I don't know whether other moto-bloggers have ever checked what their top 10 most-viewed individual posts are but I was simply curious about what interested visitors the most. Using the numbers alongside each post in Draft Blogger, the 10 posts most-viewed were noted. The results may not be all that surprising given that many of the topics listed have potential appeal among the broader motorcycling community, particularly when searching the internet. The No 1 post however, has over 4 times the number of views than the next highest. Now that is surprising!
184 individual posts since December 2009
10th place, 1228 views. Classic racebikes and other stuff
9th place, 1262 views. Street Triple paddock stand and wheel alignment
8th place, 1426 views Airhawk seat cushions
One of the major topics on any bike forum (and internet searches) is seat comfort (or more
accurately, seat discomfort) of standard seats. At least aftermarket
suppliers make a living from fixing discomfort, whether it be from custom seats
or the cheaper and equally effective Airhawk pneumatic cell pad range which was reviewed in this post.
7th place, 1707 views Wheel alignment, improve your handling
The original post on how to build a cheap laser wheel alignment rig. The post has been linked on numerous bike forums world-wide as an inexpensive
means of improving your handling. Feedback on various forums suggests that many people didn't realise that their wheels were out of line! You shouldn't nececessarily rely on manufacturer's markings and you certainly shouldn't rely on tyre fitters to do a good job!
6th place, 1732 views Motorcycle tyre performance in the real world
This post attempts to dispassionately review what's important for road tyres with a bit of personal experience chucked in too. The later tyre-specific evaluation posts scored well too.
5th place, 2190 views Burt Munro, Kiwi Legend
Burt Munro has always been an icon in this part of the world but his popularity soared with the release of "The World's Fastest Indian" movie. It's been interesting to watch the number and location of blog hits over the last 6 months or so which from a bit of research, have a direct correlation with what countries the movie has been shown on TV at those times! This book was an incredibly generous gift from fellow Kiwi blogger Roger Fleming and is THE definitive book about Burt.
4th place, 2842 views 1000 miles in 21 1/4 hours on a Street Triple
The 3 international Triumph forums carry links plus a few other sites on the Internet. Guess some people wanted answers to the question "WHY??". In reality, there seem to be a lot of internet searches on whether the
Triple is suitable for long distance riding, whether against the clock or touring. In reality, most bikes
would probably be fine - it's more likely the rider's mental horizons
which lead to a successful and enjoyable long ride.
3rd place, 2879 views Street Triple vs. Blackbird
A comparison between two quite different bikes after 8 years of
Blackbird ownership and just 2000 km on the Street Triple. People were perhaps just plain curious with respect to just how a modern
"iconic" medium capacity unfaired lightweight bike would stack up
against what once used to be the World's fastest road bike. Maybe they were also curious as to why would an owner would change from a bigger "hyperbike" to a smaller, unfaired one? The article was written principally for the author to sort out his own feelings!
2nd place, 3914 views Motorcycle accidents, half-truths and lies
And in 1st place with a staggering 13,618 views........
Street Triple Review Revisited
Now here's something to ponder......................
NONE of the 10 posts listed above have anywhere near the biggest number of comments at the bottom of each post! The biggest number of comments posted are where there is either a human interest or scenic/travel aspect as opposed to what might be called "technical" motorcycle posts. It seems that what people do or where they go evokes the greatest responses. The biggest number of comments on this blog came after 8 months of posts detailing the often stressful journey of continuously trying to raise my riding skills sufficiently to pass the Institute of Advanced Motorists full membership exam, culminating in: Pain and Extreme Pride . I guess that people could empathise with both the stress and elation of passing a 4 hour, 220 km practical test whilst being observed by a police rider/IAM examiner who was among the best of the best!
I guess there's a place for both technical and human interest posts on a blog but despite the technical articles being tops in terms of number of views, it's human interest and travel which I enjoy writing most, perhaps because humour and irreverence can be liberally used!
Have any other moto-bloggers pondered about their blogs? Would be really interested to hear as I personally enjoy the blogging aspect of learning about other's lives and where they go.