Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: West Central, NJ
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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