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I remember someone else made a suggestion similar to this one, and to me it came across as a little harsh. But I am beginning to see some of his points. When asking questions about a bike, it is necessary to include the year and model. All 1100s are not the same, all 1200s are not the same, same with all other years. Also, Interstates, Aspencades, LTDs and SEIs are all different. And whille I am not at all familiar with the 1800, I'm sure there are differences between model years and trim levels. And while the more information the better, the year and model type are absolutely essential to being able to answer questions. Everybody already knows the displacement/number of cylinders from the year. I also notice most people leave off the year of their bike in their profile information. Without the year, it is impossible to know what you have. Mine is an LTD, which is a one year only oddball bike, but I still listed the year.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-04-2011, 12:38 PM
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The place for the model info is in your user profile.

A lot of people won't even put the model of bike in their post header. I've seen some just put "Help" or "WTF" as a header, and that just make me move on.
I know their model Wing is in the profile, but some of them have more than one Wing. I personally won't take the time to open a tech thread that has an unhelpful title.

The moderators could probably add an extra field for the model year, I guess that would help?
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I agree with ya Jerry, and I felt the same way, but after reading a few post can see the need.

But the one thing that bugs me the most is when someone starts a thread because they desperately need assistance with something and day after day the person post "I haven't had time to look at that yet" Or "I'm gonna be gone for a week"...... Why start a thread you can't finish? Why waste everyone's time? Order a manual and wait for it to come in the mail if you have no intentions of following everyone's advise.

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What is it you are asking for Jerry, for the members to put specific model type & year in their post or post title to save us time asking?

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The moderators could probably add an extra field for the model year, I guess that would help?
I was thinking that same thing.

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All the poster has to do is to put the title something like this " '85 gl1200 clutch problems " or "2006 1800 rear brake binding " that would make life simple for everybody , I know my way around the 1500 and the 1800 pretty well ,but not the earlier wings ,but I still read the tech questions as sometimes the answer can be a simple one .

But it can be annoying when someone asking for help and everybody responds and then the person never replies to say if they fixed the bike or what the problem was or how they solved it and not even a thank you to the members who spent their time typing possible solutions ...

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The place for the model info is in your user profile.

A lot of people won't even put the model of bike in their post header. I've seen some just put "Help" or "WTF" as a header, and that just make me move on.
I know their model Wing is in the profile, but some of them have more than one Wing. I personally won't take the time to open a tech thread that has an unhelpful title.

The moderators could probably add an extra field for the model year, I guess that would help?
You opened this one
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What got me to thinking about this was somebody asked a question about a 1200. I own a 1200, and am fairly familiar with it. But there are lots of 1200s. First, the '84 is different in a lot of ways from all other 1200s, and was also available in a naked version. There is also some major differences between years on all the 1200s, like the rear wheel/final drive issue I had so much trouble with. Then there are the fuel injected LTD/SEI, and if it's electrical issue, there are differences between the Interstate and Aspencade.

Just saying you have a 1200 is not worth much more than just saying "I have a Goldwing" and such and such is wrong with it.

Someone else asked for "history" on the bike, and most new owners are not going to have that. And many are not mechanics, or seriously mechanically inclined, and are not going to know the proper terminology. Also that terminology can vary from one manufacturer to another, and especially from bikes to cars. For example, I have never seen a bike with a starter "solenoid", that comes from the car world.


But if they could at least give the year and model, and some kind of description of the problem, IMO that would be VERY helpful.

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I agree it is common courtesy to do your best to give an accurate depiction of your scenario if you're going to ask for help. (Model year/model, etc.)

However, its not that big of a deal if someone goofs.

I am a huge stickler for detail and by nature very organized. I am always aware of posting year, model, mileage or any other pertinent information.

That being said, I once got in a rush and neglected to post a model year, just that it was a 1200.

Someone got all huffy about it and wanted to play Dad and give a lecture.

In my opinion if you've got the time to sit down at the computer and converse with others about a hobby that we all enjoy, you've got the time to say,

" Oh, I noticed you are talking about a 1200 and I know a bit about those, but I could help more if I knew the year."

And if you don't feel like doing that, just ignore the post. Either way the poster in error will figure it out one way or another.

But that's just how I feel. Didn't say anyone was wrong.

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