The History of Pashnit.com
A website about the passion for riding.
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Welcome to the history of Pashnit.com (pronounced 'passionate').What follows is a story of sorts of how a Wisconsin farmboy could create one of the largest independent motorcycling websites in the world. This story spans over 20 years and is one of those 'who knew?' type stories of simply doing what you love, telling others about it and letting the rest fall into place.
story begins about 1985-1986
|Introduction to motorcycles came when my oldest brother brought home a Honda
standard. My father wasn't too happy. We put a knobby tire on
the back and rode it all over our farm and surrounding woods. Granted an old streetbike wasn't exactly designed for the farm life. My brother broke his shoulder after hitting a downed tree
branch in one of our alfalfa fields. Months later I broke my leg when I wiped
out and the bike landed on my tibia. My oldest brother gave me a
ride on the back of his KZ900, my first experience with the wind in your
could have known that in ten years time- I'd be a fanatic.
My first bike, my
I bought my first motorcycle from my best
buddy. It was an '82 Suzuki GS450L.
I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking, man, that thing is
big! It wasn't, and I didn't even have a motorcycle license. I
had never ridden on the highway before. It didn't matter and I
handed over 400 bucks. The bike had less than 2000 miles on it. After a year of college & now home for the summer with my new motorcycle, the very first time I took
the bike out to ride it- the very first
corner- I crashed. Not a very good start to my motorcycling
career. I wiped out taking a 90 degree
left hand turn at the most everyday intersection in the middle of the
country in a town called Cheeseville, Wisconsin, pop 8. I didn't know how to lean. I wasn't going that fast, and any damage was minimal.
I picked myself up, hopped back on the bike, and rode on into town to see
| I barely rode it the entire year I had it. My longest ride
was 90 miles in one direction. I got several tickets on that bike
for no license, registration, updated sticker, etc, etc. I wasn't
too bright back then. I sold the
bike to my boss who was somewhat short but a huge 300+ guy. He
dwarfed the bike and I always get a chuckle when I think of him on that
bike. After a year of college, I parked the motorcycle, put the Spitfire
up on blocks and joined the United States Marine Corps. Semper
|1993: A New Life
I decided to move to California- for
no other reason than to leave the Upper Midwest, and see what was out
there. And I got the
crazy idea to ride a motorcycle across the United States. It sure
sounded like a good idea. But I
didn't even have a motorcycle license. And I didn't know a thing about
motorcycles, much less traversing the U.S. on one.
Undaunted, I bought a '83
Suzuki GS850L for $600 and just left for California with a few dollars
in my pocket and not much else. I spent the next 5000 miles riding
solo across the United States. That was my introduction to riding,
and it would begin a journey that would span tens of thousands of
miles. When I finally arrived in California, I spent the next few
months riding in all directions. I crossed off roads along the way,
never taking the same road twice. I would ride 3
hours straight just to go rollerblading in Monterey then I
would ride 3 hours back. Just to go for a ride.
In the late fall, a friend called and
invited me to come see her in Houston, Texas- a 2000 mile ride. I
would need a new bike for that. It
was a '83 Yamaha Venture 1200 and the very first time I sat on it, I
knew... this was the bike. Sold the Suzuki, bought the Venture
and three weeks later I left for a 6000 mile journey- in
8 days- in January- the middle of winter- in the midst of a wicked cold front.
I rode 1200 miles straight on the first day and would later
write my first book about that incredible
19 Degrees at the Grand Canyon
||After getting back from my 6000
Miles in 8 Days trip across
the south, I spent every spare moment riding. Headed north toward Lassen,
west to the
Pacific Ocean, eastward into the Sierra Mountains,
through the Sacramento River Delta and
across the Bay Area.
I wanted more and picked
Alaska. Still didn't even own a motorcycle jacket.
Remember those poor college days? Even my helmet was a $40
dollar second hand Bieffe.
I headed for Alaska in July with
virtually no planning whatsoever- I just left. I had randomly picked Alaska
just because it sounded good. 10,000 miles & a month of riding
non-stop- It was an
amazing trip and I wrote my second book based off the journal kept along
the way. As soon as I got back, I began planning my next 10,000 mile
|College and riding the bike. It was a simple
life. No car. No girlfriend. No money. I continued
to ride in all directions crossing off roads one at a time never taking
the same road twice. It was an endless stream
of morning till dark rides, 500 mile days one after the other. When
Spring Break came and my college friends headed off to parties or the
beach, I rode dawn till dusk every day of the week one road after the
other. What else was there to do, and I had fallen head over heels
in love with California's amazing roads.
It was about that time I sat on a Kawasaki ZX-11D for the first time. It
just fit, and I dreamt of owning the fastest production bike in the
Another year of riding, another year of college. I had aspirations of riding to New England since it was the only place in the United States I hadn't been too. I dreamt of riding the 4000 miles to Nova Scotia, studied maps and distances, even put up a huge map of New England on my wall along with several others. Meanwhile, I continued to rack up miles in increments of 10,000 on the Yamaha Venture. Changed a lot of tires.
A bike isn't very conducive to dating so I bought a '78 Triumph Spitfire- my second and restored it with my other Spitfire (I now had two). I spent what little money I had from my summer job on the car. To this day, I regret not taking the Nova Scotia ride that year. The cars come and go, but the ride stays with you forever. But women will do that to you.
My 5-Ton while in the US Marine Corps
I had put 50,000 miles on the Venture in two and a half years, and it was beginning to fall apart. The bike is quite the hot rod and second gear came and went. So I rode the next 10K without a second gear. My Triumph Spitfire ran okay and I drove it one semester, a mere 4 months. It was a beautiful car but the engine smoked so I pulled that out and rebuilt it over the summer. Spent a whole 15 days stationed in Oahu for my active duty with the Marine Corps Reserve. It was the longest I had gone without riding in 3 years. Found a riding partner and rode with another motorcyclist for the first time in 60,000 miles of riding. My roommate Ryan had a late 70's Goldwing with the Vetter fairing and we went to Yosemite, the Pacific Coast. I could dig this. I rode two up with friends and the Venture was a great traveling bike.
I didn't know Motorcycle Shows existed till I heard of one in the Bay Area - so I headed off by myself on the dilapidated Venture. I felt self-conscious but there were so many rat bikes in the parking lot, I blended right in. I was now hooked on the show thing. If only I could find someone to ride with me. And it was time to look for a new motorcycle. I wanted a sport-bike, but I still wanted to travel. A Concours? A ST1100? I didn't have a lot of money. I finally finished writing my first complete book about my 6000 mile ride in 8 days.
|1997: Enter the Sportbike
| It would be a '90
FJ1200 and I wasted no time racking up the miles. I headed for the Redwoods,
Big Sur Coastline, the Sierra
Mountains, the Sacramento River
Delta in a continuous stream of solo rides. I took overnight trips with
merely the sleeping bag on the back and a spare t-shirt. I finally bought a full riding suit- the leather pants, the
leather jacket, for a whopping $300 from Mr. Motorcycle in Colorado
(cheapest leather I could find). Obtained a Tour Master tankbag,
a used HJC helmet from the guy next door and I was set! The bike was incredibly fast, smooth,
and quiet at
speed. I went to my first motorcycle race, the Laguna Seca Superbike
races and convinced my roommate to go with on the 3 hour ride down there
(She was really sore- It was her first motorcycle ride ever!)
Then to Sears Point Raceway (now Infineon) for the
races. Traveled to Lava Beds
National Park to see the lava flows and Glass
Mountain- a sheer mountain of
My sweet, sweet baby...
| In August, I left on an excursion to Zion National Park
heading across Nevada. People asked, Nevada? There's nothing out
there! Undaunted, I headed out and rode Hwy 50 - The
Loneliest Road in America. Great pictures! 400 miles from home
and 10 miles from Tonopah, Nevada- I blew a hole in the motor on a Sunday morning. The bike was parked and I
managed to get the Venture working. Tried to sell the FJ but no
interest. In December I found a motor from an '86 FJ1200
and I swapped out the motors. Went to my second motorcycle show in December- the
San Mateo Motorcycle show. Every time I saw a ZX-11D, I salivated
all over myself.
|1998: Non-stop riding
That winter and spring, I rode non-stop in day trips
crossing off roads with my new motor. The Sierra
Foothills, Yosemite again, Mt. Diablo, the
Redwood Coast, and into northern California-
a motorcyclist's paradise- bar none.
The motor ran great and I put the original '90 in the corner of the garage
and left it there. I acquired a solo Corbin and put that on the bike. Where have you been all my
life? I was in heaven! No bike should be without a Corbin- I
While the FJ was in the shop for a tune-up- I rode
the Venture for the first time in months to work and totaled it. A
lady pulled out in front of me (she never even looked left) and I t-boned
the drivers door doing about 25 mph and went flying over the
handlebars. For my 10-mile freeway ride to work, I was wearing full
leathers, gloves, Sidi boots and walked away (again) without a scratch. The Venture was trashed. The plastic was busted
up so bad, I took speaker wire (the only thing I had laying around) and
actually wired all the fairings together so they wouldn't fall off. I eventually traded it to
a guy in Reno for a pickup load of Triumph Spitfire parts. I had
ridden 70,000 miles and it was the first time I hit anyone.
I went to Sears Point Raceway for the vintage races. Kind of boring to go alone though. Actually I was getting tired of riding alone. Moving out of my loner phase? Riding on the delta roads south of Sacramento, I hit a pothole so big, I bent the front rim and blew the tire. Rode 30 miles home on a flat tire and
inserted the '86 16" rim.
It was in the Spring that I began fiddling with creating websites. Somewhat unsure how to even begin, I signed up for a class at the local community college on how to write HTML. The class was super-basic and all the HTML was written by hand. Since our semester project to pass the class was a website about something we were interested in, I naturally wrote one about motorcycles.
In summer, I began dating my future wife (met her through the HTML class!) and the FJ1200 was parked
for the next six months. In December I took her to the San Mateo
Motorcycle Show and after some coaxing, convinced her to ride on the back
of a Harley Davidson Nightrain. Her first ever ride on a
motorcycle. She held on so tight- I had to get her to release her
grip so I could breathe. How's that for courting? She was hooked. I had a picture shrine going in my room
complete with all the magazine articles ever written about the ZX-11D.
|1999: Birth of Pashnit.com
I rented a Harley for a day from Easyriders in
SF as a birthday surprise. It was a hit. We took our first big trip
on the bike together to the coast. She was even more hooked and talked about
getting her own motorcycle. We went to the Superbike races at
Sears Point and now she was hooked on racing. We spent our one year
anniversary at the SuperBike Races in Laguna Seca in Monterey.
We went to the Squaw Classic
Japanese Motorcycle Show at Lake Tahoe, the dirt track races- Sacramento Mile, the Hangtown Motorcross
Classic for motorcross, and went to Old Highway 40 Motorcycle Days at Donner Ski Ranch
learning what a hillclimb & Battletrax was like. She didn't
seem to mind all the motorcycles. I think she's a keeper.
Bought a '90 Kawasaki EX500 that fall while she took the MSF course at the
local College and got her license. On a business trip to LA on the
FJ1200, rode Angels Crest Highway- Hwy
2, above greater Los Angeles.
Intense road! Then from Ventura, Hwy 33 and back up the Big Sur Coastline.
The FJ was aging quickly, I had put 30K on it in less than 3 years, it was time for a new bike.
Searched and waited- then found a '93 Kawasaki ZX-11D in red. The guy just bought a Ducat 916 (14,000 cash!) and had a KLR650 in the garage. Envy, Envy. 3 bikes? The ZX11 was very close to what I was looking for. Sold!
|135 Horsepower. Just incredible and very loud with the Vance & Hines. The stock windshield sucked. The stock seat sucked. A five hour ride and I was sore. I made an appointment and headed to Hollister to have Corbin seats custom made for our bikes. Worth every penny of the $500 bucks for both seats. After some more sport-touring mods, it was indeed my dream bike!
I finished my second book- Racing Daylight- One Month & 10,000 Miles finally after working on it for two years. At the San Mateo Motorcycle Show in December, we bought her a Heins Greike motorcycle jacket from FemmeGear. Unbeknownst to her, I walked around the entire day with an engagement ring in the pocket of my leather riding pants waiting for the right moment. The second day of the show, in the middle of a BMW demo ride, (I on a R1200RS and she on a F650) I got down on one knee, clad in full leathers, and asked Sarah to marry me.
Throughout this year, I continued dabbling with building webpages. I
had always carried a camera with me where ever I went, and had built up
quite a library of road photos. In the latter part of the year, I began writing detailed accounts of
my favorite roads and put it together in the form of a webpage
coupled with several photos. When it came time to think of a domain
name, I looked no further than the back of the FJ1200 where the license
plate was the word "pashnit". I wrote 30 webpages, uploaded them
all, and the Pashnit.com site was born. Who knew those pages would start from
such humble beginnings, and soon grow to become
the premier website for California Motorcycle Roads receiving over
1,000,000 million visitors per year from around the world.
|2000: The Motorcycle Lifestyle
Went to our
first indoor Arena Cross, liked that much better than the outdoor
motorcross. Two months later, someone backed into the ZX-11D in a parking lot and toppled it over. $3200 in damage (parts, labor, etc.)! While waiting for the parts to arrive, I continued to ride the bike. Then while traveling down the freeway, I hit a decent bump and the front fender exploded!
Bits of it shot everywhere and what was left of it
was stuck in-between the back of the tire and the front fairing. Evidently, the car that backed into the bike broke the inside mounting bolts. Just another day on the bike.
That year, I began traveling all over California for my job
on the ZX-11D and used that opportunity to revisit many of the roads I'd
ridden in the past shooting hundreds of rolls of film. After I
returned from my trip, I'd write the text about the roads and develop it
into a new webpage. My riding habits were extreme, always
solo, and always trying to cover as much distance as daylight
| I did a ride
from Crater Lake to the Oregon Coast and then back to Sacramento
on 101 in one
non-stop 16 hour ride. Took two days to get feeling back into my hands and
my sore back to recover. Another time tried to squeeze a 500 mile
ride into a little over 9 hours. Off to Sears Point Races in April and Sarah was getting more used to the
Kawasaki EX500. A week later, my lovely bride and I were married in
May. We discovered 1/8 mile oval Speedway Racing and
enjoyed that. And Sport Bike Night
the In Cahoots Saloon in Sacramento.
Off to Laguna Seca Superbike Races
where Nicky Haden takes first place! The AFM Motorcycle Races at
Sears Point Raceway. The Police Run in the end of July. Then my favorite, Buell sponsored
Old Highway 40 Motorcycle
Days at Donner Ski Ranch. More AFM Races. Then the X-Games in San Fran
where Travis Pastrana does loop de loops.
In the fall of 2000, my new bride was pregnant.
||Your life changes a lot when you have a kid. After a
decade of riding non-stop around California, my incessant riding slowed dramatically. So I
began writing about my travels over the years and poured that same energy into expanding the website.
In turn, the word about the
Pashnit.com site began to build across the motorcycling community.
Much of the traffic to the website came from word of mouth from one
motorcyclist to the next since I did nothing to promote the site.
But by now I had written over 250 web pages, and traffic climbed past over 35,000 visitors every
month. I had shot hundreds of rolls of film, ridden hundreds of
California roads, and rode well past the 100,000 mile mark just in
California alone. I preferred to stay anonymous and many visitors seemed amazed once they learned this
was all the work of one
guy. The site began to get attention from print media and the first
to call attention to it was none other than BMW's Motorcycle Catalog distributed to all BMW
motorcycle dealers across the United States. Then Motorcycle Tour & Travel (now called
RoadBike) featured an article called Motorcycling and the Web
listing several hundred motorcycle-related websites in the process.
Out of all the websites listed in the magazine, a special sidebar article was written about
the Pashnit.com site.
|A feature about the site appeared in Friction
Zone Magazine, and I was asked if I would write road trip articles for
the magazine. It was the first time I was ever
paid to write about riding a motorcycle and up until that time, I had
never received anything in return for providing the Pashnit site to my
fellow motorcyclists. The site was nearly 4 years old & I'd still managed to remain somewhat
By now, there were over 1000 known websites providing static links into the
pashnit site, and hundreds of message boards providing even more
traffic. Someone sent me a note saying they had typed the words, "Motorcycle
California" into Google.com,
and I was the first site listed. At some point, the traffic into the
site doubled and leveled off at a steady 75,000 visitors monthly. I
continued to write and soon surpassed 350 webpages with over 2000 photographs and
soon surpassed over a 1,000,000 million people a year logging on to
Overnight, the cost of running the site doubled. I learned about PayPal and was amazed when people actually began to donate money to the site allowing me to keep it as a private, non-commercial website while offering it free to the motorcycling community. In the fall of 2003, the phone rang.
It was David Edwards, the editor of Cycle World Magazine. "I just found your site, we need to talk," he said, "I'd like to write my monthly column about what you're doing with your California Motorcycle Roads website." I was flabbergasted.
Dad, I when do I get my first motorcycle?
I was talking to thee David Edwards! In the November '03 issue of Cycle World, the article appeared and it was intensely flattering. Traffic through the pashnit.com site spiked to 5000 visitors a day from around the world and the Pashnit.com website went global.
It was about then, I finally bought the King of Kings- the Suzuki Hayabusa.
It was the Year of 2004...
Pashnit Motorcycle Tours
Time waits for no man, and this was definitely the year of
expansion for the Pashnit family of websites. David Edwards' Cycle World
article opened up a whole new door, and after 4 years of relative unanimity,
the spidey custom came off.
Motorcycle Tours arrived and I have to admit- it's the most fun I've
had in years! Maybe what's interesting about leading guided
tours across this motorcycle paradise is all those years I rode not knowing a single other person into
motorcycling the way I was. What irony that years later I'd have the
privilege and honor to share this passion for riding with others in the
most interactive of ways. The phone calls began, especially
from manufactures and suppliers who asked to be sponsors
of the tour company and opened up their arms with tremendous support
(if you'd like to join the list of sponsors- call
|Pashnit Trip Planning
I launched Pashnit
Trip Planning, the first of its kind Custom Trip Planning Service
for incoming riders headed for California, creating custom planned itineraries tailored to style of riding, group size, daily mileage, preference of roads. They averaged 30-60
pages of text, and were essentially mini-books. I wrote them
for doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, machinists, bricklayers, and even was asked by
the VP & editor of Cycle World Magazine to plan the yearly ride for
the staff of Cycle World Magazine. This service morphed into Pashnit Motorcycle Tours.
Motorcycle Forum, an interactive message board, was launched
and started off slowly at first.
Finally, a forum about riding- a mirror of the pashnit.com site, no fluff,
no flair, just all meat and potatoes- a message board about
motorcycle travel, motorcycle photography, trip planning and a intense love of
|Newspaper, Radio, Magazines
Friction Zone Magazine called once more and asked if I'd write an
article entitled, "The
best motorcycle roads in California" which was published in the June
2004 issue. By now, the Pashnit.com site had gotten the attention of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cycle World, Rider Magazine,
Motorcyclist Magazine, Motorcycle Tour & Travel, American
Motorcyclist, BMW North America, Honda Riders Association of America and even the cable channel
Outdoor Life Network. I'd been interviewed on Cycle Talk Radio and requested as a speaker by motorcycling clubs. I in turn moved past 400 webpages, 3000 photos,
15,000 hyper-links and continued right on writing- at any given time,
I had 25-30 new webpages of roads started or merely half-finished.
Behind it all, my lovely wife slowly grew larger, and in
September, our son arrived, Conner McCrae.
The year started off with the phone ringing daily. Excitement was in the air. First a movie producer, then
National Geographic (yes, that National Geographic), then a fella that
publishes books, then a writer who's launching a new motorcycle magazine, then an executive at Google (yes, that Google),
then a motorcycle retailer, and on and on. I chatted with everyone
and always felt a little surprised at each call. Everyone
seems to ask how I managed it all, that is once they learned I have two small
kids, full time job, wife, household, etc... the answer was after everyone went to sleep, I was working till 1-2 am almost daily on the site. It was like working 3 jobs.
In the Spring, I was asked by David Edwards, the editor of Cycle World Magazine, if I would design a 4-Day Tour for the editors of the magazine. In April '05, the ride took place, and it was quite a pleasure to spend time with David Edwards, Mark Hoyer and Brian Catterson (now editor of Motorcyclist) on our multi-day ride. An article was soon published about the ride in the August issue - Read all about the ride!
The Pashnit Forum grew slowly as word spread. There were 5-7 new members every day and it was a cozy place really as I was finally granted a medium to interact with all the people that have used the Pashnit site throughout the years.
Pashnit Tours gained another year of experience and we added a new 4-Day Tour through Northern California to the roster. I also retired Pashnit Trip Planning and shunted that into the forum.
Midway through the year, I began working on a project to convert the California Motorcycle Roads portion of the site into raw text, sans pics and formating, I was left with a 600 page document of text about Motorcycle Roads in California. Flabbergasted was only a mildly roundabout way of describing my realization that I'd started writing years earlier about California Roads, and simply hadn't stopped. In my hand, I held a 600 page document of my text.
Another article about what I was doing appeared in the debut issue of Road Trip Magazine and finished off the year at the IMS Motorcycle Show in San Jose- the first time I'd ever been out in the general public so to speak. It was an eye opener. During peak times, our booth was mobbed and there were layers of people 6 and 7 deep lined up just to shake my hand. "Are you the guy?", they'd ask over and over. One fella later would tell me that after waiting 15 minutes in line just to meet me, his wife wouldn't let him wait any longer. I had no idea. The show was overwhelming, exciting, and simply charged with extreme excitement. It was a eye-opener to all the time and effort I'd spent building this website and sharing this love of riding with my fellow motorcyclists.
2006: Turning a Corner
At the turn of the year in January 2006, the California Motorcycle Roads portion of Pashnit.com became available only through a $20 yearly subscription. It sent ripples through the motorcycling community. Pro. Con. Sides quickly formed. Pro: Tim, it's about time you actually made some money for all your time and effort. Good for you!! Con: How could you take this away from me? I was even told I was finished, done. No one would ever log on again. Naysayers and doomsdayers are easy to find. But times were a-changing. Costs were mounting and this was no longer just a late-night hobby. The irony of all the detractors who told me I was finished was finding a new-found motivation in their glum predictions for the Pashnit site. Not a day goes by where I don't think about the naysayers who said it couldn't be done.
Low and behold, instead of collapsing and fading into internet netherland, the Pashnit Forum exploded and growth took off. Over 10,000 people joined the Pashnit Discussion Forum in the ensuing months posting over 65,000 photos and also sharing hundreds of stories about their motorcycle trips. Not only had the forum become a reflection of the California Motorcycle Roads site, it was quickly becoming the go-to-place for information about motorcycle travel not just in California, but on a larger scale. The forum grew past California and soon had a member-base that spanned across the United States, through Canada and into Europe. There's even a significant readership in India.
Pashnit Articles also graced the pages of several magazines after being asked to write a word or two. Cycle World editor David Edwards asked if I would pen an article on my Suzuki Hayabusa for a cover story they were working on for their Sportbike Annual. I was also approached and asked if I would road test a new '06 Buell Ulysses XB12X. Would I? Four days and 1600 miles later, I brought the bike back and sent the article off to Friction Zone Magazine. Also published a 10,000 word unabridged version about the motorcycle- Read that here.
|I traveled 10,000 miles that year leading fellow riders around this Motorcycle Dreamland of California, along with my fellow tour guide, The Other Tim. Pashnit Tours conducted 9 guided tours of California with predominantly attendees from California, but also with folks from other states, Europe and Australia. We expanded the roster to NorCal, Central Cal & Sierra Nevada 3-Day tours to choose from, two 4-Day tours that when combined circle the state, and also a 10-Day MotoGP Tour to the GrandPrix Races in Monterey, CA in July. It was a very busy year of juggling family obligations, working full time, building the Pashnit site & running the tour company.
The year 2007 was a whirlwind. The site as we know it began to mature and slowly diversified into 4 distinct areas: Roads, Tours, Forum, Product. The CA Moto Roads as a $20 subscription was now in its second year, the Pashnit Tour company was more established, Pashnit Group Buys were offered almost every month and the Pashnit Discussion Forum took on a life of its own growing past 20,000 members. Spent weeks creating and adding over 1200 Google Earth 3-D maps to all the webpages of roads.
Pashnit Tours expanded from 9 to 10 Guided Motorcycle Tours this year and nearly every ride was full-up. The MotoGP Tour was the longest ride we did at 10 days and ended up at the MotoGP Races in Laguna Seca.
And a new phenomenon hit me rather unexpectedly, that of the return rate of our Pashnit Alumni. During '07, it hit around 50%. Over half the riders were now on their 2nd, 3rd, and some even 4th Pashnit Tour. Two riders went on 4 in a row. One of those things I would not have even thought of.
While I had taken a break from writing for magazines, over the summer, a FOX Television station called and asked if they could do a piece on the Motorcycle Tours we were doing. This proved to be great fun and after 5 hours of filming and interviews, Lousia's Outdoor Adventures aired the segment on the 10 o'clock news. Watch the video here...
After the touring season ended in the Fall of '07, I sat down and began building more webpages about the Pashnit Touring Company. A short bit later, realized I'd doubled the size of the PMT site. It's set up that way to provide you with an immense block of information to help plan your Pashnit Motorcycle Vacation. Gift Certificates were added, a Season Pass for '08 was offered, a Video Page, Group Photos page, a page about food, even a page about the Top 10 Reasons to go on a ride. Plus an all new tour for '08- the Backroads California Tour, a ride that focuses primarily on coastal backroads, commonly called goat trails. I then expanded the roster from 10 tours to 15 to keep up things.
Pashnit Photography began to mature. While I'd been taking pictures of roads for nearly 15 years, the lucky shots of ooh, that's a good one finally weren't so lucky anymore. I knew what I was looking for and put a lot of effort into getting 'The Shot'. After accumulating tens of thousands of photographs of Pashnit Roads, I began offering a Free Screensaver to anyone who wanted it. If I enjoyed the photography, someone else might also. The CD grew from 2000, to 3000, to 5000 Photographs, all shot on the road and on the Pashnit Tours. And those are just the good ones.
The fall brought the debut of the Pashnit Interactive Maps, a fantastic addtion to the CA Road Pages. Now you could view the entire state as a map with all the roads hyperlinked. Click on a road, it will take you to the CA Moto Road for that link.
The year finished up with sweeping design upgrades to the entire website with a brand look and feel to Pashnit.com. Finally, I'd come up with a new design based around screenshots of the latest Pashnit Roads. The reward was an all new Pashnit Homepage and Moto Roads page. As the year ended and I launched the new design at Christmas, work began on the next massive project- to build a product storestore based from the Group Buys I'd been conducting. A product store was something I'd attempted several times before. The result this time was huge success, the present day PashnitMoto.com which now offers A-Z in product for the sport-touring motorcyclist.
2008: A Decade under the Bridge.
Seven days a week, every day sometimes working late into the night, sometimes all night, constantly building, constantly dreaming about What Next. How large can it grow, and where will it be in 5 years, a decade from now even. The new PashnitMoto & PashnitBusa.com storefronts continue to expand into a range of everyday motorcycle products we all use.
The Pashnit Touring Co. is headed into its 6th year already of providing guided tours around California. Seems a long time ago sitting down & fiddling with a flatbed scanner, several photographs, and starting a class at the local community college on how to create a webpage, writing the html by hand. At the time, just thought I'd write about a couple of my favorite roads on this relatively new (to me at least) communication tool, the Internet.
The writing style was primitive, the information brief, the pictures were simple. Just shots of the road, some text and a map. Over a peroid of four years, I wrote and wrote, completely anonymous, absorbed in my dreamy world of motorcycling bliss. No one ever plans a site like this. It just sort of happened.
It's easy to get philosophical about the role and place the Pashnit.com website plays in the motorcycling community. During the peak of the riding season last July, 30,000 people logged onto the Pashnit website- per day. That's nearly One Million people for that month. Who are these million people? This website isn't just about California riding anymore, it's gone global and the message here is a universal one. Tens of thousands have become touched, affected, influenced and motivated by the core value of what it is to be passionate about riding.
The goal and mission of the Pashnit Website will always be to bring riders together, all types on any two-wheeled conveyance. To get you excited and curious about the world around you- enough to get on that bike and just ride off into the horizon. Looking back, I am eternally thankful for those of you that have supported this site by telling your friends and fellow riders about it. A true grassroots phenomenon. It couldn't have become a household name without that. Just plain thanks.
My daughter by the way started 1st grade this fall. A decade indeed.
2009: Ten Year Anniversary
Has it been ten years already? A decade of your life. I had finished my first book and then had the very simple idea to write about some of my favorite roads and post them on the internet. Everyone was doing it. It was the height of the internet boom. There were no aspirations, no expectations, and certainly no grand plan. A few roads became 10. Then 30. Then a daily hobby. Then an obsession to catalog them all. Soon it was 250 roads and counting. Fast forward a decade later.... and who knew!
She's HERE! A special welcome to our third.
2010: Big Business.
Thus begins the 11th year of building Pashnit.com. The motorcycle tour company enters its 7th year of providing professional tours. PashnitMoto, the product arm of the Pashnit site has now shipped over $1,000,000 worth of product to Pashnites worldwide. The PashnitForum now has nearly 30,000 members spanning around the globe. Our Pashnit Newsletter is emailed to 27,000 motorcyclists twice every month. The Hayabusa will have 90,000 miles on it by the end of 2010.
And this year I'll be riding past 200,000 miles of travel on two wheels.
A special thanks to all the members and supporters of this site. -Tim