About the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum
The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum provides a meeting place for motorcycle touring enthusiasts and owners, riders, and admirers of all brands and models of touring motorcycles. This is a place to hang out, POST messages, share stories and photo's and get answers to questions about that tour that you have been dreaming about.
The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum continues to grow and has become more than just an online meeting spot. Members get together throughout the year at lunches, dinners and other events fostering friendships that will last a lifetime.
The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum was started in July, 2001 by Alan Leduc, otherwise known as AL2000 (Delphi name 1343). Alan returned to motorcycle in May 2000, thus the name AL2000. His return to riding was on a cruiser. He put in 18,000 miles in the fourteen months that he owned it. Including an Iron Butt Association Bun Burner 1500. He soon realized that his real interest was in touring and decided to buy a touring model, he logged 16,000 miles in six months. A search for a forum that catered to touring revealed the following observations:
The solution was to start the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum using the successful format of the Shadow Riders Forum format that was started by Bill 1100 (Bill Rich).
The MTF started with 131 vistors in July 2001. Over the next two years the MTF grew considerably and in July 2003 there were 505 visitors. Over a 3 year period, the MTF has averaged 4,779 posts per month with approximately 200,000 total posts in over 10,500 threads (topics). On July 24, 2007 some six years after the establishment of the MTF, the 500,000 post was made.
As the MTF has continued growing, it became necessary to create a structure to ensure the MTF would continue growing and viable. You can see the MTF Organzation chart by clicking here. In April of 2004, Alan Leduc decided that if the MTF was to continue beyond his involvement, it would be necessary to incorporate and and deepen the organization structure. The first Board of Directors consisted of Alan Leduc, Jason Jonas, Bill Neese, Terry Braud, and Roger Bliss.
The first long distance event was held in May 2002. Alan Leduc was planning on doing a 50CC and invited others to join. There were 14 participants with 9 finishing the 50CC and 2 finishing the 100CCC.
Yogi (Tom Maiden) suggested that for 2003 we should have a Poker Run from Hell (5 back to back IBA Saddlesore 1000's). The event expanded to include Flower Sniffers as well and was held in Russellville, Arkansas in May, 2003. From this event spurred two other MTF Flower Sniffing staples: The Summer Mountain Ride (SMR)created by Andy Simons and the Great White North (GWN) Tour created by Neil Dolson.In September of 2004, Andy Simons offered the first Rough Road Ride in the Smokey Mountains which has become know as the Summer Mountain Rough Road Ride (SMRRR).
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