Groups & forums are brilliant an attracting a crowd, the dilemma is that useful information is often buried so deep it becomes difficult to find. So I see the same questions being asked time & time again in online groups. So I began to research & begin to collate REAL info from REAL owners into my own GPz900R website.
Has it all been done before?
Well in just a year or so I've been able to find detailed information on carb assemblies (especially Australian bikes with CVK32) and produce a comprehensive Version and VIN numbers analysis that simply isn't easily accessible anywhere else on the web.
Is that useful to the general public? No. Is it useful to owners? Yes.
There are already great FaceBook groups and a very widely recognised GPz900R owners group in the UK, however this is a closed group (5 pound membership) and is no longer accepting new members. There is some question as to whether it will continue in 2022, I have offered technical support but received no reply. Like this owners forum my site is also aimed at detailed technical info, however I also wish to provide general information to the public.
This is a complimentary resource not competition to other online information sources.
As well as updating the site to help visitors easily find online links, I often find other resources available for sale online. These are a valuable info resource (such as purchasing & digitising microfiche) but are too expensive for me to purchase, especially if the resource isn't for my A8.
These funds will be used to fund the purchase cost and time to source, digitise and then store these resources online. Owners who have made a contribution will have access to these purchased resources.
All other information on the site will remain free to anyone. The value of this campaign is simply the 1984 UK value of the bike: 3,199 pounds! The campaign value is also enough that it should provide several years worth of funds.
Covid has unfortunately sunk my tourism business and along with thousands of others finding replacement employment is challenging - putting it politely. Riding my A8 lets me forget my troubles and simply enjoy the beauty of the Adelaide scenery (YouTube ) and the joy of riding this magnificent motorcycle.
You can see the time and effort I put into my website - it is a passion. This campaign is not to fund this passion (another day maybe) it is purely to allow it to increase it's value to other owners.
How? Consider personally buying one of these resources for your bike - each is typically about AU$50. So even if you donated $50 you aren't out of pocket, and if the resource is only from small international online sites (so plenty of background research required) or it needs digitising & post-processing then you are already clearly in front.
The real and on-going benefit is when the site purchases another relevant resource - because the cost to you is zero.
This will be life-long access, as long as the site is operating you will have access to ANY purchased resource. Of course you can also download the info as soon as it is published and can obviously point me to any new resources that you find on the web.
This site is about sharing information between GPz900R owners, this campaign is about sharing the cost to purchase new information resources. Motorcycling is an individual pastime so I realise that this isn't for everyone, and that's perfectly OK. I myself am not a fan of group rides.
But if, like me, you have a passion for the GPz900 that extends beyond your own garage then have a look at my website and if you like what you see please consider a donation.
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