Reader feed­back on the re­design

Motorcyclist - - Contributors -


I had been read­ing three mo­tor­cy­cle mag­a­zines each month, and hon­estly they were a lot of the same con­tent. You seem to have found a new ap­proach, which is re­fresh­ing. —David Ringgen­berg / Lom­bard, IL

Love the new mag. My wife even no­ticed and said, “Wow, that mag­a­zine is gor­geous now!” —Peter Booth / via email

I loved Marc Cook and his el­e­gant writ­ing and was a lit­tle ner­vous at the idea of a cou­ple of whip­per­snap­pers tak­ing over. I needn’t have wor­ried. —Joshua Stone / Santa Cruz, CA

The size, graphic de­sign, and pho­tog­ra­phy con­vey the spirit of the sport it­self—ex­cit­ing, ad­ven­tur­ous, and some­times un­pre­dictable. —Barry Gold­stein / North Adams, MA

Ms. La­palme’s cover photo is lovely to look at and cap­tures the spirit and joy of mo­tor­cy­cling. I pre­dict that sev­eral pho­tos will end up on shop, garage and bed­room wa I’ve been a Mo­tor­cy­clist sub­scriber or news­stand buyer for over half a cen­tury, but the March/april is­sue was the first I’ve read cover to cover! —Mark Lan­caster / via email

This new is­sue makes me feel like I’ve gone from a high school tabloid to The New Yorker. Its clean lines and in­cred­i­bly pro­fes­sional lay­out are a breath of fresh air. —Michael R. Cec­chini / Bethesda, MD

I’ve been read­ing gear­head mag­a­zines for about 50 years. In all that time, I’ve never seen a new for­mat that is such an out-of-the-park home run hit as your new for­mat and lay­out. —Roger Legge / Phoenix, AZ


As a long­time sub­scriber, I have three com­ments about your new for­mat: 1) The con­tent is great; 2) print needs to be larger for th­ese tired, old eyes; 3) the cover needs to be more in­spir­ing so that it will at­tract at­ten­tion at a news­stand. —Carl Nielsen / In­di­anapo­lis, IN

Pros: It’s pretty and modern look­ing. Cons: The pages look clut­tered and busy. I’ve sub­scribed over the years to get in­for­ma­tion on bikes, gear, and rides. I’m sure it’s still in there some­where; you just have to search for it. —Larry Neitzel / via email

I can see a lot of work went into it, and I’m sure the hip­sters will like it. It may be a bit up­scale for me, how­ever, as I’m just a guy who loves to ride for the ex­pe­ri­ence, not be­cause it’s cool. Should look good on the cof­fee ta­ble though. —Eugene Van Or­man / Honolulu, HI

Please con­sider mak­ing your text a lit­tle larger. I’m quite sure the ma­jor­ity of your read­ers are old enough to use read­ing glasses and would ap­pre­ci­ate an eas­ier-to-read mag­a­zine. —Barry Ben­nett / via email


I don’t like it. It looks like a mag for elit­ists and not for en­thu­si­asts. —Dale Irvine / via email

I re­ally don’t like the new lay­out. It’s not nearly as read­able and just doesn’t seem to flow as well. I’ll keep read­ing it but not en­joy­ing it as much. —Clem Wilkes / via email

You’re try­ing to make a mo­tor­cy­cle mag into some sort of high-end piece, which doesn’t work. If it con­tin­ues (which I as­sume it will), I’m can­cel­ing my sub­scrip­tion. —Jim Call / via email

I want my old Mo­tor­cy­clist back. The new is­sue looks like a glam­our mag. Where are the ar­ti­cles for the av­er­age­joe cruiser rider and/or com­muter? —Lawrence Bricker / Sil­ver Spring, MD

It’s large. It’s at­trac­tive. And now, with the grit and grease washed out, it should ap­peal mainly to peo­ple only mildly in­ter­ested in mo­tor­cy­cles. - Dick Worth/via email

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