I had been on the YMF after buying my first cruiser (a 650 Classic), when I eventually moved up to a Road Star, partially since my youngest brother had disparaged my riding a 950T while my best friend was riding one of his Harleys ("why don't you ride a REAL bike?"
.Experience with the help on YMF and a local service manager's reaction to my input from that forum led me to believe in the wisdom of the forums (in my words, " THEY have to know how to work on everything their company makes...forum members work on ONE model and, through trial-and-error, come up with the most knowledgeable fixes"
When a used 2007 RS1700 Midnight on consignment at my dealer was reduced in price, I felt it wouldn't last long at that price and traded in my 2009 950T for it instead of a 1999 Royal Star. My first ride on it (while paperwork was being processed) was a bit disappointing...as I told the salesman, it felt like it had square tires. The salesman took the bike back into service, and found that the tires were badly underinflated. The second test ride was much better, although the front tire was badly cupped, and the seller wouldn't spring for a new tire. I think I found and joined this clinic somewhere in that time period. I crashed that R* 48 days later (probable cause- target fixation... the only time I've wrecked and been taken to the hospital in an ambulance). Two weeks after the insurance company wrote the bike off, I had its replacement... same year, same color, just a bit less accessories (the first was a full-on Silverado- the replacement a slightly accessorized base model Midnight).
When purchased in July of 2013, the bike had 6,500 miles on it. Now it has 44,000, and through advice and recommendations from members of this wonderful forum, it has almost everything I want on it.
The YMF and another , non-motorcycle forum that I was on have died , and shortly after I reported the demise of the YMF on this forum, the announcement of Gram's shutting it down (for understandable reasons) I was beginning to think that I was the albatross from Silas Marner's epic. It is so fantastic that members of this great group have united in creating a way so that it can continue, in a different format. I greatly appreciate the efforts of Gram and the other administrators in maintaining the old forum, and likewise those who stepped up to create the new one. I will look forward to continuing our brother/sisterhood on the new site. Now sit back and rest, Gram!
weird- when I typed the closing parentheses, it printed an emoji!