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Motorcycle magazines?
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:46:15 PM »
Which ones are good to subscribe to these days? Back in the day I always had a subscription to Cycle World & Motorcyclist. They were always kind of the same to me so I canceled Motorcyclist & kept Cycle World. I was always kind of a fan of Peter Egan. I haven't had a subscription for 5 years now but I'm thinking about reading up on stuff again & hoping to spark my interest again. I'm thinking about checking out Rider. I have a friend that subscribes but I've never looked at a copy. What are the thoughts of those that subscribe to a motorcycle specific magazine? Is Rider any good? Any other suggestions? Thanks STOners! Cheers
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Re: Motorcycle magazines?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 03:53:22 PM »
Magazines are so twentieth century.
 With that said, Roadrunner is worth a look.
Especially if your interest is in riding and
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 03:55:31 PM »
Magazines are so twentieth century.

Something online then?
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 03:55:46 PM »
 I read rider every time I go to the dentist, that's about it. so much easier to find info online than it is to wait for a magazine to get on opinion. I do have Leaning I & II so I can get an Egan fix when needed  ;)
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 04:03:47 PM »
I still read Rider, for the favorite ride reports.
I've stopped all others. They all test the same bikes, at the same time and come up with the same predictable conclusions. Don't want to offend the advertisers...
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 04:14:51 PM »
RRW&MT is the only one left that I still subscribe to.
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 04:20:10 PM »


Especially if your interest is in riding and
not what the latest decals look like.

Probably not for the OP then.

The only ones I get are the ones that come free.

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 04:37:48 PM »
Egan is semi-retired, sadly.

I've been enjoying ADVmoto and simialr rags from the UK -- more talk of the irde, less of the bike.

Rider's prose is turgid and stilted, but I can't quite bring myself to drop the subscription after Clem Salvadori wrote nice things after OMB spanked him at Bonneville ;-}

Motocyclist is struggling to recover from the Boehm and Catterson years, and is now owned buy the same company as Cycle World.

It is a shifting climate out there, and motorcycle rags have been hard hit.

I'd rather a printed magazine rolled up in my back pocket then squinting at my phone or having to recharge a tablet, but I may be in the minority.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2014, 04:40:43 PM »
I prefer hard copies of stuff over downloads.

Thanks for the input so far guys!
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2014, 05:07:57 PM »
I read RoadRunner and Iron Butt. CycleWorld is good for a Peter Egan or Kevin Cameron fix.
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2014, 05:11:03 PM »
Mags like Roadrunner that focus more on the ride reports and destinations will probably have the best chance to survive.

All the others that just report on new bikes and racing are just parroting information that is freely available online in real time.

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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2014, 05:18:33 PM »
I don't think that I've heard of Roadrunner... I'll check it out!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2014, 06:09:12 PM »
While I still get Rider, my absolute favorite mag is a british publication called Motorcycle Sport&Leisure.
Great writing, excellent photography. Very well written and covers a lot of happenings in the US.
Kevin Cameron has a column also.   The down side is it's a bit expensive..A subscription runs about $60..You can look through one at Barnes and Noble.

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2014, 06:41:32 PM »
I've shaved down to RoadRunner and MCN.

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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 06:53:27 PM »
Love Roadrunner! Great articles
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2014, 06:56:57 PM »
Roadrunner Rocks!!!  used to have a bunch of others but dropped em cause they all reported the same thing. Like a set of writers/editors wrote articles and then sold said articles to 3-4 different magazines.

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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2014, 09:18:56 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2014, 06:13:03 AM »
BIKE magazine is the best, hands down. Although its from the UK, you can get a susbscription directly from them for about $55 US.  The depth of stories, trip reports from far flung locations, and British humor are what seperate it from the rest.    I've had Rider, Cycle World, Motorcycle Consumer News (US) and Roadrunner.  None compare to Bike.   

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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2014, 06:19:03 AM »
I drool over the bikes in Classic Bike, sister magazine to Bike.

I don't have the spanner chops to ever keep one of those things running but, it's nice to dream...kinda like dating a Playboy playmate is just a dream  ;D

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure is another I like cuz the editors seem to be a tad more mature than most and they test offbeat brands like Urals.

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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2014, 07:18:39 AM »
Another vote for RoadRunner, more sport-touring oriented than the likes of CW, etc.

A more local variant is Backroads. They're based out of New Jersey and concentrate on the more 'local' area. It can be picked up for free, if you can find a dealer who stocks it, otherwise you can just subscribe. Oh, it's also large format, makes for some nice photos.

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« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2014, 07:23:08 AM »
I drool over the bikes in Classic Bike, sister magazine to Bike.
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« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2014, 08:09:48 AM »
CycleNews.  Free online every week. 

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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2014, 10:31:52 AM »
I've had subs to Rider, Cycle World, and Motorcyclist longer than some here have been alive (I even used to read Cycle; now get offa my porch!).  I've also sub'd to MCN, Backroads and RoadRunner (since 2nd issue) for many years.  I began subscribing to the Iron Butt mag as a non-member when the first issue came out a couple of years ago. I get Sport Rider free each year or else I wouldn't have a need for it; I think I've been getting Motorcyclist free the last few years or I likely wouldn't pay for it anymore.  I also spend the big $$ to sub to UK's Bike and Ride, but they're worth it -- I wish the American mags would come anywhere close to the content and vibe of Bike and Ride; those guys still seem to have fun riding, kinda like Cycle and CW in the old days. 

If forced to narrow it down, I'd want Bike, Ride, Iron Butt (tons of great info that's also applicable to we non-IBAers) and RoadRunner (for touring content only.)  MCN would be mandatory but for having Bike and Ride, whose bike tests are far more thorough than MCN and yet still seem very objective considering they're not ad-free, and there are some differences in spec between UK and US bikes to take into account.

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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2014, 11:09:04 AM »
(I even used to read Cycle; now get offa my porch!).

I subscribed to Cycle in 1973.  :o
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2014, 11:13:21 AM »
the one I was very excited about, Outrider journal, failed after only two issues. those two were pretty good though. I don't really  drool over new bikes like I used to so don't care about tests. if I'm looking for a new bike I check online for articles about it and call it good. some of the ride reports on a few forums are as good as anything in a magazine for "stories".
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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2014, 11:18:48 AM »
I buy Ride regularly.

When I had Classic Bikes, I bought Classic Bike-and Classic Motorcycle Mechanics.

I occasionally buy Bike.

All the American imports I don't bother with-I used to occasionally but no more.
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2014, 11:21:15 AM »
Another vote for RoadRunner, more sport-touring oriented than the likes of CW, etc.

A more local variant is Backroads. They're based out of New Jersey and concentrate on the more 'local' area. It can be picked up for free, if you can find a dealer who stocks it, otherwise you can just subscribe. Oh, it's also large format, makes for some nice photos.

RoadRunner is ok, but I wished they would include more about the actual roads in their ride reports.  In many cases it seems that their reports are all about the destination, and nothing about the ride.  Yeah, the cloverleaf tours with tear out maps are helpful when planning a trip, but most all of their trips could have been done in a car instead of a bike, and you wouldnt know the difference.  :(

Backroads does look interesting, I'll have to try and find a copy.

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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2014, 11:33:52 AM »
Roadrunner is the only one I still subscribe to.  I also get the AMA magazine with my membership but I confess to mostly just flipping through it.

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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2014, 01:03:22 PM »
Rider is the only one I pay for. Motorcyclist and Cycle World keep sending them even though my subscription lapsed a while ago.

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« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2014, 01:55:08 PM »
...I also get the AMA magazine with my membership but I confess to mostly just flipping through it.

Yeah, I didn't even count the wafer-thin AMA thing as a magazine; more of a newsletter.  Anyone else think it's gone way downhill since Dingman took over?

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« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2014, 02:02:28 PM »
I pay for Motorcycle Consumer News, and I somehow keep getting Motorcyclist.  I'd miss MCN.


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« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2014, 02:40:34 PM »
...I also get the AMA magazine with my membership but I confess to mostly just flipping through it.

Yeah, I didn't even count the wafer-thin AMA thing as a magazine; more of a newsletter.  Anyone else think it's gone way downhill since Dingman took over?

It is certainly smaller . . . . . but I'm not sure you can entirely blame the leadership of the association -- membership has also dropped, a lot, production costs have skyrocketed, mailed casts more . . . . he's got the organization fiscally in decent shape for the first time in a long far, and, hey, he's not going to jail.

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« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2014, 08:53:06 AM »
(I even used to read Cycle; now get offa my porch!).

I subscribed to Cycle in 1973.  :o

You win the Geezer Award.  ;D  I was a 12 year old in '73 riding his Yamaha TY80 and reading his Dad's cycle mags, but not yet paying for them.

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« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2014, 09:00:57 AM »
(I even used to read Cycle; now get offa my porch!).

I subscribed to Cycle in 1973.  :o

You win the Geezer Award.  ;D  I was a 12 year old in '73 riding his Yamaha TY80 and reading his Dad's cycle mags, but not yet paying for them.

you both have me beat I was only 7 and it would be 3 more years before I started riding. My Dad would take my brother and I to the local Honda dealer occasionally and they would give us old issues of cycle..
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« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2014, 03:12:56 PM »
'73 was 6 years before I was even born!
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« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2014, 05:46:00 PM »
My nose was buried deep in Dirt Bike & Motocross Action magazines in 1973. Reading about Roger DeCoster's, Joel Roberts' and a little known then, Brad Lackey's escapades. I was racing a Penton Jackpiner at the time.  ;)
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« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2014, 11:03:52 PM »
My nose was buried deep in Dirt Bike & Motocross Action magazines in 1973. Reading about Roger DeCoster's, Joel Roberts' and a little known then, Brad Lackey's escapades. I was racing a Penton Jackpiner at the time.  ;)
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« Reply #37 on: January 30, 2014, 07:20:46 PM »
'73 was 6 years before I was even born!


Shit i was a sophomore in high school.
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« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2014, 11:27:56 AM »
In my defense, I subscribed before I could drive.
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