4 Off Road Tips that helped me TREMENDOUSLY! Check out the YT chan chan for the full HD video!
4 Off Road Tips that helped me TREMENDOUSLY! Check out the YT chan chan for the full HD video!
@accidentalbroadcast takes a break on his legendary #wr250r "Athena" near #slickrock trail in #Moab #Utah.
From meeting extremely cool people like @mr.schmaz and @willsir502 to literally begging for my life in a Ford Raptor, this trip was unbelievably good!
#everide #ADV #dualsport #ridetheworld #yamaha #wr250 #dirtbike #adventure #advrider #dualsportadv
It's pretty rare that I get snippy in the YouTube comments section, especially to long-term subscribers who I know and recognize.
To my buddy Ryan, aka Halfthrottle, would you have stopped your channel if the money on YouTube was enough to support your family? And to my hombre Kalani AKA AccidentalBroadcast, if you made as much from motovlogging as you did from your other business ventures, wouldn't that make it easier to spend your very valuable time making more videos?
I'm enormously grateful for my patrons. It's a cold, hard fact: without them the videos would no longer exist. If you never plan on becoming a patron that's absolutely okay! You're always welcome to the free content, and you'll never owe me a dime!
But complaining that the two greatest dual sport motovloggers ever have either stopped or slowed down and then telling me I "sold out" to stay afloat is a little ironic.
It's definitely not all about money. There's a huge amount of passion that goes into creating videos and content. Ryan, Kalani, and I know that, because every one of us puts our heart and soul in our videos, out there for the world to judge and hate, or love and enjoy. However, if I were to choose between going with my passion or putting a roof over my kids' heads, you already know my decision, because I've already made it... and for three years I've wrestled with that decision.
For those three years I've put my business--the business of creating FREE content in a niche market--before my family in most ways. We've struggled though A LOT so that I could pursue this dream. We've had almost nothing for that entire time, and almost every dollar has been spent on equipment, repairs, gear, and even free stickers to send out for this business... the business of creating videos that everybody gets for free, with no expectation of payment or favor.
If I wanted to make money, I'd have done something else. I'd have relocated, sold the bikes, and kept teaching... even a job at McDonald's would have paid better. But I honestly LOVE riding, I love nature, and I love sharing that passion with others. I even love editing.. most times ;)
My point is... Halfthrottle did the right thing when he stopped making videos. He put his family first, and I can say that he made the right decision. AccidentalBroadcast put motovlogging on the backburner so he could make a living. He also made the right decision.
There have been many sleepless nights where I knew I had made the WRONG decision. I regretted my decision to put this crazy business... this ridiculous passion first. Nights when I knew my kids would get crap at school the next day because their clothing from head-to-toe was second hand, their shoes were ratty, and they ate government lunches. Nights when I had no idea how we'd afford our house payment or even the utilities. Nights when I genuinely believed that my family would have been better off without me... that I was just bringing them down because I was too stubborn or too stupid to quit this crazy YouTube garbage, but too poor to afford life insurance, so my thoughts of suicide were abated simply because even if I died, they'd still be poor... at least until my wife found a decent man with a real job who could provide for their needs.
In my mind there is nothing more devastating to a husband and father than to let his family down. And for three years I did just that.
So now when I'm finally getting a hold of it, finally providing for my family while still doing something I love, I feel extremely blessed. My family has been through a lot. They've sacrificed a lot. My kids have gone without, but because they're young and happy they never knew. But I knew what they went without. My wife knows.
The patrons and the people who very kindly use my links made that happen. So it hits me like a punch in the face when people say I've "sold out". Would I sell out again to provide for my family and keep making content for this awesome audience? Absolutely. I would "sell out" every day for the rest of my life to make that happen.
It's those three years of hardship... THAT'S why I'm so grateful to my patrons, to people who use my links, and even to people who just watch the videos. Because without them I'd be right back there, scraping to pay the electric bill, eyes glued wide for another sleepless night.
Actually, I wouldn't. I'd simply go back to another passion of mine: teaching. I'd forget all this crazy YouTube stuff. I'd ride my motorcycle WITHOUT two cameras velcro'd to my head! How would that be for a change?! ;)
And who exactly have I sold out to? Nobody is required to pay. The content always has been and always will be free. I don't make BS reviews to get a paycheck from a sponsor. I've turned down dozens of sponsorships because after using the product they sent, I wouldn't sell my soul to hock it to my audience. I don't wear a paid brand and I buy 99% of the stuff I ride, use, and review. I work hard. I put my soul into my videos. I create for my audience, not for a company. 0.005% of my audience just happens to be awesome enough to give a little something back in return. If that's selling out, then I'm proud to sell out. Working hard enough to make content, even though it's free to consume, that people feel is worth their hard-earned money... to accept their patronage is something I can be proud of. They work hard for their money, and it's an honor that they find my content good enough to contribute without being compelled.
So it's funny, really, to finally make a video on how I did it. How I am finally making ends meet... and then try and share that information with others so they can try it, too. And then be met with the response, "You sold out."
So to the OP, forget "Selling out" and ask yourself, "Who is the one getting something for nothing in this relationship?" I upload thousands of my life's hours, and you consume the result of those hours by clicking a button, sitting, breathing, and keeping your eyes open. I'm glad that you even take the effort to click the videos. But don't get bent out of shape when I work my butt off to create the content, or when other, kinder people work their butts off at their jobs and very generously contribute just a little of the money they make so that folks like you can continue to click, sit, and watch... for nothing in return. If you want to know who keeps my videos coming, look at my patrons. If you want to know who's to blame as to why Accidental Broadcast and Halfthrottle don't make a lot of content anymore, look in the mirror.
You know it's going to be an awesome day on the #dirtbikes with these guys! Today was my first full day on a #2stroke #yamaha #yz125 and I was surprised by how much fun it was!
A poignant explanation of why I still ride a motorcylce, even though I was nearly killed while riding and many consider it dangerous and even stupid.
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LINE EM' UP! We had such a great crew on the Moab trip! It's awesome to ride with awesome friends, heroes, and new hombres! @accidentalbroadcast, @45minitstop, @mrduhfactor, @halfthrottle and @frickinjim just to name a few! The video of this multi-day Moab trip I'd going to be amazing!
#everide #ADV #dualsport #ridetheworld
It has become a bit of a tradition to celebrate "Prime Day"... not because the deals are ultra stellar, but because it's hilarious to find and comment about some of the really crazy stuff that comes on sale, like 50 gallon barrels of personal lubricant! If you're doing the Prime Day thing, remember to post the craziest stuff you find, and that you can help the chan chan by heading to the link below. http://everide.org/amazon
A still snatched from the latest video, "Why ride a motorcycle?" This was an awesome adventure through Utah, and an amazing multi day ride with friends.
#everide #ADV #dualsport #ridetheworld #ktm #yamaha #drz400
Remember "WHY RIDE A MOTORCYCLE?" from a few years back? Here's the remake that has taken years to pull off!
In other news, I was born 35 years ago this week! If you'd like to give me an awesome birthday present, please share this video like mad! Share it on Facebook Groups, Instagram, Forums, through emails... share it on Reddit and all that stuff... just go nuts with it! Thank you guys for being awesome and MUCH LOVE!
It may be a bit weird, but Amazon is my favorite online store for moto gear. One doesn't normally associate Amazon with dirtbikes, dual sports, or adv bikes, but partnerships with RockyMountain ATV MC, Motorcycle Superstore, Bike Bandit, and dozens of other top-notch motorcycle retailers, Amazon will most likely have what you're looking for, at the lowest price, and two day shipping through Amazon Prime isn't bad either!
eBay is my go-to site for hard-to-find parts or dirt-cheap gear. I've purchased used moto pants, parts, farkles, and a lot more for far less than retail. It's not a bad place for new gear, either. Deals on motorcycle-related goodies can be had almost daily from reputable sellers (like Rocky Mountain ATV MC) who also run eBay stores.
Rocky Mountain ATV MC is my favorite in-town shop for motorcycle goodies. They're located right here in Utah with an outlet in St. George. Favorite in-house products from RMATVMC include A.R.C. for riding armor and wearables, TUSK for parts and farkles, and Primary Drive for drive, chains, and sprockets. They've always treated me well at both the Payson and Saint George locations, and customer service online is excellent.
Cycle Gear has been an integral part of motorcycle builds and adventures for me. House-branded Bilt helmets and jackets have been a good option for my friends and I, while Trackside handguards, heated grips, and accessories prove to be top-quality for nearly half the price of the competition.
Bike Bandit has some outstanding deals, but what I appreciate most about their site is the selection of parts that almost nobody else carries for less. Need the super-random little bolt thinger that screws into your thingamabob? Bike Bandit has easy-to-read parts charts that give you the part name and number for every nut and cotter pin on your bike. In my garage, many a frustrating fix has been saved by Bike Bandit.
Revzilla is a go-to for orders big and small, because they offer free shipping on orders over $40 (most retailers have a $70 to $100 threshold for free shipping.) Combine that with excellent deals, fast shipping, and excellent customer service, you should definitely check them out.
MotoSport.com has just about everything one could need for any kind of riding, but focuses largely on the off road segment. With free shipping with orders of only $49, MotoSport is a great option for orders both large and small.