Do you want to be a motojournalist at one of the world’s very best motorcycle publications? Motorcycle.com is seeking a new associate editor and you might have a shot at it if you possess and/or can do the following 10 things better than other applicants:

  1. Read and write the English language at a level sufficient to get your point across without making us spend all day editing it.
  2. Write at a level that would not cause your articles to be confused with something one might find in an ATV, Monster Truck, or WWE magazine.
  3. Operate a standard motorcycle in a semi-responsible manner without crashing.
  4. Possess the skills (or at least the aptitude to learn) to operate a motorcycle in close proximity to other riders/equipment at elevated speeds.
  5. Possess a motorcycle endorsement on a driving license that is currently valid inside the United States and possess a certificate or other proof of passing a DMV-approved or otherwise accredited motorcycle safety course.
Sportbikes, cruisers, ADVs, standards – we test pretty much every type of motorcycle here at MO!

Sportbikes, cruisers, ADVs, standards – we test pretty much every type of motorcycle here at MO!

  1. Be willing and able to host videos on the Motorcycle.com YouTube channel.
  2. Possess a flexible schedule and sufficient work ethic to frequently spend 14+ hours in a day testing, traveling, delivering vehicles, and taking notes about the vehicle(s) at hand. Not to mention sufficient work ethic to spend 8+ hours per day, most days, at your desk searching, researching, and writing about the latest bikes, gear, and news in the world of motorcycles.
  3. Possess a reliable truck sufficient for the pick-up and delivery of two full-sized motorcycles. (Tacoma, Colorado, Frontier, or larger)
  4. Do all of the above for modest compensation while residing in one of the most expensive places on earth (Southern California).
  5. Work as a trusted member in a team of highly experienced motorcycle experts who are frequently cranky, sarcastic and occasionally caustic… without losing your sense of humor.
 Part of the job will entail speaking confidently in front of a camera. You can do that, can’t you?

Part of the job will entail speaking confidently in front of a camera. You can do that, can’t you?

Perks: Steady pay and health insurance. Lots of motorcycles to test. Occasional travel to cool places where you’ll eat gourmet food and test exotic motorcycles in exotic settings.

Challenges: We really weren’t kidding about the hard work, long hours, and sarcastic teammates.

What to do: Send us your resume, cover letter and, ideally, a sample of you on camera to: Contact@Motorcycle.com.

  • Old MOron

    Oh no, is one of our current MOrons leaving?

    “We really weren’t kidding about the hard work, long hours, and sarcastic teammates.”

    We love you guys!

    • DickRuble

      leaving? ,.. no, just promoted so they can find someone who can actually do the job.

      • john burns

        we don’t really have the option of kicking people upstairs unfortunately, since it’s in Canada.

        • DickRuble

          Are you saying you’re part of a Canadian company and they don’t do that or that Southern CA is now just downstairs of the Canadian border?..

  • Mark D

    Brb, quitting my job, drafting an application, and trading in the E46 for a F-150.

  • JMDGT

    Uh oh!

  • I’ve been told I have a great face for radio. As to your ten qualifications, I have #1 and #2 handled. The others, not so much. I would be happy to edit copy from any of your contributors for spelling, grammar and syntax. “And that, madam, is behavior up with which I shall not put.”

    • Walter

      Well, you got the subject matter wrong; but I still doubt that more than 1% of the readers got the reference or who said it without looking it up. And maybe even less than that who knew that he may not have actually said it. Then again, if this is an older crowd (and therefore much more learned than the distracted generations that followed) maybe the percentage is consideraby higher.

      The actual (if it was actual) quote is actually more germane to the hiring issue and is a variation of “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

      I trust that I have fulfilled the quota for being sufficiently pedantic today LOL

      • I was close anyway. And yes, your quota has been met for today; you need to start working on tomorrow’s zingers. 🙂

        • Barry_Allen

          My favorite has always been his response to the first woman in parliament, (an American woman, no less, married to a Brit),
          who, when she said “Sir, if you were my husband, I’d put poison in your coffee,” he replied without hesitation, “Madam, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”
          (My entry in the obscure old farts club.)

          • Another trait WC and I share–the brilliant, immediate comeback. Of course, all of this is lost on readers, who are accustomed to my deliberate, plodding style of humor that gets there eventually.

  • Born to Ride

    Goddammit, now I have to quit engineering school in my last quarter. 8 years down the toilet…
    (no it doesn’t normally take 8 years, I enjoyed the wonderful California JC system prior to my Cal Poly tenure)

    • DickRuble

      8 years??? …you’d fit right in..

      • Born to Ride

        I knew you’d chime in. I graduated high school in the middle of the subprime crisis at the height of the recession. They cut half the catalog of courses from my Junior college, making it nearly impossible to get my core units. There were several semesters where I could only get into 1 or two classes. That fact, combined with the requirement of needing to take 5 sequential calculus classes(that’s 2 and a half years to finish right there) prior to transfer eligibility, lands you in Junior college for 4 years. I’ve been in engineering school for 3 years, about to get my degree, which is about average for my program.

        • John B.

          Congratulations! You will be glad you stuck with it.

        • DickRuble

          Sometimes… many times actually.. I wish i had stopped to smell the roses.. Wish I had a bike back in college… and time to ride it.. Maybe you got a blessing in disguise… At least you’re not a lawyer..

          • Born to Ride

            I could never have survived this program with my sanity intact without a bike. That I am certain.

        • Goose

          Whatever you did if you got into Cal Poly you did well. Great school, most of the engineering team at my job are Poly alumni, and not an easy one to get into.

    • Prakasit

      Congrats on completing your degree. I know Cal Poly engineering degree is highly prized. But I am biased.

  • DickRuble

    “Work as a trusted member in a team of highly experienced motorcycle experts ” — experts? what company is that? who are you hiring for?

  • Starmag

    A mature race-ready photogenic thick-skinned literate miser pickum up truck drivin’ comedian computer slave,oops, I mean “associate”? You MOrons are a rare breed indeed.

    • john burns

      must have own tools and be prepared to travel. No Irish need apply… owning a warehouse to store bikes is also preferred.

      • Starmag

        No Irish?

        • Tod Rafferty

          Knew there was a caveat.

      • An inability to quickly recognize life-threatening situations is viewed as an asset.

  • allworld

    Count me out…………. 🙂

  • Warprints

    Wait ! You pay someone to have such a cushy job? I’m sure you will be flooded with applications. I’d jump at the job myself, but just couldn’t deal with the gourmet meals aspect of your offer. I’m strictly a Five Guys Burgers and Fries person.

    • Bruce Steever

      This job is in SoCal. Better get used to loving In-N-Out.

      Or else.

      • Warprints

        Could you send me a few samples? Wouldn’t want to commit to the job if In-N-Out isn’t up to par with Five Guys.

        • Bruce Steever

          Tried to get you a sample, but the sample disappeared before i could package it. I’ve tried to repeat the process twice. I feel really full, and i think a nap is in order…

          I’ll let Mr. Bourdain take it from here:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4J1seTHAMU

          • Warprints

            Hmm. I’m supposed to put any credence in what a New York City guy says? Does he even have a driver’s license, much less a motorcycle endorsement?

        • roma258

          Are we going to pretend like it’s even a contest? Five Guys is a pale imitations of the real thing.

          • Warprints

            Hey, back up your claim by sending me a few samples !! Overnight express in a heated cooler should do. 🙂

          • roma258

            Unfortunately I’m stuck in Five Guys territory, just like you.

          • Warprints

            I think we need to arrange a road trip to sample these elusive In-N-Out burgers. Then we can write a story for the MOrons, maybe win a Pulitzer Price for journalism, and be shoe-ins for the job that everyone seems to be running away from.

          • roma258

            Maybe if I was 22 and didn’t have a 6 month old, wife, mortgage, blah, blah, blah…those burgers though…

        • Born to Ride

          5 guys is greasy, overpriced, and bland in comparison. I went to their grand opening in my town with my buddies, waited 45 minutes in line. Afterwards we went to in-n-out. Not even close. I suppose if I lived in some god forsaken place with no in-n-out, I would go there regularly. Swallowing sadness with every bite.

      • Born to Ride

        In-n-out is life. That is all,

  • I’ll have you know that WWE magazine is an outstanding publication.

  • Kimball Presley

    Dang It!!!!!

    I can do all those things very well except #9. Why oh why can’t my dream job be in Texas?

  • kenneth_moore

    If I only had a damn pickup truck…are you sure a Miata with a two-bike trailer won’t work?

    I guess I’ll have to continue providing my grammatically perfect prose free of charge here in the Comments section.

    • Bruce Steever

      “Comments” shouldn’t be capitalized, and most style guides call for a space after an ellipsis. I would also separate the first line into two complete sentences by capitalizing “are”.

      • kenneth_moore

        I’m sorry Bruce, but you’re wrong. “Comments” in this usage most certainly should be capitalized. It’s the proper noun Motorcycle.com used to name this section of their website. Not capitalizing in this case would be akin to writing: “Unfortunately bruce’s comments were in error.”

        • Bruce Steever

          Oh gods, if you really want to get into a “Who’s-the-Biggest-Lame-Pedant” contest, i guess i’ll need to get my typing’ gloves on…

          And, for the record, i believe this comment section is not formally labeled as such. Clearly, we’ll need to MO crew to upload their style guide for us to debate over.

          • Old MOron

            Of course anyone who gets the job will have to closely follow the MOronic style guide. Since we don’t have that, we have to try to infer. With that in mind, I looked at the top of the section.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca432391ef2c550c054414a9ca0b8b4089593e7016facd06e2edfa38d01f6808.png

            On the one hand, our MOronic editors did capitalize the word in question. This cuts in favor of kenneth_moore. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that “34 Comments” is not intended as a label. This cuts in favor of your argument.

            Since I’m the biggest lamest pedant, I would’ve called this the Disqus section.

          • Add “least commercially-inclined” to the list. Oh, and plagiarist, while you’re at it. 🙂

    • Items 9 and especially 8 disqualified me, too… I can fit a lot of stuff in the back of my Corvette (for what it is), but not 2 bikes; probably not even 1 Grom. And if I took the job, I could no longer afford the Corvette!

      Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – a practical Supercar
      https://goo.gl/photos/81qQnDw6CMVptnbZA

  • Bruce Steever

    Best of luck to whatever fresh-faced optimist fills this spot. You’ll quickly learn the cold, hard truth that the quickest way to become jaded AF is to get paid for what you used to do for free.

    That being said, it’s an incredibly rewarding job if you can keep your head on straight and stay safe. And MO is one of the better places to do it right now, AFAIK.

    Good luck y’all.

  • If only you were looking for someone OUTSIDE of SoCal… ’cause nothing in the ‘verse could get me to move there. 🙁

  • SRMark

    What if someone does something that irks me and I decide to remove his spine?

  • Michael

    Just hire Adam Waheed and be done with it … seriously

    • Old MOron

      What? No, please. His haircut is worse than Duke’s!