1300tourer.com Newsletter #9

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone made it home safely from our 2nd Annual Meet and Greet. For those of you that couldn't make it, I hope you can next year! We will be heading west to the Rockies. I do not have a location pin pointed at this time, but we have a lot of research ahead of us! I've replaced the 2009 Meet & Greet page with the 2010 Meet & Greet page.

This years gathering was a big learning experience for myself as our 2nd Annual was much bigger than our 1st Annual by all aspects. Logistically, this year was completely different. Chrissy and I took a lot of notes once we arrived home which should make our 3rd Annual Meet & Greet bigger, better, and much more streamlined plus give the attendees many more activity options.

While on the subject, I wanted to especially thank those companies that contributed to our silent auction. If you are in the market for any of the services they offer, please consider giving them your business.

Certified Generator Service in Knoxville, TN (865) 523-4510
GPE Customs (www.gpecustom.com)
SS Custom Cycles (www.sscustomcycle.com)
Buck's Lowers (www.buckslowers.com)
PowerSports4less (www.powersports4less.com)

Those of you who attended this year's charity dinner at Mountain Motorsports are now aware that I am in the process of starting a non-profit organization - Riders United LLC. At the moment, we are waiting for the non-profit status from the IRS and building the Board of Directors. This organization will be membership based upon it's launch (scheduled for January 2010). Riders United's focus will be building an online motorcycle community (similar to 1300tourer.com) but with a focus on volunteer and charity work. I will keep everyone updated on the organizations progress.

Ready for mobile blogging? If you followed my blog (http://www.1300tourer.com/wjreece) while I was traveling to Gatlinburg and you are interested in building the same for yourself, I have some new features that will allow you to do so. The first feature is called Google Latitude. Using this feature in coordination with your GPS enabled mobile phone, you can insert an HTML tag into your blog that will show the users your general location. Along the same lines is a product called ShoZu (www.shozu.com) which will allow you to send messages from your mobile device (blackberry / iphone) directly to your blog on 1300tourer.com! ShoZu will allow you to upload photos and video taken on your device. Kinda geeky, I know, but it came in handy with friends and family wanting to keep track of me. :)

To wrap up, our 2009 Meet & Greet, in my opinion, was a huge success. We couldn't have done it without everyone's help. You guys are the ones that made this year's M&G what it was and I can't wait till next year. In the meantime, check to see if there has been a 1300tourer.com Chapter created in your area... recruit other owners... and schedule some rides. Most importantly, be safe and have fun everyone!

Thanks for your time!

Will Reece