We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Kram and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In life, risk in inevitable, and I have found that the amount of risk usually correlates with the amount of reward. Yes it is a little cliché, but it holds a lot of truth. To me you have to put some form of thought and research into whatever risk you are going to take, otherwise it can be unnecessary or disastrous! In my life I have been met with decisions that carried pretty significant risks, first was whether or not to go to college from high school. I decided to go straight in to the Navy and that was has turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have made, as it helped me gain the discipline needed to take bigger / calculated risks. Roughly seven years ago I took the biggest risk of my life and that was to literally start it over, from my personal life to my physical location, to my career. I didn’t like where I was at in every aspect and knew a drastic change was needed so I dove head first into the dark and again that risk has very much started to pay off!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was contracting overseas in 2011-2013 and I found something on YouTube that allowed me to sort of live vicariously through someone else while they rode a motorcycle around. Motovlogging is what I found and I enjoyed watching all of these different cities and perspectives, sharing the common joy of riding motorcycles. So I decided that when I came back I would start doing that myself, I had a pretty unique bike at the time for a motovlogger (Ducati 1199s) and had the incredible scenery just outside of Phoenix, AZ. With that I started my channel Oneonly Xram, a nickname given to me while in the Navy, and really had nothing planned other than to just ride around and talk about various topics and show people Arizona. Over the years I have drastically changed my channel because I found the fun in creating something that was uniquely mine. So now my channel is mostly reviews and experiences with cars or motorcycles. I had to learn how to be a presenter, how be a better speaker, how to set up my shots and plan, how to do research, and then find the little Easter eggs that other big channels might not have covered. A major challenge that came up from really trying to improve my video quality was the editing software, I had to jump from a basic editor to a professional Adobe Premiere Pro suite and conquer that massive learning curve. I found a new passion in learning how to color grade and how to really edit something to be smooth and have a logical flow, To me, the whole process of reaching out to a random person or entity to review something, to actually filming that subject, then to edit, and finally produce it is fun and challenging and it is never the same. I have had amazing opportunities to ride and drive some rare and exciting machines, I have met just fantastic people with each subject I try to film. What Oneonly Xram is, is the joy of an experience, whether it is in a car on a race track, on a super exotic motorcycle, or hiking the beautiful desert mountain trails here in Tucson, Oneonly Xram is about sharing that experience!

Through my motorcycle riding I have been able to be part of a 501-C3 organization, 520 Moto Alliance, who helps people get riding gear and training that can save their lives while riding.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
With anyone that comes and visits us, I always have to show them the scenery. Everyone always assumes that Tucson is just a desert waste land that is flat and just a mix of tan and gray. So I take them through the various mountain ranges, up to Mount Lemmon and see how biodiverse the Sonoran desert really is! Next I would have to take them out to the desert museum so they can see that Australia isn’t the only place with scary creatures, but really again to show how much wildlife is out here. One thing I love about Tucson is the food here, places like Vivace for delicious Italian food, you can’t be in Tucson without having a Sonoran hot dog and Ruiz is that place to get one! For just great tacos, I would have to take them to El Taco Rustico, and for drinks one of the many local breweries! Tucson is all about the outdoor activities and again the hiking is plentiful and is something I would take anyone visiting, as long as it is not the summer.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize my fantastic wife Jen who continuously challenges me to be a better man every day. All of my brothers and sisters from the Navy that I served with because they helped shape the type of person I am today! A book that has really stuck with me the most is “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, it has helped me to better own my decisions.

Website: http://520motoalliance.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/c_oneonlyxram/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/oneonlyxram

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutArizona is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.