Let’s see where Moser ranked!
Let’s see where Moser ranked!
Welcome to the year end most popular stories on Pulpmx.com for 2016 column! Something I’ve done every year we’ve had a site and it’s an interesting look at what clicked with people and what didn’t.
When I look back at the site stats, I see among the almost 2 million page views lots of older stories and for the purpose of this article, I didn’t put them in here. I suspect those are the result of lots and lots of random Google searches.
Stories from Blazier and myself on the BEST looking bikes and WORST looking bikes, things like “The Bikes That Changed Motocross” all stay highly ranked each year. The permanent clicks like “MX History” and “About” and things like that also rank highly. None of those things count by the way.
And neither do the Pro Circuit Post Race Pulpcasts which do really well for Pulpmx as it’s the raw audio from right after the race from the racers themselves.
Without fail, except for the number one story on Pulpmx.com, the gap between these stories aren’t much. I think 500 clicks separate article #2 and article #10. So it’s not anything huge but someone’s gotta rank somewhere right?
So let’s get into this yeah?
#1 “Swizcorner- Ignorant or Stupid” http://pulpmx.com/swizcorner/swizcorner-ignorant-or-stupid
Number one story on Pulpmx.com was from Swizcore and was another one of his opinionated pieces on a topic he’s thought a while about. This one was on James Stewart after the Oakland SX. A race he had come back too soon to from his concussion at A1. Swiz was mad at people piling on James for being a quitter and reminding everyone that head trauma is different for everyone and that James has had quite a few hits. This story obviously went viral in some way because it was the number one clicked on story on Pulpmx by a huge margin. That or Swizcore and his relatives went to town on it.
#2- “David Vuillemin on Anaheim 1” http://pulpmx.com/stories/scott-motosports-dv934-anaheim-1
Ahhhh DV…people love to read what he thought about the races and his thoughts after A1 were number two on the year. A1 had Jason Anderson winning, Dungey and Stew colliding amid the usual hype. Whether it’s Pulpmx.com, the Pulpmx Show or whatever, the number of people interested is always very high and tapers off from there. Vuillemin has no effs given when it comes to putting his opinion out there and people love it. His columns were dotted throughout the top 100 on Pulpmx.com.
#3- “The Top 30 Most Powerful and Influential People in SX/MX” http://pulpmx.com/stories/top-30-most-powerfulinfluential-people-sxmx
To see this story this high is a bit surprising. After all it just went up a couple of weeks ago but it was the third highest story of the year on Pulpmx. Which is cool, I’m glad something I found fun and interesting resonated with others as well. A list like this has been done in many other sports and industries, so why not moto? I knew this was important to get right, well you’ll never get it right because it’s my opinion, but what I mean is that I had to really think about this and ask around. Which I did and was happy with the participation by others in leading me in the right direction. Is it perfect? No. But it’s close for sure.
#4- “David Vuillemin on Detroit SX” http://pulpmx.com/stories/scott-motorsports-dv934-detroit-sx
Why this one? Well, Ryan Dungey got docked a few positions for jumping on a red cross and Jason Anderson got the win. I guess people wanted to go read what DV thought of that and as usual, he was himself in saying “I really believe he saw it too late and he was already committed to that jump on jump off. In one end, I think the rules are the rules but in the other, I think he could’ve gotten the benefit of the doubt on that one. The flagger position on the track wasn’t good at all. I feel bad for Ryan because he won that race fair and square with a great performance.”
#5- “Point/Counter Point- James Stewart Chronicles”
Number five was a story by Swizcore and JT about the train wreck that was James Stewart’s season. Both of these guys debated what was going on, what was next with Swiz suggesting that Yosh and Stewart were stuck with each other for 2017. What he didn’t know was that the team just decided to fold up instead of continuing on!
#6- “Classic Steel- 1996 CR250” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/gps-classic-steel-90-1996-cr250r
Ok, I lied. This story did not come out in 2016 but it was number six on the list and is two years old. You know why? Because I think the ’96 CR250 is the most build up vintage bike there is and people working the Google seemed to get a search result that sent them here. Weird right? Blazier just kills these stories and does such a great job that they are a point of reference for people years later.
#7- “The Complete Oral History of Moto XXX” http://pulpmx.com/stories/moto-xxx-complete-oral-history
Ok, fine. I lied again. This story did not come out in 2016 and was actually put onto Pulpmx in 2014 for archived reasons. Again, I can’t really figure out why this got so many clicks but it makes me happy. This story was a beast to do and it’s way long. I dictated eleven years of a team, talked to 23 different people, it was almost 30 thousand words when I was done and it was crazy. And then the small shit storm that hit after it went up with people saying I misquoted them, people upset about not being in the story, the owner of Moto XXX refusing to talk to me for some reason and all that was a weird reaction because I was doing this story to honor this all-time Privateer team that fought the factories and beat them sometimes! All I said to people who were upset was “I was trying to do a good thing!”
#8- “Classic Steel- 1981 Yamaha YZ465” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/gps-classic-steel-51-1981-yamaha-yz465h
Ok fine, this one was ALSO not from 2016 but it was the eighth most read article on Pulpmx.com for some reason. Like the ’96 CR, I think these are pretty popular among the vintage crowd so if you have one, work the Google, Blazier’s column comes up. All I know if my brother and his buddy had all three 1981 YZ’s and they sucked and broke all the time.
#9- “Honda History- The MX Bikes of the 80’s” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/fxr-racing-honda-mx-bike-history-80s
Blazier put in a hell of a job with his history of Honda dirt bikes throughout the years and looks like the 80’s era article won out! Really cool look at the different changes, innovations with Honda throughout the years.
#10- “Honda History- The MX Bikes of the 90’s” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/fxr-racing-honda-mx-bike-history-90s
The 70’s and 2000’s got ripped off. You people liked the 80’s and 90’s better. On another note, Blazier did the history of Kawasaki’s also and it didn’t make this list.
#11-“ Project 90- Part Two” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/project-90-blaze-part-2
Am I bitter that Blazier copied my Project Bike builds and his scored higher than mine? Nope, not at all. Why his number 2 of 4 story on his 1990 CR250 was the highest ranked, I have no idea.
#12- “Project 88- Part Three” http://pulpmx.com/stories/project-88-rebuild-3-were-done
At least with my third and last installment, the people saw the 1988 Yamaha YZ250 done and in all it’s glory. THAT I can understand but behind Blaze’s number two column on his crappy build? Screw you people.
#13- “Classic Steel- 1984 Yamaha YZ125” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/gps-classic-steel-117-1984-yamaha-yz125
This bike sucked when it was new and it probably sucks even more now. Not sure why you people wanted to read so much about it. Side note: this was the last yellow Yamaha YZ ever made.
#14- “Your Questions Answered About the 2017 Honda CRF450” http://pulpmx.com/stories/fxr-racing-your-questions-answered-about-17-crf450
Keefer makes his debut on this list where he takes the hot questions about one of the more hyped up bikes in the last decade. People wanted to read about what he thought and he took more of a broader look at the bike and answered some questions he thought you people would have. He already did the test for Dirt Rider so he expanded on that a bit for us which was cool. He unequivocally declared it better than the 2016 model which had to get people excited. Unfortunately Keefer won’t be writing for Pulpmx.com in 2017 because the permission he received from DR to do some side stuff with us got revoked. Bummer bro.
#15- “Swizcorner- Reputations Earned” http://pulpmx.com/swizcorner/swizcorner-reputations-earned
This corner came hot after Anaheim 1 and between the Dungey/Stewart collision, the Peick/Friese beat down, there was certainly a lot to talk about. And Swiz captured it all from the collision where he thought it was both riders fault to the fight and the AMA’s punishment to Peick.
#16- “Factory Yamaha Team Preview” http://pulpmx.com/stories/team-preview-factory-yamaha
Troy Boy makes an appearance on the list! He’s been doing a great job with this 2017 SX team previews and for some reason, the one with Reed and Webb resonated the most with you people and he comes in hot at #16. Look for Troy’s role at Pulpmx to increase in 2017 as he moves his privateer profile column to Pulpmx.com and more.
#17- “Classic Steel- 1986 XR250” http://pulpmx.com/stories/look-back-old-moto-mags/gps-classic-steel/fxr-racing-classic-steel-118-86-xr250
I couldn’t believe Blazier did a column on an XR, never mind the 250 which kind of sucked and no one I knew had one or rode one. I mean, the 400…ok. The 600…yeah man that thing’s a beast. But the 250? Really? Well, what do I know…he did it and people liked it. Or maybe Blazier could dive deep into any bike and people would read it cause he does such a great job.
#18- “Privateer Thoughts- Next in Line” http://pulpmx.com/stories/privateer-thoughts-next-line
Troy Boy’s love for privateers shines through with his look at some of the top privateers in the 2016 MX series and focuses on Noah McConahy and his awesome summer. Troy thinks that the Rockstar Husky guys should put Noah on the squad as Pourcel is out for the year but alas, it did not happen.
#19- “MX Captured- 1990 125MX National Title Chase” http://pulpmx.com/stories/tell-us-story/mx-captured-50-1990-125-national-title-chase
Blazier takes a close look at the complete 1990 125MX title chase between Guy Cooper, Mike Kiedrowski and JMB among others. As usual, Tony does a great job of writing about a series that was really JMB’s to lose until he broke his arm at Washougal. One thing about this in going back and reading old Cycle News from this chase was that Cooper really owed Larry Ward and Mike Larocco a big thanks for his title as they dropped down into the class after the 250MX series ended and were very fast. Until Cooper came up to them that is.
#20- “Flipping Dune Goon Video” http://pulpmx.com/stories/fly-racing-flipping-dune-goon-video
The video on YouTube has almost 24,000 views and it was the 20th biggest story on Pulpmx.com. I mean, why not? We took a dude that had a big crash in the dunes, sent him to Travis Pastrana’s to learn how to do a back flip and he amazingly enough, did it. Like, did it easy. We loved it and so did you. Nice work by Swizcore to put this video together.
Moser’s best column was hard to place because all the older stories, the Pulpcasts, the Fly Moto:60 stuff, etc, etc was ahead of it. Technically he was ranked #201 with his Anaheim One Just Short http://pulpmx.com/stories/just-short-vol5-1 but again, counting orginaly 2016 content, he’s probably around #100. Poor Moser, there’s always next year!