Top 10 Moto Innovations of the Last 30 Years

And Where We’re Going Next!

Looking back 30 years at things auto- and moto-motive is like stumbling into those caves in France with the caveman art. I remember my dad’s Volare wagon with the slant-Six and the newfangled emission controls on the carburetor that ensured it ran like crap when it ran at all… Actually Japanese motorcycles were way ahead of cars at the time, but the miracle of modern electronics and the computer chip has rendered everything of that era antique. And the rate of progression of the last decade or so, if it keeps up, makes it impossible for my Cro-Magnon brain to even imagine what lies ahead. I tried anyway.

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MO Memorial Day

“In the last five years he’s done more on these two pieces of hard plastic than most of us will do in a lifetime: learned to walk again, then to run.

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Top 10 Most-Watched MO Videos!

Sucked into the Viral Spiral…

Why you’d rather watch a bunch of MOrons attempt to explain a thing with their mouths when you could read our eloquent prose instead still escapes me. I’m with Flaubert: “Human language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hoped with our music to move the stars.” Well, I guess there is that whole advantage of seeing and hearing the vehicle in motion…

Although some of our earlier MO videos could use a little, ahhh, polishing, some of them are pretty damn good considering the skimpy budgets we’ve had to work with.

What’s really curious is which videos people choose to watch. It seems unlikely that regular sophisticated MO readers have much in common with the people who stumble onto our Youtube channel? If you asked me to rank MO’s Top 10, I might have picked just one of these. Luckily, Youtube is keeping track and makes it easy to see exactly where the love flows. It’s not perfectly scientific, of course, mainly because the longer a vid has been online, the more time people have had to see it, but you can definitely get an idea which way the wind blows – and the winner’s been online less than two years. Wait, why am I not in any of the Top 10?

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