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Motorcycle magazines: funny thing

I subscribe to too many motorcycle focused magazines, drives my wife crazy! I have my favorites, a few I throw in the trash when they arrive. Turns out, I don't need to NOT subscribe to fewer of them, they are dropping like flies in print versions. Two, Cycle World and Motorcyclist were good publications. I used to enjoy reading Motorcyclist when I wanted to tap into the "higher" monocle of motorcycling. Cycle World, heck I was with them when they were Mini-Bike Guide, merged numerous times. They WERE a good general motorcycle thermometer, covered many aspects of two wheel fun.
I stopped subscribing to both 1.5 to 2.5 years ago when they changed their format and their magazine publication rate. Both went to quarterlies, and massive Hipster focus. Gone.... but like newspapers, cable services, and ATT..... even though you don't renew, you continue to get the magazines (for free). Makes wife yell at me for continuing subscriptions and I didn't!! Quit yer yellin! HaHa!
The other day, after 100+ years of publishing print magazine, Motorcyclist is ceasing print format, as message from the editor states. Here's the funny thing.... ALL the subscription inserts say 6 issues/year printed magazine. The editor just said that won't happen anymore, go figure. Same thing happened when they went from monthly to 6/year. My subscription had just been halved for the same price, yet the inserts all claimed 12/year. Cycle World, well, did the same thing, they lost it years ago.

Goodbye, it was entertaining while you were here, now that you're gone from print, your gone in my book. a couple of my faves are both digital and print, all under the same subscription price. I just like having the magazine in my hands and not in cyberspace.
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After the Motorcyclist format changed I engaged in some e-mail correspondence with Ari Henning and Zach Courts. I was super impressed with both of them. I told them as politely as I could that the new Hipster Friendly format was not welcome and that I felt their days were numbered.


Sadly, I was right. I feel that if they had changed back to the original mission they might still be in print and selling magazines.
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I let Motorcycle Consumer News expire when the current editor decided everyone needed a new helmet every 2 years “because I have seen $700 helmets deteriorate in only months!”

Terribly lame thinking to presume paying high price will deliver quality and/or durability. “By golly I am convinced! For now on nothing but Harley-Davidson and BMW for me! It’s a shame Motus is not still in business!”

Never mind the standard 5 year helmet warranty and the litigious environment one must survive in.

Heck, why not replace helmet with every new tire? Every change of oil? To say every 2 years one might think the ad-free magazine editor was on the take. As for me, no longer saw worth in the once great magazine to which I had subscribed for 20 years.
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I had to laugh; inside the last issue of Motorcyclist where they announce the last print issue is a card inviting me to "Send me two years of Motorcyclist for only $27.97."
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I had to laugh; inside the last issue of Motorcyclist where they announce the last print issue is a card inviting me to "Send me two years of Motorcyclist for only $27.97."

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I had to laugh; inside the last issue of Motorcyclist where they announce the last print issue is a card inviting me to "Send me two years of Motorcyclist for only $27.97."
Which two years, I wonder?
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I subscribe to Rider, which always manages to keep my interest..... and a Canadian one called Motorcycle Mojo.... all I need.
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I'm with you guys regarding Motorcyclist and Cycle World. They were once great publications. No longer.

I also subscribe to Rider, Ride Texas, and Café Racer. However, my two favorites are both published in England; Bike and Motorcycle Sport and Leisure. They are both very good magazines. You have to get used to the way they write across the pond (tire is spelled tyre), but they are full of great information. Magazines in Europe are more expensive than they are here in the States. But I have always found them to be worth it.
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Motorcyclist? I planned on letting my subscription lapse after I saw a couple of months of the new format. Nonstandard larger pages, wider margins, tiny print, and lots pictures, err, "photo features". It turned into the motorcycle equivalent of Life magazine.

Alas, everything I used to like is gone. Won't miss it.

I used to like Cycle World. They had a sense of humor. One issue, they "road tested" a powered pogo stick. Another issue, they road tested a dog. They chose the less highly tuned "ten teat" model instead of the more highly tuned "pursuit" (male) model. I am pretty sure that was their publisher's influence. Their sister publication, Road&Track, I think, did the same thing. One issue, they road tested a Mercedes-Benz dump truck, another time, a Greyhound bus. A third time, they "tested" an M48A3 Medium Tank (reliability sucked, fuel consumption was terrible, and color choice was limited).

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Cycle with Cook Neilson as editor is my standard by which to judge all motor vehicle magazines.
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