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Know what’s awesome? Motorcycles. Know what’s not awesome? Trying to research or shop for one online. RideApart wants to fix that. We want to have a conversation about bikes with today’s consumer in the same way we talk about gadgets or clothes or cars. So here you go. Welcome to RideApart.

What’s all that mean? The ability to compare motorcycles side-by-side based on the specs that matter to you. Objective reviews that put you, the consumer, first. Real, substantial data and information that you can actually use to make legitimately smarter decisions. Content that doesn’t just speak to the inner circle, but involves, informs and entertains everyone else, too. Bikes will change your life for the better; RideApart tells that story.

This first iteration of our product brings the ability to research comprehensive data around new motorcycles, 2009 to present, organizing and prioritizing them by which sets of data are most important to you. You’ll find that functionality in our buyer’s guide, but we’ll also push it through most of our content.

That content is going to focus around informing you too. How do you keep your bike running? How do you fix it if it’s broken? Which new bikes do what they say they’re going to do, are best for getting around on and represent the best value? What riding gear will keep you safe, keep you dry and keep you looking good, at the right price?

A lot of you are going to be coming across from Hell For Leather too. That’s RideApart’s new lifestyle property, responsible for telling the story of what makes motorcycle awesome. Adventure, experience, risk taking. You’ll find that content on RideApart’s front page.

For the first time, we also want to involve the riding public in a conversation around cars. More than just the proverbial “cages,” the reality is we use them every day to haul our bikes, take us to the track, the dealer, the campsite or the trailhead. Which vehicles do that best? Which can get you there with the most gear, for the least cash? Which aren’t going to bore you to death in the process? DriveApart will answer those questions.

So who’s bringing you RideApart? We’ve assembled a ragtag team, largely from outside the motorcycling mainstream. Jon Alain Guzik brings years of experience from consumer automotive and the world of Big Data and technology. You all know Wes, largely because he created Hell For Leather and writes about bikes for magazines like Playboy. Sean used to be a special needs teacher and now makes sure we don’t break ourselves doing dumb things. Tim spent years behind the curtains of the auto industry, harboring a secret desire to cruise off into the sunset on a Harley. You can read more about everyone on our About page; we’ve all been drawn together here by a shared desire to push motorcycles into the mainstream.

And, the best part? This is just the beginning. More functionality, more products, the next season of the show and much more are all in the pipeline, you’ll be seeing them roll out over the next weeks and months. Welcome to RideApart, let’s ride.

  • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

    Sure, read the motorcycle content that’s all over the front page.

    • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

      That’s not what I mean. I’m using an RSS feed to get new content as it’s updated- will there be any tags or any other way to ignore content that doesn’t have anything to do with bikes? Or even better, an RSS feed specifically for motorcycle articles?

      • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

        Sure, RideApart.com.

        • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kellie Stephen Kellie

          lol, shut down

          • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

            lol, sold out

        • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

          Not sure if you don’t know what an RSS feed is, or if you’re being intentionally unhelpful.

        • Miles Prower [690 Duke]

          Your Feedburner RSS feed for rideapart.com still has all of the car/SUV/trailer/etc content.

          Can you please supply a separate RSS feed for moto-only content?

          • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

            We pushed a lot of DriveApart content out yesterday while getting the site finalized, so there’s just a bunch of it in RSS now. Typically, the main feed will be mostly bikes. But yeah, good suggestion for creating individual feeds for each section in addition to the main one, I’ll add that to the list.

  • Isambard

    Certainly looks a lot better than it did earlier this evening!

    If you’re really going to “involve the riding public in a conversation around cars” then I hope you know you’re going to have to quickly improve the bland, badly-written car content A LOT over what you’ve posted on driveapart so far. Jalopnik learned the hard way when it got too “beige.”

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      We realize that. I don’t think anyone’s ever had a problem with anything I’ve written about cars and, running RideApart’s content, we’ll grow the car stuff into something much more substantial. Just had to get up and running first.

      • Isambard

        Good to know. Given that most bikers would probably rather spend their cash on motorcycles and gear than trucks, it would be good to see some advice on buying haulers used and cheap, in addition to the reviews of $30k-plus rigs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    There really isn’t a usable database of motorcycle data/reviews. I’m hoping that you can pull it off. It’s looking great. I like that you still have the HFL as a section. Also… Fuck Cars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583657548 Matt Sargent

    Few of Qs. So HFL is “dead” as a separate site now, right? How’s about a “Features” and maybe “Racing” menu option at the top to filter the how tos and other unique content? Rideapart should have its own, separate youtube instead of being mashed in with all the drive content, no?

    Things are looking good so far. I hope that HFL attitude, that I may or may not always agree with, continues to shine through!

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      HFL is now free to grow what made it so good in the first place: original feature content. You’ll find that on RideApart’s front page.

  • Jay Shalaty
    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      RideApart’s content is now managed by the guy that made HFL’s content. Me.

      HFL is about adventures and risk taking and, as you suggest, creativity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SashaPave Sasha Pave

    Congratulations RideApart team!

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Thanks Sasha.

  • Mark Desrosiers

    They couldn’t have come up with a better term for HFL than their, “lifestyle property”? Visions of Ducati branded espresso makers…
    Anyways, congrats on the site/layout. I hope there are as many gear reviews as bike reviews. They tend to be way more interesting, and people are way more apt to plop down $300 for a nice jacket than $12k for a new bike.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Yeah, I hate that word, but we’ve gotta play to the media and motorcycle industries as much as we do to our audience with an announcement like that and “lifestyle” is a technical term understood by those worlds.

  • JP

    Why does every motorcycle get a RideApart rating? Can you give us some details into how that is determined? There are ratings for motorcycles that haven’t been ridden yet. I guess you can make assumptions based on Make, parts, etc.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      It’s part of how the data is organized and how you search through it. Yes, there are bikes in there that haven’t been ridden yet (ie CBR500R which we’re riding in a week or two), so I’ve just plugged in what I think is a good guestimate for now. Remember that this is a living data table and it will become richer and alter over time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryu.hyabusa.754 Ryu Hyabusa

    I hope you guys plan to link to the actual reviews for the bikes rather than linking to a tag search for that bike. That’s a great way to get me to go somewhere eLse that I don’t have to sift thru 500 articles tagged Ducati just to find one review.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      we’re doing our best to pump out as many reviews as we can so we can start doing more of just that. in the mean time, it’s a good place to start for more information.

  • Jason M

    Goodbye HFL. The King is dead. Long live what’s left – The Kneeslider, Faster and Faster, Motorcycle USA. Motorcycle.com and Motorcyclist etc. Well, I guess we’ll make do with those… :-((

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      give us a few weeks to collect ourselves before you declare us dead :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryu.hyabusa.754 Ryu Hyabusa

    Also this site looks like a sparkly turd on my iPhone 4 with Chrome. 1/4th of my screen isn’t quite enough.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      thanks for the tip, it’s definitely something we’re focusing on this week