(That's text speak for "Let's Meet In Real Life" for you older fellas)
I have to say, as Originally Posted by MVF3_40 in the "F3oro" thread,
Best. Website. Ever.
Many have mentioned before, that the membership of this forum is made up of a lot of good people. I feel like I have made many friends (hopefully you too Elton!) in the short time I have been a member, and I look forward to meeting many of you in person one day. The outpouring of support, technical advice (There are literally hundreds of years of motorcycle experience here) and diverse and interesting opinions, speak volumes of the membership spectrum on MVAgusta.net.
I have read about various member's personal interactions with each other over the short time I have been on this site, and often thought, that sounds cool, these people are all good friends, not just anonymous posters on a public forum. Many members obviously knew each other well. I struggled to understand some of the inside conversation, but I noticed that everyone also welcomed newcomers with open arms. I think I got a personal invite to this years Bubba from Randy by my third or forth post. Noel gave me a personal phone call after I sent a PM about a minor question, and I learned more about my bike in a half an hour than I had reading online posts for a week. Needless to say I was impressed with the forum and it's members.
I am working in Raleigh, nearby another forum member this week. I have spoken to him on the phone before, when he personally called me to talk about a thread I started, asking for advice on track bikes. The information that he passed along from his years of experience changed the direction that I was headed, and opened my eyes to the kind of decisions that a beginner going to the track should make. My favorite bit was, "don't track a bike unless you can imagine the back end of it sticking out of a dumpster" Good advice.
Being in the area, I called him up hoping I might be able to stop by and see his bikes, and ask some more questions about track days and setups. Now, I am a technically a complete stranger, asking someone to show me thousands of dollars of their exotic motorcycles, and gear.
This is where I think we all appreciate what we have here.
Not only was I welcomed into his home, but I was invited to eat a home cooked meal, with good conversation and cold beer.
To say that this is a rarity when I work out of town is an understatement.
We sat at the dinner table talking track bikes and more for a good hour and a half, before retiring to the garage. (Were we all really want to hang out anyway)
We spent the next hour and half, which flew by, chatting it up in the garage, talking Agustas, track bikes, and his wife's cute little Triumph Street Triple. It was the first time I have seen a Brutale in person, and only the second MV that I have been able get up close and personal to, after my own. Any others I have seen in person were behind velvet ropes at MotoGP races in Europe.
Eventually, I left grudgingly, because I had to get up early for work, as did he, but I left with a clear direction for my future track exploits, a full belly, and a lot more knowledge than I arrived with.
It's easy to see, MV owners are a different breed.
Thank you again for dinner, Marty. Tell Janey if she will ever give up that recipe, I want it.