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#1 Duke of Ural

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 01:58 PM

Ural Riders Anonymous Listing (URAL)

I would like to start a network of Russian Iron riders in the USA and Canada initially, maybe eventually spreading abroad. As a 30-year member of BMWMOA, I have had occasion to rely on the BMW Owners Anonymous Book and have also responded to other riders in need of help. There are many Ural and Dnepr riders who are also BMW owners and members of BMWMOA. Those riders can rely on BMW Anonymous for help while traveling on their Russian iron. But what about other Russian iron riders who are not members of BMWMOA? My proposal would give them more confidence in touring with their sidecar outfits, knowing that help was just a phone call away.

I would like a Russian Iron moderator to arrange a forum cataloged by state and province, sub-cataloged by nearest city, so that members who wish to participate can add their contact information into the state tab in which they live. Or with some formatting guidance I am willing to develop the listing myself. The BMW Owners Anonymous is a book published and distributed annually, an expensive undertaking I presume. BMWMOA is a club that requires members to pay annual dues. Additionally, they sell advertising. This provides the funds to offer this benefit to its members.

Russian Iron is not the same kind of club. We do not collect dues from our members. Producing a book like this would not be possible for us. However, the same services could be provided to RI members through this website, which is already serving a wide range of members. If we can establish a forum under the above suggested heading, any member who plans to travel can simply print out the tabs for the states through which they plan to travel. Then they may be able to get some needed help from another RI member nearby. These services would include everything from a simple social meeting, to  the availability of a trailer, tools, mechanical help, temporary storage, spare bed, bedroll space, or camping space. I can’t improve on the BMW Owners Anonymous, but I can use it as a guide to develop Ural Riders Anonymous Listing.

This listing would not contain actual names or addresses of participating members. It would include a contact phone number, an email address (optional), a rough location (i.e. 18 m. sw Denver), which tells the needy rider that this member is located 18 miles southwest of Denver. Finally, it would include a list of services that the participating member can provide. Below is a list of the more common services as used in  the BMW Owners Anonymous Book. No need to reinvent the wheel; this list is well thought out and evolved:

c - camping or tent space                      
b - sheltered bedroll space                
r - spare room                                    
d - will travel to help depending            
on situation and time                              
ws - space to work on motorcycle            
ss - storage space                              
m - mechanical help offered
wt - working tools
p - some parts available
t - truck or trailer available
ts - trailer wide enough to haul sidecar rig (added by me for this application)
kk - coffee & conversation
e - emergency services only

#2 Duke of Ural

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:21 PM

(continued from above)
Here's some suggested formatting ideas:


The member clicks on the appropriate state/province and follows the prompt for nearest city or town. This, they would have to type in themselves. The next box would allow the member to type in their distance from town if they are in a rural setting. Then they get a prompt for their phone number, followed by a email prompt, which is optional. Finally, it’s jut a matter of checking the boxes that show the services they can provide.



State/Province  (pull-down window)

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

etc.


New box appears for City/Town


New box for Distance From Nearest City/Town


New box for Phone Number


New box for Email Address (optional)

Check all boxes that apply:

[  ] c - camping or tent space
[  ] b - sheltered bedroll space
[  ] r - spare room
[  ] d - will travel to help depending on situation and time
[  ] ws -  space to work on motorcycle
[  ] ss - storage space
[  ] m - mechanical help offered
[  ] wt - working tools
[  ] p - some parts available
[  ] t - truck or trailer available
[  ] ts - trailer wide enough for sidecar rig
[  ] kk - coffee & conversation
[  ] e - emergency services only


As such, a listing for me, after programmed formatting, might look like this:


Missouri

    Warsaw - 10 m. w Warsaw - (660)438-2395 - c, b, r, d, ws, wt, t, ts, kk


I don’t know how to format this idea, but if someone can format it, I would be willing to moderate it.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:56 AM

It's a great idea, although you would have to be a long way from home for me to be able to lend a hand.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:57 AM

I think it would be even more needed where foilheads are few and far between like Australia.   Of course you may be so few that you all know each other.
I would love to ride in Australia.  I only had a chance to see Brisbane, Towoomba and up to Harvey Bay but it is a beautiful country.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:45 PM

I've wanted to tour Australia for years. Could still happen!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:11 PM

View Postcyclewarrior, on 05 August 2013 - 02:45 PM, said:

I've wanted to tour Australia for years. Could still happen!
There is enough of us to keep you out of (and get you into) trouble. We like showing foreigners the best of the best country. Try and make it sooner rather than later, and give us a bit of notice.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

Just as a heads up, Dan has revived the Red Riders Resource over on the Soviet Steeds site.  
If you get this going, I will join it too but it would be so nice if both lists were connected somehow.
Not trying to rain on anybody's parade.  I applaud any efforts toward more helping hands out there.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:25 PM

I think most people here are members on two or more forums so  I don't see a problem with having one big international list.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:24 PM

CycleWarrior,

I sent you a PM a couple of days ago.

Cheers,

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 07:12 PM

CycleWarrior and I invite everyone to read http://www.russianir...showtopic=15145

Cheers,

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