Motorcycle Blogging as a Business Expense

Last August, when some friends and I rode from So.Cal. to the Four Corners Rally in Colorado, I decided to turn the ride into business trip....

Last August, when some friends and I rode from So.Cal. to the Four Corners Rally in Colorado, I decided to turn the ride into business trip. The justification was that I planned to publish a series of articles and photos of the trip, which I did do here.

But it didn't work out as I had hoped. The thing is that while I was doing this as a business trip, my friends were doing this a pleasure trip. I wanted to stick with my friends, and I didn't want to make them hang around waiting for me to get certain photos and witness all the events to get the stories. I ended writing what was more like a diary.

I decided to be honest with Uncle Sam and not do these motorcycle rides as business trips anymore.

But this weekened, I'm going to the Yuma Prison Run and decided to break that promise and do it as a business trip. What convinced me this time was that there are some other riders here in my town that aren't going, or, have never heard of the Yuma Prison Run. I figured there's probably hundreds of thousands more across the country. And since the Yuma Prison Run benefits a children's charity, it makes sense to promote it so that more riders will participate next year.

Now that this blog has tripled it's readership since the Colorado ride last August, perhaps it makes more sense to consider these rides as part of my blog writing business (yes, I write and publish several blogs as my full time job). But I'm not going to cover every angle like a reporter, I'm going to do it like a blogger and write about my thoughts and experiences.

I won't kid you, being able to write off the gas, food, and lodging as business expenses is a big reason why I want to do this! But I'm not going to gyp the government out of tax revenues; I'll be serious at covering these rides and events as detailed as I can.

I've got several more rides and events planned this year, including West Coast Thunder VII, The Redwood Run, Las Vegas Bikefest, and lots of day-rides and over-nighters throughout this year.

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