So Much to be Thankful For

With so much craziness going on in our world today and so many voices and hands out asking for more, saying “where is mine?” I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the things I am thankful for. I’m hopeful I will encourage you to do the same as we can all benefit from an attitude of gratitude. As Editor in Chief at EDM much dirt and asphalt has passed under my tires through the years leading me to amazing places where I meet with people, other human beings. The people I get to meet are people who have a fire burning inside, one that propels them and inspires them to work toward great things, this fire is often referred to as “passion.”  I’m not exactly certain why but motorcycling tends to bring this out in the people who are in the sport. Ask anyone who rides a motorcycle what they like about motorcycles and listen as their passion for riding flows like a New York fire hydrant on a hot August day.

As I reflect on this, it really is about the people. It’s not about the bikes, or the vehicles, or the product, it is about the interactions and the connections with others who share a passion for the sport of motorcycling. I have meet people from all walks of life, rich and not so rich but each shares this passion for the sport of motorcycling. I have heard it said “it takes a certain type of person to get into motorcycling” – a thrill seeker, an adventurer. And it takes an even more specific type to get into off road – they must have screw loose somewhere. I agree. Most of the riders I know are colorful in some way or other.

As I look back at some of my encounters with the people I have met and worked with, I feel blessed and deeply enriched. I have had the pleasure and good fortune of discussing the art of suspension tuning with some of the best in the business. I have asked a million stupid questions about the process of tire manufacturing. I have been able to go places I never dreamed of going before working for EDM. In addition to gaining all this technical knowledge, I have learned a great deal about human behavior, about the way people connect with one another and about what inspires us to do the things we do. If I had a conversation with you or met you last year at some point, let me now say thank you for sharing your knowledge, expertise and time with me.  I really, sincerely appreciate it.

This has also been the “year of the test” both literally and symbolically for all of us. Covid19 has placed hardship on every single person and change so much for so many. In addition to this, I have had to face my personal issue with delegation. I can’t help it, I am somebody who likes to do things properly. I have seen some amazing products come through the doors at EDM, from boots to bikes. I wish I could tell you which was my favorite but I have too many favorites to narrow it down to one. We have ridden/ driven some really fantastic vehicles.

Even as I write this, I‘d have trouble to pick just one favorite for all occasions. The Toyota Tundra we reviewed is very high on the list. But that Dodge sprinter was something else too. I think my favorite articles have been the builds the KX 125, the YZ144 Woods Ripper, and KX250 all bring us into contact with such a wide variety of yep you guessed it, people. Connecting with people, it’s the theme of this rant. Plus there is something about taking a turd and covering it in chocolate that just can’t be matched.

Building the works suspension was a good time too. I got to ask a million questions of the guys at Race Tech and Extremeion and learn about the value of a great suspension. If you want to ride faster, it is the first step you should take when setting up your bike.

My hope for EDM is that we have shown you things you might not have seen without us pointing them out. The whole purpose of EDM is to show you, our readers, everything we can find that is cool and available in the world of motorcycling.

The coming year is shaping up to be another great year, at EDM we already have some great bike tests lined up, we are looking to do more of the bike build stories you all seem to appreciate so much and we are planning to include more adventure/ off road articles plus more road riding articles too. Let’s hope our country gets back on the path of success and growth.

One last thing, go out and connect with someone, ask them questions without wanting to tell them something, find out what they are passionate about and listen to them. You’ll be surprised how good it can make you feel to have someone share with you.

If there is anything you want to see in EDM please let us know by sending an email to info@easterndirt.com. We are here for you and we delight in your suggestions.