Eric Hall

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  1. You're correct, that was the impression I took away and not your actual words. Here's your actual words: Evergreen: aaah, now I remember why I never posted anything 😀 this was around the time you were racing Baja and posted a bunch of pics of scantily clad podium girls on xladv and I remember thinking, oh ok, this is just another dude-bro deal. Me: that's a pretty small slice there Evergreen: I understand, but these things get old real quick 🙂 for us females. I may also have become over sensitive due to all the WADVR work 😀 either way, thanks again, and best of luck! XLADV has sure become an influential voice out there. And after reviewing our discussion, you actually did NOT thank me for the tires. You did say "dang, now I owe you" and then later you thanked me for some other info I gave you on long term adv riders from my database. But then I wasn't miffed at not being thanked; it was that you weren't going to post anything after I'd helped you out because our forum is too sexist for you. Your riding partner has been very generous and appreciative so thanks are superfluous at this point. Was I off base there with my conclusion? I think most people would conclude similarly.
  2. Well I did leave you anonymous but since you've self-identified then I guess the cat's out of the bag. What I was hearing was you'd rather not tarnish your brand by putting content on my sexist pig of a site. Hard not to take that personally and then combine that with what I'd done for you and I was a bit bent out of shape about it. "PC" was my terminology; "SJW" is what a friend of mine (I discussed this with) added to the discussion after having read another piece (not sure which) you'd written. Most people I know see nothing wrong with photos of podium girls. It's part of this particular sport (rally raid), moto gp, enduro cross, etc... Google: moto gp umbrella girls: 432,000 results endurocross podium girls: 34,300 results dakar podium girls: 205,000 results podium girls: 2,000,000 results I'd post them again but the fact is they're not engaging; they don't generate above average likes and/or comments. I understand that some find it sexist but it's not really a goal of mine to be as PC as possible and cleanse anything and everything that might cause offense. I learn as I go as we all do. There's this guy (I think his name is Mike Schram) who posted a photo album on Facebook of his travels somewhere, perhaps Eastern Europe (I don't recall). One of the photos was of an attractive young woman in a short dress and I think the caption said "people watching in the local square." The poor guy got excoriated for his "sexist" post. There were many who defended him including myself. It's a part of travel; part of the human experience. I don't pass judgment on what some 19 year old finds interesting when he travels. I found that interesting when I was 19. I still do! lol I do respect your feelings on this. I'm not saying you're wrong for feeling that way. But in the spirit of this thread I was sharing an anonymous story about yet another rider I've helped who's not posting any content in return. I shifted my tactics on this last spring when a friend (who's never posted here) asked me to help him get a new Sena. My first reaction was "why should I help this guy? What has he ever done for XLADV?" I realized that getting our name out there and helping anyone I could was great for awareness but it wasn't really building community here. I figured if I want to build community then I need to focus on helping those who've invested time and content here. The IG feed was nothing more than what I termed a "like factory" with little purpose before that.
  3. I updated the Repost app and now it's working fine. I think Instagram changed something and it took a week for Repost to adapt. Yeah I need to keep the IG feed about stories and community and not just "ooh pretty bike" type crap. On a separate note, and something I discussed with you (michnus) online, I wanted to share a story of an interaction I had the other day from someone wanting me to post on their behalf. I said "sure I'd love to... how about you post some of your content on our forum?" They said something like "oh I remember now why I didn't post on your forum" and said that they took offense to a pic I posted of some podium girls from the Baja Rally. I responded "well isn't that a very small slice of what this forum is all about" and they basically said "thanks anyways." They said they thought this was some kind of "boys club" etc... I felt bad they thought that way but then again I don't think that's an accurate portrayal at all. I have 6300 posts on IG and Baja Rally podium girls are maybe 3 of those over two years. We have plenty of female forum members and I've never received a complaint before. While I won't always be PC or kowtow to the extreme SJW people, I think we've always been respectful here and I've heard that over and over again about this forum; that it's NOT AOLrider and they really appreciate how civil people are (acknowledging civility and content are two different things). I did post a photo on IG once that got a lot of negative feedback but I stand by that post still. She's (candy_rides_moto) an accomplished nurse and fitness model but still a legitimate rider whom I respect. She's been very nice to me and welcoming of XLADV and tags us. She's been to the OAA training in Calgary and has done a few solo (with her dog) trips. She happens to be very pretty. So what? We don't need to shun people for the way they look, good or bad. Besides, sex doesn't even sell at XLADV; her pics of just her bike and dog get WAY more likes and comments which says a lot about our followers. Well, I couldn't help but then point out that I was the one who got them a tire sponsor so I asked how the tires were working out. Another lesson for me that leveraging this community to help people who don't want to be a part of it doesn't build community; it's just a waste of my time.
  4. that's a shocker there. Really nice bike
  5. Confirmation from RMS that their nav kit I've already run on the 990 draws just 1 amp (12w). I will be fine.
  6. Yup. Been to Mexico over 30 times on a bike and maybe 15 or so other times in a car or by plane and always had a good time. Bolivia too. On the other hand though, people in other countries seem to be equally misinformed about the US which I guess we can blame media for. I once asked @michnus which country surprised him the most and he said the US! I've met Japanese tourists who are afraid to drive on our freeways because they think they'll be shot.
  7. Would be nice to see you at the GS Trophy one day. Maybe BMW will start making more dirtable big bikes soon.
  8. So it's done! Really cool to see so many Americans, save for Brabec, finish! Petr Vlcek did very well at 47th. Bill Conger at a respectable 67th. Samuels at 17th (edit: 21st) I believe. I think he can break top 10 and hope he comes back. Lyndon did very well with his third Dakar and ZERO penalties! Impressive. Laia at 12th! Any other observations?
  9. So stock CRF450X stator is 40w ac/20w dc and three reliable sources are saying this is sufficient to power the RMS nav kit I have, so no stator upgrade necessary. Still tracking down a tank. Safari may help us (still waiting to hear for sure) and I have a lead on two loaner tanks from local friends. I'm pitting with Garrett Poucher (5th at Baja 1000 pro moto unlimited; 1st at Baja Rally) and he says he has a Pro Circuit exhaust kit I can use, a Scotts sub-mount damper w/riser and we'll re-jet the carbs and plug a few emissions hoses. He recommended I change gearing to 15/47 too Rich is gimpy now but said he can help me hook up the RMS nav kit from my 990. This is really the magic of the whole story is how folks like you and Garrett, etc... come together to help each other. I'm very thankful for that.
  10. She is so amazing. Really cool too that so many Americans finished this year with only the leader, Brabec, out due to mechanicals.
  11. Very nice! Welcome to XLADV! All those bikes are certainly XL. You must have decent weather this time of year for riding, yeah?
  12. Couple things... One is apparently Instagram has a new feature that (finally) allows you to follow hashtags! Happy to see this as it finally actually gives a purpose to using a hashtag in the first place. Also that I’m happy I started #xladv because our count is closing in on 100k. It took a few extra steps before to search by hashtag and was a very manual thing. What’s interesting though is I’ve noticed a few copycat accounts seem to be searching by our tag to see what to repost! Also, I’ve been having an issue for about two weeks now with the Repost app. For some reason it will not let me repost images; it says “something went wrong.” It will let me repost videos though which is odd. I thought it might be that either Repost or Instagram updated so I just had to install that update to fix it but it’s still not working. So I installed this RepostIt app and I don’t like it because the tag in the corner is way too big and distracting. Have to try something else.
  13. I hear the 1290 wheels are a bit stronger than the old 1190 so hopefully if you keep them aired up enough, you'll preserve them. Does it not come with a damper? Also, I'll sell you my quick flip mirrors if you want. They don't work as well with my FasstCo handguards so I got the DoubleTakes.
  14. NavyNuke I have electric start!
  15. Sponsor tally: Honda for the CRF450X Seat Concepts for a seat Motoz for tires Fasstco for bars and pegs Just need that tank and stator upgrade now...