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End of an era: Wes Siler, one of the most readable and outspoken motojournalists of today, has just bailed out of RideApart.

Fans of Siler's first venture Hell For Leather who were disappointed with the lists-and-linkbait formula of RideApart will be keen to see where Siler lands next.

We interviewed Wes three years ago, and it's still worth a read: http://www.bikeexif.com/wes-siler
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I wonder what will happen with Ride Apart. So much potential there, they just never seemed to find their "voice". 
E Brown
 
Yes, the site was always somewhat unbalanced in tone, in no small part because puff pieces seem to draw more traffic than some of the weightier writing there. 
 
"Fans of Siler's first venture Hell For Leather who were disappointed with the lists-and-linkbait formula of RideApart..."

<raises hand> 

I was toying with the idea of taking RideApart out of my RSS feeds, it was becoming so worthless.
 
Agreed, the sites new tactics seemed to alienate long time readers... It really just became hard to use or enjoy.
 
I definitely was not referring my friends to ride a part like I did HFL. 
 
+Sean Leach They've just appointed a new editorial director — ex-Petrolicious — and are advertising for new writers too.
 
Growth in media brings changes. Sometimes people don't like it. It's really not uncommon. That's not to say that it isn't sad sometimes. I, for one, enjoyed most of what RideApart did. 
E Brown
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I'd say RA was growing all that much, but I do think it's got potential. The chief divide in opinion about the site seems to be that newer or less experienced riders like the differences from HFL, while more experienced riders liked Wes' style and content. The former seems the more popular/commercially-promising direction, based on audience response. That isn't a Ride Apart I'd continue to visit, though.
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