Good Morning/Day Fellow TT Readers/Posters
I have found the TT forum maybe in 2011ish? I was so excited to find this site had categories for all types of Dirt bikes, but it's name made reference, to/for me, about being a site for "4 stroke dirt bikes" by just it's name "Thumper Talk". I don't know if that is accurate or not?
I couldn't believe my eyes of the "Technological wonder" I had stumbled upon (actually TT was referred to me by another rider IIRC). I couldn't believe there was even a forum dedicated to Vintage Bikes like the ones I ride. I made some posts early on, about a Frankenbike (Primarily motor/chassis, then frame upgrades) I have been developing & riding for years. After explaining what this bike was I got a few posts that bagged on the bike and information I was posting about it. After getting razzed about my bike's description, this caused me to stop visiting TT for a number of years, interacting w/ site information and of course no more posting.
So, to get to my Point, I started trying to help others with informational posts more so, than the very "Hyped up NEWS up topics at hand for the present day". In this effort, this TT member & frequent Poster's name kept popping up in topics of research.
SWISS aka Jim Schneider. He always had lots of great helpful information to share on the subject at hand. He seamed to be a much bigger authority on "Thumpers" than I was/am/or ever will be. The information he shared was not only very informative, accurate, but sometimes, seemed unbelievable, but NO DOUBT truthful!
Fast forward to Today 10-22-2021, I was researching the Bill Bell built XL Competition Racers and ran across SWISS's comments on Dirtrider.net about the Modified Big Bore XL subject matter I am researching. LOW and behold to find the above message sent out in 2014. This has made me think about past posters information they have shared concerning their knowledge or involvement with said subject matter.
I will truly miss the chance to interact with his vast knowledge and Life experiences through his attendance in the "School of Hard Knocks". Unfortunately my chances to have passed me by & what knowledge I learn from SWISS will only be what the fortunate others have learned from his un-selfish acts of sharing his life experiences and vast notebook of notes from the Lifelong School of Hard Knocks.
I think we TT member community should come up with some way to collect these posts in a "notebook of Bike model relevance subject matter" as a form of commemoration to that passed posters history of knowledge shared with others. Those searching subject matter on this forum could be made aware of this lost poster and their contributions in the subject matter.
Could you imagine the interesting forum created from just SWISS's posts? It would range from helpful information, to actual life experiences on potential information research. Not to mention the pictures of bikes posted. I find many old posts pictures seem to disappear or become unavailable many times.