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Hey Gabe, how come I didn't get any f*ckin' adjectives! I FAXed in my request for press credentials on time and everything too!



Is it because I'm too fat and slow?





Slothfully yours,



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In a violent campaign to out-hyperbole each other's hyperbole, moto journalists have reached a hyperbole critical mass in which no more hyperbolic adjectives or adverbs can be concieved.



Top motojourno officials are considering a desperate, last-minute switch from cliche hyperbole to "ridiculously vague metaphors" to fill the gaps between re-hashed manufacturer press-release marketing jargon in their "articles". Mitch Boehm was "perched atop a motorcycle, rather than sitting in it" and therefore could not be reached for comment.
 

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Now if only they could lend a few new adjectives to the automotive press.



It seems that every new sports car has a "sonorous" exhaust note, "handles back roads with aplomb", and features greatly increased "torsional rigidity".



Now let's see if MO refers to the next aggressive sportbike's ergos as a "torture rack" with a "plank" for a seat. I gotta say the Mitch Boehm comment cracked my ass up...





No seriously, it's got a big crack in it. (_|_)







-=Goggles=-
 

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This just in....

In an extraordinary show of unity between moto journalists, the editors of BIKE magazine are considering sending a delegation to Los Angeles to teach the use of "negative" words to the magazine community. The journalists in attendance will learn how to convert mealy-mouthed phrases like "The helmet lock can be a little difficult to use" to a more accurate description, such as "The bloke who designed the bloody helmet lock ought to have a full face shoved up his arse." Phrases such as "the suspension uses components of moderate quality" will be changed to "on rough pavement this bike rides like a hobby horse being piloted by a four year old on a triple dose of amphetamines." Journalists will also learn how to block out the whines and moans coming from the ad sales department.

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Eclectic sarcasm, let it flow!

Great piece!

It whom it was directed to, I would take no offense, but with a gram or two of salt and go on.

A little free speech like it or not, and pay your dues and you can do it too!

Keep up the good work MO writers and MOFO’s.

 

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In all seriousness...

... Gabe brings up a good point. Writing a motorcycle (or automotive) piece is a lot like writing a love song. It's really all been said before, which makes it extremely tempting to just get lazy and regurgitate the same crap, cash the check and go buy some beer. The handful of original voices, such as John Burns, who bring a distinctive style and point of view to their work are all too few and far between. It ain't easy folks. But it sure does help to have readers like Gabe pitching in and bringing a DIY approach to the situation. Frankly, I almost always enjoy the wild and unruly reader feedback food fight at MO more than the "professional" print zine's unending buffet of lockstep dogma.

Hey, maybe our new slogan should be...

MO: The kaoroke machine of moto-journalism

Catchy, no?

Domo Arigato,

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All I want for Christmas is a Bike Review.

OK guys, I am getting withdrawls. How many weeks has it been since the last shootout or even a review? I miss those great photos, videos. But most of the all the hard hitting, wheelie popping reporting that can only come from MO.
 

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Re: In all seriousness...

I got a good lesson in that last week riding and then writing with you guys...it IS really hard. But I think writing honest impressions of the bike you rode, from a layman's perspective, is what the readers really want...as long as they feel you rode it as hard or harder than they ever would.

If this is Karaoke, I'll sing Billy Paul instead of Johnny Cash...
 

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Re: All I want for Christmas is a Bike Review.

Sorry KP, we've been too busy reading AL Gore propaganda, to actually do any REAL riding, writing or working around here.

Seriously.... Look at the time-spamp on this post. Fonzie and I are here burning the (post) midnight oil to wrap-up a major 5-bike comparo. - Sean
 

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Quick ... hide the high-quality writing !

I say postings like this are very dangerous. We risk letting the general public know that motorcyclists can read, write creatively -AND- use computers. It could ruin our image.
 

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Re: All I want for Christmas is a Bike Review.

Just remember Sean, your hard-hitting reporting will only receive praise if the results come out how KPC wants them to. If not you're nothing but a shill for the advertisers.

God-forbid you dare enjoy riding a Harley-Davidson product.
 

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After 100 years it gets a bit difficult to find new things to say about motorcycles. Every year they get better and faster in small increments, but the supurlatives stay the same.



The thing is that it isn't the words, adjectives, adverbs etc. that count in good writing. It's something else that makes good writing and I won't bother trying to say what it is.



So why this little piece is quite entertaining, good writing, I don't take the concept to seriously.



 

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Re: Quick ... hide the high-quality writing !

Between the accountants with armchaps on big twins and the sportbike mafia, all clad in shorts, sandals and T-shirts, our "reputation" is unassailable.
 

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That's good because the UN is going to recall all the vowels and send them in an emergency relief package to the Balkans in response to a plea by Croatian Foreign Minister Zbgnw Gknwrcz.
 

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Pah! I say, pah! to your bleeding-heart handouts.



This requires a free-market capitalist solution, an approach which has brought more happiness and prosperity to humanity than any well-intentioned but ultimately misery-prolonging redistribution of resources.



Someone needs to lure British motojournalists to America and put them to work on a new motorcycle mag. American writers will be exposed to edgy, irreverent, expansive and entertaining moto-reviews, and will be forced to compete. Those who cannot adapt will die.



Free-market capitalism rocks. Anyone who disagrees should be shamed into ceasing their parasitic enjoyment of the fruits of the system and ride Urals instead.
 

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Do it. I am SO tired of american moto-pubs. Twistgrip tried it, but was made a pariah by the advertisers. Only online can REAL moto-attitude survive.



Go illeagel.



 

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Free market capitalism....right! Just ask the fun loving guys at Aberchrombe and Fitch what happened when they tried to get irreverent. The blue nosed, puritanical, "Christian" right were gathering wood for an old fashioned witch hunt in short order. Reading the editorial comments of the management of the 2 leading motorbike mags one might be forgiven for checking the cover to see if by chance one had picked up the National Review by mistake(see MB comment re Hillary Clinton in a thong in latest issue of Motorcyclist for a start). Is it any wonder that JB got the boot. No edgyness here buddy! Just right thinking. Ya see, British motorjournalists are lucky to live in a post-christian society not one thats guilt ridden. What all this has to do with motorcycling I haven't worked out yet.
 

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Re: All I want for Christmas is a Bike Review.

As long as you say the new Kawasaki's run faster than ***** through a goose and compare favorably to the Holy Trinity of SV650, (used) VFR and Concours you should be ok,

You might also check that the under seat storage space has sufficiant room for those crucial magazine test results and cost/perfomance ratio spreadsheets.
 
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