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MOTO PHOTO SERIES: Part 3

In the first two parts of our series on taking better photos of your ride, our photographers shared advice on equipment, preparation light, backdrops, framing and angles. Find Part 1 and Part 2 of the series here if you missed out.

This week, we’ve got three final topics that’ll have you taking gorgeous shots that craft stories and draw in viewers.

7. People in their Native Habitats


Just like the background of a photo can suggest a narrative, so can including a person. People bring with them a whole range of expressions from serious to joyful and can bring feeling to your pics. Including a single person can show the solitary, meditative nature of riding, while a pic of a group reminds us of the social aspect of finding others who share our passion.

Campbell says, “I personally like to show my bikes with other like-minded riders. Most of us ride to connect. Help the viewer see that with additional shots including people. I will even include friends sometimes to make the bike more desirabl…

MOTO-PHOTO SERIES: Part 2

In last week’s edition of our series on taking better photos of your ride, our photographers shared advice on equipment, preparation and light. Find Part 1 of the series here if you missed out. This week, we’ve got three more topics to up your ‘graph game.
4. Location, Location, Location When looking for a cool spot to pose your bike, consider backdrops that won’t compete with the intricate beauty of your machine. Rocha says, “Maybe you finally found some good light, but LOOK BEHIND the bike. Are there any distractions that take the eye’s focus away from the bike, like bright colorful objects or clutter?”

When scouting locations, O’Connell prefers open spots like a back road or photographing a bike a against a cool building in the city with a simple facade. She says, “I always like finding cool local coffee shops. Consider your type of bike and the type of riding that will be done on it. Campbell suggests choosing a backdrop that helps sell the location and style of riding that your bi…

A Video Review on Twisted Road

Our team stumbled upon this video review of Twisted Road. This reminds us the importance of the following when renting someone's bike or your own: Conducting a thorough safety check when rentingMaking sure your bike is safe and operable when lending This review was a complete surprise to us, but we want to thank OP-4Moto for being so honest with their feedback,


MOTO PHOTO SERIES: Part 1

You’ve got pride in your ride and the best way to capture it is in photos. From lovingly-composed still shots of your gleaming beauty to action snaps of you and your bike kicking up dust and hitting the road, we’ve got tips for better pics. We asked our favorite photogs to share their secrets for well-composed images and they delivered suggestions on everything from backdrops to storytelling. In fact, they had so many good ideas that we had to break this article into three parts!

It’s important to note that when it comes to renting out your bad boy, more appealing photos generate more interest. Read on to up your photo (and rental) game.


1. The Right Tool for the Right Job
Sure, you can get an okay shot of your ride with that thing you crush candy on, but if you’re looking to capture motion shots, your phone will fall short. Here are some ideas for upgrades that will really make a difference in your action pics -- and won’t hurt your still shots any either.
GoPros:  Photographer, Erik Ju…

An interesting motorcycle industry challenge

I’m not a handy person. Although I know how an engine works, I’ve never changed a spark plug. My strengths tend to be more cerebral: I work on crossword puzzles to relax. But when it comes to motorcycle repair, I leave it to the experts.The first time I needed to take my bike to the shop, it was a chore. Finding the right mechanic who could diagnose the issue wasn’t easy. Because I ride a Moto Guzzi, the closest dealer was an hour away. Harley owners don’t have this issue. Their brand is more ubiquitous, and with 857 dealers in the US, finding a place to have the bike repaired is much simpler.I rode my bike to Stan, an independent mechanic, who told me that he’d get to my bike soon. Hopefully the following week. I hopped in an Uber and went home.The riding season in Chicago is short: you can stretch it to five months if you don’t mind riding in 40 degree weather. Every month the bike was in the shop, I lost 20% of the riding season. It was tough. He didn’t have a loaner bike, so I did…