Is there a best bike for motovlogging?

Baldbiker

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Before everyone jumps in and claims they have the best bike, give it some real thought.
Different bikes attract different audiences, different age groups, completely different demographics.
So you have to think, what is the widest demographic for motovlogging?
People aged 50-80 that still ride may like adventure bikes or big cruisers with quiet, calm narration. Or camping videos.
People aged 30-50 probably prefer sport touring, adventure bikes and offroad adventures. They may also seek out instructional videos.
People aged 18-30 most likely want to see supersport bikes breaking speed records on the highway, or dirt bikes doing stunts.
People under age 18 will most likely close your video and tune in to the guy that screams a lot while playing video games.

Which demographic draws the largest audience. I would say under 18 for sure, but they dont watch motovlogs.

I know these are not "facts" just my own speculation, I admit that, so feel free to jump in and throw your own opinion, or go with the old addage: "Just do what you feel is you...and be free..."
 

HippoDrone

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I def got more older people traction from my Moto Guzzi content and lots of younger people for my KTM Duke content, that also got me lots of Asian views too as the KTM 390 Duke is quite sort after over there.
 
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I'd say an interesting bike. by that I mean something that has a following, or is trending in news.
One guy bought a Yamaha R7 and gained a few thousand subs in a few days.
KTM's tend to draw an eye because they looks so different. RE and Moto Guzzi each have a good following too.

That question has come to mind for me a little more recently too. I can't decide whether drawing the views for the interesting bike choice would be worth it. Not really monetarily, but are those viewers going to be there for my awkward personality in videos, or just to see some stuff on the bike and then leave.
One of the great mysteries of the universe...
 
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Interesting question.

I'd have to say a nice sounding Harley cruiser would be the "best" bike for motovlogging. Like a Street Glide or a Heritage, or a Road King. For the following reasons:

1. The majority of riders own Harleys, thus HD content appeals to them. Larger potential audience.
2. HD's are easily customizable which allows for a lot of review / how-to content ideas.
3. The V-twin sound of the HD allows for nice ambiance when not talking, and most people like the sound of a nice exhaust note.
4. Also, it seems to me like Harley riding motovloggers do better overall views wise than non-HD channels.

Just my initial thoughts on this.
 

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I think if you could acquire an electric motorcycle of some sort that would potentially grab a big audience. Because I feel bikers and non bikers are looking towards the future and to see if e-biking /motorcycling will be a feasible thing. I have wanted to get an electric motorcycle this past year but price wise it is just not feasible at the moment. All the e-bikes are going for +15,000 in my area.
 
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I think if you could acquire an electric motorcycle of some sort that would potentially grab a big audience. Because I feel bikers and non bikers are looking towards the future and to see if e-biking /motorcycling will be a feasible thing. I have wanted to get an electric motorcycle this past year but price wise it is just not feasible at the moment. All the e-bikes are going for +15,000 in my area.
Over here in the UK the main suppliers of EV bikes loans them out to lots of motovloggers so we get quite a lot of EV bike reviews but I don't know any that actually own one
 

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Interesting question.

I'd have to say a nice sounding Harley cruiser would be the "best" bike for motovlogging. Like a Street Glide or a Heritage, or a Road King. For the following reasons:

1. The majority of riders own Harleys, thus HD content appeals to them. Larger potential audience.
2. HD's are easily customizable which allows for a lot of review / how-to content ideas.
3. The V-twin sound of the HD allows for nice ambiance when not talking, and most people like the sound of a nice exhaust note.
4. Also, it seems to me like Harley riding motovloggers do better overall views wise than non-HD channels.

Just my initial thoughts on this.

Then explain my dismal views/subs ;)

Just kidding - it's the PERSON that makes the content interesting, not the bike - at least IMHO. Sure, there's opportunity in HD stuff, but the more interesting/esoteric bikes gain views & subs more than having a Harley, I think.

On the technical side - anything with a full fairing, windshield, and wind protection, will make vlogging easier. Case in point: my recent aero upgrades on my Street Glide have netted wonderful results for my audio, and I almost feel like I'm cheating now when I film & edit, because there's so few redos, retakes, and pauses to avoid the wind.

-John
 
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Over here in the UK the main suppliers of EV bikes loans them out to lots of motovloggers so we get quite a lot of EV bike reviews but I don't know any that actually own one
Wow, sounds like a good idea to get the ball rolling and get people thinking about it. Now we just need the price to come down.
 

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Wow, sounds like a good idea to get the ball rolling and get people thinking about it. Now we just need the price to come down.
The trouble is, not one of the vloggers borrowing them put their money where their mouth is and buys one.... To me that says it all, and it is not just the cost.
I'd love an EV bike, but want one I can do a trackday on, or one I can tour across the UK without having to spend several hours in dreary grey car parks rather than out on the road enjoying the stunning scenery. I'd happily find the money/reshuffle my bikes if that was possible.
 

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Over here in the UK the main suppliers of EV bikes loans them out to lots of motovloggers so we get quite a lot of EV bike reviews but I don't know any that actually own one

The trouble is, not one of the vloggers borrowing them put their money where their mouth is and buys one.... To me that says it all, and it is not just the cost.
I'd love an EV bike, but want one I can do a trackday on, or one I can tour across the UK without having to spend several hours in dreary grey car parks rather than out on the road enjoying the stunning scenery. I'd happily find the money/reshuffle my bikes if that was possible.
That Zero S/RS might handle trackdays. I have seen at least one Zero trackday video on YouTube.

In fact, with the regenerative braking the bike would run quite a while on a full charge.

Plus no fluids to worry about smelling up your van.
 

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I think I would def need an electrical hook up in the garage to add go juice while not on track. I think Energica are currently the best of the bunch... but have a price tag to match.
 
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Moto Mengy

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I think if you could acquire an electric motorcycle of some sort that would potentially grab a big audience. Because I feel bikers and non bikers are looking towards the future and to see if e-biking /motorcycling will be a feasible thing. I have wanted to get an electric motorcycle this past year but price wise it is just not feasible at the moment. All the e-bikes are going for +15,000 in my area.
I'm not so sure. I've made quite a few motovlogs about electric motorcycles because I am looking very forward to someday being able to buy an electric touring bike, BUT most of the comments I've gotten on those videos are from people who aren't interested in E-bikes at all. Seems to me like most US riders simply want to keep the gas motors and clutch shifting instead.

The day I can buy an electric Goldwing type bike with 250+ miles of range per charge is the day I buy one, no hesitation at all!!! :D
 

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Anyone who chooses a bike because of a possible impact on subs is doing it wrong.

Own the bike that moves your soul!
1st. Buy a bike because you think it's awesome and it can fit your needs. 2nd: Maybe it will make a good Motovlogger bike too. But then again refer to number 1: The happier you are, the better your videos will probably be. : D I think people can feel that.
 

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1st. Buy a bike because you think it's awesome and it can fit your needs. 2nd: Maybe it will make a good Motovlogger bike too. But then again refer to number 1: The happier you are, the better your videos will probably be. : D I think people can feel that.

I KNOW people can feel that! I get comments on some of my vids about my oversized personality and energy... I'm not like that every day, but sometimes just being on camera improves my mood & energy.

-John
 
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