co/ZfVYPwD/034.jpg)
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: eberhard on February 22, 2020, 04:55:50 pm
Baie mooi!  :thumleft:
Dit is 'n ritverslag op sy eie.
Title: Re: Is the Ride Reports section dying?
Post by: Ri on February 24, 2020, 08:44:59 pm
Baie mooi!  :thumleft:
Dit is 'n ritverslag op sy eie.

Absoluut! En met pragtige foto's, maak mens sommer net wil ry.