Top 10 Motorcycle Stories of 2014
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For publications like Ultimate MotorCycling, it’s not just a write and upload type of thing; there’s loads of behind-the-writing work, including daily study of reports such as Google Analytics.
This report tells us exactly what our visitors are reading, helping us prioritize content, among other things. And at the end of every year, it’s always eye opening to see exactly what content was most viewed.
Following is our Reader’s Choice – the top 10 most read stories on Ultimate MotorCycling in 2014 (when visiting the individual URLs, don’t mind the lack of social media buzz; we recently updated our site, and lost all social media interaction such as Facebook Likes, etc.).
1. 2014 AMA Supercross TV Schedule
Many of our readers love Supercross, and year after year our coverage of the sport garners much traffic. Many readers bookmarked this page, using it throughout the 17-round season. We’re hoping for the same in 2015 Supercross, which is loaded with new talent but lacking some of the top riders, including four-time SX Champion Ryan Villopoto, who joins the FIM MXGP series, and James Stewart, who is suspended due to an anti-doping violation. Here’s the 2015 AMA Supercross TV Schedule.
2. 2014 Motorcycles – Top 10 Future Favorites
Readers love Top 10 stories, and this one was widely read. Both European, Japanese and American manufacturers impressed, with our top pick for future favorite going to the EBR1190RX – a bike that’s still on top of our list. But as you likely already know, things only got better when the 2015 lineups were unveiled. (original story)
3. 2014 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 Photo Gallery
What else is there to say? The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team features two of the world’s fastest motorcycle riders who are both multi-time World Champions – Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. This story highlighted photos their YZR-M1 motorcycles ahead of the 2014 MotoGP Championship. (original story)
4. Top 10 Things to Know About Motorcycle Tires
It’s our mission to not only keep readers informed of the latest happenings across the industry, but also to keep riders safe. This pushes us to create some unique content, including our Top 10 Things to Know About Motorcycle Tires. This story gives insight into one of the most important aspects of a motorcycle that are sometimes forgot about – tires. (original story)
5. Karl Harris Dies at 2014 Isle of Man TT
This was one story we didn’t want to write. Three-time British Supersport Champion became the six rider to die at the Isle of Man TT races since 2011. We provide heavy coverage of the IOM TT, and are hoping we don’t have to write another story like this. (original story)
6. Motorcycle Helmet Standards – Explained
Again, safety is always at the top of our list. This story takes all the guessing work on motorcycle-helmet standards, such as DOT, ECE 22.05 and Snell, and what they mean. (original story)
7. Seven Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding
Though our Online Editor lives in Pennsylvania, he rides 12 months out of the year, averaging around 25,000 miles yearly. With that comes the inevitable – motorcycling in winter. There are many challenges to it (towed three times due to snow storms!), but with the right techniques, gear and mindset, it’s as joyful as ripping the tarmac on a warm summer day. (original story)
8. Honda Releases Six New Models
In February 2014, Honda shocked the industry when it released six new models, including the return of the Interceptor, the all-new CBR650F, a revamped CB1100 and – the biggest surprise of all – the Montesa Cota 4RT Repsol Edition trial motorcycle. (original story)
9. 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R First Look
Without a doubt one of the most hyped and teased bikes in 2014 was the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. And when we shared our First Look of this supercharged superbike “in the region of 300 horsepower,” our readers quickly responded. (original story)
10. 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R vs. Suzuki Hayabusa
This story was actually published in December 2013, taking from the pages of our print magazine. This is the ultimate showdown of the Hypersports, and both bikes impressed. It was hard to pick a winner. (original story)
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