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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 11:05 am Thread Starter
 
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If you could recommend only one magazine...

... to a new rider, which one would it be?

I'm thinking MCN.


One of my buddies is going to get a bike soon - non-BMW, - I already gave him a load of grief over that, but wanted to recommend a good mag he could enjoy/learn from.

I am already sending himn an earlier CHristmas present - Proficient Motorcycling...
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 11:31 am
 
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Rider Mag

I really like Rider magazine and would keep that one if I had to get rid of my BMW ON, Road Runner, and MCN.
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My absolute favorite (other than BON) is Rider. It seems to have a really good mix. Cycle world seems to be all sport bikes.

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My vote goes to Rider. Cycle World is mostly sport bikes, but does occasionally delve into the touring world, with reasonable accuracy, better than most of the other sport oriented magazines do when they force themselves to look down their noses at a touring bike.

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Thanks fella's... I like Rider as well...
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I would keep Motorecycle Consumer News (MCN).
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 1:46 pm
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It's MCN, hands down!

Sorry, guys

But MCN carries more straight scoop, and NO advertising, and puts it all in an easy to read format that I can't live without.

Even after Fred Rau left the fold (sorta) this is the one mag I would kill to keep.

Rubber side down, eh?

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MCN, absotootely. No reason why you can't give him the subscribe card from Rider, too. Cheap entertainment.

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MCN, absotootely. No reason why you can't give him the subscribe card from Rider, too. Cheap entertainment.

I take them all!
MCN is my fave...
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MCN, absotootely. No reason why you can't give him the subscribe card from Rider, too. Cheap entertainment.

I take them all!
Yeppir - what Grif spake. I take 'em all too, butt I'm parrying down as subscriptions run out. Gonna keep MCN, Rider and prolly Cycle World. MCN makes a great gift, cuz it's not on newstands and lotsa folks don't even know 'bout it.

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That would be RIDER!

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MCN, then Rider, then Cycle World

Cycle World has done some chopper stuff lately which kinda makes me wonder.
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Sorry, guys

But MCN carries more straight scoop, and NO advertising, and puts it all in an easy to read format that I can't live without.

Even after Fred Rau left the fold (sorta) this is the one mag I would kill to keep.

Rubber side down, eh?

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I subscribed to MCN also, and liked it a lot, but put it more in a "Consumer Reports" for Motorcycles nich than the normal riders "Magazine". It was the best for that purpose.

My three choices overall would be Rider, MCN, and Cycle World, in that order.

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Ummm... Playboy?

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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 7:21 am
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I did MCN for a year, since there is an MSF discount. But all the reviews of bikes were so similar to Rider's and everyone else, that I didn't feel it was worth the extra cost. The gear reviews were nice and a little more "honest" than the others, but I am okay with letting an advertiser pay most of the cost of me reading a magazine. I like the shiny pictures. Rider is the only one I subscribe to, but CW keeps sending me $10 offers. May take them up on it, just for the fun of it. I will read a magazine cover to cover in one sitting, so cheaper is better for me. No sense spending a ton of money on something that may only last a couple hours.

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Rider

Rider has my vote. jrlakin
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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 5:26 pm
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I have to say I enjoy (in the following order):

1. Rider, primary reason: Clement Salvatore, touring focus
2. BMWON, primary reason: all BMW content, flea market
3. MCN, primary reason: Fred Rau, David Searle, excellent bike and product evaluations
4. Cycle World, primary reason: Peter Egan, David Edwards
5. Motorcyclist, primary reason: bikes of interest covered, no cruisers!


I know, I know, the title of this thread is: "If you could recommend just ONE magazine..."

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Ok Dan, you got me on that one....
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Old Nov 11th, 2006, 8:18 am
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I have been reading MCN for several years and is the one magazine I would keep.

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MCN is the one for me... good unbiased opinions on gear that may be hard to find.

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I think every rider should subscribe to rider.

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Old Nov 20th, 2006, 10:18 pm
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Robb Report Motorcycling

This one is great alternative to the usual factory sponsored write ups in most of the motorcycle magazines. Covers new,vintage,customs of all types. Great photos and well written articles. Down side at $5.99 a issue I just wait till my brother is done with his and then read it...

http://www.motorcyclingmag.com/

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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 6:54 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys....

I gave my buddy some old Rider issues to look at and suggested that he get a subscription there first, then MCN later ... Oh yeah, I want those back too!

Bought him Proficient Motorcycling also...

Anyways, he took his MSF class in OKC Saturday and his OK written yesterday, so he has his M (endorsement).
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To give as a gift: Rider
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I enjoy Rider but if I had to choose only one it would be RoadRUNNER Magazine.


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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 11:08 am
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Just started taking "Backroads." Very nicely done mag. However, very, very east coast oriented. Cheers
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I enjoy Rider but if I had to choose only one it would be RoadRUNNER Magazine.

Me too. I don't care much about bike reviews and such. I just like the writing style and the photographs in Road Runner.
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 1:45 pm
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... to a new rider, which one would it be?

I'm thinking MCN. One of my buddies is going to get a bike soon - non-BMW, - I already gave him a load of grief over that, but wanted to recommend a good mag he could enjoy/learn from. I am already sending himn an earlier CHristmas present - Proficient Motorcycling...
Motorcyclist, MCN, sorry, i suggest both. Interesting diversity of editorial minds. Good shopping.

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