Agreed, if nothing else, it's always interesting to see what other people are running, to see what's out there. And, if 9/10 people are using something, it can't be *all* bad
the herd instinct is fine when the herd are making a concious choice. Its not that long ago that computer companies sold their products based on FUD (fear uncertainty and Doubt.. not really rational reasons)
Votes are all well and good.
but unless you know why someone has chosen that product and whether they are satisfied with it then the poll itself is in my books meaningless. the more options you have the more diluted the opinion becomes... think about it you may need several categories of tyre (race, road, dual sport, off road), then the various options in each category.
the issue to me is that on a public forum like this then certain products may get a reputation they don't deserve (either for good or bad). I know people who paid an extortionate amount of money for IPods, when they could have got a better machine for less (by better I mean bigger memory better battery life, easier maintenance and best of all use open standard software so your music isn't locked away and at risk of being lost by some dodgy DRM software. Apple aren't the only problem children Microsoft are just as bad in their own way. Having paid what people did they shouldn't be told you have to buy another IPOD becuase your battery is goosed. yet I bet if you did a poll on what type of MP3 player people have IPOD whoudl probably romp home.
When respected forum members make an observation that they use product "A" the sheep tend to buy product "A". It may well be that product A is by far the best product, but equally it may merely reflect that persons preferences or that persons knowledge or whats available to that person, or even whats available at the place where that person goes (it could be that his local tyre shop sells ONLY Conti's). People call the OEM tyre (Road Attack) dunflops, yet the Road Smart is seemingly highly rated by people in the know. Ive seen it all before on other fourms wherfe some knowledgeable people express their personal opinion and then others pick up on that persons knowledge and spread it as if its gospel. When polls get it wrong they get it wrong spectacularly.
ferinstance if you did a poll on what colour V people ride the US would probably skew to the Red, the UK seemingly to Black & Orange, Australia to Green. With the exception of the UK and Europe where there have been 5 or 6 colours over time a colour poll would be of dubious merit.
Ive fitted a Pyramid Hugger, in my books it wasn't easy to fit properly, requiring enlarging of the 3 holes to try to force the hugger to fit the tyre. Yet the Fender Extender fitted perfectly. I wish I'd taken note of the advice of some of the Versys.co.uk guys, but the carbon fibre looked great, theoretically v.practical, but it isn't in real life
Speedy's GPS bracket looks nice, but I had to go and get the plate drilled, and then redrill it, the Kawasaki original GPS part comes predrilled. it looks as if I'm going to have to re redrill the plate or find some spacers to fit the MRA Vario screen
Speedy's flatfoot is easy to fix, looks the dogs danglies and does the job.