In 1998, a few of us sat around having a few beers. We would rather be riding, but couldn't find a good party. One of us had a new computer so we decided to find a ride on the Internet. That's when we discovered there didn't seem to be a good source of published motorcycle events. A few sites were found, but were either for other areas or badly out-of-date. That's when we decided to start www.lets-ride.com. (Later we found out that there were many good sites, but we just didn't know how to find them.)
We sat down and thought about what it would take to make a perfect motorcycle website.
We decided that we should publish a 'list of motorcycle events'. The listings shouldn't just include the name, date and city. It should include enough descriptive information to allow a person to decide whether the event was for them. Each event could then also link to other sites, which would offer even more information. Additionally, we should include events from all over the world; after all, we were going to use the "World-Wide-Web". Being the dumb bikers that we are, we decided, with the help of a few beers, that the whole world would be cool.
The site would need something besides plain ol' boring text, so we decided to add pictures. After all, we had purchased a scanner real cheap and didn't really know what else to do with it. It looked impressive sitting there on that computer desk, but nobody knew how to use the darn' thing. We dug out a few of our old Sturgis pictures and went to work. We learned how to operate the scanner and the first few photos were scanned. (We're on a roll now...)
We thought it would be really neat to have a link to every motorcycle website on the net. (Guess how many beers we had downed before we came up with that one. Does anyone have any idea just how many sites there are?!!)
Would we make any money? "Of course we will" we said to ourselves. "Build it and they will come. We'll all be millionaires." We decided to create a classified ads section, so we could also sell advertising. "Oh boy, watch the money roll in!" we said in anticipation. We were ready to go. Our dreams would be fulfilled!
We purchased space on a server and the administrator told us to FTP the HTML pages to the server. Huh! FTP? HTML? What the ...?
Ok, so now we had to find someone to do this stuff. And, we had to learn a lot. Plus, we had to remember things from school. Like spelling, ya' know, rules like "I before E except in Budweiser." We had better learn quick, our beer fund was getting low!
Finally, in October of 1998, we were online. The money didn't roll in. We didn't become instant millionaires. At the end of our first month we looked at our stats. We had 9 visitors. We found out later my mother looked at the page 8 times. We still don't know who the other person was.
We kept working at it and the site began to grow. We began to get advertisers, we began to sell classifieds. We learned from our mistakes. We began to succeed. We now have the perfect website! Well...o.k., so we're still trying! But at least we can afford to buy a beer every now and then. And, with the number of visitors constantly increasing, we may soon be able to buy a whole six pack.
Take a look around our site. Browse all you want. We're sure you'll find something that interests you. Let us know what you think about it. We want your comments. Compliments and criticisms are both welcome. That's how we learn to improve!
Here's what we offer on our site
Publishing motorcycle events is our main product. We have listings of Motorcycle rallies, runs & events all over the world. We're not sure, but we believe we now have the largest site in the world when it comes to listing motorcycle events. Yet, we still list only a 'drop in the bucket' of all motorcycle events. That's why we actively seek out new events. "To boldly go where no motorcycle events website has gone before!"
We sort them by area to make it easier to find the events in your area. We list these events for free, so there's no reason you shouldn't list your events. Click here to go to the World-wide listing of motorcycle events sorted by area. If you know of an event and would like to get the word out click here to Add a motorcycle event -
We have Event Photos from all over the world. Hundreds of Photos. And we're adding more all the time. If you have some great photos, we'd love to see them.
We have a Searchable database of Motorcycle Links. We can't get everything on one web site so we've looked around and found hundreds of other great motorcycle web sites. We've listed these with a short description. You can browse these links in the alphabetical listings or use the search page to find exactly what you want. If you know of a great motorcycle web page, let us know. We'll check it out. If it's good, we'll add it.
We're collecting a few jokes. Everybody needs to laugh! We are an equal opportunity web site - We don't discriminate on who we insult. So, if you can laugh at yourself as well as others click here to see the Jokes. If you have a good joke we'd love to hear it.
How do we pay for all this?
We sell classified advertising! Browse through the ads. You may find something you've been looking for. Click here to check out our classified advertisements. Do you have something to sell? Post it in our classifieds. Click here to submit a classified ad
Yes we have advertising space on our site. We can place "Banner Ads" and "Button Ads" throughout the site. The cost is very reasonable. Chick here for information on how you can advertise on one of the fastest growing motorcycle websites.
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