Well, this is awkward, a supposed wordsmith struggling to find adequate words. I hadn’t realized how difficult it would be to say goodbye to the countless readers who have enjoyed my work on the pages of Motorcycle.com for nearly 11 years.

I’m willing to bet that just about everyone reading this will wonder how anyone could possibly leave what they see as the best job in the world. Believe me, the internal struggles I’ve gone through when making this decision were nearly debilitating. After all, being a motojournalist is literally my dream job, and rising through the ranks to become chief editor at perhaps the biggest motorcycle website on the planet was even beyond my initial aspirations.

It’s almost always fun riding a motorcycle, even if it rains!

When I was pondering the possibility of leaving my job, I was often reminded of the pithy statement of a former motojourno colleague, Aaron Frank, who once said about being a moto-J: “It’s the best job in the world… three days a month.”

Duke’s Den – A Decade At The Helm

Using the power of deduction informs that some of the other days of a month weren’t quite as fabulous. After all, traveling to a new and/or exotic area to test a motorcycle before anyone else in the world is an exclusive treat, and anything after that would have to feel dull in comparison. Deadlines always loom, especially when we can publish 24 hours a day, and the internet is never (ever!) full, resulting in having to flit from one project to the next with little opportunity for the gratification and relief felt from a job well done.

Duke’s Den – You Got A Problem With Free (online content)?

The State Of Moto Publishing, According To Bonnier Motorcycle Group

I’m happy to have checked off Phillip Island from my racetrack bucket list last year.

Duke’s Den – Racetrack Bucket Lists

Duke’s Den – My Tour Of Racetracks Around The World: Part 4

I’ve been writing about motorcycles in a full-time capacity for more than two decades, and I literally couldn’t have even dreamed of all the fantastic opportunities on and around motorcycles that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve been able to travel across the globe to ride and test the latest motorbikes, produced and starred in videos that have been viewed millions of times, looked behind the closed doors of several motorcycle factories, taken part in the world’s biggest motorcycle shows, and talked to many of the biggest movers and shakers in the business. Frankly, I’ve pretty much done it all.

Duke’s Den: Inside EICMA, The World’s Biggest Motorcycle Show

Inside Yamaha’s MotoGP Race Shop

If there’s a Moby Dick missing from my motojourno career, it’s not ever having the chance to ride a legit GP/MotoGP bike. Perhaps in my next life…

So, rather than risk stagnating on that perch, I’ve decided, with much consternation, to hang up my motojournalist hat. I’ll soon be moving into a gig in which I’ll be producing videos to support the marketing efforts of different companies. Some of them are powersports enterprises, so I’ll still be hanging around behind the scenes.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some exceptional people at MO over the years, and I will miss my brothers enormously as I move on to new challenges. I leave behind Evans Brasfield, surely among the nicest fellas in the biz and a sharp shooter behind the lens, whose broad shoulders will be assuming extra weight in addition to his managing editor duties. It’s been a privilege to be part of a writing team that includes the estimable John Burns, one of the cleverest motojournos that has ever put pen to paper or screen – always worth the time to read his musings.

Duke’s Den – Courtship Of Editors

From sportbikes to cruisers (and dirtbikes when they don’t try to break me!), I love riding on two wheels.

Brent Jaswinski, our newest hire, has already exceeded expectations for his dedication to improving his craft and providing a new and desirable voice to these pages. A regret I’ll carry with me is not having the opportunity to mentor Ryan Adams for a little longer, as he’s the epitome of what an enthusiastic 20-something can offer to the world of motojournalism.

A special call-out goes to Dennis Chung. Dennis has been by my virtual side for almost the entirety of my tenure at MO, even though he works 2,500 miles away from where I do, and he’s helped me and the site in countless thousands of ways for more than a decade. He’s our unsung hero and deserves way more praise than he receives. This entire crew will remain my friends as the wheels continue to turn.

My EiC chair was enough to convince a few TV networks to put me on the airways over the years.

And to you, my cherished readers, the relationships I’ve built with you via this outlet have been more rewarding than I could’ve imagined. I’m truly humbled by the faith you’ve invested in me and my words over the years, and I’m always flattered when I’m recognized out in public.

I’ll treasure being trusted to provide impressions of motorcycles I’ve ridden enough to actually purchase motorcycles I’ve written about. I’ll hold dear the opportunities I’ve had to share my stories with you, knowing that the insights and experiences I’ve gained on motorbikes have been passed along to millions of you over the years and into the future. Your readership has kept me inspired through the years to maintain the quest for excellence at MO.

I hope you’ve relished the rides I’ve taken you on. It’s been my privilege to serve you and your appreciation of the world on two wheels. I’ll still be working within it, and I hope to see you out there somewhere around motorcycles.

Until we meet again, peace out.

Some Related Reading Highlights
Duke’s Den – My Favorite Wheelie Photos
Duke’s Den – Most Memorable Motorcycles
Kawasaki H2R 200 mph Review
Duke’s Den – Ride More!
Duke’s Den – Risk/Reward
Duke’s Den – Kids On Bikes
Duke’s Den – Father’s Day
Duke’s Den – The Joy Of Riding Slow-ish Bikes Fast
Duke’s Den: The WFO Nut
Duke’s Den – You Can’t Help Getting Older
Duke’s Den – Is Electricity The Savior Of Dirtbikes?
Duke’s Den – Motorcycle Riding vs. Car Driving
Exploring Lightweight Materials On Motorcycles
Serendipity Finding A Vintage Motorcycle: Starr-Crossed Lovers

  • Chuck Smith

    Best of luck in the new gig. You will be missed. Your reviews normally got a laugh or two out of me for all the good reasons. That isn’t a bad thing.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Well, if you have to move on, then best of luck to you. But I feel compelled to mention that thousands of people can produce videos for advertising but only a rare few can helm a motorcycle enthusiasts publication (online or print) to the level of success you’ve brought to MO. You’ve built a good team, but it has always seemed to me they hung together only because you were there to lead them (and keep them in line and playing nice). That leadership is a critical talent you provided, and I hope MO can find a way to replace it.

    Thanks for all the great content and memories. Ride safe.

    • Kevin Duke

      Thanks for your appreciation of my work! I always gave 100% effort to bring you guys the best motorcycle coverage possible.

  • B.Hoop

    I always enjoyed your perspective, and was glad to see your name on the by-line. You will be missed. Good luck in your future endeavors!

  • ADB

    Best of Luck. Godspeed.

  • Starmag

    I’m sure you’ll do a great job in your next endeavor because you’ve done a great job here. Who will be the next EIC to “Duke” it out with the manufacturers, advertisers, and other editors? Were you implying Evans?

    Sadly, you’re going to miss out on my future snark and bad puns. Or is that a bonus?

  • Alaskan18724

    Godspeed, Kevin. You’ve been a friend.

    • Gabriel Owens

      Same here, Ive considered you a friend KD.

      • Kevin Duke

        Thanks fellas. I consider that a huge compliment!

  • Born to Ride

    As I lay here, in a hospital bed with a shattered femur and more than 0% titanium content in my skeleton, I can honestly say that it saddens me greatly to read that one of my all time favorite Motorcycle journalists is hanging up his leathers. I wish you the best in all your future endeavors Duke Danger. Maybe you can pull a Dirty Sean and slip us a few guest reviews a year? Eh eh? You know you want to.

    • Starmag

      What happened to you?

      • Born to Ride

        My reflexes finally failed me. Got collected by a Lexus on the 91.

        • Starmag

          ♪Got collected by a Lexus on the 91

          I didn’t see it coming, but now it’s done

          I shattered my femur

          I’ve got titanium fever

          Got collected by a Lexus on the 91♪

          They say laughter is the best medicine. Get well soon.

          • Born to Ride

            You can play the bard at my weekly tabletop game night. Haha thanks man.

          • Starmag

            The Bard?

            All the world’s a canyon,

            And all the men and women merely riders

            They have their apexes and their exits

            And one man in his time rides many roads.

          • Born to Ride

            I can already hear the lute, serenading my ears in the background.

        • 12er

          With you in solidarity, no broken bones but bounced the Duc off a pole, lowsiding after a face full of brush from an oncoming trailer in my lane (I slid past said pole by 10 inches to the left). Who will take over the gratuitous Wheelie pic? The horror… Good luck Mr Duke and to you as well BtR.

          • Born to Ride

            I haven’t seen my Multi yet. Been in the hospital since Saturday. I’m pretty sad because I know the insurance man is gonna come and take her away. She’s not worth the price of her plastics. 😢

          • spiff

            Bummer dude. Good to hear your only temporarily benched .

          • Born to Ride

            Yes, I take great solace in the fact that I’m still a bipedal locomotivator. But my poor barely-broken-in Triumph will be sitting unridden for months now…

          • DickRuble

            There’s a few for sale of the same model in or near CA, with probably fewer miles on them than your old bike. You still have an intact femur and two tibias. You better buy all three bikes on Craigslist.

          • Born to Ride

            Lol, a bike for each good leg bone eh? I’m game. Hopefully I get a settlement that affords me a 3 bike budget.

          • Sylvain

            Sorry to hear about your crash.
            Like the surgeon made your bones even stronger, you can turn the Multi into a better looking naked custom like this one:
            http://jvb-moto.com/rocknroll/?page_id=38
            Wishing you a speedy recovery!

          • Born to Ride

            That is a surprisingly clean build. I wonder where he got that tank from. Thanks for the inspiration. 😉

          • 12er

            Sadly I watched mine being cabled up the hill, “she’s dead Jim…” Anyone work with any of the “Motorcycle Attorneys?” Now I need to fade out another aerostich to get my cred back.

          • Born to Ride

            Sadness. I think Ducati is still offering 0% financing on leftovers… you know what you must do.

        • Johnny Blue

          Wishing you quick and total recovery!

          • Born to Ride

            Thanks man. Doc said the surgery went great and he’s very optimistic about the results. Gonna miss the whole spring riding season regardless tho. Just gotta keep in mind that I could be missing ALL the riding seasons from here on out. What’s the saying? “Waiting makes the heart grow fonder”?

          • Starmag
          • Born to Ride

            Lol. That made me feel almost as good as a my dose of Dilaudid. Almost… =D

          • Johnny Blue

            I’m happy that you’re not thinking to give up! Many have abandoned riding for much less.

          • Born to Ride

            Fortunately my personality is hardy enough to weather the horrendous storm of shit I’m going to receive from every friend, family member, and acquaintance regarding my riding. The problem is that it’s been a near daily part of my life since childhood. I don’t know how I could NOT ride.

          • DickRuble

            Well.. not riding is like lying in the hospital bed, without the hospital, no sexy nurses, and no bed. Sometimes it involves walking.

          • Born to Ride

            What an unbearable hell. The horror… pure horror…

          • Johnny Blue

            I don’t see that as a problem, but as a blessing. I didn’t have the opportunity to ride until I was 30. I had a very late start. These days I ride almost every day and my short commute is the highlight of my day… rain, shine, or near freezing temperature.

          • Born to Ride

            Started when I 8 years old. Made it 18 years before I broke something. Lucky streak had to come to an end some time.

    • John B.

      Hey BTR, I am sorry to hear about your crash and injuries. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. If you need help dealing with the insurance man send me an email message and I will help you with your negotiations. I have spent many years brawling with insurance people and I may be able to help. Remember, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. My personal email address is: jbutrusj@gmail.com. Feel better soon!

      • Born to Ride

        Thank you very much. I’ll contact you directly. I could use all the advice I can get.

    • Old MOron

      As long as the doc says surgery went great and he’s optimistic, think of it as paying some dues and entering an exclusive club. Get well soon, Brudda.

      • Born to Ride

        Thanks Ol MO. I’m workin on it.

        • JMDGT

          WTFO? Get well soon. Is the bike OK?

          • Born to Ride

            I doubt it. I was going at least 50-60 when the Lexus crossed the line and slammed on the brakes. I came off the right rear corner of the car and slid down the middle of the freeway. Besides, like I responded to someone else, I don’t think the bike is worth the price of her plastics. And there were pieces all over the place.

          • Gruf Rude

            Left-turning nurse in a ’63 chevy got my femur way back in ’66. Docs did a good job and 4 years later I was third fastest 3-miler in my company in USMC boot camp. Do the rehab and you’ll be back in the saddle soon!

          • Born to Ride

            Thanks for the encouragement. I was under the impression that this injury is far more debilitating than it actually is. Unfortunately, I did have multiple breaks and one near the femoral neck. So there is a small chance that my femoral neck may die, which will call for a hip replacement if it comes to pass. But my Doc told me that before the surgery when he was all full of doubts, and afterwards he was basically high fiving himself in the recovery room. So I am maintaining my optimism.

          • JMDGT

            Just kidding about the bike. I am glad you are still with us. I only blew out my knee when last I crashed some forty plus years ago. Not even close to your injury. At least it wasn’t the Triumph. Sue their f¥€£ing asses off. Seriously, take care.

          • Born to Ride

            Thanks brother.

          • Larry Kahn
          • Born to Ride

            Lol I thought that was gonna be me. But evidently, I don’t need a cast at all. Go figure.

          • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

            yesterday as i pulled into my usual gas station(i was in my F-150) the lady in front of me decided she wanted to go there too,and cut right across my bow,my groceries went flying off the seat but i couldn’t help but think what if i’d been on a scoot?

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            Your groceries would be all over the road.

        • Mary

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    • Alaskan18724

      Bad news, man. Here’s to a quick return to normalcy.

    • DickRuble

      Sorry to hear that, kid. Lawyer up and speedy recovery.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Sorry to hear about your accident. We always think it will never happen to us and then it does. Sorry about your bike too. Hope you recover soon. At least we’ll see you more often in these comment sections. And keep that Triumph’s battery charged up.

    • Kevin Duke

      I’d love to join the old crew as a guest tester one day! And sorry to hear about your spill! Dunno if it’ll make you feel better, but perhaps a look at my Risk/Reward piece linked above might offer additional perspective.

      • Born to Ride

        Thanks Duke, I remember reading that piece when you originally posted it. My perspective at this point couldn’t possibly be better. I’m thankful that for one, I’m still here, and two I’m going to make a full recovery. That accident could have gone so so much worse that it sends chills down my spine to think about it. Every day from here on out is heaven sent in my book.

    • Mad4TheCrest

      Damn, sorry to read about your crash and the lengthy aftermath you face. At least as a young man ‘lengthy’ isn’t of the same order of magnitude as for us brittle, slow-healing geezers. Thank Heaven for small favors, ‘eh? Get well and back on two wheels soon!

    • James Stewart

      Crap! Well I did my Femur (and pelvis) is a single seat race car crash – and I don’t wish that joy on anyone. Hopefully they were able to fix it with a titanium rod and wood screw. I made them take mine out 6 months later – but then again I was young and stupid, and wanted to race some more. Hopefully you will now be driving a BMW M5 courtesy of her insurance company.

      • Born to Ride

        Haha I was thinking more like buying a Suzuki Bandit off the list of Craig and absolving myself of all student loans. But yes, a shiny new Porsche Cayman S would make my leg feel better for sure.

  • allworld

    Well without change, nothing changes. Good luck, and stay relevant.

  • Gabriel Owens

    Damn.

    • john phyyt

      Yep. The captain of SS Californian ; whilst looking for bodies from the Titanic is reported to have asked his first officer. ” Were you apprenticed under sail or steam” When informed “Steam” .. He said ” it makes you weak”..
      I think we are witnessing the departure of the final generation of Print Journalists. .. Those following are different . and; It shows..
      I am very saddened by your departure. I am sure that the void you leave’ won’t be filled just displaced.
      Missing you already. … Now turn around and walk out of here with your head held high. Don’t look back ..

      • Kevin Duke

        Thanks for the sentiment, John. The times they are a-changing…

  • SRMark

    Thanks for your contributions to motorcycling. I hope you enjoy your new work and excel at it.

  • kenneth_moore

    Good luck Mr. Duke. You will be missed.

  • Cami

    Thank you for everything you have done for us over the years. Your dedication and passion to the industry and followers is not wasted. I wish you the best in all future endeavors and look forward to supporting you.

    • Kevin Duke

      Thanks for recognizing my efforts! I’ve always cared deeply about doing things as well as possible for our readers!

  • Dootin

    Who is going to tell us the best bike for one wheel riding now.

  • Hugo Fonseca

    Uau… somehow i feel like I’ve met you. That I’ve been riding with you in the canyons for over a decade. You have that “thing” that makes a reader/viewer connect.
    All i can say is thank you for the ride and best of luck.
    We will miss you.

    • Kevin Duke

      To hear you say that it feeling like you’ve been riding with me is a huge compliment, thanks!

  • Jon Jones

    My best, Kevin. I’ve done some motojournalism in the distant past, and yeah, it’s too much work and not enough financial reward. Fancy press junkets don’t pay the bills.

    We’ll miss you.

  • Johnny Blue

    This is really sad and unexpected news. It feels like a family is breaking apart. Good luck on your new endeavors.

  • John B.

    Kevin,

    If you bring the same professionalism and passion to your next endeavor, you will be a smashing success. Your new colleagues are very fortunate to have you on their team.

    Thank you so much for your great work at motorcycle.com. I became a motorcyclist only 6 1/2 years ago, and I have learned a great deal about motorcycles and motorcycling from you. More importantly, I have come to know you as a man who cherishes his family, friends, and colleagues.

    Best wishes for success in your new venture.

    Sincerely,

    jjb

  • Old MOron

    “So, rather than risk stagnating on that perch, I’ve decided, with much consternation, to hang up my motojournalist hat.”

    You’re a thoughtful man, making a brave move. I’ll miss your MOronic presence.
    And while your words of wisdom have always been the “main event” in my opinion, the pics attached to this article are a testament to your riding skills and your style.

    Speaking of pics, I do believe you omitted one of your best – ahem.

    I suppose we’ll see you through those vids you’ll be working on, though we probably won’t know it. Hope to see you on the road someday, too!

    https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/4217/4451/original.jpg

  • Pete terHorst

    Kevin, you have been a stalwart in the moto-journo community for 20 years, if memory serves, and you have maintained a sense of integrity that is refreshing in these days of pay-for-play journalism. You will be missed but I am sure we will see your contributions in new ways and venues, because few of us are one-dimensional in our commitment to stretching boundaries. Best wishes to you and your family!

  • You’re welcome man… Good luck out there! Maybe I’ll see you on the inside…

  • Auphliam

    In saying this, I mean absolutely no disrespect to those that remain to carry the MOronic torch…but the place simply will not be the same without you. All the best to you on your next adventure, KD.

  • Alan Golightly

    Best wishes in the future; enjoyed your videos.

  • spiff

    Well, now you should have plenty of time to get that Ducati back on the road. Onward!

    • Born to Ride

      Right!? The 900SS needs some real love.

      • Kevin Duke

        And it’ll finally get some!

  • azicat

    Best wishes Kevin. I’ve followed your work since MO’s inception during the 1990s, and your efforts certainly played a significant role in my motorcycling life. Motorcycle media sounds like a fun gig, but also a tough gig for a daily crust. Well done for keeping MO alive through these changing times.

  • Chris

    Job well done and I hate to see you go. I’ve been reading this stuff for a long time now and you’re one of my favorites; good riding, good reporting, and good people. Nicely done and best of luck.

  • May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    • Isn’t it great that I would turn to plagiarism to wish you farewell! Ride on.

  • JWaller

    Good luck with your future endeavors. It’s been good following your moto-journalism here and at Motorcycleusa.com throughout the years. Don’t be a stranger here on the comments.

  • JMDGT

    Kevin, I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear of your departure. It is a real loss. I always felt it a victory when I received an up-vote from you. Your commentary has always been spot on. I wish you well good friend. I call you friend even though I have never met you. Again, I wish you well in all things. A sad day for MO.

    • Kevin Duke

      You got another “victory” with this one!

  • Rocky Stonepebble

    Hey, Dukie. From one Canuck to another, and one RZ500 owner to another, good luck, eh.

  • Thomas

    Take care Kevin,

    You were the best, the weirdest, the most! 😀

    I’ll miss you a lot. :-

    – Thomas

  • Matt O

    good luck, i’ve always enjoyed your rambling. you will be missed.

  • xplorguy

    Kevin Duke, you are leaving Moto Journalism! Say it isn’t so! I am older and I don’t like change. I have to tell you how much I have enjoyed your moto reviews over the years. Your style always seemed genuine and always brought a true sense of what it was like to be testing any style of bike. A number of times over the years I have asked questions or made comments and you have always come back with excellent incite and concern. Kevin, you have been the consummate professional in your craft. Godspeed and best of success in your new endeavors!

  • DickRuble

    Congratulations on the new job and welcome to the armchair rider side of things. I am sure that, if it was a voluntary move, you’ve considered all the pros and cons. We all have to grow up eventually and getting a real job is part of the process. If you thought riding three days a month was a bitch, wait till you get to ride three days a year. Feel free to post on this forum any time.

    • Mad4TheCrest

      I can’t wait for Burn’s ‘Whatever!’ column about this!

  • Barry_Allen

    You might be leaving motojournalism but you’ll never give up motorcycling.
    If for no other reason than this:

    http://motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/020818-hjc-cl-y-kids-helmet-f.jpg

    This site not only has the latest news and best bike reviews on the web, it also has the most humanity of any site that I read.
    Head Shake, Whatever!, Evans Off Camber, Skidmarks, etc., and of course, Duke’s Den are the postings that I most look forward to. It saddens me a little that there will be no more of the last one.

    Whoever the lucky stiff is who gets to fill your shoes has got one heck of a high level of standards to live up to.

    For your many years of service I say:
    You’ve made me laugh – Thank you.
    You’ve made me think – Curse you.
    You’ve made me dream – Bless you.

    Maybe now you can even get the El Camino back. 🙂

    • Kevin Duke

      Great post, thanks!

  • Starmag

    An article on A&R claims Sean is leaving also. Yikes.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Yes, that’s why his name was not mentioned in this article. They always cut from the top to save money, shortsighted as it may seem. All corporations do that including VerticalScope. Their website seems to be messed up as you can see here http://www.verticalscope.com/ (it is text only). Back in June 2016 their servers were hacked resulting in 45 million users passwords being compromised
      https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news/verticalscope-hack/#more-114482.

      • Mad4TheCrest

        Man, I hope A&R’s got it wrong and Duke isn’t leaving because VerticalScope is holding the door open and waving him out. I would be worried about the direction MO may go if the latter is true.

        • Kevin Duke

          I wasn’t waved out, thankfully.

  • Randy Darino

    I have enjoyed your writings/vids since I was a young guy.you have always been a supreme supporter of the sport and you will be missed.As I just have sold my 2016 ZX14,I too wonder what my next motorcycle journey might be.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Kevin, that is a shocker. Hopefully it wasn’t something I said. I take it all back 🙂

    Thanks for the good times! Join us in the comment sections when you can.

    And buy that Duke already!

  • Curtis Brandt

    Thanks for the great stories and hard work, Kevin. You’ll be missed. Best of luck in your new gig.

  • John B.

    We frequently discuss how to vitalize the motorcycle industry. Whatever panacea accomplishes that objective, I cannot imagine the industry losing its most talented journalists in their prime (or in some cases before then) will advance that cause. Lifelong motorcycle journalists like Kevin sell the sport to the public. One would think the well-heeled (conglomerate) manufacturers like BMW, Honda, and Kawasaki would recognize this reality.

    Troy, Tom, Kevin…. that’s a ton of experience and talent that walked out the door. Few ventures can succeed without talented and passionate people leading the way. What hope can we have for an industry that refuses to support its most valuable contributors. Kevin leaving the industry has curbed my enthusiasm for motorcycling. Most days, I only get to read about motorcycling, and it’s the motorcycle journalists who keep me connected to the sport when I cannot ride.

    Maybe I should take up ballroom dancing and get ahead of the curve. https://arthurmurray.com/

    • Old MOron

      Do take up ballroom dancing, John.
      Uh, but not at Arthur Murray.

      • Rocky Stonepebble

        … because he can’t really lead anymore.

        • John B.

          Oh yes I can!!!

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            I meant Arthur.
            😉

          • John B.

            Lol!

    • Kevin Duke

      “Kevin leaving the industry has curbed my enthusiasm for motorcycling. ”

      Wow, just wow! That’s a profound statement! Don’t let my departure let you moto love wane, JB! You love it too much.

      • John B.

        Even at this ripe age, I do not always express my thoughts clearly enough. Let me try again.

        My wife sometimes teases me that I have 100 hours of motorcycle-related reading, writing, videos, planning, organizing, maintaining etc., for every hour I ride. That’s hyperbole, but she makes a valid point.

        Much of the joy I get from motorcycling comes from thinking about motorcycling. When experienced and talented writers leave the industry it makes the non-riding part of motorcycling much less enjoyable, and the non-riding part is substantial for me. The motorcycling I love includes reading great articles professional journalists write.

        You leaving motorcycle journalism is like a dead canary in a coal mine. It means other talented people will continue to leave the motorcycle industry and the total motorcycling experience will be less than what it was once. Rest assured my love for riding will not wane!

        • Mad4TheCrest

          Damn, that was well said! I feel exactly the same, but could not put it into words so clearly.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Also Sean.

      • Mad4TheCrest

        Also Scott, from what Burns said in the comments to the Bagger test.

  • Shlomi

    Thank you very much for putting together the best publication in the book business! Goodluck in your new chapter !

  • Jens Vik

    Is this ship sinking? When that many journalists leave at the same time, it makes you wonder.

  • Rocky Stonepebble

    Dukie gone. Seanser out. And some guy writing about f*cking choppers.

    Think I’ll go back to Better Gnomes and Gardevoirs …

  • howard kelly

    Dang Duke…what about lunch?

    • Kevin Duke

      Still on!

      • howard kelly

        well you have my info…set it up Hollywood 🙂

  • StripleStrom

    I’ve enjoyed your writing from the beginning here on MO. As a guy in his early 40’s, I can understand the reevaluation of priorities and desire to move in a different direction. I wish you all the best and hope that you find satisfaction in your new opportunity.l

  • lowriderrjw

    Kevin, you’re the definition of a class act; you truly walk the talk. I’ve always been impressed with your knowledge and skills, and found you to be influential in your opinions. My excitement for the site updates that hit my email IN box each week just won’t be the same. I wish you the greatest success; you’ll be missed!

  • Patrick Callahan

    While I knew that eventually this day would come, especially after seeing both Tom and Troy leave, but I am wrecked!
    Kevin, you have been among my most favorite Journos for some time, with an ever present honesty and eloquence in delivering informative, meaningful content to my favorite hobby, sport, lifestyle.
    Good fortune on your future endeavors, and don’t be a stranger!
    Patrick Callahan
    Riverside

  • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

    best of luck in your new life! and if you happen to be motoring up the coast ,this is also the last weekend for the Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe on 5th St (Hwy 101) in Eureka,Ca.;stop by and say hi and bye to Bash,who has some beautiful bikes on display in his cafe…i think his ride is a KTM 1190…

  • Charles G Rouleau

    Wow. I’m a bit shocked… Thank you Kevin for all the years. Your words and enthusiasm will be remembered. Stay on two wheels my friend, and best of luck in your new chosen career. Cheers!

  • Fabian

    Well, thank you for the good work and good luck for the future.

  • lennon2017

    Bon voyage, KD. Mayhaps your pillion daughter will develop an interest in one day piloting her own newfangled motorcycling publication when she is licensed, and I do mean when, with Dad as the Andy Rooney of the enterprise. Never know!

  • BTRDAYZ

    Kevin, thank you for the great articles and all the times you took to answer my questions in the forums. It’s been a pleasure and I wish you well in your future endeavors.

    One last question before you go… DUKE’S DOZEN! Of the current crop of bikes, name your favorite 12 in no particular order!

    • Kevin Duke

      I’d need several hours to do this properly, but since I’m no longer paid to do this, I’ll spit out a few: Super Duke GT, Tuono 1100, Striple, Panigale V4, 1190 Adventure, FZ-07, Street Twin, Scout, K1600B, KLX250, GSX-R750, Sport Glide. Now, don’t hold me to it!

      • BTRDAYZ

        Nice list!

      • Rocky Stonepebble

        WHAT? No TW200 or AJS 125 Chopper? No wonder you’re leaving.

      • John B.

        Great list Kevin!

  • Old MOron

    “A regret I’ll carry with me is not having the opportunity to mentor Ryan Adams for a little longer, as he’s the epitome of what an enthusiastic 20-something can offer to the world of motojournalism.”

    True, that – even if he never did follow up on those boots. http://disq.us/p/1m6kmd9

    Oh well, hey Ryan, remember: do as John Burns says, not as he does!

  • elgar

    Thank you Kevin for all your time at Motorcycle.com. I have always thoroughly enjoyed and respected your opinions, professionalism, and perspective on all things 2 wheeled, for many years…you will be missed. Very best wishes to you in your new kingdom, Sir Duke!

  • Jon L

    You’re leaving?
    Oh bugger!

  • Craig Hoffman

    Was there for the early days of MO, when print was still King and the Internet was an exciting but questionable new thing, and there Mr. Duke was, in the beginning, with a struggling for respect not really invited to the party band of newfangled online moto journalists. They were members of a fad that clearly could never last, especially when the tech bubble popped, seemingly giving the naysayers about online everything the high ground.

    Of course time and Amazon have proven that online is here to stay and the new paradigm. In it’s way, MO is like the Amazon of moto journalism. The upstart that could never amount to much has amounted to much after all. Now MO is politely asked by manufacturers to please not run that new bike story just yet, so the others out there in moto journalism land who can’t keep up can play too. How times have changed for MO, from the uninvited red headed stepchild to a leader in moto journalism, a force to be reckoned with.

    Surely a good amount of credit for that goes to the leader, Kevin Duke. The weight of that leadership, as well as the burden of being in the public eye, compounded with the inherent insane demands of the job itself had to be heavy. Clearly, motorcycles are a passion for Kevin and for us too, the difference is he derived his living from putting himself out there and running an enterprise that tells us about them. It is a lot easier to simply go riding, and then sit here on a computer and to consume, to second guess the work, instead of actually creating it. How much greater it is to create the work, to give us all something to consider, learn from and talk about.

    It would be hard to not let the burden of all that suck out the simple joy, the fun, out of riding. The responsibilities and burdens were clearly borne by Kevin with a professional concern about the facts and getting it right, but also with the playful and fun personality of the man himself, a guy who is brilliant and clearly serious about his work, but does not get tripped up by taking himself too seriously. I really hope this transition, the lifting of the burden, will allow Kevin to breathe, to simply enjoy riding motorcycles, with no need to dissect and analyze, to report, just going for a ride man!

    Lots of well deserved praise in response to this story. Kevin did a hell of a job for a helluva long time here, and a lot of us noticed and took the time to express ourselves in this forum. It is but a small bit of gratitude we can offer in this format. If he was here, I would happily buy the man a nice dinner or, better yet, let him ride one of my spare dirt bikes here in Colorado. A lot more readers noticed too and did not write. The point is, the work was noticed and appreciated, which is more than most of us can manage in our careers.

    Well done Kevin, and all the best to you in your new endeavors. If you truly believe you have “done it all” in this post, this sounds like a good decision to me. As Red said in The Shawshank Redemption, “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying”. Upward and onward to new challenges then. Do “stop in” from time to time!

    • Kevin Duke

      It makes me proud to hear one of my readers so accurately lay down the situation! It shows that you guys are feeling the pulse of motorcycling, at least in part, due to your consumption of the media produced at MO!

      “Kevin is a guy who is brilliant and clearly serious about his work, but he does not get tripped up into the trap of taking himself too seriously.”

      I hope that (awesomely flattering!) statement is shared by more than a few of you guys.

      Colorado might be my favorite place in the USA. I’ll visit again. It’d be my pleasure to have dinner or go for a bike ride with you. Thanks again for being a great student of motorcycling!

  • RevD

    Many years ago Sean Alexander was the first person I remember leaving this place. I didn’t think it would ever be the same – and it wasn’t. Motorcycle.com grew and matured and changed. Never once stepping back, always moving forward. Some very fine talented people stepped in and put their mark on things and made it even better than I could have imagined. All these years later it’s still a daily read for me. Many writers, photographers, videographers and riders have graced these virtual pages leaving a treasure trove of articles, ride reports and reviews for the world to see.
    Kevin Duke took this publication where no one else could have, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Unfortunately, all good rides come to an end. This one’s over but another is in the works. The bars are in good, steady hands. There’s a million miles of uncharted territory ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new crew has in store for us.

    Thank you Mr. Duke for all you’ve done for the motorcycle community. Best wishes for your continued success in all you do. I hope you’ll come back every now and then to do a guest spot in some multi-bike misadventures.

    • Kevin Duke

      I’m proud to read your words, RevD! I treated this job very seriously, but I also endeavored to share the fun and joy of motorcycling – the reasons why we all still do it despite the risks and relative discomfort. I love riding a motorcycle, and I’m not gonna stop.

  • Tom

    DAMN IT!

    Kevin, I have spent countless hours enjoying the great content you brought to MO over all these years (and that “other” online pub back in the day as well). I’ve quoted you when talking to my friends about bikes. I understood and related to your reviews so much that I have made three motorcycle purchases because of your input. You have helped keep my passion for riding in a Sad New World that is more-or-less indifferent to motorcycling.

    Your departure is a huge loss for the entire motorcycling community. I know MO will soldier on providing great content and I will continue to be a faithful reader, but you’re taking a piece of her with you that just can’t be replaced.

    I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors, Kevin. Thanks for taking us along on all those rides. Be well.

    • Kevin Duke

      It’s wonderfully touching to hear about the impact my work has had on people like yourself, Tom! So much of the work I’ve done for MO has been behind the scenes and therefore uncredited. Feeling the sentiment in your words helps me realize that my efforts have been appreciated. Thanks for sharing them with me!

  • HazardtoMyself

    I go offline for a few days and this is what I come back to?

    Damn Duke, as you can see from all these comments you are going to be greatly missed.

    Well not as eloquent as many of the folks here, I’m sorry to see you go but wish you luck in your new endeavors. You have been a great teacher to me over the years via this site.

    Laatly whomever let you leave is a fool. What you have brought to this publication is priceless. I do however understand that at times it is just time to move on.

    Now as a side note to JB & Sean, don’t even think about it.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Sean is gone too.

      • HazardtoMyself

        Yeah, saw that rumor after this comment. Has Sean or MO actually confirmed it?

        Too much talent leaving far too quickly. I can only think of one other online or print publication where I even pay attention to who the writers are.

        As some of the others have said above, Duke and the rest of his crew have a way of making you feel like you are right there with them. This is a rare thing today.

        The guys at the top are making some big mistakes here, and I’m not sure it is something they can recover from.

        • Mad4TheCrest

          Burns confirmed Sean is gone in the comments section of the Bagger test. Said Scott is gone too.

    • Kevin Duke

      To be regarded as “a great teacher” is an honor to me. Thanks for your dedication to learning!

  • Patriot159

    Cue up Bob Hope singing “Thanks for the Memories”. Good luck with your future endeavors!

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Here’s an idea: Kevin, Sean, T-Rod and Trizzle start a new online motorcycle magazine (called RealMotorcycleOnline.com or RealMotorcycle.Online, both available). Motorcycle manufacturers already know and respect them and will give them bikes to review. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world already love them and will gravitate to the new publication making it an instant success. I know there is not much money in advertising so some sponsorship money will be needed. I think even a subscription model may work because many readers who already pay for print magazines would be willing to shell out (lets say $10 a month) to be a part of the new publication, making it a standalone and self-sufficient bastion of real and unbiased motorcycle information. Just an idea. I would be willing to help out with the web design and setup.

  • Vrooom

    Sorry to hear it! We’ve enjoyed all the great content you’ve brought us. MO has changed a lot over the years, I remember bemoaning the first redesign back decades ago. But it’s still the first site I hit every day. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication, and good luck in your new endeavor.

  • Lisa Glover

    I always enjoyed your perspective and the evolving website. I came late to motorcycles and tried to soak wisdom where I could… and came to understand the Sausage Creature lurking around every corner. Thanks for sharing your talents with those of us less so.

  • James Stewart

    Good luck Senor Duke – I now look forward to “powersport” videos that involve wheelieing Motor Homes, Riding Lawn Mowers, and Power Chairs.
    PS. Bonus points for cameo appearances by John Burns as the “Grumpy Old Man next Door”

    • Kevin Duke

      Wheelieing motorhomes… Niiiice!

  • RyYYZ

    Best wishes for you new endeavour, Mr. Duke. Your work has been appreciated. I’m sure that the life of a moto-journalist is not all glamour like it may seem from the outside. Like those new model intros, which involve 16 hour flights to the other side of the world, and then you’ve got a new bike to test, regardless of the weather.

  • Old MOron
    • Kevin Duke

      Ha ha!

  • Paul Russell Laverack

    Thanks for all the good articles and videos over the years, Kevin. It’s a funny thing about video – the viewers feel like we know you, as if you are a friend. You’ll be missed around here. I hope the next chapter of your career allows you the chance to grow with new and fulfilling challenges.

    • Kevin Duke

      I’m blessed to be considered as friends by so many. I’d like to have a beer and talk bikes all night with y’all!

      • Paul Russell Laverack

        Just a thought – if you named a SoCal moto hangout, and picked a date & time, I bet you’d draw a good crowd for a send-off from colleagues, friends, and fans. Maybe one of the comically-gifted from the staff of today or yesterday (Burns? Gabe? T-Rod?) could even do a roast – I mean, a toast. It’d certainly give the fans a chance to show appreciation in person for all you’ve given us, over the years.

  • Percival Merriwether

    I’ll miss you and your reviews tremendously! This is a sad morning.

  • ssdajoker

    A sad day, I’ve always loved Duke’s articles and his enthusiasm for the character of a bike. Any bike can be fast but Duke is always able to convey the smaller nuances that each bike has that makes up the soul of the machine. I can honestly say it wasn’t until I read some articles by the Duke I seriously thought about motorcycling. I’ve since enjoyed five years of riding. Thanks Duke. 🏍 💘😊👍 ♠