Archive for December 2008

Phoenix rising: Moonrider reborn

December 31, 2008

On New Year’s Eve, I got up to find an e-mail from a reader from the old Journalspace blog. He commiserated with me about the death of Journalspace and he hoped that I had the data elsewhere and would post it elsewhere. What on earth was he talkingĀ  about? So I checked and sure enough somehow–the drives that contained all the Journalspace data had been wiped clean. Everything was gone forever. So no more Journalspace. No more Moonrider. No more information that contradicts the official view of the motorcycle industry about rider training.

A few weeks before, I had written I was taking a break. I was very discouraged at the time–I felt I had worked very hard for years to little effect. I said it was a break but I really had planned to give it up entirely. I was just going to take a couple months before I said it definitively. Otoh, it had been four years of my life and a hell of a lot of very hard work, thousands of dollars and a whole lot of heartache–and even though it had done little good, it was still there in case it was helpful to someone some day. And now it was gone forever. And it was four years of work–and to have it disappear entirely was unpleasant.

I thought about it a lot yesterday and decided there is a value in having an alternative view of the efficacy and safety of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider training curriculum available on the Internet. I do have a copy of most of the material that was posted on the Journalspace Moonrider Blog–but not in a form that could be easily just copied over into a new blog or website. And I’ve lost all the valuable comments readers had shared over the years. It’s not an easy thing–nor necessarily a valuable thing to repost it as it was. For one thing, it would be almost impossible to duplicate the order of entries. Nor would it be particularly helpful to do it in that way.

What was a disaster for Journalspace, then, gives me a chance to re-create a body of work that gives a non-industry and non-governmental perspective on rider training and motorcycle safety. Do it differently this time–and hopefully I will be able to do a little more effectively.

So that’s what I’m going to do over time–I’m just going to do it a little differently. And I’ll continue to write on issues that have come up recently and those that will come up in the future.

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