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PostPosted: 00:03 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Back when BCF was popular...13 years ago Reply with quote

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so who on here remembers when a post on BCF would have members travel 200 miles in the snow for a meet up? this was the north wales lot traveling to aberystwyth via the snowy crimea pass and the south wales lot head north the same amount to meet up for a bag of chips and return home Laughing Laughing times gone by or can we do a national meet once c19 buggers off and bring some life back to BCF?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kkQAAF6sY
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PostPosted: 07:28 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe the average biker is getting older and softer?

usually if i get close enough to see someone on a big bore bike they look to be in their 50's or 60's.

not as keen to endure hours in the saddle in British weather when we are fat, unfit and ache in the bones.
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PostPosted: 08:53 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Re: Back when BCF was popular...13 years ago Reply with quote

bladerunner wrote:
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so who on here remembers when a post on BCF would have members travel 200 miles in the snow for a meet up? this was the north wales lot traveling to aberystwyth via the snowy crimea pass and the south wales lot head north the same amount to meet up for a bag of chips and return home Laughing Laughing times gone by or can we do a national meet once c19 buggers off and bring some life back to BCF?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kkQAAF6sY


Yeah, it could be fun to met some of the regular contributors.. I'm not travelling more than 100 mles mind you - I'm not daft.
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PostPosted: 12:36 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meet up? What, actually see you lot in the flesh? In real life? Face to face? Shocked

Feck dat! It's bad enough that I seem weirdly compelled to have anything to do with you all online.
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PostPosted: 14:54 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

to v or not to v wrote:
maybe the average biker is getting older and softer?

usually if i get close enough to see someone on a big bore bike they look to be in their 50's or 60's.

not as keen to endure hours in the saddle in British weather when we are fat, unfit and ache in the bones.


I think the average age of motorcyclists is getting lower since most people I see are going around on 125cc motorcycles and scooters, which make up 52.2% of all new registrations going by the statistics published by the MCIA.

The number of large capacity motorcycles is on a downwards trend. I reckon this is because younger and newer riders are using the vehicles for commuting and deliveries, etc and not as toys or fun machines. They are serving a utility purpose only really.

As such, larger bikes probably are ridden more by older riders.

SOURCE: https://www.mcia.co.uk/press-statistics

Another thing to consider is that the cost of getting a full license and the number of hoops you need to jump through to get one CBT, Theory, MOD 1 and MOD 2 compared to a car (Theory and Practical) probably means that riders will stomach the cost of a CBT for a utility use vehicle but not the full cost of licensing and training (i.e. DAS) for a larger machine. This probably forms an economical barrier to entry for younger riders compared to middle-aged entrants like myself who have much more financial stability and clout.

Finally, regarding the membership and reach of a forum today is different to that of even 10 years ago. I don't think young people use internet forums much anymore and probably opt for groups on Reddit or Discord instead. Even Facebook is boomer as fuck, you don't see teenagers on the platform anymore: just older millennials, Gen X'ers and boomers.
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PostPosted: 16:42 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Re: Back when BCF was popular...13 years ago Reply with quote

bladerunner wrote:
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so who on here remembers when a post on BCF would have members travel 200 miles in the snow for a meet up? this was the north wales lot traveling to aberystwyth via the snowy crimea pass and the south wales lot head north the same amount to meet up for a bag of chips and return home Laughing Laughing times gone by or can we do a national meet once c19 buggers off and bring some life back to BCF?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kkQAAF6sY


Before my time, but I would point out that the BCF BBQ was a great opportunity for BCFers to bond, including daytrippers who visited but didnt camp out.

Trouble is herding cats and organising a box of frogs is easier than organising that damn thing.....but I do miss it Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: 18:26 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Re: Back when BCF was popular...13 years ago Reply with quote

Tracey Suntan-King wrote:
Trouble is herding cats and organising a box of frogs is easier than organising that damn thing.....but I do miss it Crying or Very sad


Agreed, its super hard, I do feel it'll happen again though as everyone misses doing stuff!
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PostPosted: 18:35 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a WTFOMGBCFBBQ! unless you try to blow something/someone up Smile

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PostPosted: 19:40 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Shaggy D.A. wrote:
Not a WTFOMGBCFBBQ! unless you try to blow something/someone up Smile

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vx8eigpttm56j4/IMG_0829.MOV?dl=0


Ahhhh.......good times. Where IS Itchy these days?
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PostPosted: 19:41 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tracey Suntan-King wrote:
The Shaggy D.A. wrote:
Not a WTFOMGBCFBBQ! unless you try to blow something/someone up Smile

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vx8eigpttm56j4/IMG_0829.MOV?dl=0


Ahhhh.......good times. Where IS Itchy these days?



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PostPosted: 21:34 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

BCF has never been popular, it is to be endured by miscreants and the fringes of society.

We occasionally meet up to explode/disable members or their motorcycles.
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PostPosted: 21:35 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
Meet up? What, actually see you lot in the flesh? In real life? Face to face? Shocked

Feck dat! It's bad enough that I seem weirdly compelled to have anything to do with you all online.


Damn straight we do, a bunch of us have been great friends for the past 10 years.

I even bagged a Mrs out of it Laughing
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PostPosted: 21:39 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no way on this Earth that you would ever get me to risk my health and my sanity by actually meeting any of you in the flesh Folded arms
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PostPosted: 21:42 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

FretGrinder wrote:
chickenstrip wrote:
Meet up? What, actually see you lot in the flesh? In real life? Face to face? Shocked

Feck dat! It's bad enough that I seem weirdly compelled to have anything to do with you all online.


Damn straight we do, a bunch of us have been great friends for the past 10 years.

I even bagged a Mrs out of it Laughing

Yeah but she was my Mrs.
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PostPosted: 21:51 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
There is no way on this Earth that you would ever get me to risk my health and my sanity by actually meeting any of you in the flesh Folded arms


You would do it for a blo-job.
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chickenstrip wrote:
There is no way on this Earth that you would ever get me to risk my health and my sanity by actually meeting any of you in the flesh Folded arms


You would do it for a blo-job.


Not if I were the gayest man on Planet Gay.

I mean, think of it: me, meet you!

*shudders at the thought*
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PostPosted: 22:07 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howling Terror wrote:

Yeah but she was my Mrs.


Nah m8, I saw her first, innit Laughing
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PostPosted: 22:52 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBQs were good and seeing the keyboard warriors in the flesh was odd and fun. Realising that the knobhead on here was actually ok in real life, but also the helpful person on the forum in real life was an annoying little twat.

I remember going on a collective ride to Matlock Bath with about 20 people, many hadn't started shaving yet.

If there was another BBQ next year, miles don't really matter, I would be up for it. There would need to be a loo though. The more that go the cheaper it gets for all.
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PostPosted: 23:33 - 06 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuck snow.
Although meeting BCFers is always fun.
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PostPosted: 15:27 - 07 Jun 2021    Post subject: Re: Back when BCF was popular...13 years ago Reply with quote

bladerunner wrote:
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so who on here remembers when a post on BCF would have members travel 200 miles in the snow for a meet up? this was the north wales lot traveling to aberystwyth via the snowy crimea pass and the south wales lot head north the same amount to meet up for a bag of chips and return home Laughing Laughing times gone by or can we do a national meet once c19 buggers off and bring some life back to BCF?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1kkQAAF6sY



That's me on the back of Deanoet 5 seconds in, I'd done the wales meet on my RS50 the year before, didn't want to do it again in the snow Laughing

https://youtu.be/n1kkQAAF6sY?t=5

And it wasn't just the north wales lot riding down, we'd come from Lancashire! Laughing
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PostPosted: 03:19 - 09 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fat Angry Scotsman wrote:

Finally, regarding the membership and reach of a forum today is different to that of even 10 years ago. I don't think young people use internet forums much anymore and probably opt for groups on Reddit or Discord instead. Even Facebook is boomer as fuck, you don't see teenagers on the platform anymore: just older millennials, Gen X'ers and boomers.


Maybe I was born too late. At 25 I prefer these forums and 90s bikes Neutral
I've been added to a couple group chats but it's mostly wheelies, childish bickering, or gibberish even I am beginning to have trouble understanding. These guys make me feel old.

I'd go to a BCF meetup. I do have my idols Laughing
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PostPosted: 09:40 - 09 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

SirFallalot wrote:
Maybe I was born too late.


Haha mate, I am the opposite, I feel like I was born 20 years too early!
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PostPosted: 19:11 - 10 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the Christian Spiritualist meetings at the BBQs let anyone be Born Again unto Jesus, our True Lord and Saviour.

(He usually volunteers to go to the Spar for more firelighters and Vodka.)
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PostPosted: 02:50 - 11 Jun 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skudd wrote:
The BBQs were good and seeing the keyboard warriors in the flesh was odd and fun. Realising that the knobhead on here was actually ok in real life, but also the helpful person on the forum in real life was an annoying little twat.


Thinking

You can't put that out there without naming names... and mine better not be one of them... Black Eye Laughing
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Thinking

You can't put that out there without naming names... and mine better not be one of them... Black Eye Laughing


Well one argued a lot as a billy big balls and claimed to have a high IQ, but was a damp squib and was ok, one sounded great, but hogged a hosepipe.
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