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#1 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:53 am

I'm wondering which motorcycle-rider magazines everyone recommends, subscribes to, whatever. I bought two different magazines a couple months ago, Rider and RoadBike, and spent a lot of time trying to decide which one I preferred. Rider had a lot more detail concerning the 'favorite ride' layouts, and included maps. RoadBike had more product reviews and some tech articles (exhaust installation, heated hand grips, etc.), but the articles concering road trips were a little on the flimsy side. I don't care much for the new bike reviews, and I have no interest at all in extreme custom bike layouts. In the end, I decided to subscribe to both.

If everyone could post their thoughts about which magazines they prefer, and why, I'd appreciate it. I enjoy reading up on my hobby, at least, when the weather's too crappy to practice it, and I'd like some input as to which magazines offer what sort of emphasis.

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#2 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:58 am

I don't know if Motorcycle Escape is still around but it was a great one for touring articles. If Roadbike is the one I am thinking about they often use un-experienced riders to "test" new bikes and the perspective is really useless as they do not have the background to understand what they are riding. It is difficult to really find anyone who truly tests a new bike anymore with most of the articles being not a lot more than a short riding impression.

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#3 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:16 am

For unbiased reviews of motorcycles and motorcycle products, and interesting articles, can't beat Motorcycle Consumer News.
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#4 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:24 am

I like motorcyclist, they tend to give a decently rounded perspective of the motorcycle world. I don't like their bike reviews however. They let the long term test riders modify the bike to their tastes, which makes the review pretty useless IMO. You're testing the bike as they built it, not as you want it to be!
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#5 Unread post by Philo » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:25 pm

I subscribe to two magazines. Cycle World, for their articles on new bikes and equipment, and because I enjoy Peter Egan's Leanings column. I subscribe to Roadrunner for their articles on Touring. They always have a route from the U.S. and one International.

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#6 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:24 pm

backroads magazine
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#7 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:04 am

I really like the British magazine Bike. Excellent articles, nice writing and art direction, and often quite hilarious.
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#8 Unread post by Trobairitz » Tue May 01, 2012 5:53 pm

jstark47 wrote:For unbiased reviews of motorcycles and motorcycle products, and interesting articles, can't beat Motorcycle Consumer News.

+1. We've subscribed to MCN for a few years and really enjoy it. We also subscribe to Rider (another favorite) and Cycle World. I've never read Road Bike.

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#9 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon May 07, 2012 7:47 pm

Biker Canada. :)
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#10 Unread post by dr_bar » Mon May 07, 2012 7:57 pm

I get Canadian Biker , and the recent issue had some surprising news, Apparently Audi has acquired Ducati...

Wait a second there, didn't I know this already??? The joy of belonging to a motorcycle site that is a media outlet for so many manufacturers and has so many enthusiasts that keep us all up to date. I may not renew my subscription... :o)
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#11 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon May 07, 2012 8:16 pm

BMW also has a new super scooter. Saw that in my magazine.
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#12 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon May 07, 2012 9:48 pm

I've got digital subscriptions to Motorcyclist and Cycleworld. It's just $1 (US) an issue anyway. Editorials and general news are okay, but gear/bike reviews (especially comparos) aren't. There's the rest of internet for that.
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#13 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon May 07, 2012 9:53 pm

I liked motorcyclist and Cycle Canada but I found them both quite biased (even though they had good photos) and quickly got tired of them after a few years. I did subscribe to Rider magazine (2 year sub) but never got 1 issue (although they gladly took my money). No refund. :(

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#14 Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue May 08, 2012 9:18 am

Mike,

That's pretty worrisome, Rider is one that I just sent off for myself. The two year subscription. If I don't get any magazines either, I'm gonna start the revolution!

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#15 Unread post by MTexile » Wed May 09, 2012 7:35 pm

I like RoadRunner Motorcycle Touring and Travel. They don't give deep reviews on bikes and gear IMHO, but the travel articles (both N. American and elsewhere) are well written and keep my bucket list in a constant flux...
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#16 Unread post by javafugo » Mon May 28, 2012 7:30 pm

Motorcycleist and rider are what I've been subscribed to for years

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#17 Unread post by Shriker » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:25 pm

I enjoy Sport Rider, Motorcyclist and Cycle World . Love some of the Brit bike mags but they are expensive . Have piles of old mags going back 30 years. I remember Cycle Guide and Cycle back in the day here in the US.

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#18 Unread post by madjak30 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:21 pm

I subscribe to Motorcycle Mojo...read them cover to cover...

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#19 Unread post by vito » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:03 am

I subscribe to a whole lot of motorcycle mags; they really help pass the long winter months when riding is not feasible. In order of preference, I like Rider, Cruiser, Road Bike, Motorcyclist, Motorcycle Consumer News, Cycle World, Roadrunner, and American Motorcyclist (the AMA mag). If I had to cut back and limit myself to a single motorcycle magazine, Rider would clearly be my first choice. It seems to be written for the average American motorcycle rider, not the fanatic sport bike rider, or those for whom only HD is acceptable, or for those riders who are interested in customizing more than riding.

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