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Cycle World Will Cease Print Publication in 2020

The October 2020 issue of Cycle World magazine will be its last print issue ever. The publication is moving to a digital-only platform. This news should come as little surprise as fewer and fewer motorcycle publications go to print.

Motorcyclist, Cycle World’s sister publication, made this move in May of 2019, so the writing was on the wall for Cycle World.

However, the end of the print publication is only part of the story. Cycle World and Motorcyclist were owned by Bonnier Corporation. Bonnier sold its powersports publications to Octane, a powersports finance company.

“Our goal for this acquisition is to ensure that unbiased product reviews, rigorous and objective testing, and informed storytelling will continue to be available to powersports enthusiasts,” said Jason Guss, CEO of Octane. “When combined with Octane’s financing platform and dealership partners, consumers will soon be able to go directly from researching their dream vehicle to owning it, in a fast, seamless process.”

Octane said it will continue to invest in the publications to make them even better than they were before. Much of the staff at these publications will stay the same, though I’m sure there will be some changing of things as the transition occurs.

Many people see Bonnier’s stewardship of these publications and others as a major failure. The company bought Cycle World, Motorcyclist, and several other motorcycle publications and cut print issues and killed off publications that many said were still viable publications. Earlier this year, Bonnier tried to sell off all its powersports publications and even hired a firm to help it do that.

The move by Octane to buy the publications make sense from a business standpoint. The company is in the business of selling motorcycles, and that means all those old reviews that Cycle World and Motorcyclist published still have value to the company.

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This could be a new way for large publications to exist. The antiquated advertiser and subscriber model is a tough one to do well in 2020, and Octane has an incentive to put out great content through these publications and make a killing on the back of that content through motorcycle financing.

It’s a smart move, and one that should see Motorcyclist and Cycle World continue on for years to come.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider, driver, biker, bikie or motorcyclist?

Rider, driver, biker, bikie, motorcyclist or even cyclist are used for the person who sits in the front seat of a motorcycle, holds the handlebars and operates the throttle, brake and clutch.

But what is the correct term?


I usually used the term “rider” which seems to be the most popular here in Australia and many other countries.

However, anyone in or on any vehicle is riding. That doesn’t suggest they are in control.

In fact, the pillion could be a rider was well. (Or is that passenger?)

To indicate that the person is actually in control of the motorcycle, they surely have to be driving it.

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How about the term “Wild Hogs”?


So are they really a driver?

I see this a lot in mainstream media, particularly in the US.

Perhaps it is a misnomer, or maybe it is more correct than calling them the rider.

After all, the term “drive” can refer to urge or motivation, operating and controlling the direction and speed of a motor vehicle, travelling on wheels, and propelling or carrying by force in a specified direction.

Bikie and biker

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New York Redrum motorcycle club

Then there are the terms “biker” and “bikie”.

In the US, a member of an outlawed motorcycle club such as the notorious Hell’s Angels is referred to as a biker. In Australia, they are bikies.

But these terms are also misused by the general public to refer to anyone who rides/drives a motorcycle.

Some riders in Australia, particularly cruiser riders, can refer to themselves as bikers which would give the totally wrong impression to visiting Americans.

Meanwhile, Yanks think bikie sounds ridiculous and a little childish when referring to big, tough motorcycle club members.


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Then there is the term “motorcyclist” which just seems twee, nerdy, scientific or technical.

The “ist” ending can also make a word derogatory.

The official meaning of “ist” is a follower of a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.

So we have an artist, communist, capitalist, socialist, etc.

Does a motorcyclist really fit in with that crowd?

Motorcyclist is also a term used in official documents, research papers, etc.

We often hear from police, the government and other safety Nazis about how motorcyclists are more likely to die in crashes.

I don’t particularly like the term as it is sounds too much like “cyclist” which is a term most people use for someone who rides a bicycle.

In the US, a cyclist can also be the person who rides/drives a motorcycle!

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Is this also a scooterist?

The term is also too close to scooterist which is a whole other debate as is the correct term for our vehicle: “motorcycle”, “bike” or “motorbike”?

How do you refer to motorcycle riders? Leave your comments below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Important safety tips for returned riders

Returned riders who have had several years off the motorcycle for various reasons, may be over-represented in the crash statistics, but that is no reason not to ride. (Above photo used for humour reasons only!)

Some say the statistics are a furphy, while others (such as Professor Narelle Haworth of the QUT Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety) suggest returned riders should re-sit their licence.

Click here for more on this hot topic!

However, there is little support for her suggestion, even among police!

So you are still within your right to use your valid motorcycle licence.

And so you should!

A motorcycle can restore the inner youth you feel you may have lost when you stopped riding to concentrate on your career and/or family.

However, there are several important points returned riders should consider.

The motorcycle

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Just needs a coat of paint and some WD40!

If you are going to ride the bike that’s been parked up in your garage for several years, it will need a thorough safety inspection.

Tyres, battery, oils, etc will all need either upgrading, replacing or some TLC.

Click here to find out more about restoring a bike to running order after hibernation.

If you are thinking about buying one of those shiny, new, high-powered sports bikes like the racers ride or that you used to race, you probably should reconsider.

Your ageing body might not be able to tolerate the crouched riding position any more. Perhaps a more upright type of bike would be better.

Seriously consider what type of riding you want to do, ask fellow riders for their tips and search through our reviews section.

Are you going to ride to your local cafe, commute daily, tour long distances or ride off the beaten track? This will determine what type of bike you should buy.

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Make sure the bike suits your needs … and your height!

You don’t necessarily need the newest, biggest, most powerful or the most technological bike.

In fact, if you are a little wary you could drop it in your driveway, it might be best to start with a cheaper and lower-powered bike to get back into riding.

After all, you definitely will be upgrading your bike every couple of years. That’s just standard practice among mature-aged riders.

Be aware that most modern bikes at least have ABS which you may not be used to on a motorcycle.

When it was introduced to cars, there were many crashes where drivers felt the unusual pulse through the brake pedal and let go of the brakes.

The same can happen with a motorcycle.

Returned riders

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Just kidding, folks!

Which brings us to the rider.

If you’ve not ridden a bike with ABS, you will need to learn how to use it correctly.

That means going back to school, or at least an advanced rider class.

There are many available and they are all pretty good and a great amount of fun.

If the courses are graded, start at the bottom and work your way up to advanced levels and maybe even track days on a closed circuit.

You can also brush up on your riding theory by checking out the many articles in our Tips/training section.

Riding requires a 100% commitment to concentrating on the road and its many hazards. Anything less can be lethal.

Don’t push yourself too far, too soon.

Try to join a group of like-minded riders, but avoid groups where peer pressure forces you to ride outside your capabilities.

Groups can be helpful with riding tips as well as looking out for you on organised rides.

Your safety gearGoldtop leather clothing

In the 1970s, my riding gear consisted of army surplus clothing and boots. When it rained, I wore a raincoat and fishing waders.

These days there is a host of motorcycle-specific gear that will suit any sort of riding, terrain or weather.

The safest gear is a full leather race suit with race gloves and boots, plus an expensive full-face helmet.

But that gear would be hot, uncomfortable and restrictive on a touring bike, cruiser or an adventure bike.

So find the appropriate gear for your riding style.NeonMoto Electroluminescent Motorcycle Leather Jacket returned riders

Ensure it has legitimate European certification (look for labels with “EN” followed by a series of numbers).

You can also check the safety and comfort ratings of jackets, pants and glove on the Australian MotoCAP website.

Check helmet ratings on the NSW Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) site or the UK’s SHARP helmet rating system which is more comprehensive.

Always go for safety over fashion and quality over a bargain!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com