Bike magazine in the U.S.

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  1. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    Bike is one of my favorite motorcycle magazines (second to Road Runner but far ahead of any other American magazine available.

    Does anyone here in the States have a subscription or know how I could get one? Getting them new at the book store is a bit expensive (yes, I'm whining about 10 bucks) and I'd really like to just get them at home.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    Bike is the only magazine I consistently buy every month. Look in the current issue as most issues have a subscription page. In the US I think I recall it's about $142 a year with postage for a hard copy.

    It's not the same but close enough....I get Bike on my iPad now. It's $5.99 an issue. This is the third month for me. Today I got the March issue.
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  4. RunLongVT

    RunLongVT Been here awhile

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    Yup - I second that. Best mag out there, and I have subscribed for several years. Renewed my subscription a few weeks late last week and got an email that they were sending me the issue I missed anyway. Great folks!
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  5. hippiebrian

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    Thanks all. Got my subscription in!
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  6. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Most bike magazines in the U.S. suck. It's all about the latest and greatest with no actual tech stuff. Every mod article is who they took the bike to and what they had bolted on. I still subscribe to Cycle World and Motorcyclists mostly due to low price but for some of the columns and occasional interesting article. They're almost "once and done" when it comes to going through them and reading them. The hot rod/truck stuff has me going back to look at what they did - even though I will never likely do anything like it. I just find it interesting.

    I started reading Hot Rod again along with Popular Hot Rodding, Streetrod and Classic Truck to get my gear head fix. I can't afford that stuff.

    I wish there was someone (if only I could win a lottery) who would put out a tech magazine that actually showed some real mods. Back in the 80s DirtBike! and others actually told you how to do things. Like utting up the frame to forward mount the upper shock mount as well as how to set up forward mounts on the swingarm. The litigious nature of the U.S. kind of cut that stuff out along with bikes that are already done to the nines.
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  7. canoeguy

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    I read that "adventure rider?" magazine some. it is the one with the gritty feeling cover. Not a lot of content but at least it is about ADV riding. Also road runner.

    No truly great mags out there.
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  8. Toolpen

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    Totally agree. Back in the 70s Bob Braverman published "Cycle Mechanics" and "Bike Mechanics" magazines and they were full of mods and other tech info. And include these with all of his other work published in Cycle Guide and other magazines. I still have copies and refer to them quite often when working on older models. And what made the magazines unique was that the author of the article, for the most part anyway, did the work. It was an interesting and fun time.
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  9. Garp

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    No personal experience, so I can't vouch for it, but it sounds a lot like this, also available from the above source:

    http://classicbikebooks.com/catalog...2014-p-1258?osCsid=knmnos129is01353ugubi5bpg6

    Maybe worth checking out.
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  10. Toolpen

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    I'm familiar with Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine and it's a good resource for working on vintage Japanese motorcycles. Thanks for the link as I should subscribe to it.
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  11. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Great magazine - a little expensive but worth it.
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  12. atomicalex

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    I can't tell if that is the same as Classic Bike Mechaniker in Germany, which is awesome and I hope toe find a subscription to.
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  13. Zeid

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    ADVmoto is the one with the gritty cover, it is usually fantastic and great reading material, however, my favorite magazine of all is the British magazine "Adventure Bike Rider". Look it up, great stuff. I also get Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Bike, Rider can be really good some times, Road Runner and every now and then I'll pick up Fast Bikes if it has a interesting free gift (gotta love the free calender).
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  14. KingOfFleece

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    I get both BIKE and MSL thru the mid-western distributor. Far and away better than any US mag except MCN.
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  15. markk53

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    I still have the issue where Gordon Jennings did the SR500 hop up. I'm into the SRs so it was worth it. When I wanted to make a pipe out came the article and there it was 33" long 1-5/8 diameter. Carb - 38 is overkill because the head won't flow that well.

    You couldn't find tips or articles like that in a magazine now if your life depended on it. The car/truck magazines are showing metal forming, welding, and testing tools along with decent features on vehicles that are not new, but built. What a shame the riders of this country can't support something like that. Mitch Boehm was close with Moto Retro, but didn't have any "how to". It appears his mag bit it too. What a shame, they were phenomenal.
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  16. canoeguy

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    You are right Zeid. Sitting here looking at it, it is indeed ADVMoto. I do like it, just wish it had a few more pages. Then again if it was longer I would still want more.
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