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Ok, fair warning, this is gonna be a long one people.

As near as I can surmise, I believe I started reading posts on this forum back in 2009ish. Back then I was finishing up a ridiculous custom build of a honda ruckus scooter and I was looking for something else to go "full-send" on. I had also just purchased a brand new wr250r which I was having a ton of fun with. A coworker of mine was inspired by my scooter and told me I should look into "one of those bid wheel bikes". He described the BW and the TW and showed me a picture. I laughed and said, nah I'll pass.

Fast forward a month or two and I picked up a custom motorcycle magazine in the grocery store for inspiration, cause the flat tracker on the cover is the sexiest bike I've ever seen and I need to know what chassis it's built on.. I bought the magazine and apologized to my coworker.. turns out the TW was the right bike after all.

In searching for more custom TW porn over the next couple weeks I stumbled upon this forum. It didn't have much in the way of what I was looking for at the time (I was hell-bent on the flat tracker look that at the time the japanese were starting to really push), but one thing I DID notice right off the bat was that it seemed like their was a group of guys who contributed to almost EVERY post and, unlike on other forums, their responses were all positive. I took note, and as I'd really taken interest in the TW, I found myself coming back again and again to lurk and read up on my next bike.

Now, due to some major changes in life and some moves across country it took a while for me to finally get back to the TW. In the meantime I purchased a handful of bikes too, cause I wasn't quite ready to do a full build and I was still not excited by the specs of the bonestock TW, even though there was no way I could ignore the near zealotry of the fanbase. It almost seemed strange how people just ALWAYS seemed to talk about how much fun these bikes were.. slow, and horrible suspension.. but FUN. For some reason that didn't really compute to me, for me any lack in performance meant less fun inherently.
Then I finally got to a point where I could spend the time and money on the build I was hoping to do, and I managed to find a bike that for my budget. Turned out it was actually an INSANE deal, still sort of feel bad for how little I paid for it, but it was missing stock parts and it looked like it was gonna be a lot of work getting it where I wanted so... No regerts (sic).

Turns out I was WAY wrong about the performance, it was SLOWER than I expected.. and the suspension seemed non-existent.. I'm not a big guy, was born 7 weeks early and I'm lucky I managed to reach "average" size. ALWAYS had trouble keeping or gaining weight, but this bike STILL felt undersprung.
Thing is though, it was exactly what everyone said. A RIDICULOUS amount of fun. I mean, I hadn't smiled like that since I rode my first bike. It was infectious. It was near maddening, and truly I had a hard time building it up cause as I did I noticed a lot of the "dumb fun" of the bike going away and being replaced with GREAT performance. Don't get me wrong, the built bike was fun but, the it was a different kind of fun. I vowed I'd buy another and keep it bone stock someday. Luckily, by that time I'd kept lurking and reading up on this forum members builds and adventures, and I realized that this bike was utterly unique in the fact that it has hardly changed in over 35 years of manufacture. I mean, I haven't looked into it tonight, but I'm pretty sure it might be the only bike you can buy today from a large manufacturer that is street legal and still comes with a carb... but I digress.

Now, I've built a lot of vehicles.. and modified a lot of toys over the last couple decades and I basically follow a pattern. I find an online community of individuals dedicated to my given interest, I research what I need to, I build, and I move on to the next project. For the most part, these communities also follow a pattern. They tend to be made up of mods and regulars who regulate the communities, lurkers like myself who generally do a quick turn and burn, and some generally awful human beings. There is almost ALWAYS a LARGE amount of trolls. Generally younger people who enjoy riling people up, but they seem to permeate every online forum I've ever been in. There's also always an air of negativity with a good cross section of the old regular crew. Generally either because they have to deal with so many childish trolls, or because they are just fed up with answering the same questions and being in the same position after so many years, life dealing them lemons having turned them long sour.

So then, to finally get to my point, I want to discuss the amazingly monstrous elephant in the online living space here.

This community is different. I could tell from the get-go, as I'm sure most can, and after having my bike finished I've found myself continuing to come back again and again, often just to read and see what people are up to. During these lurkings there has been a couple times when I've seen people go through medical issues, either because they are getting older and life handed them something new to juggle, or because they got a little overzealous with the throttle (like that ever happens right?!馃槀)

Then, it happened to me, and let me tell you.. this forum not only kept my expectations in check, they completely obliterated them I an incredible fashion.

Now, I'm not going to go into my health issues here, but what I will say is that my health took a sudden turn and it was REALLY dicey there for a couple weeks. I mean, I was SCARED, and I honestly didn't really know how to deal with it.

What I WILL say, is that when I put the words "help me" in a forum post, the response was overwhelming.

If you're here then you ride bikes, or you want to, and you will inevitably be in a position where you hear words like "leave no riser behind".

I've witnessed those words myself on many rides, and I've heard them said by people online, but let me tell you one simple fact.

When you hear someone on this forum say it, they absolutely mean it.

Today, I received a gift basket from LittleTommy and I have no shame in saying I shed tears. A fully grown man, shedding tears over a gift basket. This gesture means so much. Being able to tell some strangers that I've been going through one the hardest times in my life, and having them not only respond but SERIOUSLY want to help.. it's not normal. It should be, but it's not.

This forum is seriously something special, and if you've read this far then I thank you. Feel great in knowing that you are a part of one of the greatest communities that exists today, in one of the most unlikely of places (online).

To all of you, I want to thank you. You've helped me through what is undoubtedly one of the hardest times my life will ever see, and I will never ever forget it. You have my love and eternal thanks. At this point im trying everything I can to not sell my bike, and though I might not be able to ever ride it with you, anytime you guys are in the area and would like to take her for a spin, she is all yours.

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Lil Tommy is an apple fritter in the donut box of life.
congrats on making your tdub your ride.
 

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Our stories are much the same. I was blind sided with a serious medical diagnosis last summer. I got a basket from Tommy but he made me promise not to say anything. Oops....


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I would like to offer up this advice; fear nothing and trust God in everything. Worry adds not one second to our lives. Instead, enjoy your life no matter the situation. The fact is, any one of us could be gone tomorrow. Relish the fact you have advance notice and time to do those things that are truly important to you.
Godspeed on your journey.
 

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I myself have only been here officially a little over a year.
Long time lurker...
And yes it has been more like an extended TW200 family then your standard forum..
I guess that's why I'm on a Tdub today smiling away !
Thanks everybody
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Did we send Loghouse a basket ? 鈥 (after all, falling off a scooter is a serious matter) 鈥︹.

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Yes, The Tomster came through with a basket in a big way. There was a 295 post thread about how he accidentally found an old friend of mine who makes baskets and it all reconnected us. And of course I cried.

I never would have thought a damn gift basket would ever garner emotion from my stone cold heart but it did. Next time I see LT, I'm gonna kiss him on the lips.

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billdapart,

Always glad to see you post up - brings a certain relief to know you're still in it to win it.

The kindness of complete strangers is a highly underrated thing & something the whole world could do with a bit more of. We're all better for it.

Happy Easter, man!
 

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You guy's are way to kind with your compliments. I appreciate it though, thank you.

I've had a hard but wonderfully blessed life in the Lord. Inwardly He's given me so much and I'm eternally grateful to Him.

I try to show my appreciation for all He's done for me by letting His light in me shine for others to see. If you see tommy, I failed. If you see Christ within me and it gives you hope or faith, I succeeded.

He gave us Love.

The Most Powerful Gift In The World.
 

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It's important to note that this was a gesture from the whole forum, not just me. We're glad it touched your heart brother and if you ever need help with anything, just let us know.
 

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Yes, The Tomster came through with a basket in a big way. There was a 295 post thread about how he accidentally found an old friend of mine who makes baskets and it all reconnected us. And of course I cried.

I never would have thought a damn gift basket would ever garner emotion from my stone cold heart but it did. Next time I see LT, I'm gonna kiss him on the lips.

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Run littletommy, R-U-N !
 

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He'll never catch me, I may be fat but I'm fast...
 

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I've been involved in a lot of forums over the years and I have to admit this crowd is the kindest and most helpful I have run across. I'd like to personally thank everyone who frequents and drops flatulence here (you know, the stinky ones).

Those at the top deserve more than a thank you......this is all I've got but the reason we're here...Thank you!!...(because of this place, no more death wing on my bike!)
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