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YamahaMotorUSA posted a video on YouTube titled "The Moto-Journalist Life" where we go through some raw footage clips of someone going on a test ride day with the SCR950. Regular roads, back dirt roads, etc. Looks like a blast !

 

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No fun when its put in environments that the biker maker picked out for it, rather see some individual take it through terrain that you can say is a bit extreme or pushes what Yamaha might have outlined it does best in. That way we can really see what its like in its highs and lows. But this was still a good look. Just rather have more "authentic" information if you know what I mean.
 

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Yea.. I can see what you're saying. The places they took the bikes through were very "controlled" environments in the sense of, leveled dirt back streets that had already been predetermined as "safe".

It would be better to see someone take them into real adventurous terrains to see how it holds up. A more "real life" situation rather than a route that has been planned to ensure it can show effective. I think the main part of the video I liked is when he got into the more dirt areas and was letting the bike fish tail around a little bit
 

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It still looked fun, yes the odd road portions aren't really off road, but there were plenty of bends and turns on the tarmac. They probably get plenty of perks too if they're too far away from the test ride location. Maybe even free accommodation along with food.
 

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The head camera doesn't vibrate as much as expected when he's off road on the dirt. Was expecting to see harsher ride quality because of the shocks and amount of travel it has.
 

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I'm sure they'll probably get a complimentary lunch or something but that's about it. I doubt they would take them so far to the point where they need motels or anything.
 

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Ouuu I love free merchandise ;) !

But I see what you're saying as well. What kinda bike were you riding ??
 

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I rode Buells all day as part of a test group once. We got a t-shirt, backpack and lunch. =)
I'd have paid them to have as much fun, though!
I'm surprised they didn't pay you on top of that since you'll be surprised how valuable that information is to them, it's like gold.
 

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That's pretty much it lol. It seems like a privilege opposed to a "job" to do for them.

The incentives like OpenRoad said are the t-shirt, backpack, and the lunch. Oh and getting to ride a bike before the vast majority of the public does.
 

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That's pretty much it lol. It seems like a privilege opposed to a "job" to do for them.

The incentives like OpenRoad said are the t-shirt, backpack, and the lunch. Oh and getting to ride a bike before the vast majority of the public does.
I helped unload Moto Guzzi Nevada 750s from a truck once for a demo event. One of the factory guys offered to let me take one up the road briefly. Later that night, I was sitting around a campfire when moto-journalist Brian Catterson showed up. After our introductions, I asked him what he was up to and he said they'd come to try out the new 750s the next day. "They ride pretty nice", I said. He looked at me funny, "You've ridden one already??"
Oops.
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