Has A New Look!

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

A complete revamp of your favorite motorcycle publication

Today, you have no doubt noticed that has a completely new look, but the bigger news is that this is significantly more than a new coat of paint. Behind the scenes for the last few months, the old MO was torn down, and a completely new platform was built in its place. So, while we are excited about the new look of the site, we’re stoked about what this opportunity provided us.

We’ve spent a lot of time working to make MO’s look and feel easy to read and pleasant to look at. Although we were fond of the old site, given how much time we spent on it, there is no denying that the layout was more than a little dated. Then there were things like the zombie legacy tabs in the menu bar that hung on way beyond their useful lives. The new layout should allow you to see what’s new and get on to reading the latest bike reviews. Everything from the desktop vs mobile page layout to the fonts should make it easier to gather the motorcycle information you come here for. Also, after many requests we’ve updated the galleries to take up less room on the page while still giving you full access to the images (and legacy-styled gallery pages are still available).

The next thing you should notice is that the site loads significantly faster. If you've spent any time here, you’re quite familiar with the Old-MO’s glacial load times. Thankfully the primary culprit, Wordpress, is fading back into the distance in our mirrors. Additionally, many of the features on the site have had new life breathed into them. The Specs page allows you to drill down to the technical information about the bike you are looking for, and unlike the old version, it is chock-full of the data you’re looking for. Similarly, MO’s search feature has been dramatically improved, delivering better results in a more visual format. Also, we’ve brought our comments system in house and finally jettisoned Disqus, but don’t worry, the old comments live on.

That said, with any update this large, there are gong to be hiccups along the way. If you find a problem, let us know. It’s likely that we’re already working on a fix, but if not, we’ll add it to the list. We think the whole MO experience will be better from top to bottom for you, our readers. Please let us know what you think!

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Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • BTRDAYZ BTRDAYZ on Apr 26, 2023

    The Facebook sharing "F" on the thumbnail for each article throws me off. Not sure if it's a article or something on Facebook. Leave the sharing icon within the article, but not on the thumbnail.

    Hate sponsored ads that masquerade as articles. Put ads to the side. I'm an IT guy and constantly train users to be careful of malware email trying to trick them into clicking on something they thought was one thing when it wasn't. Please stop mixing ads with site content, designed to look like site content.

    Need a quick visual way to identify the 5 newest articles. I see the newest is at the top of the site, but looking down the page, the other articles are not consistently listed in chronological order based on the date they were published.

    • Evans Brasfield Evans Brasfield on May 03, 2023

      I agree with your disdain for the F in each photo on the homepage and am trying to get it removed.

  • Les Blankenship Les Blankenship on Apr 30, 2023

    Using a tablet most of the time the new site is easier to read. Change is usually needed for ease of site maintenance with newer better software. Kinda like the different between a carb and FI bike, different, yes, better, imo, yes.