Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific Northwet, WA, USA
I agree with David Taylor. I had it for about ten years, and for a long time, it was true to its Road Rider roots, covering mostly very practical street and touring bikes and accessories. Then, there was a change of editors, and a change of coverage and suddenly there were a lot more crotch-rockets and stuff that I wasn't interested in. I'm sure someone was interested in that stuff, and I'm sure to someone trying to decide between a GSXR and a Ninja, it was valuable information. It just wasn't very valuable to me.
David Hough and Fred Rau were the best. (I'm only slightly biased... I used to park my bike next to Dave's at work.)
The magazines would show up, sit on the coffee table untouched for a couple months, maybe I'd glance through one if I was sitting doing nothing (rare), and eventually, they'd go, a year's worth at a time into the pile in the study. The last time I renewed my subscription, I had renewed for five years. When that expired, I just looked at the renewal notice and admitted that I really wasn't getting my money's worth.
The last two articles I remember reading were a comparison of the GL1800 and the K1200LT, and a couple years later, the readers' review of the GL1800 (I bought mine right after the deadline for readers to submit their comments).
It's a good magazine. The writing and editing have always been very good. The objectivity is above reproach. It could potentially save you many times the subscription price and increase your riding satisfaction immensely. Their Used Bike Value Guide is great, although it is national averages. I'd say $22 is a bargain.
I just found myself reading it less and less, so I never renewed.
Oh, and I let my subscription to Cycle World lapse, as well. I was very turned off by their consistently snotty attitude, especially in response to Letters to the Editor.
If you look at the map and don't care where you are, you're not lost.