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Sean MacDonald

  • Nickname: "Zoo"
  • Riding Since: 2001
  • Bikes: 1986 Yamaha FZR600 (sold), 1976 Yamaha XS650 (sold), 1977 Honda CB750F (sold), 2009 Triumph Bonneville (sold), 2010 Ducati Monster 696 (sold)
  • Riding Style: Commuter, canyon carver, track enthusiast, motocrosser, long-distance tourer, off-road adventurer, café kid, dual-sport, supermoto
  • Most Asked Question: "I want to buy a 1970s Honda and my budget is $1,500. Is this a good bike to buy?"
  • Hero: Bill Simmons

Sean began as a silly hipster, asking the question he is now asked most. His career in motorcycling began as just a guy riding to and from his job as a special education teacher on a heavily customized 2009 Triumph Bonneville while moonlighting for a little website called Hell For Leather. Sean has always been a nerd, and his tendency towards spending most of his free time either on his motorcycle or researching things he could do to his motorcycle helped him fit the role of gear geek perfectly at HFL, a role that was lacking with sport-guy-Wes and outdoor-adventure-guy-Grant. As HFL grew into RideApart, and Sean learned that there was more to life than clip-ons and 3/4 helmets, his role grew into a full-time position as the production editor.

Sean has come a long way since the days of cafes, 3/4 helmets, T-shirts, and Vans. Nowadays, he's into pretty much everything with an engine and can't wait to geek out over the newest personal watercraft, ATV or motorcycle that's going to push the market and meet riders' needs. He's always on the hunt for the lastest and greatest gear or the gear that provides the best value to his fellow riders and he brings a enthusiastic approach to diving into this task unparalleled in the world of powersports journalism.

Sean's newest endeavor is to contribute to RevZilla's new efforts in the realm of original editorial content. To give us all a place to engage over the newest trends, gear, motorcycles, and culture. To take us on adventures and to share routes and stories.

Sean isn't allowed to have much spare time because, let's face it, when your "work time" involves race tracks, motorcycle trips, playing in the dirt, and testing out the latest and greatest gear, you don't really deserve vacations. He does, however, apply the same research methods he does with gear to most things in life. When he does find a few free minutes, he is most often found researching any number of interests, ranging from home theater equipment to StarCraft strategy to exercise tips. One week, the dude spent nine hours researching desk chairs. Yes, desk chairs.

Sean's background is in education. He received a psychology degree and teaching credential from California State University Long Beach and then went on to complete his Master's Degree in Administration and Management from Concordia University.

The Worst Part About Being A Motorcycle Journalist
I can't buy a motorcycle. I get to experience everything and live with the knowledge that there is just way too much awesome for my budget. The KTM 350 EXC-F, Yamaha FZ-09, and Ducati Hypermotard SP brought me close though. But so did the Honda NC700 and the Honda CB500X. Then there was the month I was sure I had to have a Suzuki V-Strom. But have you ridden the Multistrada? I have to get one of those. Ah, I give up.

Favorite part of being on TeamZilla
TeamZilla loves motorcyclists. They really do. They love motorcyclists like no one I've ever seen before. I don't think there is any other team in the world that puts making the kind of content motorcycle enthusiasts want to read above all else in the way that Anthony and the team do and I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be a part of it.