Introducing your BMW MOA Forum Team.
The BMW MOA Board of Directors has given the responsibility of the day to day running, as well as the long term operations, of the MOA Forum to a group of member volunteers. These volunteers have been selected because of their enthusiam and experience on the Forum as well as their level headed approach to Forum participation. The Forum Teams primary mission is to provide a comfortable, informative, and entertaining cyber community for the members of the BMW MOA.
We just wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves.
Your Forum Team consists of a Forum Liaison who has overall responsibility for the operation of the BMW MOA forum, oversees the rest of the Forum Team, and is the person responsible to the MOA Board of Directors for the BMW MOA Forum. From a Forum perspective the buck stops with the Liaison.
Next in the chain of Command and working closely with the Liaison is the Forum Administrator. The Administrator's job is to act as the leader of the Moderator Team and to be sure that all Moderators are qualified and trained in the operation of the Forum. The Administrator also works directly with the Liaison to recruit and train new Moderators. Think of the Administrator as the head Moderator.
Working with these Forum Leaders are the Moderators. The Moderator's responsibilities include being sure everything is in it's place, helping members with Forum questions or concerns, and being sure that the Forum Guidelines are followed throughout the BMW MOA Forum. The majority of a Moderator's activity is the simple housekeeping required in a Forum used by several thousand people. While there is a certain amount of guidelines enforcement involved, Moderators do not want to be thought of as Forum Police and spend a considerable amount of time behind the scenes discussing and implementing ways to make this place great.
That is a very basic description of the Forum Team and their responsibilities. In the next several posts, the various members of the Moderation Team will take just a few moments to let you know who they are and why they volunteered for their position.
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding the Forum, feel free to send a PM to any of the Moderators, the Forum Administrator, or the Forum Liaison.
DarrylRi, Current Forum Liason
My forum alias is just the login name I've been using for decades, and is a shortened form of my full name, Darryl Richman.
I've been an MOA member since 1982 or so, when I owned an R65, which was my first new bike and my first BMW. I use my BMW bikes for nearly all of my transportation needs and have accumulated more than half a million miles on them. I enjoy touring and keep an R1100RS in Europe to fascilitate touring over there. I have a number of BMW boxers that range from pretty new -- right now, a 2007 R1200ST -- to very old, and they all get ridden. None is a garage queen, not even my 1928 R52.
Professionally, I'm a computer programmer. I've been writing code since the time of wooden ICs. These days I mostly do websites, such as the one I created for the [URL="http://vintagebmw.org"]Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners club[/URL], of which I am a trustee. I am a native Angelino and have lived my life on the west coast; I was up in Seattle for 9 years and now live in Santa Cruz.
The MOA forum is a great way to meet people and exchange information. I'm always watching, and sometimes commenting in, posts about new gear and great places to ride. I'm also active -- naturally -- in the Vintage forum area, but I get around to all of the R bike areas. Who knows, someday I might own one of the other letters. :)
[SIZE="1"][I]Photo courtesy of Visian at the 2010 Redmond Rally[/I][/SIZE]
deilenberger - AKA Don Eilenberger
How did it all start? Well, about 35 years ago, I was bored. Saw the movie "On any Sunday" and immediately went out and bought a dirt bike (first of many Hodaka's).. Learned to ride dirt sorta, did some enduros, decided the need to ride requires a street license, got one, started riding a 125cc Hodaka on the street (did I mention I was young and stupid? The young part has changed..)
Continued riding dirt for about 10-12 years, but also brought in some "street" bikes - the first was a HD-Aermacchi 250cc. Really junk, but it was cheap. Moved up rather quickly (after getting tired of pushing it - best part about it was the right side side-stand..) to a 650 Triumph Tiger that had been chopped by it's former owner. I unchopped it back to stock, and rode it several miles in several years (at that time a BIG ride was 50 miles - as far as I could afford a cab back home to get the trailer.) Final Brit bike was a brand new 1974 Norton Commando MK-III, the bike they got right just in time to go out of business. It accumulated about 5,000 miles the first year I owned it, then another 5,000 the next 5 years.
Having a child (who is now 27 and engaged..) put the Norton to sleep for quite a few years, and finally on it's 10th anniversary I sold the Norton (something I regret to this day...), for about what I'd paid for it. And I was bikeless for a few years. A rather common story. Sailing and sail boats replaced bikes for a while. A [B]MUCH[/B] more expensive hobby.
Meanwhile, the garage had acquired a new inhabitant - an '87 BMW 535i.. and my passion for things BMW started. After a friend mentioned BMW was a motorcycle company that made acceptable cars - the thought came to mind of getting a boxer to fix up.
That resulted in "FrankenCycle" - the '79 R65 that had gone for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean (hurricane washed the shed it was in out to sea..) - and a cold winter project bringing it back to life. Along the way - before the Interweb was "invented" - I'd found an Email list called the "Internet BMW Riders". It had just started up, and was a wonderful resource for parts for the R65. I'd post looking for something, next thing I knew - a bunch of the somethings would show up in the mail.
The IBMWR introduced me to a number of other BMW owners in my area, which resulted in starting up a local club (NJ Shore BMW Riders), and my joining the MOA and RA. That was about 16 years ago. I went to my first local rally ("Snappin'Turtle") met some people who remain good friends to today, and was hooked. The next year I ended up going to about 5 rallies. And the year after - more rallies and my first national. My last sailboat was sold shortly after - to pay for a bigger bike (hobby money never goes away - it moves from hobby to hobby) and I just wasn't using it, I was out riding. When I figured out the cost-per-trip of the sailboat - it got my attention. Two trips would pay for a good used motorcycle.
A series of BMW bikes followed ('85 K100RT, '87 K75S, '04 R1150RS, and the first new bike in 30+ years - the current '07 R1200R), and my annual mileage exceeds the total miles I put on the Norton in 10 years of ownership. I usually do about 12-13,000 miles a year now, and try to schedule a 2 week trip to somewhere every summer (this year was the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.) I'm hoping to expand these trips a bit when I retire early next year.
Oh - my original work field was basic physics research (properties of light, lasers a specialty) at Bell Labs, that switched to computer geek when industrial research died in the US. Worked at Bellcore (now Telcordia), and finally at a small company when Bellcore changed hands. Been at the small company for 15 years as the IT geek.
I moderate a number of other forums (BMW car, and a BMW bike), and I think Ted Verrill and I are the longest term moderators on the MOA forum. I only have BMW vehicles in my driveway and garage now - which helps keep key rings simple, and makes it easy for people to buy gifts for me.
Along the Lighthouse Trail in Nova Scotia:
Hi, My name is Gary and I'll be your moderator today
Hi everybody, Motorcycling for me started about 40 years ago with a Rupp minibike. This started a progression of many bikes through the years, mostly Japanese imports. I spent time riding Enduro, Street, Cruiser and owning and enjoying more bikes than I can remember.
My move to BMW motorcycles was mainly a desire to have something more in a motorcycle. Being mechanically inclined I can appreciate the effort BMW has gone through to make them what they are. My move to be a moderator here on the forum is mainly a natural progression in something that I enjoy-helping others. I have been involved with many clubs through the years and have enjoyed helping members get all the enjoyment they can from their club experience.If I can help I will.