Motofomo is a home for our shared motorcycle obsession.
If you’ve ever looked at a bike, old or new, and thought “Should I buy it?” — Well, we’re here to help you make that decision, with detailed and thoughtful analyses, buyers’ guides, tech explainers, and the occasional unsolicited (but qualified) opinion.
A lot of the early content was written by our editor (see below), but some newer articles are being written by contributors.
If you want to write for us, contact us. We are particularly interested in diverse viewpoints. If you’re a new rider, or a rider of a less well-represented demographic among riders, then you’re welcome here.
What you’ll find on Motofomo
Here on Motofomo, you can expect to find articles about:
- Buyers guides — Differentiating between many confusing model names and evolutions of a bike over years, like “How did the Ducati Monster evolve since 1993″
- Technology explainers — answering questions like “Why a 270-degree crank? And what are all the bikes with them?”
- Lists — looking at e.g. the best new motorcycles of 2023 because who doesn’t like window shopping?
- Reviews — Putting down my highly subjective, unfiltered, but also structured thoughts on a bike, like on the Ducati 1098S
- Repair and modification guides — When we’ve had to wrench on something, we explain how we did it
- Opinion — Because unsurprisingly, we have a few!
About Motofomo’s Editor At Large
I find it helpful when I know something about other writers to “connect” with them. So here’s a bit about me.
My name is Dana (rhymes with “Nirvana”, and yes, I was a teenager in the 90s) and I’m a motorcycle nut and the editor of this site.
I like everything on two wheels. I like them fast; I like them slow. I like them big and I like them small. I like them green, I like them red, I like them blue and I especially like them yellow. Both petrol engines and electric motors, both new and old, both simple and high-tech.
I remember the first bike I bought. I searched for the cheapest bike under 250cc (the limit when I was a learner). It was a $1,000 Kawasaki Z200. I didn’t bargain because I didn’t know how, took it home on a truck, learned on it, crashed it a few times, learned how to change a spark plug plus many other random tasks, and eventually sold it for $450 to someone who did know how to bargain.
After fooling around on that first bike for a while, I was quickly hooked.
I bought my second bike (a Honda CB900F Bol D’or, which I miss) by searching for the biggest and cheapest bike within a reasonable radius. I bought it for $2,500 without understanding a thing about how to check bikes. After dropping it a few times at low speed, I thought my nine lives were up. I gave up for years, let it rot, then sold it for $700 on eBay and felt lucky to do so.
Over the years since my hapless beginnings and up until my less-hapless present, I’ve bought, sold, rented, and borrowed many more motorcycles. I’ve learned a lot. I wish I could go back in time and tell a younger me a few things. “Negotiate!” would be one. “Check the fork seals!” is another. And “Don’t go on a two-day trip without buying warmer gear!”
But the thing is, I regret nothing. I enjoy the learning and have much more to learn.
I find writing helps solidify my thoughts, expose gaps, and in the process may help others learn a bit more too. So I put down here whatever I think will help others.
Because people often ask, here are my most recent rides:
My BMW R nineT (2017)
I chose this model bike after I sold my first Hayabusa (big mistake). I wanted a bike that was sporty but not as break-neck fast and that I could store for long periods without worrying about it. Shaft drive and air cooling fit the bill for storage.
The BMW R nineT has a healthy 81 kW / 110 hp of peak power, a lot of character from its rumbly boxer engine, easy handling and rock-solid high-speed behaviour. It needs a bit more top-end, but so do most bikes south of 150 hp.
I have no regrets about the R nineT, but I missed the Hayabusa and bought another one.
My Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (2016)
This is the second Hayabusa I’ve owned. You can see the first one, in white and red, in my ode to the Hayabusa here.
The Hayabusa is ridiculous, but it got me by the heartstrings. I just love the feeling of this bike — it fits me well, it feels good, it sounds good, and so on. I don’t like many things about it, like the weight, but I’ll live with them until I can’t.
Other bikes I lust after
There’s a long list. In many ways, that’s what this entire website is about.
I’ve thought of the following:
- Adding to my bikes with a little dual sport, like the Honda CRF300L Rally
- Adding a middleweight adventurer, like a Yamaha Ténéré 700, or maybe even the Ducati DesertX if I dare
- Selling both the above and going cruiser. Have had my eye on a 2022 Indian Chief for a while
- Going Harley. Dare I? I really can’t take my eye off the latest Milwaukee-Eight Harley-Davidson Fat Bob, though I could just as easily end up with the Low Rider S
- Getting something SUV-like, like the BMW S 1000 XR. I do like them. Just a bit faster than I need them to be.
- Something slower than the S 1000 XR like the Versys 1000 or Tracer 9. But I find it hard to fall in love with those.
- Something obscenely impractical, but cool in a gentlemanly way, like the BMW R 18.
I usually think of all those, then remember how lucky I am to have the bikes I already own, and shelve the ideas.
My résumé in brief
I’m a Persian-background British/Australian, but left Australia early in my career, most of which has been between the US, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. I speak ten languages (and counting), most of which I taught myself out of books, a lot of travel (I’ve spent months to years in over 20 countries in every continent… ok not Antarctica), and bloody-mindedness.
I graduated from both Engineering and Law at one of Australia’s best universities and threw away that knowledge to become a slide-making corporate drone for a few years. After that, I escaped to the world of high tech to help other people make money and also to write about motorcycles whenever I can.
These days I’m partly an operations consultant to high tech companies, and partly a writer and peripatetic wanderer. I am a naturally curious person, and I learn stuff and then write about it if it’s interesting. I may not live long enough to learn everything I want to, but I’ll die trying.
Oh, and I like making new Internet friends. One day we might meet and drink coffee or go for a ride in some country. If you think you’re a like-minded person, drop me a line. And please, send me a photo of your motorcycle(s) — present, past, or future.