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Old 04-07-2018, 12:42 PM
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Thumbs up Cycle World Magazine New Format...

Just got back from vacation and found the new format version of Cycle World waiting.

Very sharp and high quality.

Apparently just 4 per year though.
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Old 04-07-2018, 01:08 PM
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

I believe that motorcycle magazines are on their way out. Everything you ever wanted to know about motorcycling in general, how to change part X on your specific machine, where to ride, etc., is available on the Internet. It's the cost of progress, I guess.

I remember buying Cycle at Jack's Go Shop in San Bruno, CA back in '62-'63. No color pictures. Plenty of information to be absorbed by a newbie kid. Moto magazines gradually got more sophisticated from those early (to me) Clymer days. Over the years I've subscribed to Cycle, Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Easy Rider, Hot Bike, BMWMOA, etc.

Dunno. Now I get most of my motorcycling info off YouTube, my BMW Shop Manual (on DVD, now with periodic updates), and forums like this one. And, for my '50 Pan, my old 1962 H-D Shop Manual, my H-D parts book, and the V-Twin catalog. Oh yeah - those Tatro videos on YouTube.

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Old 04-07-2018, 01:11 PM
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

The quality is very good - but no real content and going quarterly does not work for me. I have about 1 year left on my subscription and unfortunately I will not be renewing it. Have been a subscriber honestly I don't know how long - pretty much forever.

The internet is at our fingertips and I can find out just about everything I want there. I will miss some of the articles but again on a quarterly basis just doesn't work for me.
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

I think a lot of print media is in trouble as more and more information is available online. The folks over 40 may still prefer hard copies but the next generation is all about everything being accessed online plus there's not just as many new riders interested in riding so not many new subscribers. I do enjoy the bike comparison articles but not enough other material contained in bike rags that would cause me to subscribe.
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

The new format version is not something you would go to for comparisons or reviews.

The quality is on the level of Architecture Digest and the Robb Report.

Think museum catalogue-like.

Something for the coffee table or to keep in the bookcase and pull out from time to time.

It's an entirely new direction.

Give it a try, if you haven't already, before crossing it off.

Given the cover price, a one year subscription is the way to go.
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

What is still a disappointment to me is that I would love to find a "print magazine" style publication on line. Since several of my print publications have gone quarterly for reasons cited above, I have yet to find anything on line that begins to fill the reading void for me. Any suggestions?

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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

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The new format version is not something you would go to for comparisons or reviews.

The quality is on the level of Architecture Digest and the Robb Report.

Think museum catalogue-like.

Something for the coffee table or to keep in the bookcase and pull out from time to time.

It's an entirely new direction.

Give it a try, if you haven't already, before crossing it off.

Given the cover price, a one year subscription is the way to go.

How much are they selling it for?
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

I can tell you four issues a year isn't going to work for me based on the content of this last issue. Just not enough material for a quarterly magazine. The print quality is fantastic, but that doesn't make the magazine. I feel like this is their last ditch effort to keep their heads above water. Plus, I'm not a big fan of Bonnier Publications. Several times I have sent in ideas for articles and haven't been able to get past Bonnier's offices. Heck, I did not even get a response of any kind from them so I gave up. It would be nice if you could email the staff writers direct but they make it a big game for you to actually get to the writer you want to. So for me, when my subscription runs out I'm done. I don't need to rent magazine space in my house when I can get all the info I want (today) online. Who wants to wait three months for the next issue?
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

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11.99 US, 13.99 CA
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Whoa!

At that price, they better make it memorable...
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

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At that price, they better make it memorable...and include lots of nudity..
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

I think I paid about $15 for a year's subscription.
I have Motorcyclist and Cycle World still coming to lie around the house and sit on the couch next to me. The Cycle World editorial was not all that much in the premier issue. Still like the look.
Have some issues of BMW Owners News around too as it comes with the membership. Like the photography and since I stare into screens all day at times I prefer not to do so.
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Re: Cycle World Magazine New Format...

I loved Cycle World and Cycle back in the day, and for a while Motorcycle Consumer News.

And I have a friend that stockpiles Cycle World and gifts them to me periodically - just made my way through about the last 10 issues.

Personally, I’ve gotten used to the immediacy of online content. I find magazines now seem a bit too static, in that I can’t immediately click on a link or provide my own insight into an issue - as I’m doing right now.

Magazines will continue to exist for a while, but will become more and more anachronistic. There’s now a couple generations that have grown up in the digital age, and I doubt they have much of a fondness for printed media.
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