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Phil C

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« on: 01 July, 2020, 11:25:09 »
Lockdown has hit many people hard financially.  But, even amongst those people who have not been badly affected, many might have spent less of their disposable income than usual because of shops being shut. One thing I've spent less on is classic motorcycle magazines. I have OBM and Real Classic on subscription, but if passing a newsagent often find it hard to resist buying another one (and often wish I hadn't bothered.) With hobbies, I have always had a tendency to read quite a lot. Whilst I wouldn't say our pastime is very well off for good books, there are quite a few magazines available, but, like most magazines I guess, they're very expensive, esp if you're only interested in a few of the articles. Nice to settle down with in an armchair in the evening though. Any thoughts on magazines or books?  Phil

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« Reply #1 on: 01 July, 2020, 11:41:14 »
How did I forget to mention it?! The Star, of course. I always like to see that has popped through the letterbox.

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« Reply #2 on: 01 July, 2020, 13:34:23 »
Hi Phil,
           This will keep amused for awhile:

https://teamogri.bigcartel.com/product/everybody-s-favourite

Hopefully the book will come back into print soon.  http://www.ogri-book.co.uk/

Best wishes...

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« Reply #3 on: 01 July, 2020, 13:51:51 »
Good afternoon,

I stopped buying any magazines quite few years ago when I found that I was reading the same rehashed articles from years before.  I have over 400 so if I need to read something then I have plenty of choice but by the time I find what I want to check I can find it on line.  Another reason was that I found that quite few writers seemed to reinforce the myth that classic bikes are unreliable and not for everyday use.  This, in my opinion, has led to many people not doing many miles with the result that there is an unwitting acceptance of inferior parts as they 'last long enough'.  I think that it was also touched on recently that many of the writers are not motorcyclists.

Dave.

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« Reply #4 on: 02 July, 2020, 08:28:38 »
 :) :) :)

I believe that in general terms (our super Star magazine excluded) Newspapers and magazines are published ONLY TO SELL newspapers and magazines. The content is irrelevant. It may or may not be of real interest to the reader; but its definitely of no interest to the publisher.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

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« Reply #5 on: 02 July, 2020, 14:17:02 »
The Star arrived this morning. It includes a very interesting article by Boris Cross about his time as a BSA apprentice in the 1960s.

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« Reply #6 on: 03 July, 2020, 10:15:34 »
I haven't bought a magazine for years. At 4-5 a time, they're a waste of money. Full of adverts and stuff you can find online, they've largely lost their place. That makes me sound like a cynical, grumpy old man, but I'm only 32. I grew a tash and bought a string best during lockdown, so I'm just starting early.
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« Reply #7 on: 03 July, 2020, 11:25:55 »
I usedo to have four bike mags delivered to my door every month, Real Classic I began when I was speaking to Frank Westworth at Red Marley some years ago, he seemed an affable old buffer and, in truth I have always enjoyed his meanderings currently on the last page of Classic Bike Guide, I also used to have The Classic Motorcycle. Nowadays I restrain myself to Classic Bike Guide and Classic Bike. I ceased to take Real Classic when I read a sales flag promoting a trio of books that the affable old buffer had written, described as a cross between Jack Reacher and 50 Shades of Grey,  It took me (literally ) half a dozen attempts to finish the first page and about a week to reach page 20 at which point I surrendered. I have never read  such a litany of crude, pornagraphic absolute rubbish in my entire life... I slung all three so called books in the green bin without further ado! I can never enjoy his placid ramblings today in quite the same carefree manner as I used to. I had a similar experience when I purchased a trio of books written by a guy I had never heard of previously, a gent who goes by the name of Frank Mellings, I am not aware as to whether that is his real name or a pen name, regardless, according to Frank he is/was a magnificent, talented rider, ditto school teacher, ditto journalist and as a bonus, it transpired that he is also an expert on the failures of the British motorcycle industry (within which he was apparently involved - which didn't surprise me! I ceased taking taking the classic motorcycle when my subscription ran out - pure lethargy.

I actually look forward to the delivery of the two mags I presently receive, and I would disagree with those who condemn them. Many articles are interesting, particulary the hands on pages, there are also current views on a wide range of current motorcycle related topics and also interviews with icons of the yesteryear - all good stuff. It is also interesting to pore over the 'for sale' pages if only to confirm the worth of your own bike/s.

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« Reply #8 on: 03 July, 2020, 12:41:27 »
In deference to others on here, I actually like the glossies. I have been with Real Classic since it's early days and still enjoy it, although of late, it includes more and more retro classics and there seems to have been an overload on Moto Guzzis. However, I am not surprised by the comments by MGI about Frank and his writings as of late, his 'Tales from the Shed' have become hard work to get through as he rambles on a lot and tries to be very clever with his words, which is great for an author of fiction, but for a Classic bike mag - well I'm not so sure.

I picked up a copy of CBG last month and was so impressed, I have placed a subscription for the next 6 months. Matt Hull has done wonders with it compared o a few years ago, plenty of content and mostly about Classics of my era, which suits me fine.

Anyway, as long as you guys don't get fed up with reading The Star, I'll be happy!




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« Reply #9 on: 03 July, 2020, 13:50:51 »
I always enjoy The Star. If I were asked how to make it even better (which I haven't been, I know!), I'd say: 1. make it bigger (more pages), and 2. include more "how to" articles. But credit where credit's due: it's a very enjoyable read and it  doesn't produce itself, so well done, and thanks, to the editor.   Phil

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« Reply #10 on: 03 July, 2020, 14:03:15 »
Actually,  I notice a lot of magazine articles about repairs/renovations are not "how to", but rather "this is what I did", which I think is probably a better way of doing it.

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« Reply #11 on: 03 July, 2020, 16:46:38 »
Star & RealClassic do for me, stopped buying books as I've amassed enough to see me through to the Last Big Adventure and beyond.

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« Reply #12 on: 03 July, 2020, 20:18:08 »
...I have been with Real Classic since it's early days and still enjoy it, although of late, it includes more and more retro classics and there seems to have been an overload on Moto Guzzis.

I subscribe to Real Classics and buy any magazine with something to do with my BSA or Moto Guzzis!

The Star is great for me as I'm new to BSAs and the club. Gambalunga from Moto Guzzi Club GB is something else though.

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« Reply #13 on: 04 July, 2020, 13:35:51 »
I think since the lock down the articles in the Star have been a little more interesting, with various write ups about rebuilds and the technical topics that are coming out but this months Star which came on Wednesday, is great and what a lovely cover photo of the Golden Flash, I was impressed, I thought what a lovely bike, the owner must be very proud of that one. :-)

Thanks Chris, you are doing a wonderful job.

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« Reply #14 on: 04 July, 2020, 14:24:15 »
how modest you are John  ;D