- Is this FAQ official?
- Where is the official FAQ?
- There isnt one.
- Who are you and what qualifies you to write this FAQ?
- I ride a motorcycle
in the San Francisco Bay Area and I read and contribute to rec.motorcycles
and ba.motorcycles. I frequently see the same frequently asked questions
asked, so I thought Id make this page as a handy reference for
- Are you a squid?
- No. According to the Automated
Squid Test, So far, 1048 people (including you) have responded
to this Squid Test Survey and have been tabulated. Of those responses,
the average grade is 42. Your grade was 84 (from 0 to 100), and 0 out
of the 115 questions were left un-answered. The average number of questions
answered in this test is 52. A higher grade indicates a stronger sense
of common decency, and a lower grade is an indication of conspicuous
squidliness and general disregard for civilized society. Your score
indicates that you are a fairly responsible motorcyclist but a bit of
- Where did you get the answers to these questions?
- Some of them I made up. Others I
plagiarized borrowed from
posts on the Internet because they answered the questions so well. Sometimes
the answer is a sentence with the pronoun I in itbut
thats not always me talking.
- What if I have questions you didn't answer?
- Lately I've been getting questions about specific types of motorcycles, such as
I have a 620 Ducati multistrada and have enjoyed the first 1000 miles. … I would like to get a windshield with significantly more height, but Ducati can't find one. Can you recommend a customizing store (I'm in Houston, Tx).
I'm not an expert on every type of motorcycle, so instead of asking me, please use your news reader to visit the newsgroups such as rec.motorcycles and ask your question there. You're much more likely to get someone who knows about your specific model of motorcycle.
I Have a 2000 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. I want to remove the YAMAHA emblems on both side covers which are glued on. How can I do this and not scratch the paint? How do I get the glue off ? Thank You, Mike
If you think the FAQ needs a question added, then please e-mail the author.
- What's with all the ads?
- Blatant commercialism. When you follow these links,
I get money. That helps pay my ISP.
- What newsgroups is this FAQ for?
- Specifically ba.motorcycles,
though the information is applicable to any
- Why those specific ones?
- Because thats what the author reads.
- What is ba.motorcycles?
- Its a usenet news group for discussing motorcycles and related
topics with a specific focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.
- What is it okay to post about?
- Just about anything, as long as it relates, even somewhat tortuously,
Guns, Girls, Guys, Bike Bashing, Cage Bashing, conspiracies and politics are
definitely on topic.
We welcome all types of posters including Straights, Gays, Lesbians, Girls,
Guys, HHH, Thumper, p.jm and even Krusty.
We also have several lurkers here that we know and love.
Racism or bigoted posting is not welcome and are usually crossposted from
redneck newsgroups. I don't suggest replying to these idiots.
Beware if you
block the sender, you might block someone who has replied to a racist who
has great influence on this group, like Smee. I have accidently done that. —Thumper
- Can I post for-sale ads or links to online auctions?
- Yes. Please say something like Ad: in the post title and post it only
in the appropriate newsgroups. Post a link to some pictures and information
including price, condition, location, and how to contact you. Do not
post the picture here. Its spam if you post it in a lot of places
and any inappropriate places.
- Are there any forbidden topics or content?
- Just the usual: spam, trolls, and binaries will annoy people, possibly
enough to cause complaints to your ISP. If you notice that the topic
has come wildly off-topic, then its best not to respond.
I would nominate posting a link to that gory picture on rotten.com that
some idiot or other keeps posting every couple of months.
- Whats the DoD?
- The Denizens of Doom. Youll have to check their FAQ
for more information.
- What about that gory picture published on rotten.com?
- The picture is misrepresented. It is certainly not the result of a
motorcyclist having an accident without a face shield. Its either
fake or the result of biting a blasting cap. Every couple of months
some lame-brain posts the URL yet again. Supposedly the irresponsible
assholes at rotten.com know that it was not the result of a motorcycle
accident, yet they go on lying about the photograph instead of renaming
it and changing the caption. If you should see the URL posted, usually
with a subject heading like reason for wearing full-face,
dont even bother looking. Its thoroughly gross and viewing
it will not make you a better motorcycle rider. It may give you an unwanted
opportunity to practice driving the porcelain bus.
Rotten.com calls it the result of a motorcycle accident because the
picture file is labeled motorcycle.jpg. Supposedly the philosophy of
the web site is to present gross and misinformative images in order
to encourage critical thinking of their souces and, by extension, of
all images seen on the Web.
- Why should I quote the relevant parts of the post Im responding
- Newsgroups are not a guaranteed-delivery protocol. The original post
might never get read by someone who reads your reply.
- So that people can read the context and your reply in the order that
actually makes sense.
- Why should I put my replies at the bottom, after the quoted material?