Thursday, 22 December 2011

2011 Moto-Blogging Awards. And the award goes to....

Another blogging year is coming to an end.

I have enjoyed reading many people’s motorcycle related blogs again this year, so much in fact that that I have decided announce the 'Flies in your Teeth 2011 Moto-Blogging Awards'. Sort of like the Oscars for Motorcycle Blogging, but not really.

These are just for fun, carry no prizes and the judge’s decision is final !!!!

If you are not mentioned, then that is probably due to my bad memory.

So, in no particular order......

The blogger that made me laugh the most in 2011. Jack Riepe of Twisted Roads. Keep it up Jack.

With all of his food pictures, the blogger that constantly made me feel hungry, Bobskoot of Wet Coast Scootin, with a special mention also for Lucky on his Pizza Crusade

The person with the coolest blog name. Brady from Behind Bars.

The blogger that gets more exercise than most and makes me feel guilty for not doing more myself, is bluekat, who writes about bluekat’s journeys be they by bicycle, kayak, on foot, or on a motorcycle.

The blogger that makes me feel cold, due to his Polar Bear rides. Chris (where's that snow?) Luhman of Everyday Riding. Brrrrr!

The bloggers that are nearly always on the road. Donna and Stu, who are hauling it around while they take a 5th.

For posting pictures that make me want to travel half way around the world to ride on another island. Roger, aka Raftnn, who has All Things Rogey.

A blogger that doesn't post often, but when he does, I always read it. The Arizona Harley Dude.

The blogger that has finally seen sense and bought a Harley-Davidson. And she takes great photos too.... . Sonja. who has (re-)discovered motorcycle riding.

The blogger that I want to meet on the salt. George was originally from Mozambique, now living in the USA, who writes about Riding the USA.

Canajun, who is the Ottawan blogger On Two Wheels that has a happy humidor.

My favourite blogging couple. Troubadour and Trobairitz

The blogger that I so want to pass his IAM qualification. Geoff, who shares his confessions here.

The blogger with a great balance between ride reports and life in general, motoroz who isn't just an ordinary biker.

The blogger that does the best interviews. Stephanie, the Iowa Harley Girl.

The top sidecar blogger (and the blogger with the most names). Dom/Redleg/Charlie6. of Redlegs rides.

The most technical blogger and Chapter photographer. Axel, of Road King UK.

The blogger that took the most inspiring trip in 2011. V-Star Lady. What a great adventure she had, riding her V-Star.

The terrific writer that often makes me sit back and think about what he has written, FLHX Dave from the Road Grits Cafe. He also makes great coffee!

The fun-loving brand-loyal blogger. BeemerGirl, who has the Love of a Motorbike.

A new biking blogger that enjoys sharing as he learns. Circle Blue who has Twists and Leanings.

The blogger that moved from a warm place to a cold one, that used to write about exercise, but now mainly writes about riding his BMW, Richard.

The blogger with attitude who says what she thinks. mq01 from over at Ms M's Place.

The blogger that I learn from, irondad, The Intrepid Commuter.

The blogger with the coolest custom motorcycles. Ian Solley, of 7 Ages Custom Motorcycles.

The blogger with the most impressive beard, WooleyBugger of Wooley’s Rants and Sonic Cleaning.

A very keen moto-blogger, who writes about riding her Scooter experiences, Princess Scooterpie.

The blogger that disappeared for a while and then came back. Baron.

The blogger that is on the mend. Jimbo, who will hopefully soon be back to Premeditated Scootin'.

The blogger with many years of biking experience, Doug, who has spent more than Forty Years On Two Wheels.

Plus of course, all other bloggers that I have failed to mention.

and finally, my favourite blogger that doesn't even write a blog. Mrs France.

Thank you all for your terrific blogs and I look forward to reading more about you and your adventures in the year ahead.

It only leaves me to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a terrific New Year. I hope you all have many great rides in 2012.


Trobairitz said...

Awww you're so sweet. I bet Mrs. France already knows that though.

Thanks for the vote of best blogging couple. Why is it I think we might be the only blogging couple you know?

Happy Holidays and the best of 2012 to you and your family.

Nikos said...

You should award yourself a prize too!

Unknown said...


I've never received an Oscar before. It's amazing the great people you meet from all over the world and we have become a very close knit group of Bloggers and while I have met some, it is my intention to cross paths with more . . .

"Thank you very much for being you, and thank you to Jackie for letting you roam around the USA, thank you to the members of the academy (oh oh, wrong piece of paper)"

Merry Christmas & Happy New year to the both of you.

Riding the Wet Coast

Troubadour said...

Thank you Gary and may I?

Thank you to my best friend Trobairitz who without you this wouldn't be possible. I'd also like to thank all my fans who visit my page and read the drivel I write week after week. Whew, this award is heavy so I'll make this quick. Thank you to all the other nominees and winners because without your motivation to write I wouldn't have a blog. Excuse me, I'm choking up here. Thank you to all the pixels and electrons who made the ultimate sacrifice allowing me to put pen to paper so to speak. Thank you to Steve Jobs to whom without inventing the internet we would all be out of work. Thank you to my kitteh Basil who sat on my lap many a night and kept this poor starving writer warm while typing feverishly away to get a blog post up before going to bed. And... and... wait, I almost forgot, thank you to Mrs. France and all the spouses out there who tolerate each of us bloggers, each of us telling you stories of motorcycles and listening to us describe in detail who is who, who lives where and who rides what and feigning interest in road reports, trip planning and and allowing us all to think we are getting away with something by downloading photo after photo of food porn. Thank you to all of you I failed to mention, I haven't forgot as you are all so important to us. Thank you all, I am truly honoured. Thank you, and happy holidays and a happy new year!

mq01 said...

ah, lol, well :D geez, bowing in thanks!

merry christmas to you and yours gary! i cant wait to see what 2012 brings us all, and the stories that will come from it all...

Roger said...

Oh Shux.......WHhat Troubadour said!

RichardM said...

What can I say (that Troubadour didn't!).

Merry Christmas from the frozen north. Just fifteen miles from North Pole.

SonjaM said...

Aww, thanks. It is all your fault, you know? If it weren't for your cross-country trip on the Leading Ladies I would have never considered this brand. Bowing in thanks!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your loved ones.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Gary!

Merry Christmas to you and yours....we got the snow I was wishing for by the pics turned out though, had to dig a path out of the culdesac with the snow blower today....good stuff.


Redleg's Rides

Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

Kathleen Jennette said...

Yes, I think your list contains a lot of bloggers I check into regularly too, plus, some new ones I have to check out! BTW Thank you for the backup on those peeps that ripped me off :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas!

Donna McNicol said...

Thanks so much, Gary, for our mention. I haven't been a good blogger lately...time to step back up to bat. LOL!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Oz said...

Thanks for the "award." I am humbled to be mentioned in the same company of so many great bloggers.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and another great year of riding and blogging.

WooleyBugger said...

I am humbled. Cool, I'd like to thank all the.... taptaptap, is this thing on? Squeal....tap tap tap. Again, I'd like to thank each and everyo...squealllll....and that's all I have to say about that.

Canajun said...

Coming from you, Gary, that's high praise indeed. Thanks for the mention, and thanks for keeping a great blog yourself.

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012 - may you ride (and blog about) many more happy 2-wheeled miles.

Unknown said...

I know you can't make it in 2012 but remember, if the world doesn't end at the end of next year (LOL) I will go with you to Bonneville for speed week in 2013 :-)
Thanks for the mention.

Dar said...

Gary - Wow I have never won an oscar before! Thank you! I have graduated from my scooter and received a vintage Honda Shadow VT500C for Christmas. It is in showroom condition and has been hardly ridden. So it would seem that I have a motorcycle blog now, but am going to keep the name Princess Scooterpie, its corny, but its me - lol.

Unknown said...


A list of fine reading. The worst part of life is running out of time (and ambition) to do (and appreciate) all of the things you enjoy. I think I could make a worse resolution than to try and be more regular visiting these blogs as they've usually got something good to say.

Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

VStar Lady said...

Aw shucks, it was an honor just to be nominated. Thanks Gary.

Really though, you've said it, a real winning list of blogs to read.

Here's wishing you all the best for 2012 and beyond.

Eve said...

It's wonderful of you to recgonize all these great motorcycle bloggers Gary. Many of whom I am in awe. Especially Bluecat!!!! I didn't blog about my Iron getting molested by a dog (oil line and wires chewed off). It was too sad. She's in the shop, a storage trailer is being utllized, gun is loaded! Funny how when the word gets out the neighbor dogs seem to spend more time at home!

Chris said...

Thanks Gary! Some great company to be mentioned in.

Axel said...

After month of absence, I find time to revisit your blog. Wow, thanks for mentioning me in the bog section ;)