Has it really been that long?
Yes, it’s been a whole 26 months – that’s more than two years – since I last posted a piece to BoyMeetsBike. Like many of my reviews, I still refer back to the piece I wrote on the Ducati X-Diavel; it’s a useful way to remind myself what exactly my thoughts were on a particular bike when people ask me for buying advice. Apparently, many of you do the same thing, as despite posting no new content site traffic actually increased for 2017. But if you are a regular visitor, then you’ve no doubt been asking yourself where the hell I’ve been hiding all this time.
Well, I’m not dead, and I certainly haven’t given up riding (or even writing about) motorcycles. As mentioned in some of my past articles, I joined the Thames Vale Advanced Motorcyclists shortly after buying my Triumph Street Triple R in order to improve my riding skills. I learned a tremendous amount, achieved my Advanced Rider certification and have continued to hone my riding through every corner of every ride ever since.
In early 2016 someone at the club noticed my forum signature with the site’s URL and I was approached by the editor of the club’s own monthly magazine Slipstream to contribute similar content for them and their 1,000+ readership. It was a great opportunity to further improve my writing and garner feedback directly from the audience. I do get the occasional email via the BoyMeets Bike contact page, but most of you are apparently happy to keep your thoughts to yourselves!
The plan was to publish relevant pieces to this site as well as the magazine, but with a new job and some challenging personal life issues distracting me it was tricky enough to meet my editor’s deadlines, never mind my own! For those of you who were regular visitors, I do apologise. I’m going to try and rectify matters going forward, starting with uploading some of the pieces you’ve been deprived of over the last two years.
So; thank you to those of you who stuck around, a warm welcome to anyone new, and here’s to another exciting year of Motorcycling!