The Story: A fun piece making fun of ourselves and our friends by sharing some of our more embarrassing Instagram photos.
Why It Was Controversial: Among the community of Internet bikers, there exists a virtual allergy to the word “real” when it comes in front of the words “biker,” “rider,” “motorcyclist,” “badass bike bro,” etc. We think the point is that we’re all, “real people.” Unless we’re just figures of some elaborate fictional construct that is…
Our Take: That was the whole point we were making, you can stop punching your keyboard now. We’re real bikers too and there’s no harm in making fun of ourselves. Read It Now >>
The Story: Harley gave one of our readers an early test ride on their not-so-big new bike. We heard about it and asked if to review it for us. Braden did a great job doing so, netting himself an ongoing position as a freelance contributor. Nice one.
Why It Was Controversial: Well, it turned out that, while Braden’s review was fair and found many good points about the bike, there were also some negatives. Actually, a lot of them. See the above explanation about mentioning “Harley” in an article, then multiply that by world’s first review, months ahead of any other publication. Yeah. (And that’s not even half of the story. – Ed)
Our Take: Look, our job is to tell you the truth, not act as a mouthpiece for motorcycle manufacturers. Doing so is actually as American as Apple Pie or, more aptly, farming manufacturing jobs out to India.
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The Story: Jon Langston makes fun of fellow bikers, pointing out reasons why we don’t fit conventional “catch” norms.
Why It Was Controversial: You’re all single, it’s the holidays, and this one struck too close to home.
Our Take: There’s plenty of fish in the sea. Right now, the right girl/guy/Dakimakura is out there waiting for you to find her. Go get ‘em, tiger. Maybe post Heather McCoy’s follow up article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Date A Woman Who Rides A Motorcyle, to Facebook and see who clicks “Like.”
The Story: Have we gotten a world exclusive on every new electric motorcycle? Not quite, even if it’s beginning to feel like it. Turns out this one’s rather fast. Fast enough that it puts any gas-powered bike currently available to shame. Seriously.
Why It Was Controversial: Who are we? A bunch of tree-hugging hippies that want to rain on your foreign oil parade? Don’t we know that gasoline is the only possible way to make a bike go fast? (It’s not. – Ed)
Our Take: Yeah, it’s still got a fairly limited range (more than any gas-powered superbike’s tank range though) and costs an awful lot of money, but there’s simply no arguing that Mission has otherwise built a performance motorcycle that’s superior to gas in that most important metric: performance. Don’t believe us? Ride one. You will be converted, we promise. Read It Now >>
The Story: For an episode of the RideApart TV show, we delivered what we think is the most compelling pro-lane splitting argument yet made.
Why It Was Controversial: Would you believe that some motorcyclists don’t think lane splitting should be permitted? I was honestly shocked to find that out. Reasons range from it being scary, to just not understanding the facts.
Our Take: Lane splitting is the single most compelling pro-motorcycle argument on the planet. We (yes, you and I and our leather clad friends) hold the power to solve congestion, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and to sleep in and still get to work on time. All we need to do is get lane splitting legalized across America, it’s the single greatest factor standing between motorcycles and mainstream acceptance as a superior form of transportation. Read It Now >>
Not bad for eight months online… Eh?