OK, key thing here is some common sense really, and think this seems to be the general consensus.
Date split is not meant to be a defined 'retro' cut off, this has been discussed to death, this cannot be concluded.
The site started off as pure retro stuff with people talking old bikes. That is what made the site the community it is today. Dictionary definition and common usage do not define retro clearly. Who cares. Don't get hung up.
We wanted to ensure the site stays true to its roots and not get diluted too much. Fine line bewteen growing and losing focus. The comments from people discovering the site for the first time and reminiscing about days gone by is where we started. The anno. The steel. The ti. The rigid bikes. The shite brakes. The cnc. etc etc. Thats what we love.
There are many newer bikes which are along the retro vibe. The few that were appearing made a good bit of interest. However, when the quantity of newer bikes increases, this loses some of the original vibe that brought people here.
There are many other forms dedicated to newer bikes. Although we are not against new stuff in any way, or against some discussion, it was apparent that this was beginnning to dilute what we are about. No denying new bikes are popular. Hey, theres a whole industry based on it!
All we have done is provide a framework where its easier to see bikes of an older vintage, or slightly newer if thats what floats your boat. At the same time, we are trying to keep the retro chat retro based. Questions about 4-pots/Fox/how to get my Turner shimidy out etc are not really retro based. Thats what the OT forum is for if you must.
It may appear as heavy modding. It is
. But hopefully for a short time to ensure we keep what is important to the site true.
Like it or not, its the way it is.
Stick around, give it a chance. Don't take offence if your thread gets moved.
We like talking old bikes. Lets talk old bikes yeah?