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I've been a member of this forum for about two years and don't think I've seen this topic before soooooo....
Why aren't there ANY scooter magazines available? I was at Barns and Nobe's the other day and noticed there were over 20 types of "cycle" mags, from just about every angle you could think of, EXCEPT, Scoots! :( Say what? Over the last 5 years there had to be thousands of scoots sold in the good old USA. If there were ANY scoot mags I'd buy a subscription in a heart beat. My other passion is sailing. After my wife's intervention I'm down to 3 per month plus a local free mag or 2 thrown in for good measure. So how about it. Would you be willing to buy a subscription if someone started a scoot mag? And no, I'm NOT interested in starting one. But I'd buy one if it was available. How about you?
 

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Google Scoot Magazine. Lots of choices.
 

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TwistnGo is a fair mag. Over this side of the pond we have two or three main mags, the one just mentioned, Scootering, and Scooter. You can subscribe from anywhere in the world to any of them. The Burgman 400 was a long term test model in 2010 on the TwistnGo fleet. In my view it was not a good test. The tester didn't seem to understand how an auto scooter clutch worked in conjunction with the transmission. But, it's about the best mag for modern scooters and it actually has some really good tests and reviews of maxi's and smaller scooters in each edition.

Over here in mainland 'Urop' scooter sales exceed motorcycle sales. In the Uk it's almost even with total 2 wheel sales split 53% motorcycles and 47% scooters of all kinds. But more and more people are buying maxi scooters over here as they learn how good they are. It's exciting! :cheers:
 

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Well, I did Google Scoot magazine and ....found nothing in the US. Twist & Go looked good but...some things are different overseas. After the holidays I gained a few pounds. How many dollars is that? :roll: Do Schwalbe tyres perform as well here in CT as overseas? "The final BSRA event of the year saw us heading to East Yorkshire for a date on the coast in ‘sunny’ Bridlington." Is that anywhere near Bristol RI? I could drive to that. Lifts, lories, pounds & pudding, Ok, it's fun to read about another culture but how about something a little nearer to home? Like say, California? I know, I know, I'm whining. But gee, am I asking to much? I love my 2008 400 and road it yesterday in 30 degree temps! (much to the wife's dismay)
 

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I was a magazine fanatic for years , had subscriptions to a bunch , even some from other countries.
It just got too expensive so I cut back and spend more time on the internet .
The few Scooter oriented magazines i have seen at the news stands are mostly oriented towards people who wear a ball cap backwards, wear baggy pants that show their butt crack, and included a lot of skateboard stuff.

I wonder if there is actually a market for a quality magazine featuring scooters.
I would certainly lokk at a few issues and if they had topics that interested me i would probably subscribe.
 

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Well, I did Google Scoot magazine and ....found nothing in the US. Twist & Go looked good but...some things are different overseas. After the holidays I gained a few pounds. How many dollars is that? :roll: Do Schwalbe tyres perform as well here in CT as overseas? "The final BSRA event of the year saw us heading to East Yorkshire for a date on the coast in ‘sunny’ Bridlington." Is that anywhere near Bristol RI? I could drive to that. Lifts, lories, pounds & pudding, Ok, it's fun to read about another culture but how about something a little nearer to home? Like say, California? I know, I know, I'm whining. But gee, am I asking to much? I love my 2008 400 and road it yesterday in 30 degree temps! (much to the wife's dismay)
I am sure you would find a subscription to Parochial Unlimited very worthwhile. :wink:
 

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I am sure you would find a subscription to Parochial Unlimited very worthwhile. :wink:
My wife canceled that subscription a while ago. But really, I just got back from B&N's and I kid you not there were 40 cycle mags! Hence my FRUSTRATION! A few "biker covers" had young lady's wearing waaaay less then I saw on last years cruise. Got me to thinking maybe I'm not to old for a chopper. :lol: One, just one decent scoot mag would do......
 

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A few years ago, we did have a scooter only magazine here in the U.S. It was called Scooter Rider Magazine and its editor was B.J. Strass.

I bought my first copy at B&N in early 2006 and I immediately subscribed. But the last issue I received was the Winter 2006 issue and then they refunded my money saying they were pursuing other interests. But I was able to buy back issues all the way to 2004.

Mr. Strass did a great job and the magazine featured road tests of various scooters, the last one was the 2006 Burgman 400 with an intro to the new 2007.

He also featured cross country rides (his last one on a 2006 Burg 400). Many scooter related products were also reviewed or introduced to the readers.

I sure wish he'd come back with the magazine!
 
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Hey TeeMon, Scooter Rider Magazine is just what I want. I'd subscribe in a second if something like that was avalible. And I bet many on this forum would too!
 

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There was a scooter magazine in the US for a long time, I think it was called "Scoot", but it covered the 250 and under mostly. Very little, if any, of the larger scoots. It was carried by B&N but I have not seen it for over 6 months. It was bi-monthly also. My local B&N have even stopped carrying the UK mags so there are no scooter magazines at all here.
 

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There was a scooter magazine that was issued quarterly and I think it was located in Denver CO as most of the ads were for scooter stores in that area.
Some good articles but I stopped subscribing several years ago and have not heard from them since.
Maybe out of business.
 

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I just got a nice surprise! I posted a few days ago that I had purchased back issues of Scooter Rider Magazine dating back to 2004. When I wrote that bit of information, somehow it didn't seem right. This morning, in a burst of energy, I looked through the bookcase and found another set of back issues of the magazine for the entire year of 2003 !

It's like getting another Xmas gift! So I've got some scooter reading to do in the next few days while I'm recovering from this flu.
 

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Well, I did Google Scoot magazine and ....found nothing in the US. Twist & Go looked good but...some things are different overseas. After the holidays I gained a few pounds. How many dollars is that? :roll: Do Schwalbe tyres perform as well here in CT as overseas? "The final BSRA event of the year saw us heading to East Yorkshire for a date on the coast in ‘sunny’ Bridlington." Is that anywhere near Bristol RI? I could drive to that. Lifts, lories, pounds & pudding, Ok, it's fun to read about another culture but how about something a little nearer to home? Like say, California? I know, I know, I'm whining. But gee, am I asking to much? I love my 2008 400 and road it yesterday in 30 degree temps! (much to the wife's dismay)
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I am sure you would find a subscription to Parochial Unlimited very worthwhile. :wink:
My wife canceled that subscription a while ago. But really, I just got back from B&N's and I kid you not there were 40 cycle mags! Hence my FRUSTRATION! A few "biker covers" had young lady's wearing waaaay less then I saw on last years cruise. Got me to thinking maybe I'm not to old for a chopper. :lol: One, just one decent scoot mag would do......

So why not publish one?

If you think you've found a gap in the market, plug it...........you obviously believe there is sufficient interest in the US to support a scooter mag, or you wouldn't be decrying the lack of it. Go for it, and let us know how you get on!
 

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If somebody put out a good scooter magazine I would probably subscribe, for there are so many scooters and club and group out there......I got a friend that started a Lawnmower magazine and after a few years of ups and down, it is a good magazine and is growning
 

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If somebody put out a good scooter magazine I would probably subscribe, for there are so many scooters and club and group out there......I got a friend that started a Lawnmower magazine and after a few years of ups and down, it is a good magazine and is growing
Hey PaPa smurf, Oh, boy! Don't egg me on. :) IF, I didn't already have a 27 year old painting business, and IF I wasn't a board member of the New Haven Power Squadron, and IF I didn't JUST complete and pass my Captain's course......I'd be real tempted. :D
 

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Here's some online reading material for you:
  • Scooter in the Sticks http://vespalx150.blogspot.com/ This guy has an in with a local dealership and is given the opportunity to ride a variety of scooters and motorcycles. The pictures and descriptions of his rides are always great.[/*:m:18e2ddvo]
  • Ash on Bikes http://www.ashonbikes.com/scooters Great writeups on both scooters and motorcycles.[/*:m:18e2ddvo]
  • Moto-choice http://www.moto-choice.com/en/Content/8 ... views.html This guy wrote one of the best reviews I saw on the Honda NC700X. It wasn't just a copy and paste of Honda's info, but one that hit things like the height of the mirrors and their effect on filtering or lane splitting. His reviews are on both scooters and motorcycles.[/*:m:18e2ddvo]
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marksbike said:
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If somebody put out a good scooter magazine I would probably subscribe, for there are so many scooters and club and group out there......I got a friend that started a Lawnmower magazine and after a few years of ups and down, it is a good magazine and is growing
Hey PaPa smurf, Oh, boy! Don't egg me on. :) IF, I didn't already have a 27 year old painting business, and IF I wasn't a board member of the New Haven Power Squadron, and IF I didn't JUST complete and pass my Captain's course......I'd be real tempted. :D
I owned a business for five years , It just didn't start overnight it took about three years of growing very slowly a little bit of time before I finally opened it up, My friend started the lawnmower magazine it was very small and very slow and I guess it took five years before it finally grew now it's a full-fledged colored magazine, Success is not something that just happens overnight, It takes baby steps, One club one rider is a test , don't look for-profit the two years but it will go,just look at the web page, it just did not happen, time and keep at it.
 
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