Kawasaki Twin Owners Forum – Gone?

If you found this page, you likely were Googling around to find out what happened to the Kawasaki Twins Owners Forum, originally created by the great “Odd Ivar”.

I was an early *strong* forum member, administrator, and supporter, but stopped visiting there in the past years — only because I ran out of free time, not because I didn’t want to…

Anyway, I don’t know much about what happened, but I understand from forum regulars Loic and Martin (and others who are searching) that it has recently disappeared.

As I write this, Loic fears that the forum and all of the contents are totally lost, due to a disappearance/failure of the forum hosting company.  If you know different, please feel free to comment below.

Feel free to use this page/post and the comment section below to post what you know about the state of the forum, and let’s see if anything can be recovered or maybe started anew. Ivar was so good to all of us for so long before his passing, that I’m hoping something can be done to continue the community he fostered. The least I can do is use this site aggregate and provide updates.

Ride safe…

-BiqueToast

 

14 Comments

  1. 82Kz305Belt

    I am very bummed about this loss of the forum. :( I was only gone for a few months and it vanished.

    I found that at least some of it is available on the wayback machine but it seems far from complete. Maybe someone smarter than I can figure out a way to piece it together and retrieve what is stored there and recreate the forum. I sure hope so. I hadn’t visited this summer and if I had known it was going away I could have archived the whole site beforehand.

    Maybe, just maybe, the domain host has it archived?

  2. Paul

    This is so heart breaking :( I’m in the middle of bringing my beautiful KZ750 twin back to life, and this site has been a wonderful support. I don’t know much that could help. The topics to the left still seem to be working, but every comment thread I remember from before is gone. I hope at least a few KZ fans are still around. I’ll be here!

  3. Nick

    What an incredible loss! The collective info from the forum is, likely, irreplaceable. Just terrible news.

    I had to do quite a bit of googling just to find this page. I’m sure that there are a lot of lost members out there. Thanks for posting this BiqueToast.

  4. paul

    This will be missed!!!

    kzrider.com is great too.

  5. 82KZ305Belt

    OK, so I don’t know a lot about this stuff but I know time is of the essence if we want to retrieve the forum. I don’t think there is enough on wayback machine to save. Its just a few links.

    Doesn’t Loic or you Bique know who was paying for the site? A very VERY fast phone call by the former owner to whoever was hosting the site might be the only way to get it back. Below is what I was able to find from when the domain was last renewed and the forum was still active. This leads to arevy.com, but since the owner of that is protected by whoisguard it looks like a dead end.

    Domain Name: CREATEFORUMHOSTING.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 1618184688_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
    Updated Date:
    Creation Date: 2010-09-30T06:25:00.00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-09-30T05:25:52.00Z
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Registrar IANA ID: 48
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@enom.com
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
    Reseller: NAMECHEAP.COM
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Registrant City: PANAMA
    Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
    Registrant Postal Code: 00000
    Registrant Country: PA
    Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
    Registrant Phone Ext:
    Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
    Registrant Fax Ext:
    Registrant Email: 6AEDEB1C704B41649048268A2DCED2C5.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
    Registry Admin ID:
    Admin Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Admin Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Admin City: PANAMA
    Admin State/Province: PANAMA
    Admin Postal Code: 00000
    Admin Country: PA
    Admin Phone: +507.8365503
    Admin Phone Ext:
    Admin Fax: +51.17057182
    Admin Fax Ext:
    Admin Email: 6AEDEB1C704B41649048268A2DCED2C5.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
    Registry Tech ID:
    Tech Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Tech Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Tech City: PANAMA
    Tech State/Province: PANAMA
    Tech Postal Code: 00000
    Tech Country: PA
    Tech Phone: +507.8365503
    Tech Phone Ext:
    Tech Fax: +51.17057182
    Tech Fax Ext:
    Tech Email: 6AEDEB1C704B41649048268A2DCED2C5.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM

    whois on arevy.com gives: Domain Name: AREVY.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 1744364181_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.enom.com
    Registrar URL: http://www.enom.com
    Updated Date: 2015-08-28T05:33:09.00Z
    Creation Date: 2012-09-12T04:17:00.00Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-09-12T03:17:53.00Z
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Registrar IANA ID: 48
    Reseller: NAMECHEAP.COM
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID:
    Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Registrant City: PANAMA
    Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
    Registrant Postal Code: 00000
    Registrant Country: PA
    Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
    Registrant Phone Ext:
    Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
    Registrant Fax Ext:
    Registrant Email: 03C0AFE7A3174AEB81BB039E8FAA1C0D.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
    Registry Admin ID:
    Admin Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Admin Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Admin City: PANAMA
    Admin State/Province: PANAMA
    Admin Postal Code: 00000
    Admin Country: PA
    Admin Phone: +507.8365503
    Admin Phone Ext:
    Admin Fax: +51.17057182
    Admin Fax Ext:
    Admin Email: 03C0AFE7A3174AEB81BB039E8FAA1C0D.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
    Registry Tech ID:
    Tech Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
    Tech Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
    Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
    Tech City: PANAMA
    Tech State/Province: PANAMA
    Tech Postal Code: 00000
    Tech Country: PA
    Tech Phone: +507.8365503
    Tech Phone Ext:
    Tech Fax: +51.17057182
    Tech Fax Ext:
    Tech Email: 03C0AFE7A3174AEB81BB039E8FAA1C0D.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
    Name Server: NS1.AREVY.COM
    Name Server: NS2.AREVY.COM
    DNSSEC: unSigned
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    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
    URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
    Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-08-28T05:33:09.00Z

    Name Server: NS1.AREVY.COM
    Name Server: NS2.AREVY.COM
    DNSSEC: unSigned
    URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/

  6. Biquetoast

    @82KZ305Belt –
    Unfortunately…. It appears the entire hosting company went belly-up. A couple quick searches shows that other forum owners have lost everything as well. I really don’t know who did the move from the old forum host to that one either… I wish I did, but I don’t know if much can be done about it now. Does anyone else know? Let us know…
    -‘Toast

  7. mike

    U all give in to easy the old kz needs facelift I recently acquired 1980kz750 n electrical is on my mind one bad coil in need of some peoples good advice

  8. sacha

    Hello,
    I need a urgent info, I am living in south mexico..no good mechanic shop around here.
    My problem is I cannot get the cylinder head plug out..and I need to change the pistons rings urgently..
    Any trick ???? How to do it?
    Please sand answer at my email bahiaescondida@gmail.com.
    Thanks

  9. antiq

    I was gone because my computer crashed. I’ve been trying to get back on for years. Any chance we can rebuild the site? I’m now a moderator on another site that is doing very well on member donations.
    Maybe we can start anew? I very much enjoyed talking with the members and would like to get reacquainted.

  10. Biquetoast

    @antiq –
    I tell you what… I sure miss those days, I felt quite a kinship with the folks there. But my life changed; I changed jobs, family life got busier, and I just don’t have the spare time to provide the care and feeding that a forum requires. Some day when I retire, I’ll jump back in with both boots… 😉

    In the meantime, I ride my KZs all the time, and every time I work on something I’m reminded of where I learned it and all the help I got… and gave…

    By the way, please post the name of your new forum…? I’ve been out of it so I’d like to know where ya’ll are these days…

    -‘Toast

  11. antiq

    I’m on this kz forum again.
    http://forums.kz650.info/index.php?action=unread
    You have my email so keep in touch. The forum I moderate is for vintage Goldwings.

  12. loic

    Hello, as Jeremy said, the forum of KZ400 disappeared! I contacted Ole via Faffi (Norwegian too) but it seems that the host is gone and I do not know the reason! it is unfortunate that I could not remedy this, a lot of data are missing. if I knew how to get the information, I would even paying.

    Odd Ivar had created this forum, I will keep him http://www.kz400.com its website.
    but all these posts went with him.
    I would keep all my memories in discussions with him and also former members of the forum who participated in its wealth and its proper functioning.

    Thank you to Biquetoast, Eirik (Faffi) to the founding members of the forum
    hope to see you on a newly created forum KZ400
    Jeremy if you read me ……………………..

    le formal loic

  13. le formal loic

    here is my blog about Kawasaki KZ400

    http://www.kawasaki-kz400.com/

    you can reach me

    le.formal.loic@gmail.com

    le formal loic

  14. 82KZ305Belt

    I set up a free forum at

    http://kztwins.boards.net/

    I have used another free forum at that site for a couple years and it works pretty good. Its nothing fancy but the server seems very reliable. Its never been down in the couple years I’ve used it, so very reliable.

    There is nothing in the forum now, just a blank forum waiting to be formatted and set up. I have no time or forum management skills to actually make this functional though. I just set it up in case it inspires someone else who does have the time and interest to take it over. I’d be glad to me a moderator, which for me would just be kicking total a-holes off. I’m pretty tolerant of language as long as people aren’t too insulting, racist, sexist, bigoted, etc.

    I’d gladly hand the whole thing over to someone else, preferably someone with a long history at the old forum(s) who understands the “spirit” the old one operated on. Oh, and you’d have to take a a solemn oath to back the forum up now and then. Grrrrrrr

    Anyway if anyone is interested in setting that forum up just register and PM me. I’m the only member. :)

    There are plenty of other free forum options out there too, just thought I’d throw this out there as a starting point if anyone is motivated enough to work on it.

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