A huge thanks to viewers who support our dodgy vids - our training vids are available for everyone, but supporters receive a special supporters-only vid emailed every week. You can source all our previous ones too!
FOUR VIDS A MONTH FOR THE COST OF A COFFEE!
The easiest way? A one-off contribution via Paypal Me. When cleared, I will email you the previous supporter vids within 24 hours (if you opted for one year's support or more).
6 MONTHS SUPPORT here (24 ride vids): AUD$25 or US$20 (no previous vids)
1 YEAR SUPPORT here (48 ride vids): AUD$40 or US$30 (and get a pile of previous vids too)
LIFETIME SUPPORT here AUD$100 or US$75 (all supporter vids from Sept 2016 on!).
Links not working? Paypal.Me is for non-commercial transactions so Paypal won't charge a fee - but it's not available in all countries yet. If not, use the normal Paypal log in and send your support to email@example.com
PREFER A SMALL REGULAR DONATION?
Patreon is handy for small but regular monthly support over time for Youtube creators. Around 120 viewers are using this at the moment. Click here to read more. Unfortunately they take 5% as their take then a further 5% for the currency conversion, but this is the best option if small regular support works better for you.
HOW WILL THIS SUPPORT BE USED?
The first goal? To continue making the vids full time as I have been using my savings.
Second goal? Upgrade all the equipment - cameras, gimbals, editing software, possibly even a drone.
Third goal? Fly around Australia to film top riders in action and their tips to put in the training vids.
Then? If the support continued to grow after that, bigger projects become possible such as flying internationally to film big events, meet and ride with you guys, film top international riders and include their footage and tips in the training vids... a full length movie.... who knows?!
WHY DID I GO FULL-TIME WITH THE VIDS?
The short story? I've had a part-time job the past 12 years working in a brain injury organization - it gave me lots of spare time to do free motorbike blogs, websites, videos and providing info on forums. But cuts to funding ended my job, and a dedicated group of Youtube viewers pushed me to go full time with the vids.
WHY DID YOU START THESE SUPPORTER-ONLY VIDS?
In 2016 around 100 Youtube subscribers generously supported the vids to let me go full time, but it wasn't enough to survive on. I was using my savings to continue, then viewers suggested it was time to set a few videos aside just for supporters, which would encourage more to join in and share the load.
WHY DO I DO ALL THESE FREE TRAINING VIDS ANYWAY?
Over the years, a lot of guys have asked why I do all this free stuff - these enduro training vids, the trials training vids, the dirt and adventure rides I used to organize for locals, all the GPS files for adventure riders in Australia, the campaign for better Australian helmet standards etc. They kept saying I could make a lot of money but I just prefer to do stuff for free. So accepting support for the vids has not been easy, and it was only the persistent nagging of a few dedicated viewers in the USA that finally pushed me into it - you know who you are, you bastards lol!
WHY NOT RAISE SUPPORT OTHER WAYS - ADS, MERCHANDISE OR COACHING?
The past year I've appreciated all these suggestions viewers have offered, such as:
ADS & VIDEO MONETIZATION: Personally I hate ads, and don't want to subject others to them. And Youtube pay peanuts - the average vid would net $10 to $20. But it is still an option for the future.
SELLING MERCHANDISE: Many viewers said they would like to buy stickers, t-shirts, caps or DVDs of the training vids. Even if I let an outside agency handle this, it can still be quite time-consuming and the vids already take 60+ hours each week. It is a possibility but not at this point.
COACHING: Public liability is a terrible issue in Australian law, you must have expensive insurance to do training schools or bike tours, or you risk losing everything you own. Plus it would take so much time the vids would suffer.
SPONSORSHIP: Many suggest I get Beta or another manfacturer to sponsor the vids. At this stage I'd prefer to stay independent so I can give honest objective gumby reviews, but I might explore this later.
WILL THE 'SUPPORTER ONY VIDS' EVER BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE?
Yes. I acknowledge that some simply can't afford to support the vids, or are too young to have bank accounts yet. Eventually I would like to make the 'restricted' vids available to all. I don't have any timeframe for that yet but anticipate it would be at least a minimum of 12 months.