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Looking forward to getting my first issue coming out in April. This mag looks like it is going to cover not only the bikes of the 60'-80's but the culture and the players of the time. This ought to rekindle the glory days.

 

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I sent them an email after seeing in motorcyclist that they wanted input and got this in return.

Joe!
Good to hear from you. Glad you're excited. It's gonna be fun!
Hey, wanna help me here? Spread the word as much as you can about Motorcyclist Classic, to your buddies, on any forums you're on, etc. The more folks who know about what we're doing and when our first issue will appear (late April/early May, at better book stores everywhere) the better. Our company is a bit sketchy about the concept in the wake of Motor Trend Classic's demise, and if the first issue doesn't generate brisk newsstand sales early on, they'll throw in the towel. And I very much want this thing to succeed! I'm on a mission!
Thanks!
Mitch

Let's tell them how much we would like to see this in print. The address is:
[email protected]

They would like to know what and who we would like to see featured.
 

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that sounds like the same email i got....must be some kind of form letter.
 

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that sounds like the same email i got....must be some kind of form letter.
It probably is. But they are right, if it doesn't generate sales it will get dropped in short order. That's why, as of now, they aren't offering a subscription. They want to see if it's going to sell before they invest too much time and effort. A lot of us would buy and read it if it had the content we wanted to see every month and the only way that will happen is if we tell them what we want to see every month.
 

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I've traded a number of emails with Mitch. In concept, the magazine will be a notch up from the current crop of fluff-filled USA produced magazines. It will be much more along the lines of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics (a UK publication).

One of their competotor magazines has just printed their last issue - Vintage Motorcycles aka Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide. F&W (the publisher) pulled the plug on this magazine.

In short, these magazines only have about 12-18 months to prove if they can stay in existance. It doesn't take the publishers very long to axe them...
 

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It is amazing how quickly zines get the axe. I used to contribute to one (non-motorcycling) whos life was only a few months.

There's definitely a spot to fill for vintage rides. I think the fact that it will offer advice/mechanical know-how on restoration is super. I'd definitely buy a copy despite the fact that I don't own a vintage ride myself... they're still so fun to look at it and read the history of.

gl to them.
 

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One format that has been successful is reader contributed. What I mean is, the readers submit tech articles, personal stories, etc. A good example is Bronco Driver. It is written for and by Early Ford Bronco owners. There is still advertising but so far very little fluff. It is a great magazine. This would probably work well with the vintage bike crowd.
 

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Good luck, but I don't think you'll need it.The current boom in motorbikes will be ongoing as oil is never going to go below $100 a barrell again. I think somebody wanting to get back into bikes, of which there are going to be plenty,is gonna find it easier on a classic. For me new bikes are too specialised. It's either a rocket, a massive twin with enough glaring chrome to blind you, or a tourer. A good old z750 can do all these without burning wholes in your pocket. Lets here it for the older bikes.

Am i gonna be able to get ot in the UK?
 
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