Well, I'm on to my next project and out of here...kind of...

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3/14/2019 6:13 PM

It's come up in a few topics as of late, but I figured I'd get around to this eventually. But after an awesome five years working here at Vital, I'm no longer a staff member (per my own choice). Honestly, getting this job was a God send at the time as I had literally no clue what to do with my life and was within a day or so of going back to school. I had jumped around some pretty cool gigs before that but none could give me full-time work and I was just getting by per se. While I've dabbled in a ton of aspects of media life here, testing and building cool bikes is of course the best part...along with some of the amazing places I get to go to. So I figured if there was a way I could focus on bike intros, builds, shootouts, and tech I would make it happen.

So in December I came up with a plan to step out on my own and thanks to the generous support of a few brands who see what I'm trying to accomplish (Race Tech, Fox, Alpinestars, Chaparral, Specialized, and a few others in the works...) I now have a great opportunity to do so. Building a media website sounded like an absolute hassle and for any one has met me they know I talk...a lot. So for the time being, all the content I'm generating will be video based and hosted on YouTube....so I get to just keep talking. And thanks to the support of the big OEMs, I'll be hitting the same bike launches and intros I've been for the past five years, so I can continue to build on what I've started.

I'll try to keep this from being a novel but I just wanted to thank this community for the support of my prior work and for a lack of a better term, clicking on what I typed up or talked about. I'm using the term "Journalist" loosely, but I never figured my job would relate to anything like that. While I may have lost my "moderator" powers, I won't be leaving the forum. I was a member of this community prior to my job here and will continue to afterwards, so I'll still be posting...probably daily. However, I don't plan on going full spam here so don't expect a "look what we tested this week or day" style post. If someone asks about a bike and I have something that fits the answer, you might see a link from me but still I'm more likely to type out my response with some info anyhow. Outside of bike intros, project bikes, Shootouts (I'll be doing a lot more off-road, dual sport and adventure bike stuff then I used to) product intros, etc...I'm also launching a podcast which should be up tomorrow. First episode is with Donn Maeda, mostly covering what the heck happened with Transworld.

Like I said above, I don't want to be a full-time spammer here. So if you care to keep up with what I'm doing, the easiest way is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and I regularly post up what new content I have on social media under my name. If you're not the social media type or don't have an account on YouTube to subscribe with, the URL 512Testing.com redirects you to my YouTube channel as well.

Also a big thanks to Vital's owner Brad and my prior co-worker GuyB for giving me a shot at this stuff, and my good buddy Michael Morgan for being a great friend outside of the best co-worker I've ever had! See you guys on the road bikes next week.

So this is goodbye, but not really since I'm actually not going anywhere, just not working here any longer. But who knows, maybe I'll be a contributor again one day too. Never say never.

One last time, thanks to this amazing community. It made me pull out my hair some days, but there's some seriously cool people here and I've learned a ton thanks to you all.

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If you liked my bike tests from Vital, head to my YouTube channel to see my latest tests and more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcgAl-F63686Bfnt44vmrfQ
Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 6:14 PM

Good luck ML! Enjoy seeing you post on here and enjoy you on the pulp show!

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3/14/2019 6:15 PM

Now Get Off My Lawn!




Best of luck, Michael, love your testing work, thanks for all of the effort!

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3/14/2019 6:15 PM

Gus wrote:

Good luck ML! Enjoy seeing you post on here and enjoy you on the pulp show!

Mucho gracias, I think I'll be on the show a bit more often now as well. So hopefully people don't get sick of me talking on there.

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If you liked my bike tests from Vital, head to my YouTube channel to see my latest tests and more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcgAl-F63686Bfnt44vmrfQ
Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 6:27 PM

Good luck, man.

Sub #390

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3/14/2019 6:38 PM

Bad ass dude. Loved your input, testing, and insider info. I hope you kill it., vitals definitely got some shoes to fill with your testing and tech info.

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3/14/2019 6:43 PM

Good luck, ML!

-Slipdog, Sub #394

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3/14/2019 6:53 PM

Best of luck on the new venture. You were a hell of an asset to the front page, and I look forward to your continued contributions here in the forum.

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3/14/2019 6:58 PM

BBBOOOOOOO!!!!!

Just kidding Michael!

Good luck with everything you are hoping to achieve! I always looked forward to your shootouts and product reviews, I am looking forward to see how you develop your channel and will for sure subscribe.

Barron

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3/14/2019 6:58 PM

You are the man you sexy bitch and excited to be able to see what your future has to offer us fruit loops. And you of course. Get r done bro

Not sure who this is stolen from but always got a kick out of it.


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3/14/2019 7:00 PM

Best of luck in your new venture! I always liked your content.

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3/14/2019 7:08 PM

Who's running pit bits now?

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Cheers, Crush
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3/14/2019 7:09 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/14/2019 7:10 PM

We'll be seeing you, in all the old familiar places...

We have enjoyed and benefited from your time here, I'm sure we'll look back like Motodrive as the good old days.
I'm sure Vital will keep the bar nice and high, Gibby will keep it rolling.

Moto and Off road and dual sports and adventure bikes huh, ya don't say...

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3/14/2019 7:13 PM

Johnny Depp wrote:

We'll be seeing you, in all the old familiar places...

We have enjoyed and benefited from your time here, I'm sure we'll look back like Motodrive as the good old days.
I'm sure Vital will keep the bar nice and high, Gibby will keep it rolling.

Moto and Off road and dual sports and adventure bikes huh, ya don't say...

What can I say, I love all motorcycles...you might finally get that Beta test you been waiting for.

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Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 7:14 PM

Crush wrote:

Who's running pit bits now?

It's always been GuyB's feature, I would just contribute with suggestions at some rounds I didn't attend and a few races (Like A1, A2, Daytona, Glen Helen, USGP, etc..) I'd do the bulk of it because I could go hyper techy with it.

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If you liked my bike tests from Vital, head to my YouTube channel to see my latest tests and more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcgAl-F63686Bfnt44vmrfQ
Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 7:15 PM

Thanks ML512! I will always be jealous of your jobs here at vital and your newest endevour. Living the dream buddy!

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Greg D.
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3/14/2019 7:18 PM

All the best Michael.

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3/14/2019 7:25 PM

Really enjoyed the content you have produced at Vital over the past few years, will certainly continue to follow your You Tube work.

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3/14/2019 7:26 PM

GregDVT wrote:

Thanks ML512! I will always be jealous of your jobs here at vital and your newest endevour. Living the dream buddy!

Trying, considering I gave up on school at 16 (well, I graduated high school early) and have only lived in the moto industry since, I have to keep it rolling! Otherwise, I don't where in the heck I would go...maybe In N Out?

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Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 7:35 PM

GregDVT wrote:

Thanks ML512! I will always be jealous of your jobs here at vital and your newest endevour. Living the dream buddy!

ML512 wrote:

Trying, considering I gave up on school at 16 (well, I graduated high school early) and have only lived in the moto industry since, I have to keep it rolling! Otherwise, I don't where in the heck I would go...maybe In N Out?

Vince:
Why don't you try Fat Burger from now on? You can get yourself a cheese and fries for 2.95, faggot!

Brian:
I like the tuna here.

Vince:
Bullshit asshole, no one likes the tuna here!

Brian:
Yeah well I do.

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3/14/2019 7:44 PM

Good luck man.

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3/14/2019 7:49 PM

Good luck ML. Hopefully you can hang around here for the good stuff and not have to deal with the BS.

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3/14/2019 7:56 PM

All the best ML, I will definitely be checking out your new YouTube channel ! If you ever need a bike for free, I know a dealer....nah best we dont go there! lol Take care mate!

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3/14/2019 7:58 PM

kiwifan wrote:

All the best ML, I will definitely be checking out your new YouTube channel ! If you ever need a bike for free, I know a dealer....nah best we dont go there! lol Take care mate!

What does your dealer want me on?

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Instagram: @Michael_Lindsay512

3/14/2019 7:59 PM

BAMX wrote:

Good luck ML. Hopefully you can hang around here for the good stuff and not have to deal with the BS.

BS?

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3/14/2019 8:03 PM

Best of luck on your new adventure ML. Already subbed to your YT channel.

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3/14/2019 8:04 PM
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BAMX wrote:

Good luck ML. Hopefully you can hang around here for the good stuff and not have to deal with the BS.

GuyB wrote:

BS?

I was referring to his moderating duties. To clarify, I'm sure that he has had to clean up more than one train wreck.

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3/14/2019 8:15 PM

Your welcome...oops- I mean thank you!

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3/14/2019 8:56 PM

Good luck on the new gig, I'm sure you'll do a killer job with it. At least you'll have more time to focus on how to properly bottom A kit and learn why two strokes are superior in every single way.

-sub#434

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3/14/2019 8:57 PM

Good luck ML! I’m stoked for you and I’m glad to hear you’ll still be around here. I always enjoyed your input and knowledge and you can guarantee I’ll be following all of your stuff on YT, podcasts and whatever else you do. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get a chance to run into you at one of the local tracks. Thanks again for all you did around here!

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