At first glance, it’s easy to think the Moto Shenanigans group is just a wild bunch of guys out riding the trails. Watching their videos, you do get some Johnny Knoxville flashbacks, but these guys are doing more than making crazy videos and running wild. Formed in May 2019, this crew is on a mission to give back to their community and bring Mingo County into the spotlight.
Meet the “Family”
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This family has 5 members. Austin Chafin and Chris Seigler are the main guys of the group. These two devote a lot of time and effort into coming up with all the crazy ideas and promotions for the group. Chandler Fluty, Seth Clark, and Luke Carballo round out the pack. You’ll see those 3 riding in videos, in the photos, and having fun too.
“We all have the desire to ride. We’ve all been friends for many years and we’ve always been a crazy, wild bunch. One day we decided to actually show people what we do,” says Austin.
Austin Chafin grew up riding four wheelers and dirt bikes. He started riding with his dad when he was only 2-years-old. For Austin, the mountains have always been a safe space. Austin tells us you can catch him ripping 5th gear wheelies on the hard top and terrorizing the Hatfield McCoy Trails on his 2019 CRF 250R.
Chris Seigler started riding at 8-years-old. He rode different machines until he was 11-years-old. At 11, he inherited his dad’s 2004 KTM 125 2-stroke and a Yamaha 350 Banshee. Although Chris has since started riding a 2017 KTM 450, he still has the two he inherited from his dad. According to Chris, as he continues his dad’s legacy of riding, those two machines will always hold a special place in his heart.
Chandler Fluty started riding when he received his 2018 YZF 25 FX as a high school graduation gift. Seeing the love his friends have for riding sparked the interest for him. Now, he can’t be stopped! Austin tells us, Chandler might be a novice at riding, but he is also the first one to do things other riders wouldn’t think to do! Chandler also makes great content for the group to share on social media.
Seth Clark started riding a CRF 70 when he was 7-years-old. Over the years, he’s gone through a lot of different machines, but is now riding a 2009 CRF 450R. Known as the daredevil of the group, he has no fear when he straps his helmet on! Not to mention, his craziness makes for some excellent video content. As a side note, Seth recently cut his hair, but before that he was recognized as the “long-haired bandit!”
Luke Caraballo is new to the riding scene too. Although he is new, he gives it his all while riding his 2016 KLX 140L. He’s the one that can always put a smile on someone’s face. Luke brings an overall uplifting spirit to the bunch!
Wild and Wonderful
If you check out the Official Moto Shenanigans social media pages, you’ll find plenty of videos of these guys riding wild on the trails, lying in hospital beds laughing after injuries, and doing those wheelies Austin mentioned.
“We feature more than the normal, boring GoPro camera style footage. We give viewers a look at our everyday lives and how we ride. We are creative, different, and wild. That’s what sets us apart from the rest,” Austin says.
They really bring out the wild in West Virginia’s slogan, “Wild and Wonderful”!
First, they want to show those inside and outside the community how great Williamson and the surrounding areas really are! The guys want to use their content to intrigue others. They want people from other areas to look at their sites and decide to come to Williamson to see what it’s all about!
Second, this group says giving back is essential! During Christmas 2019, the guys were honored to take part in the Buffalo Mountain ATV Christmas Ride with groups including Sport Outfitters and MudLove Offroad. After a fun day on the trails, the riders visited different local areas to deliver Christmas gifts to children in need. If you take time to watch only one video on the Moto Shenanigans page, watch the Christmas delivery video.
The Moto Shenanigans crew has lofty goals. They want to be a name that has an impact on their community and the nation. They want to work together to help others and bring more success to Williamson. Shouldn’t we all have goals like these guys have? What if we all wanted to make an impact at home and around the nation? Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it?