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FAQs and Photos- Frequently asked questions and readers rides
(nice one silverG) note- A faq section doesn't generate much traffic so I thought it a good place for photos to hang around longer
The Campfire- Y'know, the place to tell your stories that start with " No sh!t, there I was, thought I was going to die....." ( just throwing it in there guys)
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Two Wheel Drive tech-
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Don't panic, make a cup of tea and lets see what weve got in our bag of tricks.
Truck and 4x4 mechanics/suppliers list and recommendations
Shipping & 4 wheel overland travel stories
For sale and wanted -
You look my shop? for you very good price

DRIVING TECHNIQUES (Sorry, can't find the bold button).
- includes for driving schools, offroad centres etc
This does not need to break down into 4x4, 2 wheel drive - this will happen in the threads I guess.

A general comment;
There is quite a lot of overlap with the bikes, but not completely.
So, it depends how much Grant intends to change.

Some areas of interest that have kindred posts (or can have):-
Wild camping
Repair shops around the world
Recommended accommodation worldwide
Shipping
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....A general comment;
There is quite a lot of overlap with the bikes, but not completely.
So, it depends how much Grant intends to change.

Some areas of interest that have kindred posts (or can have):-
Wild camping
Repair shops around the world
Recommended accommodation worldwide
Shipping
Overlap is an issue and I too wonder if it's worth duplicating the above. Unless convinced otherwise, I won't - although I suppose - here I'm convincing myself - that does mean the 4 wheel guys need to KNOW to go to the bike pages for those things - perhaps a forum that's really a link to the above forums - see the Travel Stories for an example of how this looks / works:

Ride Tales, Trip Reports and Stories - The HUBB

Travel Stories, Blogs is not a forum it just takes you to a page - which could be a forum, e.g Repair Shops.

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Overlap is an issue and I too wonder if it's worth duplicating the above. Unless convinced otherwise, I won't - although I suppose - here I'm convincing myself - that does mean the 4 wheel guys need to KNOW to go to the bike pages for those things - perhaps a forum that's really a link to the above forums - see the Travel Stories for an example of how this looks / works:

Ride Tales, Trip Reports and Stories - The HUBB

Travel Stories, Blogs is not a forum it just takes you to a page - which could be a forum, e.g Repair Shops.

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Uuuuuuuuuuuumm, It's a tough call, if only because this is the website "that motorcycle travellers trust" = no mention of anyone else.
So, we are talking here about the whole website and not the portion given over to 4 wheel travel.
For a long time I never read the 4 wheel stuff, being a bike rider at heart, but I am getting older, so needs do as needs must.
Therefore, this question of developing the bit about 4 wheels relates directly to where you see the site going, this year, next year, whenever.

I have taken another look at the overlap and it is much more than I listed, and more than I realised, depending on the perceptions that are closely involved in my paragraph above.
From top to bottom, the site has fora which relate to bikes alone and yet many of them are generic to any form of travel on wheels --
Tours
Route Planning
Shipping the bike
Any of the regional forums (all 12 of them)
"Equipment and Travel" section - all 5 fora
The HU bar (doesn't have to be for bike riders only, nor does it say that, I think)
After that lot, if an individual is still scrolling down the site then they will come to a bit about bicycles, closely followed by the bit for 4 wheels.

+ sales of 4 wheels is in the 4 wheel section and not within the bit labelled "Want ads" which actually covers sales, swops etc of bikes (+ something about "money" which is bizarre really).

Just some more feedback Grant, but I can see that it is not easy!!
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2.9 (without my inane ramblings plus driving techniques, Hu bar and brevity)

FAQs and Photos- Frequently asked questions and readers rigs
The Hu Bar-
All vehicles 4x4 and 2x4- General questions/discussions
Two Wheel Drive tech-
Landrover tech - all models
Toyota tech - all models
Truck tech - over 3.5 tonnes
On the road - Safety, comfort, cooking and essentials-
Recipes, new products and stuff you just love - bedding, mattresses, swags, cookers, gas chairs, tents, fridges, medical kits, toilets, awnings, storage solutions etc.
Driving techniques, tyres and wheels-
Bush mechanic, repair shops, suppliers and spare parts
For sale and wanted - vehicles and equipment.

nb. I think both bikers and fourbies would benefit from a combined Shipping section, there's plenty of space in a container for a bike and a car
I suppose we do need to work on the differences, eg Bush mechanics and Bike Bodges would speak different languages. Equipment is a major with cars ( Ive decked out both and cars are much harder/expensive)
Travel stories combined with bikes ?
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nb. I think both bikers and fourbies would benefit from a combined Shipping section, there's plenty of space in a container for a bike and a car
I suppose we do need to work on the differences, eg Bush mechanics and Bike Bodges would speak different languages. Equipment is a major with cars ( Ive decked out both and cars are much harder/expensive)
Travel stories combined with bikes ?
Thoughtful stuff.
To me it is a case that is like the very old Irish joke "if I was wanting to get there, I wouldn't start from here" - but the website is what it is and Grant will need to decide if he wants it to morph into something that looks very different (more or less overnight I suppose), or have it evolve, Darwin-like, over a longer time frame. No doubt he will not want to p*ss off his bike following (it was a close run thing a few years back when the XT600 forum became a Yamaha forum).

Fourbies; yes, I like that!
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