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Old 01-09-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default We test this month's crop of Moto Magazines!

Cycle World and Motor Cyclist both have the new ZX-10R on the cover, with the usual array of motobuzzwords like “awesome,” “superbike king,” and so forth. rider breaks the mold by covering the Ninja 1000; so it’s a Kawi Kover Sweep. We’re giving Motorcyclist top marks in the cover category for being the only one of the three with the lead bike doing a wheelie. Cycle World takes second slot for their *****in font and colors on the bottom for the Ducati Diavel Mega Monster. rider’s cover is very disappointing; not only did they not have the Ninja on one wheel, but the bike is barely 10 degrees leaned over. Knee pucks on the pavement, please!

Seriously, this is getting repetitive. When I pulled Motorcyclist out of the mailbox, I was sure I'd gotten an extra copy of CW...the covers are that close. Even worse, both cover the new Triumph Tigers, and both comment on the frame material:

Cycle World: "you know you can find someone to stick a steel frame back together..."
MotorCyclist: "Steel? Aside from being tougher than aluminium, it's easier to find a good welder if you break something..."
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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Morbo, the latest so-called "motorcycle Magazines" are no more than billboards for the factory with the biggest advertisement account. When was the last time you saw an article about modifying forks, with the damper rods and springs layed out on a nice clean work bench? Or somebody re-jetting carbs? No, these magazines are the motorcycle equal of Esquire. Good for one quick glance then straight to the bottom of the parrot cage.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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After years I have decided to let my Motorcyclist subscription lapse.I may do the same with Cycle World.I have been disappointed with both Rags for a while and they don't seem to be getting any better.MO is on the leading edge when it comes to new offerings and industry trends.They are able to get their info out a lot quicker being web based.I like RoadRunner for my Travel fix and BMW owners news is somewhat enjoyable.If this is all I have to worry about I must have it made.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:04 AM   #4
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Morbo, the latest so-called "motorcycle Magazines" are no more than billboards for the factory with the biggest advertisement account. When was the last time you saw an article about modifying forks, with the damper rods and springs layed out on a nice clean work bench? Or somebody re-jetting carbs? No, these magazines are the motorcycle equal of Esquire. Good for one quick glance then straight to the bottom of the parrot cage.
All that stuff migrated to the web long ago. Brand/model dedicated forums and dirtbike specific sites have mods and hop ups galore.

For example, Super Hunky's articles on fork swaps for CRF230's and TTR230's are inspirational.

Oh, and I kind of like Esquire. Makes for good reading on the workout bike. They have shifted to the left in recent years, but they do attract good writers. Their recent exerpt of "The Gun" was really good.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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I let Motorcyclist go years ago. Next on the list for non-renew is Car and Driver. I've subscribed since I was 15 but it's gone downhill fast in the last year.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:17 AM   #6
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It's the constant d*cking around with the fonts and layouts that make me crazy.

I especially LOVE when they use a white text on a black background...
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:18 PM   #7
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i mostly read UK bike mags now. they tend to tell it like it is. ever see a american bike mag say a newer bike may not be better than a couple of year old bike. they do. that one issue of motorcyclist that was almost 100% HD ,COME ON
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:24 PM   #8
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I let motorcyclist and Cycle World lapse this year too, after having subscribed to both since I was a kid.

The internet makes print mags irrelevant. To their credit, the print mags have online subscriptions too, but MO was here first and they deserve to be rewarded. Always rootin' for the little guy
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:39 PM   #9
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The problem with UK bike mags is that they're always biased towards Triumph (which is understandable, but still annoying).

Personally, I am very happy with my Cycle World subscription. Very inexpensive, and nice bike pics and decent articles.
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I'd ditch them, too, if they weren't so cheap.

I pay good money for Trail Rider and MotoRetro Illustrated, though. And I'm about to subscribe to Sideburn again.
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