South Bay Riders
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South Bay Riders (SBR) is a culmination of fraternal motorcyclists that share a common interest in motorcycle-related activities around the San Francisco Bay Area. The group's core communication medium is through a public forum that announces group rides and events and helps fellow riders and the motorcycling public at large. SBR spans a global reach of riders that "post up" activities and adventures related to distant riding in other parts of the world. The group's nature connects motorcycle riders, young and old, local and far.
South Bay Riders (SBR) was founded in January 2002 and is a non-profit San Francisco Bay Area motorcycle Internet forum and an associated motorcyclist enthusiast group bound together by the forum. As with most internet-connected groups, its membership is global in nature. Prior to 2002, there were few online motorcycle forums and they were mostly national. Subsequently, local forums catering to smaller regions like the San Francisco Bay Area took shape. South Bay Riders and Bay Area Riders Forum (BARF) were started around the same time.
Created primarily to allow local riders to meet and communicate with each other online and in person during group rides, SBR has since grown into an online community of ~6200 members. In addition to motorcycle-related news and information, general news and current events are posted and discussed. Epic ride stories throughout the world and locally are shared. Many enduring friendships and marriages have also been formed.
Online motorcycle forums and groups educate riders, new and veteran, on various aspects of riding skills and techniques, as well as the more mundane yet equally important things like motorcycle riding gear and maintenance and repair. All this nearly instantaneously available information, honed through actual experience, contributes to making motorcycle riding safer and more enjoyable for all riders.
SBR has also been active in providing a forum for off highway vehicle enthusiasts to share information and opinions on land use and current issues. South Bay Riders has a forum dedicated to the BLM Clear Creek Management Area EIS report and was cited therein. Members of SBR participate in the BLM CCMA Resource Advisory Committee.
A distinguishing characteristic of SBR is that its founder and many members are photography aficionados who enjoy capturing high quality digital pictures of their rides and events and sharing them with the world.
Major features of SBR include
Membership is attracted through the common bond of motorcycling. Although similar in ways to the Harley Owners Group or HOG, ADVRider , and BMW Motorcycle Owners of America  , SBR adds the dimension of independence from any motorcycle brand and is completely free. This brings about a highly diverse membership. Members donate whatever and whenever they choose. Donations can come in the support of the Forum, or through donations of aid to a fellow rider.
The membership extends not only to the San Francisco Bay Area, but worldwide. Members abroad post events, rides, adventures from all over the globe.
SBR members host unofficial events throughout the year that range from a few attendees to a hundred or more; for example,
SBR "newbie" ride events take dozens of new street or dirt motorcycle riders out to different locations to safely learn skills with veteran riders. Riders are broken into groups with experienced "leads" and "sweeps" assigned to each group to assist the new riders along the charted routes so that no member is left behind.
Another interesting and unique aspect of this community group is information sharing. News or press will be assisted by the members to report on events in the motorcycle community as it occurs, and is listed in the Forum. An example of this is in the Half Moon Bay Review newspaper article  on Motorcycle hazards.
SBR has a number of notable members including American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame riders and well-known local racers. The membership comprises plumbers to lawyers, students to CEOs. The diverse membership shares the common belief that SBR and motorcycling brings them together.
Some notable members include:
Social and political issues
The online forum aspect of SBR has created a catalyst for local motorcyclist and OHV issues ranging from case law to public access rights. Many members are very active and report back to the growing membership about each cause. A typical example of this was during the Bureau of Land Management public hearings regarding the emergency closure of the Clear Creek Management Area. The SBR members were able to successfully rally to bring newsworthiness to the event held in Santa Clara, CA. Because of SBR's membership, news agencies were able to report accurately the closure and accompanying debate. During this event, the SBR membership rallied in the hundreds, packing the Santa Clara Convention Center in protest of the BLM's move.
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