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Jul 2nd 2019, 02:12 PM   #1
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
  Feb 2016

Motorcyclist Magazine bites the dust.

Yep, it's true. Motorcyclist Magazine is discontinuing publication. The last issue will be the July/August issue. Current subscriptions will be transferred to Cycle World Magazine.

For a few months I've been wanting to vent about the "big changes" Zack Courts and Ari Henning inflicted on Motorcyclist. It seems they changed it from a mostly good magazine to a "Lifestyle" magazine. Too many pages filled with low quality art and bios on people that really didn't matter to me. Instead of 1/4 mile times on test bikes we got esoteric stories about people trying to "find themselves" while on some not-very-interesting road trip.

Maybe the issues I had with the new, improved Motorcyclist have turned other people off, too. I haven't been eagerly reading every page of it the way I used to. It just wasn't what I think a motorcycle magazine should be.

I haven't looked at a Cycle World Magazine in many years, but it looks like I'll get a chance, now that the very last issue of Motorcyclist arrived in the mail yesterday.

Overall, it doesn't bode well for the health of motorcycling in general, IMO.
Jul 2nd 2019, 02:31 PM   #2
  Mar 2016

  '14 KTM Duke 690, '18 BMW R12RS, '05 BMW R12ST
Cycle World is now a quarterly artsy-fartsy affair. Not bad, but not what either of them used to be.

Expensive to get a US subscription, but the British mag "Bike" is worth it. A plus is drooling over bikes that'll never be imported to the US.
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Edited by FireDave on Jul 2nd 2019 at 07:36 PM
Jul 2nd 2019, 02:45 PM   #3
 chadams66's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
I let my Motorcyclist subscription go when they made those changes..the thing became almost unreadable...
Jul 2nd 2019, 02:55 PM   #4
 Sentinel's Avatar
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
Last year some of us at work were the beneficiaries of some corporate "training" by a company that sends people all over the place to do, well, training.

When the instructor finished handing-out the student guides he told us these were the last student guides he'd ever hand out because the company was going to start using tablet computers for student guides, pre-loaded with all the stuff, and then just give them to the students when the training was over.

turns out it is much cheaper for them to give away (cheap-ish, I assume) tablet computers than to print and ship all that paper.

printing costs are insane and I suspect this has a lot to do with it.

also, the Millennials hate's the magazines and the motorcycles.
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Jul 2nd 2019, 04:37 PM   #5
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I am glad I will be dead, likely in the grill of a distracted driving vehicle or a deer strike, when print M/C media and the riding lifestyle I have known come to an end. Maybe it will resurface, as things do, when my soon to be born Great Grand -Thing is of age?
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Jul 2nd 2019, 05:06 PM   #6
 307T's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

I liked having magazines; a more tactile enjoyment. Not so much anymore. They either have become more focused on sponsored products or fluff pieces. Perhaps it is just that my focus has morphed as I have grown older.

Peter Egan was, and is, one of my favorite writers. I cancelled my subscription to Road & Track when he left that magazine and I did the same when he finally retired from a regular column in Cycle World. He now does occasional special focus pieces but they are few and far between so, if I remember to look on line now and then I will catch one.

His first ever published piece was a story about a ride from Wisconsin (I think) to Washington state on his new Norton. A great tale and one that those of us who lived and rode in those days could certainly identify with. He deserves his good reputation as a writer, a rider and a driver. He also deserves his retirement.

Motorcyclist magazine was a good read too but I am another one who gave up on that one. RIP to print journalism. This article details more about Egan and has a snipe shot about print magazines these days.
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Edited by 307T on Jul 2nd 2019 at 05:22 PM
Jul 2nd 2019, 06:52 PM   #7
 uhoh's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Will miss it - I like physical magazines ...
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Jul 2nd 2019, 08:51 PM   #8
 cgt1229's Avatar
  Feb 2016

Roadracing World stands the test of time. Been a subscriber for decades.
Great interesting content and love the random Scrapbook photos from the past.

Mr. Ulrich always calls you personally when an error is noticed in the mag.
I've noticed a few minor ones, like calling Robbie Peterson (YZR 500 F-USA), Robbie Robertson (Somewhere down the crazy river) or
Randy Mamola wins the 600 Supersport race at Road America.
The latest was calling an Australian rider on a Kawasaki GSXR 1000 in one of the photo captions.
That was funny one.
Jul 3rd 2019, 11:18 AM   #9
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
At least we still have Rider mag, on-line and print, 12 issues a year, some great writers too...snicker.
Jul 3rd 2019, 12:54 PM   #10
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
I get Rider also....not much coverage [ever!] of the sportbike world, or tracking in that one, unfortunately. I do like their gear reviews, and Ari Henning is doing the garage section in it now.

Second the comments about the recent Cycle World & Motorcyclist changes to lifestyle (ignoring the motorbikes). I remember filling out the surveys they sent after they did so, and pilloried the changes. Got a single personal email back from them, but they didn't revert to anything (of course). and, along with roadracing world seem to be the best of the remaining domestics, in my opinion.
Jul 3rd 2019, 01:38 PM   #11
 PeteN95's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Originally Posted by 307T
Peter Egan was, and is, one of my favorite writers. I cancelled my subscription to Road & Track when he left that magazine and I did the same when he finally retired from a regular column in Cycle World. He now does occasional special focus pieces but they are few and far between so, if I remember to look on line now and then I will catch one.
I too loved Peter Egan's stuff! I now enjoy a writer who I think is similar in many ways to Egan, Sam Smith. He writes for both Road and Track and sometimes Cycle World like Egan did, though is not as much a bike guy. Check out his stuff, I think you'll like it. He also lives in WA.
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Jul 4th 2019, 07:31 AM   #12
 McRider's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

Ari Henning and Zack Courts, former staffers on Motorcyclist magazine, have a show on the Motortrend channel on TV. I've always liked Ari's stuff and the tv show is pretty good.
Jul 4th 2019, 08:27 AM   #13
 DarthVader's Avatar
  Mar 2016
  Maple Falls

I had a 3 year subscription to there of last fall I still had 2 years left on it....last mag I got from them was Oct of last year (2018) I thought the mag was sucking with the change of format,I just let it go!....been thinking to get the brit mag Bike at some point.
Jul 4th 2019, 10:27 AM   #14
 McRider's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

I get Bike magazine. Bit expensive, but very good and fun reading the "British isms".
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Jul 4th 2019, 11:50 AM   #15
 Rustydust's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Oh man. I am SO old! I used to get them all. Cycle, Cycle Guide, Cycle World, Motorcyclist, MCN, and if I did not have a subscription to it I bought them off the newsstand. So what if they were 50 cents an issue? I would find the money!

Just so many bikes I wanted back then. Bultacos, Ossas, Montesas, Ducati Dianas, BSA 441 Victors and Spitfires, Norton Commandos and Royal Enfield Interceptors, Oh what I would have given for a Yamaha Big Bear 250! Oil injection? Five speed box? How cool is that?

But things are so different now. Double leading shoe brakes? Kick start? Shifting on the right with up for first? Retarding the spark? Chokes? Points? Carburetors with trickle buttons? All gone the way of 100 octane 35 cent a gallon gas. Meh.

What good do bike magazines do when they dont build the bikes that stiffen my pecker any more? At least my KLR 650 has a chain. Dang, and it needs replacing too. Maybe the good old days were not so good an some ways.

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