Bikeland.org turns 4...

A milestone in this website's history slipped quietly by on November 20th 2004 as bikeland.org marked it's 4th Anniversary being Online. It's significance is even greater when one realizes that most websites have a lifespan of no greater than six months! How the time has flown by! We cant imagine a time without this website, or the people we have met and grown close to because of it.

In the summer of 2000 I met freek, and together we decided to create a stable discussion platform, initially geared towards ZX-12R owners, because the site we frequented (labusas.org) kept crashing. Our goal was to provide a place for motorcyclists to share in their passion of the sport, share stories, experiences and to form friendships.

This is how the site looked circa 2000 ...



From our core group of 30 or so members the site began to grow, its membership just exceding 400 by 2001...



Back in 2001 we were new to this industry, and much to our surprise we discovered that it took money (quite a bit of it!) to run a rapidly growing website. We went looking for help. Our first sponsor was Burnaby Kawasaki. I still remember the day when I talked to Brian from Burnaby and tried to describe to him exactly what we were doing. What was a discussion forum anyways? He looked puzzeled, yet he was brave enough to throw his hat in the ring and support this community in an untested media. Shorty thereafter Muzzys Performance Products came onboard. We would like to thank them, and all of the other loyal sponsors who have believed in us and helped to keep us online for these past four years.

The original forum software we were running on was provided by a 3rd party, EZ Board. It was clunky and hard to work with, for both us and the membership. Here's a flash from the past for those of you that have been around since then...



As we moved to our own server and customized our own software the website continued to grow, almost doubling our population annually. As the membership changed so did the look of the site, and the content. Here are a few snapshots of what this site looked like in the past four years...

Bikeland.org circa 2001....



In 2002....



In 2003....



Bikeland survived the growing pains of it's initial years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Bikeland truly has taken on a life of its own. Bikeland still remains true to it's initial goal... to provide a place for motorcyclists to share in their passion of the sport, share stories, experiences and to form friendships....

We look forward to what the future brings. We strive to bring motorcyclists industry news and information, and to connect riders so that they can share their knowledge and experience with each other...

We'd like to thank all of you for being a part of these first four years and for making this a truly amazing place!

-Cheers

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