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.