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Cycle News Closes

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Goodbye Cycle News.
After 45 years of industry service, this will be the final issue of Cycle News.
The state of the motorcycle industry has taken its toll as one of the original print giants has fallen victim to these tough economic times. While certainly not the first publication to fold, Cycle News is without a doubt the most prominent casualty to date.

After 45 years of service to the motorcycle industry, sources close to the publication are reporting that Cycle News magazine has closed its doors and will no longer produce its weekly motorcycle magazine. Since 1965 the Clayton family has provided coverage of everything from the Carlsbad US Grand Prix to the Italian MotoGP to the local Hare & Hound series, along with editorial support and an inside look that set the standard for all publications who call themselves a news site.

As an alumni of Cycle News myself, it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of the few publications who directly influenced the way the industry receives its news and does business. The three years I spent there and nearly 150 issues that I had the pleasure of helping to produce did so much for my career as a moto-journalist that I will forever be thankful. It was a pleasure to work for such a company and it's hard to see them leave our industry in this manner.

Said Paul Carruthers, Cycle News' most recent Editor: "It meant the world to me. It was a huge part of my life for 25 years. I will miss it and I forged friendships with the people who worked there that will last a lifetime."

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, as the magazine has grown thinner and thinner over the past couple years with advertising budgets becoming tighter. Cycle News is now history, as they say, but it was a long and impressive history at that. We will bring more details and information as they become available.

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Al Thompson -Ex Honda Dealer  December 20, 2010 04:49 PM
In a poor declining economy,give the a break,they hung in as long as they could and did one hell of a job for a long time.Do not be upset over your unearned subscription,think about them,look what theylost.
Al Raceway Honda until 1988.
coalbinbob -a tribute  December 8, 2010 08:25 AM
I remember when there were two, Motorcycle weekly and Cycle news ,I still have many old MW's 'cause I was racing in those days and I was able to see my 6-11th place finishes in print .Gonna miss CN been there since the beginning and spent quality time in the john with that mag . Bikers today really couldn't care less it's all about lookin cool ,with rare exceptions , they know little about the history and heroes of our sport . Without the coverage of CN dirt track especially and no doubt road racing are doomed .Perhaps Cycle and others will expand there racing coverage . The AMA ?? you're kidding I hope.
Donald Forrester -subscriber  November 30, 2010 12:35 PM
I want to know if you will credit me with money for my subscription that did not run out. I have taken Cyclee News for a number of years and I was very satisfied But I would like to recoup my losses.
elliot -sad but a rip off  October 18, 2010 10:38 AM
i will miss cycle news,BUT no notification ? no refund ? WTF another company that everyone loved BUT i got screwed out of my subscription money..how FKN low class to just quit and leave people hanging..
Brian Baker -rider then reader  September 28, 2010 04:25 PM
I just subscribed. Is this a stab in the back or a kick in the gut. I believe the folks at CN had no choice and it hurts them also. Just like all the riding trails and racing venues in So. Cal. Cycle News will be sorely missed.
Rick Witt -MX Marketer USA  September 10, 2010 07:06 PM
Like so many others, this was my "bible" for many, many years. Yes, the proverbial writing has been on the wall, as it is for so many others forms of print publication, but it's still sad, just the same.
YamaRider -A truly sad day for all motorcyclists  September 7, 2010 08:43 PM
I weep for the future of moto-journalism. When a top quality publication like CN cannot keep, let alone increase, its subscribers for only $50 a year, I see no hope for anyone else. I lost my job and I cut every expense except food, rent and my CN subscription. I even turned off cable because I was getting all my motorcycle racing news from CN. That's how much I believed and treasured CN. Goodbye CN. I will miss your top notch coverage of all things motorcycles.
bikerrandy -Cycle News shut down.  September 3, 2010 12:39 PM
Sad, but an example of how this very website(and others) put them out of business.

There was a time before the internet and MC races on TV when our first facts of a race or new bike products came from 1 place, Cycle News. The communication future has wiped their need out.
curley -an icon in the MC world  September 3, 2010 08:04 AM
a subscriber from the days of the Elsinore GP,B2V, Phantom Duck, Fud, the reporting of MC news will never be the same, the classifieds were a gold mine for those of us seeking rare or cutting edge parts, the photos and articles of the latest factory bikes were months ahead of the magazines, first Cycle and now Cycle News...maybe it's time to buy a scooter. - Thanks for the memories Cycle News - you were the benchmark in the world of MC news reporting.
GP -bummer  September 2, 2010 08:23 PM
this was the best magazine. forget the "rolling stone" - I know many racers have framed copies of themselves on the cover of cycle news

while cycle world, motorcyclist and sport rider respin the same articles, cycle news was unique & the best. glad I was able to enjoy it while it lasted......I probably have 100+ copies kicking around the house with rossi, spies, mladin, etc
Zippy -CHANGE  September 2, 2010 02:32 PM
Dis be change we can belib in! Vote for me!