|MoJazz @ 2|
MoJazz turns two this week. MotorcycleJazz.com was launched on January 14, 2008 (a day that will live in infamy) but wasn't completely public until the 19th of January. I really want to acknowledge all of MoJazz-dom for your tremendous encouragement and support. I can think of a lot of fancy things to say but the best is simply thank you.
In our first two years we've attracted over 50,000 visitors from over 120 countries around the world. MotorcycleJazz.com is in or very near the top ten of most search engine rankings for all relevant searches. We get numerous referrals from Google, Bing, Idaho Trail Riders, Facebook, Advrider and DixieDualSport. Our audience is eclectic. One night last fall I came home from work at the University and checked the site traffic monitor to discover that users from Hanoi, London, Paris, Bozeman MT, Naples FL, Seattle WA and my little hometown back in KY were viewing content on the site. It's all very groovy.
I particularly want to thank my friend and riding partner Daniel Colvin for his help with MoJazz. Also Steven Verschoor, Dan Dale and Alfonse Palamia - MoJazz contributors. The pay sucks but we are sure having fun.
Last year I predicted that the MoJazz forum would finally come into it's own and it has. Now, as then, the great thing about you, the MoJazz faithful, is your intelligence. I read most motorcycle web sites and cringe at the posing, preening and pissing (the latter often putting me in a mind to visit some web denizens à la Jay and Silent Bob). But MoJazz readers are smart, funny and understand our wise-ass take no prisoners but serious when appropriate take on the world of motorcycling. Perhaps the greatest complement that I can personally bestow on anyone is that I believe that they possess the ability to appreciate subtly. MoJazz readers have that ability in spades. All of you "get it."
I have dreamed of running my own ezine ever since the days I was a senior editor at Motorcycle.com. I learned a lot there about motojournalism from some really smart people there - most importantly perhaps, the value of having fun with it. I will never forget the good times I had working down in LA with the Motorcycle.com family. I remember one night, in particular, riding back to Torrance from Buttonwillow Raceway after a literbike test on bikes that there was no room for in the transporter (a Honda CBR1000RR, an Aprilia Mille, and a Triumph Daytona 955) tired as hell after a full day on the track lane splitting down the 405 at around midnight. I will never forget how much fun that was.
I am a professional fun hog and have been my whole life. I have always had fun with motorcycles and I hope that I always do. Even when I am walking way out of someplace remote, in the rain, because my dirtbike is out of gas (or attempting to bump start a recalcitrant thumper that has just been dunked in the only river in the middle of a large, hot, dry and very remote desert) I am still having fun. One day you are going to be dead a long time - and I have no intention of wasting any of my time above ground whining when we live in a world where the skies are blue, women are beautiful and motorcycles go really fast.
I am the luckiest person that I know. I have the world's greatest son (who likes bikes as much as I do), my day job is the shazz, I live in paradise, I have a shop full of motorcycles, my friends are the best and I get to hang out with the likes of MoJazz staff and friends. It's all very groovy.
So here's to another year of great rides, great fun and great stories. Say hey on the forum when you have time. We'll see you out there at Willow Springs, on the Tour of Idaho, in the Mojave or somewhere else. Stay tuned on the forum for info on our Tour of Idaho open rides this summer. Also, if you have any spare change, please be sure to donate to the Brad Allen Scholarship fund (even a few bucks helps).
Have a wheelie nice year.