Whenever I first meet other motorcyclists and they find out what I do, they almost immediately say that it must be pretty cool to get to ride all the time. And I won’t lie. It is pretty cool, but there’s a lot of work associated with the job that most people don’t see. Most surprising to casual observers is the long hours spent in front of the keyboard that keeps us from riding as much as we wish we did. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes that you don’t see from your side of the screen. For my first MO Moto-Vlog entry, I thought I’d take you behind the scenes on a day-long video shoot where we spend an entire day just capturing the video for our quest to determine “What’s the best sport-touring motorcycle of 2017?

BMW S1000XR Vs. KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Vs. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

  • HazardtoMyself

    Awesome first motovlog. It’s cool to see what goes into these videos. Your production keeps getting better and better.

    Good to see you were able to get the prerequisite motovlog angry driver in there too. Now all you need are some angry over the top reactions to people pulling out in front of you a mile ahead, some aggressive mirror smashing and finally a pretend police chase or bike theft for good measure.

  • 12er

    Wow, I somehow missed the original piece, so thanks x 2.

  • Old MOron

    Same as 12er, I missed the original piece somehow. I must’ve been pissed off by all of the advertising or something. Anyway, that was some nice work. But Tom, you ignorant slut, Solvang is supposed to be a Danish town, not Dutch!

    Nice work on this one, Evans. And cool to see James. He’s a MOron, too, after all.

    • 12er

      I see I commented on it so I must have checked it out but for the life of me I don’t remember it. Good Piece too as I’ve been watching the reviews on the XR’s closely. On the GT they flaired the tank so my legs don’t fit so it doesn’t exist in my world any longer.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Evans, thank you for sharing. Looks like a lot of work. That’s why I didn’t apply for the MO opening. I knew it would be a full schedule with deadlines to meet, travel headaches, long hours in front of a keyboard, working on weekends, trying to get bikes, organizing rides. You guys do a fantastic job, better than any other motorcycle magazine (even the print publications) because you are thorough in your reporting and are more accessible to your readers. It is truly a labor of love. And you are helping the sales of the bikes you review.

    • Old MOron

      Aw shucks, I’m sure I would have enjoyed your unbiased and impartial reviews of anything Harley or KTM. 🙂

      • Sayyed Bashir

        No human being is ever impartial, except a robot.

        • Gruf Rude

          Heck, even robots have biased algorithms written by humans: “OK autonomous car, you are about to be involved in an unavoidable collision; should you steer for the MiniCooper or the Ford dually? Maybe less injury to your occupants if Mini, but less to others if dually . . . decisions, decisions!”

          • Sayyed Bashir

            What would the human do?

          • Gruf Rude

            The human who writes the algorithms will write (“do”) whatever his/her ethical biases dictate (or whatever corporate decisions on the question require him/her to write). Brave New World.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            No, I meant if you were the one driving the car in this situation, what would you do?

          • Gruf Rude

            My life choices have run to “Do the least harm”, (and my car has airbags everywhere) so I’d go for the truck.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Brave soul!

  • JMDGT

    The idiot that was upset that you had the nerve to be in the road, priceless. Artistic license or real world pompous assery? Only the video crew know for sure. Well done.

  • randy the great

    Cool video, Evans. I appreciate the behind the scenes look. One critique, the audio is very peaky and hard to listen to. It sounds like you’re yelling even with the volume turned way down. Not sure if there’s much you can do about it, just mentioning it.

  • Sentinel

    Ah that jerk! Some people just want to play “cop”!

    The scenery there is so beautiful. I had the opportunity to ride through there with my son on our way up north, and then back down the 1 through Big Sur. I’ve never seen more beauty in my lifetime than on the ride down the coast on the 1. I’m still recovering from the horrific collision that crippled and partially paralyzed me last year, but I hope to be riding again eventually. I can’t and do not want to imagine my life without motorcycling being a key part of it, as it has been all my life. As always, I really love and enjoy the work you do; stay safe!

  • IronE

    Just curious, has there been a change in management/ownership of MO lately?

    • Old MOron

      Why do you ask this, IronE? What do you see that maybe some of us don’t?

      • HazardtoMyself

        Does appear verticlescope has a new CEO as of a few months ago.

        They also reported growth in the digital segment and when content is free, I would assume all that revenue is from advertisers.

        Seems plausible a new CEO could be pushing the increased advertisements to further increase revenue. I’m ok with that myself as long as it doesn’t ruin MO and keeps the content free.

        I think we all see some of the more recent content appears geared to the younger YouTube crowd. Is it intentional or just a result of the younger new staff? Who knows, but as long as we keep getting the other great MO content I don’t care.

        To me though the aggressive driver scenario in this video seemed forced. I found it funny because I took it as making fun of the stereotypical motovlog. Maybe it was real, but to me it sounded like Evans was thinking, please don’t make me do this, please don’t make me do this.

        Brief new CEO info

        The digital ventures segment “continued to benefit from very strong year over year growth in adjusted EBITDA at VerticalScope,” Torstar president and chief executive officer John Boynton said in a statement.

        Boynton, who has a background in marketing, technology and business transformation, assumed the role on March 31 after the retirement of former CEO, president and acting Toronto Star publisher David Holland.”

        • Old MOron

          Thanks for the good info. I have noticed MO changing, but it didn’t occur to me to trace the changes to a new CEO.

          As for the changes, themselves, I don’t like them one bit. Yes, we still get great MOronic content, but we have to wade through moronic content to get to it. I prefer more signal and less noise.

          • HazardtoMyself

            I don’t really like it per say, but I think this is part of the new online world. Seems these corporations are no longer able or maybe willing to offset online content costs with printed content revenue.

            While I am no expert, verticlescope reported earnings of just over 5 million for the year. Considering they state that they operate over 600 websites, that is a very small number. With verticlescope’s parent company reporting a 25 million loss last year, I think these changes are unfortunately here to stay.

            More and more sites are either going to the ad heavy or pay to play model unfortunately. For now I will take a few more ads, and just hope MO can retain the remaining staff and continue to lead the field.

          • denchung

            Torstar has a new CEO but they’re an investor with a non-controlling stake in MO’s parent company; VerticalScope’s CEO is still its original founder (management bios here: http://www.verticalscope.com/about-us/management-team.html). The only recent changes we’ve had, really, are Ryan joining the fold and Tom and Troy leaving.

          • Old MOron

            Thanks for those details, DC.

          • HazardtoMyself

            Thanks for the clarity. Good ole news sites made it sound like Torstar controlled verticlescope and new guy was in to shake things up.

          • denchung

            Not really. Torstar’s been very hands off; we’re actually classified as an “associate business” rather than a joint venture or subsidiary, which means there’s a financial interest, but no actual control over how we operate.

            If you do see Verticalscope mentioned in Torstar news, that’s because we’re the only part of Torstar that’s showing solid revenue growth 🙂

  • Brian Wood

    Great perspective on the background of your videos. You didn’t mention the cool Vintage Moto Museum in Solvang. I recently stopped there just for the museum, but was also blown away by the scenery coming in from the south on 154.
    Also, I was wondering about how the drone is deployed and controlled, where is the person doing that?