Motorcyclists put their fellow riders first. We don’t pull over to help a rider on the side of the road because we expect to get something back. We stop to help him or her because we can help. We stop to help because we have each other’s backs. We stop to help because that rider is just like us, and and we’re all in this together.
For 9 years, YouMotorcycle has served up over 2 million how-tos, walk-throughs, news, product reviews, and motorcycle reviews, to over 1 million riders from all around the world.
For the most part, it’s been the work of one man and his dog. I want to keep doing this for another decade, but the pup, the server, and me (the man behind the keyboard) could use some help.
To turn back the hands of time and keep this site growing, I’m starting a Patreon page. You can visit it here. It’s perfect for those who can and would like to contribute. For those who haven’t heard of Patreon, here’s a short video that explains what it’s about:
- Patreon is a method of crowdfunding that lets you donate a couple dollars per month to support digital creators.
- Your sponsorship gets you some value and some input as well. Example: My sponsors are able to get on a call with me to chat and let me know what topics I should cover, or what questions I should answer, in my next post or video. In the future I’m hoping to add more kick-ass perks for my supporters.
- Your support goes directly towards maintaining and developing the site (I’ll explain further down this page)
- You can cancel at any time.
Mainstream motorcycle publications turned my stomach
YouMotorcycle was started in 2009 in a cold, damp, basement apartment. My doggo was still a pup back then, and we huddled together for warmth while thinking about motorcycles 24/7.
I never tried to get big corporate sponsorships for the site because working in the motorcycle industry taught me that when motorcycle manufacturers opened up their advertising budgets they expected positive reviews. Unfortunately, magazines and other publications would give in to them. If you paid enough you were guaranteed a solid endorsement of your next test ride vehicle. It made me sick. I lost all faith in motorcycle publications.
So I kept the site very small, and very indie.
Why use Patreon? My goals:
The thing is, there’s only so far you can go, and so much you can grow, with a very limited budget from very limited revenue. There are three main reasons why I want to turn to crowdfunding:
- A better server: YouMotorcycle is reaching about 1,000 motorcyclists every single day, and our server is crawling at times. It’s taking visitors 10-12 seconds to load a page. A lot of people simply leave part way through, which hurts the site in the search rankings. Sometimes, especially the back-end of the site, feels like trying to ride a 250cc with two seized brakes. We gets hit with dozens of hacker attempts that our current web host doesn’t proactively block. We need a better host, capable of handling our traffic.
- The growth in video: More and more new motorcyclists are turning to videos or vlogs, rather than articles or blogs. And why shouldn’t they? High speed internet is now in everyone’s hand, and videos can often do a much better job of showing, teaching, and explaining things than the average article can. I want to turn my best how-tos and informative articles into videos aimed at helping riders. That’s taking investment in the right equipment and software.
- A second author: This site really needs a second author, and maybe even some support staff, to get more helpful and interesting content out to riders, offer a different perspective from my own, and to keep things running smoothly. To do that needs some investment.
You can see more about my goals on the left side of this page.
I want my supporters to also get some value from their pledges, which in essence means three things:
- Access to me. Let’s talk. Not just in the comments or by email, but let’s schedule a time and date, and I’ll call you up, and we’ll shoot the breeze on bikes, your questions, whatever.
- Your input in content creation, specifically, what topics or themes you want to see the site address.
- Some other little perks like gifts to you guys that I’ll pay for out of my pocket.
My ultimate goal is for you guys to feel like this site is your community, and we’re part of a family that helps each other out.
I’m making some promises to you guys and they start at $20/month. Keep in mind, that’s a combined total. Meaning if twenty of you chip in $1/each, we’re at $20!
- At $20/month in sponsorships I’ll move us to a better web host
- At $50/month I’ll start making more videos aimed at helping motorcyclists
- At $100/month I’ll bring on a second author and/or some support staff
If you want to support YouMotorcycle, sign up and become a patron here. Your pledge can be as little as $1/month. Every bit helps, and if even one person donates I’ll probably do a freakin’ back-flip with joy to be honest.
PS: I’m going to try to offer a special early-bird reward for the first 10 patrons. I’m just looking into how I can make that work for an international audience. Details to be determined, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to make a pledge!
And above all else, thank you, even if you aren’t donating but you’ve left a positive note, given one of our posts a thumbs up, shared a story with a friend, thanks. The love I get from you guys is awesome!
Adrian and BikerPup
We’re looking to share the stories of men and women riding motorcycles all over the world. We want to hear and see where you’re riding, and answer all of your questions. Let’s make a big world a whole lot smaller, one ride at a time.
Click here to send us your story or ask us your question.
Hi Adrian (and Superdog!)
If all went well, I just joined the Five Dollar band for you! Outstanding value!
Mitch! Thanks so much! Well, in advance, because it looks like it didn’t go through, so maybe give it another shot or shoot me an email if you need a hand?
Ironically, within about two hours of posting this article the site went down for a couple minutes due to “inadequate server resources” … *grunt* – hoping to change that real soon :)
Ooops! Forgot to hit the CONFIRM button! All done now!
Mitch thanks so much! Just shot you an email.
Also thank you to the two others folks who’ve already put in $1 each! It’s getting there!
From small Acorns, hearty Oaks do grow!
I love reading Youmotorcycle and would be very happy to contribute. I went to the sign up but the country selector does not seem to work. I live in Denmark but do retain a US checking account. If you send me your postal address I will send a contribution in US dollars.
I just signed up as a “Friendly Stranger”. I’m happy to support your efforts as I’ve enjoyed many of your articles and look forward to seeing more original content that has not been molded by the industry.
Best of luck going forward,
Vince! Thanks so much! Just shot you an email!
Can I just add something here? Without wishing to seem “Patronising” in any way, your average monthly motorcycle magazine, biased toward its sponsors as it undoubtedly will be, costs MORE than supporting YouMotorcycle per month. Personally, I stopped buying bike mags a few years ago as they were getting decidedly “samey”. YouMotorcycle has NEVER been guilty of that!
Thanks to Adrian and BikerDog, this is OUR magazine. So go on; go in for a bit of “Patreonisation”!! “Because we’re worth it!” (Sorry, advertising slogan slipped in!)