Top 10 Photos

We get to travel a lot more than most people, and one thing I think anyone who travels around these United States will agree with is: You never know what kind of weird thing you might discover just around the next corner. Take this gas pump sitting in a field that we stumbled onto during our 2014 Heavyweight Sport-Touring Shootout. We were following a route that I’d created online and then transferred to my GPS, and we rode into a valley to discover this gas pump surrounded by unsquashed vegetation that made us think that the pump hadn’t been used in years – despite being in good condition.

This provided some much needed levity after a long, particularly tough section of crumbling, broken pavement – so broken, in fact, that we discovered later that we bent the FJR1300ES’ front wheel – which had E-i-C Duke proclaim, with absolute certainty, a line that became an instant MO staff classic: “I’ve never been here before, but there’s got to be a better road than this to take us where we’re going.” (There were other roads, but most of them were completely dirt as we traversed this section of National Forest.)

2014 Heavyweight Sport-Touring Shootout – K1600GT Vs. Concours14 Vs. Trophy SE Vs. FJR1300ES

  • john phyyt

    Kudos. Great shots .

    Wish 92nd St ( my favorite) wasn’t photoshoped, but honesty on the internet, is, to be applauded.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Yeah, I know, but having the sign that much taller really ruined the composition and deemphasized the bike too much.

      • TC

        You’re not reporting the news, Photoshop away! The camera doesn’t always see what the eye sees.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Evans, picture #1 third line: “tougher” = “together”.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Thank you, sir!

  • Jon Jones

    Fine work.

  • Old MOron

    8: Adverse Conditions
    Good on you, Evans. Thanks for bringing us such good shots.

    2: Pushing Limits
    I think this is my favorite. Might be because it’s one of the last ones I saw, though.
    How did you get the road and motorcycle to look monochrome? Cool.

    1: Machines and People Who Love Them
    Do you mean for John to take one step forward and fall of the cliff?
    Ha ha ha!

    • Evans Brasfield

      The indirect light from the sky during and after sunset is actually quite blue, giving the gray of the bike and road that monochrome cast. Also, Lightroom allowed me to bump up the saturation of the reds and yellows to make the backlit trees glow more intensely. The unusual color of the double yellow gives this trick away, but you really don’t notice unless you’re looking for it.


    It takes a lot more than people realize to get a great photo. As much as they might look like nothing special knowing what is behind their creation highlights just how special they are. A reflection of a job well done. Carry on.

  • SRMark

    Evans, I like your mention of luck. It can be discounted by some but you have to put yourself in the position to be lucky. Thanks for the tips and insight.

  • Kevin Duke

    Proud to have such an excellent shooter as part of the MO team, Fireball! We’re lucky to have you!

  • Michael Howard

    Sir, you have a way with words and the eye. Thanks.

  • kenneth_moore

    Very nice work. The LA River shot with the green Kawi and blue Suzy is my favourite.

    How did you get this job? It’s probably not something you get a degree in (B.A. in Art?). The story about how you arrived at this place in your life and career has to be interesting.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Condensed version: Undergraduate film school, worked in film industry as an electrician, decided to find a job that didn’t require carrying heavy things all day, went to grad school with the plan of being an English teacher, couldn’t get a class to teach one semester, friend who I I taught motorcycle safety with told me of a job opening at a moto-mag, and twenty years ago, in the space of 48 hours, my life changed in a way that I never could have anticipated.

      Oh, and thanks for the kind words.

      • kenneth_moore

        It’s funny how that works. I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science thinking I’d be a lawyer. At the graduation ceremony my best friend’s Dad offered me a job at KSC on the upcoming Space Shuttle project, and I’ve spent my life working with computers and data networks. It’s been a good career, but it wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d wind up doing.

  • Joshua Placa

    That’s some nice shooting’ there, hub.