Your favourite/least favourite motorcycle magazine, and why.

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  1. Mobiker

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    I like Rider and Motorcycle Consumer News pretty good. I've also got a sub to Cycle World. Its ok, but if a sub wasn't cheap, I'd drop it.

    I no longer care for Motorcyclist. I too noticed it was writing for a much younger audience than me. Its a legitimate business model I suppose, but doesn't interest me. I liked that they used to publish ergo measurements with their road tests, but the last few issues I saw, most of their tests were a half page long with no actual measured data. Not just ergos, but weights, mpgs, etc. I also don't care much for Jaime Eldvidge (sp? don't care enough to look it up).
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  2. Duck Dodgers

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    Motorcycle Consumer News, Road Runner and Rider. MCN, IMHO was better a decade ago. Road Runner is good for touring and their onlne content, Rider a decent all rounder.

    Some off the niche' rags are gone Dual Sport news, etc.

    I really used enjoy the foriegn rags at the bookstore/newsstand. I stopped reading them. I was sick of reading about bikes I can't buy.
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  3. Newbusa

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    While as a bike junkie i do buy other magazines,I prefer Brit magazine BIKE.:D
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  4. llamabomb

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    +1 on RoadRunner & MCN. Both are great publications, MCN has the best reviews and comparisons in my opinion, very detailed and they don't gloss over any flaws.
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  5. mrbreeze

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    +2

    I highly recommend MCN. Expensive, but worth it.

    I like the travel articles in RR, as well as the focus on Cruisers, Sport Tourers, and Adventure bikes.

    Motorcyclist - I gave up on them ages ago. They were just too "Hunter S. Thompson" for me. And Cycle World? BORING! and I don't care what Roland Sands is doing.

    There is a magazine out of the NY area that I like. I pick it up off the newstand from time to time. Can't think of the name of it though...
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  6. mrbreeze

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    :rofl
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  7. KingOfFleece

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    MCN by FAR is the best US publication. CW for Jack Lewis, Rider is OK. BIKE and MCN from the UK are great reads. +1 on the US sub for them. $64.00 per year but then again you get real info. from them.
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  8. spezjag

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    Showing how old I am, I think I still have (hidden somewhere) the first issue of Cycle magazine I bought in 1970. That was shortly after Cook Nielson took over the magazine. It has a picture of Dick Mann's Daytona-winning Honda 750 on the cover. It also had a short article on the Yamaha Mini-Enduro (JT-1), which was my dream bike at the time. The magazine's high water mark was when Nielson and Shilling ran the Hot Rod.

    Now, I prefer Performance Bike from the UK (I subscribe). Lots of stuff about older bikes and how to keep them on the road, willing to say tough stuff about bikes they're reviewing. Fun features like their monthly Garages, and Guy Martin is a columnist.

    Bike is good as well (I subscribe to this, too), but it was awesome ten years ago when Dan Walsh was writing for them. The best motorcycle writer ever. Buy a copy of his assembled aritings, These are the Days That Must Happen to You. Brilliant stuff. Damon l'Anson was good, too, but did not stay that long.

    CW and Motorcyclist? Meh. I might buy them if I see them on the rack in the supermarket.
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  9. High Country Herb

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    To be honest, I was disappointed with RoadRunner. Yes the maturity was there, but nothing about the bikes. Maybe if you are not that interseted in motorcycles as a hobby, but only as a means of getting there, it is a fine travel mag.

    I used to subscribe to Sport Rider, but it is the polar opposite or RoadRunner. The articles were entirely about the latest crop of bikes, and how they compare. As a buyer's guide, it was great.

    Motorcycle News is a better magazine for those who want to keep up on all products related to motorcycles, not just the bikes.

    I have been enjoying 2 publications new to my area: ADVMoto and Motorcycle Escape. ADV has only 6 issues per year, and Escape has only 4. You can only susbscribe to ADVMoto. Escape must be bought at the store, and is hard for me to find. ADVMoto seemed a bit heavy in advertisements, so I finished the whole mag too quickly. I liked it though, so I subscribed in hopes it would go to a 12 issue schedule eventually. Escape is a great magazine (at least the one issue I found so far while away on business). It is pretty focussed on ADV style riding, however, but that's fine by me.
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  10. roadstar

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    I read, Rider , Motorcycle classics , Baggers , & of course Ironbutt (a good mix , i would say) :deal
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  11. bobobob

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    Favs... Rider, Road Rider, Motorcycle Escape and BMW Motorcycle Magazine. Great content.
    Least favs...Cycle World. Lots of hot air and very little useful info.
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  12. mrbreeze

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    well to each his own. I would have said Dan Walsh is the WORST motorcycle writer ever.
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  13. GeoAggie

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    Dan Walsh is an acquired taste with a Gonzo style but to me he is clearly a very gifted writer who interweaves a personal perspective to his writing, one focused on searching for meaning in his travels and his place in the world. I enjoyed his book immensely.

    So, Bike is my clear favorite and Motorcyclist/Cycle World tie for least.

    Jeff
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  14. Speedo66

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    Magazine choice aside, I always marvel at how the writer of the article about the latest/greatest will rave about a new model, and toss out things like "of course it's much better than the last model which had terrible head shake" or "the last bike as we know had horrible vibrations".

    Wait a minute, you never wrote there was any problem with the last bike. No mention of head shake or vibrations, just boundless praise, so where does this "as we know" crap come from? I've noticed car mag writers do the exact same thing, so it must be an industry standard. :deal
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  15. Jetpilot5

    Jetpilot5 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I'm with you there. Still a fan of BIKE but gave up reading anything written by him.
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  16. EetsOK

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    You too huh?
    How the hell does guys like him make a living as motorcycle journalists? He rambles on and on about getting drunk and it is barely coherent. When you wer ein high school/college, did you ever record yourself with your friends getting drunk or stoned? Then the next morning, once you were sober again you listened to it and it was complete and utter crap? That is what reading Dan Wlash's rubbish is like for me.
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  17. AZbiker

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    Cycle World, because I can't stand reading anything by James Parker (brilliant engineer, but comes across in his articles like an insufferable prick) or Aaron Frank. But I do like Kevin Cameron. :thumb

    Rider, because I like reading Clem Salvadori's stuff.

    And both subs are really cheap.

    I also like MCN, should resubscribe sometime. The only US rag that's not supported by ad dollars.

    I like PB (got the first 3 Video Nastys on VHS) and Bike but not enough to buy them.

    So the least favorite would be Motorcyclist (see above). Too bad Dan Walsh writes for them, I really like his stuff.

    I guess if one's a little too milquetoast to be drinking heavily and fucking 20 year-old women they wouldn't like his style very much. :dunno
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  18. shupe

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    Totally agree about Motorcyclist. Immature, self absorbed. It was a foregone conclusion that they would pick the Honda CB750 or some such as the mc of the century recently. I'm not saying the CB750 wasn't important, but the foregone conclusion was that they would pick a bike that was important to THEM, in their formative years. Anything previous to their own personal experience - no way it would be considered.

    I was glad Catterson - a legend in his own mind- left CW for Motorcyclist as it improved Cycle World, pretty much my favorite.
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  19. EastSideSM

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    BIKE is by far one of the best for an array of bikes. I still read Cycle World mainly for Peter Egan and Kevin Cameron's pieces.
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  20. Motard_Menace

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    MCN is my favorite as they provide fairly honest reviews of bikes/gear/products since they are not directly beholden to the companies that make them. (i.e. add $$$$)

    I also subscribe to CW & Motorcyclist as well. I figure it is interesting to compare each magazines reviews to each other to try and figure out anything however it is more often then not that both CW & Motorcyclist will give blushing reviews of a particular motorcycle and then MCN will give it a mediocre review. This just reinforces the fact that advertising money plays a role in how the magazine reviews and shows that MCN at least tries to be subjective when reviewing a product.
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