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Bike Magazines

I'm thinking about subscribing to a couple of bike magazines.
What are some of your favorites?
And which ones 'suck'?

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Re: Bike Magazines

Some of my favorites:

BMWMOA, OTL (On the Level), Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN), Rider, Motorcyclist.

The list is longer, but the more you take, the more the evaluations overlap. I swear sometimes they just cut and paste to each other. As with newspapers and other publications you'll sometimes find the journalism slanted and yellow.



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Motorcycle Consumer News and Rider

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If you can only subscribe to one, make it 'rider'.
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Motorcycle Consumer News and RoadRunner.

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Thanks for the response guys. That helps separate the wheat from the chaff a little bit....

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I subscribe to Motorcyclist, Cycle World, and Rider, and get BMW ON and Amaerican Motorcyclist with my BMWMOA ans AMA memberships. IMHO don't waste your money on Motorcycle Consumers News, they went downhill several years ago after Lee Parks left and then the staff seemed to decide they needed to be more middle of the road. It just became much less relevant to me as a rider and their information wasn't telling may anything I wasn't getting elsewhere.

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Does anybody like "Cycle World"?

About a year ago, I decided to subscribe to BMWMOA, MCN, Cycle World, Rider, and Motorcyclist.

Grif is right - Cycle World, Rider, and Motorcyclist all parallel each other a lot. They often have the same article in each magazine in the same month. I wish that their intelligence gathering about manufacturers' plans was as well formed as the apparent intelligence gathering that they do on each other.

Actually, I believe that it is more the result of attending the same press events at the same time, and not wanting to be scooped by the others.

I am planning to give up two of the three (Cycle World, Rider, and Motorcyclist), but haven't decided which.

Last Spring, MCN did a complete hatchet job in an editorial about web sites such as this one. They should have apologized, but instead they blustered and refused to admit that they might have been in error. Perhaps they are hoping that people will forget about it. I won't.
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RoadRunner Great pics and stories.

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In the past I've subscribed to all the ones previously listed. The only two in my opinion that warranted subscription renewal year after year have been Rider and Motorcycle Consumer News.

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Rider, MCN, ON and Ride Texas.

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Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, its English and kind of expensive but has great articles and usually has something on BMW.

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Ride Texas and RoadRunner...

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Roadrunner. Great touring mag, gives the reader a sense of being in the riders seat who is telling the story.
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Cycleworld is great bathroom reading for only 7 bucks a year!

Regionally, in the NY/NJ/Pennsylvania area, you can pick up Backroads magazine. The owners do a great job of describing local rides and rallies. They even did a piece on CCR a few years back. The chief writers, Brian and Shira, are ATGATT riders. Brian's main ride- 1150GS. It's free at most dealerships but I pay for it to be delivered at home.

Considering I have a 19 Y.O. daughter, I avoid magazines like Full Throttle and some of the other chrome driven mags for fear of coming upon a picture of my daughter or one of her friends. I save that stuff for late night internet surfing!

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Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, its English and kind of expensive but has great articles and usually has something on BMW.

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Wow! I didn't expect to see that one mentioned. I've been reading it since I got my first bike in 1968 and it's still a great read.

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definitely Rider
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Road Runner is a great library to have.
http://www.roadrunner.travel/

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RoadRunner and Rider are the two I prefer.

Cycle World is only for the guy that believes top speed on a crotch rocket is the ideal, and everything else must be compared to that. But they do have a great section of advertising.

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Classic Bike, but you have to read English, and MOTOS D'hier, but you have to read French.

In the interests of full disclosure, I've written for both, so I have a bias.
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