British Sportbike Magazines Exposed!
FastDates.com rates the top 7 hard
core British sportbike magazines where bikes,
half naked babes and roadracing are the norm -not the exception
like in the colonies.
We Americans like to think that we're at the center of the universe,
even when it comes to motorcycles, but that's harldly the case.
Our AMA National Roadracing Championip does rival World Superbike
in competitiveness, and the American produced Cycle World may
be the world's biggest selling motorcycle magazine. But we're
still behind Europe when we only pull 5,000 fans to a National
race and Europe can pull 50,000, and European Bike Shows can
pull 500,00 spectators.
magazines are another categoy where America falls sorely behind
Europe and Japan, and in particular Great Britain. Beginning
this past 2003 season we did have Road Racer X join Sportrider
as the onluy other sportbike magazine in America, but both are
published just once every 2 months because of their limited
readership and advertising support. Neither American mags feature
current racing news or features, timely tests of the hottest
new sportbikes or race bikes, nor does it offer informative
technical features. And for or a publication aimed at a 100%
male audience between 18 to 50 years old, it is strange that
it purposely ignores beautiful girls that guys like us dream
about, which magazines like Maxim, FHM, etc. have turned into
marketing gold mines.
England, a county the size of California, sportbike enthusiasts
are blessed with 7 major monthly sportbike magazines!
The fact they are so successful certainly has to do with the
fact they cover the topics sportbike enthusiasts want to see
and read about, including beautiful girls. These great British
sportbike magazines are now becoming more readily available
on your favorite newstands here in America and we predict they
will soon be the favorites of colonial sportbike enthusiasts
2002 review of the British sporbike magazine saw us ranked
them in the following order: 1. Two Wheels Only, 2. Superbike,
3. Motorcycle Racer, 4th -tie Performance Bikes and Fast
Bikes, 6th-tie - Bike and Streetfighters. In our latest
2004 review there's been a dramatic reshuffling in the
front running order as the classy Two Wheels Only -drops
a notch to 2nd because it's become a touch boring and
straight laced. The sexy cover of a leather clad temptress
with thethen hot new KTM Supermoto bike helped give them
the winning vote back in August of 2002, but we haven't
seen a sexy girl or a hot bike featured in the magazine
since. Just a lot of pretty pictures and conservative
new bike tests and street riding articles not to offended
anyone, particularly the advertisers, plus quality race
features. But no real excitement. Still, TWO's high quality
standards for design and editorial content is unrivaled
in the English and American motorcycle magazine field
for TWO, the August 2002 cover never to be imitated again.
is happy to offer up our new 2004 review of the hottest sportbike
magazines Great Britain has to offer, in order of our favorites.
with our favorite Superbike, down to Bike magazine in 6th position,
they all offer more enjoyable reading content and photography
than any of our American motorcycle magazines have to offer.
up into first place this year is Superbike. Almost as timely
as FastDates.com, every issue of Superbike usually features
a new bike introduction tyo scoop everyone else. Plus they love
to take on controversial shootouts comparisons on the track
and road and dyno with all the top sportbikes which pull no
punches - In the Feb '04 issue theyhave the 3 year old RC51
Honda beating Aprilia's new RSVR and Ducati's 999! They also
feature brief coverage of all the World Championship SBK, MotoGP
and British Superbike rounds. Plus they've got the prettiest
Page 3 Girls you'll see, featured on the cover and in the centerspread
/ pull-out poster, and sprinkled in the new Products Section.
Plus mailed-in photos of reader's wives posing topless on bikes.
Our only complaint remains that we don't more pages of the featured
model with really top notch bikes (usually just stock, long
term test bikes they can get to the studio).
indian trading wompum freebies include posters, sticker
kits, videos, calendars, key chains!
Superbike a really cool deal for it's high cost to us Colonials
are ($8.50 per issue newstand - we're paying for the air
shipment to America to keep it timely, or just $7 pre issue
by subscription by clicking on the cover far left)is all
the freebies they give you. In December you got their annual
Superbike Pinup Calendar packaged in a sealed baggie with
the magazine, sometimes we get stunt videos, and with the
February 2004 issue they gave us 3 goodies: a foldout 2-sided
wall poster of World Champs Rossi and Hodgson in action,
a funny sticker kit for your bike, and a real rubber and
metal Superbike Key Chain.
we're still trying to get our domestic subscriptions of Sportrider
and Cycle World to arrive in the mail with their covers in place!
And the February 2004 cover of Sportrider proclaims the first
ever test of the 2004 Aprilia RSVR some 4 months after the tests
in Superbike and on FastDates.com.
again, all of the below reviewed British sportbike magazines
are better than what America in what is susposned to be the
biggest motorcycle market in the world. Go figure. Good job
Mates, and welcome to America!
Britain's premeir sportbike magazine returns to
the top of our list, displacing last year's champ TWO. Each month
features a great centerfold poster of a beautiful topless Page
3 girl with a test bike (usually a boring stocker). We'd like
more photos of the hot babes with real race bikes. Great graphics,
photos, enjoyable and honest and informative bike tests and comparisions
, stupid stunt wheelies, lots of humor, and the most enjoyable
race coverage. Great mix of tests, features, hop-ups, news, good
product ads, etc. A guilty pleasure.
Staff: Kenny Oryde, Alan Dowds, Jaime Wilkins
Race Coverage: Excellent. Full MotoGP, SBK, BSB. The
easiest to read with the best photos & graphics. Photos by
our Gold & Goose.
Babe Content: Excellent. Nice studio shots of
topless beautiful Page 3 models with test bikes. And a light scattering
of models and grid girls.
US Availability: Newsstands, Barnes & Noble,
Borders, Walden, etc.
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Two Wheels Only ****
How the mighty have fallen No more hot babes, too
much conservatism. But still awesome graphic design, large 9x12
format, great studio photography of the bikes,experienced and
knowledgeable staff includes former editors from Superbike, with
World Championship test riders like Neil Mackenzie. Great mix
of tech, tests, and features.
Staff: Grant Leonard, Akex Hearn, John Cantile...
Race Coverage: Yes. Full MotoGP, SBK, BSB. By Gordon
Ritchie, photos by our calendar photographs Gold & Goose and
Contributors: Michael Scott, Carl Fogarty, Kenny
Roberts Jr, others!
Babe Content: Excellent. Nice studio shots of
beautiful professional models with test bikes. Regular 2-page
feature spread of Pit
US Availability: Major book chains like Barnes
& Noble, Borders.
Performance Bikes ****
If you like to modify -up your sportbike, this
is the magazine for you.
Lots of bike setupe
features, hopups and tech articles
for new and older bikes including die-hard 2-stroke fans. Huge
New Products section with hop-up parts, riding gear. New bike
tests and comparisons. First ever riding tests while US magazines
were still downloading photos from the manufacturers' websites.
Graphic design is very cluttered, poor photo scans, female models
not as pretty as Superbike.
Staff: Simon Hargreaves,
Trevor Franklin, Max Oxley, Bob Gray
Race Coverage: A token race news section, but not much.
Contributors: Not really. Most editorial and
photos in house.
Babe Content: Excellent. Studio shots of beautiful
Page 3 models with feature bikes, a heavy scattering of scantilly
clad models throughout.
US Availability: Major news stands. US subs
Motorcycle Racer ***
The sport's only pure roadracing feature magazine drops from 3rd
to 4th. Full coverage of MotoGP, SBK and BSB Superbike, and even
AMA Superbike in an vain attempt to boost stateside sales. Lots
of inside roadracing news, articles, track tests of factory race
bikes, interviews with all the top riders, organizers. Biased
towards Limey riders. Graphics are clean and bland, with poor
photo useage,and very small type that's difficult to read, especially
when printed over photos . Lacks new bike features, and as a result,
has few readers and advertisers. Editor Wheeler quit/fired as
of December '03 after 2 years of no growth.
Staff: ??? Editor
Ian Wheeler, just quit,
Race Coverage: Yes. Full MotoGP, SBK, AMA, BSB. Writers
Chris Martin, Kel Edge. Photos: G&G, Tom Hnatiw, Double Red.
Contributors: Alan Cathcart for the best race
bike tests, onterviews.
Babe Content: Token. Regular 2-page feature spread
of Grid Girls.
US Availabality: Major news stands. US subs Ph:
(tie) Fast Bikes ***
This is sort of a mix of SuperBike
with news, tests, wheelies, road race features and some race coverage;
and Performance Bikes with tech hop articles
and features on reader modified bikes. Plus the
standard centerfold girl (SB's are prettier) with a featured bike,
and maybe another girl shot inset on the new products page. Sort
of a Jack of all Trades. Worth buying -very readable with good
diverse content compared to US magazines. Good race reports and
graphics. -1 star on graphics.
Staff: Dan Harris, Rich Newland, Rob Hayless
Race Coverage: Yes, Full MotoGP, SBK, BSB. Pics Andy
Contributors: Test riders Jeremy McWilliams,
Babe Content: Poor wank quality. They are obviously
too cheap to hire attractive professional models or a good studio
US Availability: Major news stands, Barnes &
Touted as the biggest selling motorcycle magazine in GB, Bike
is the sportbike magazine your wife or mother would want you
to buy. Large 12x 8.75" format, 200 pages. Huge editorial
content with many feature articles on racers, new bikes, comparisons
of new bikes and used bikes, sport tires, roads, specs on all
the world's sportbikes, rebuilding crashed and used bikes, yada,
yada... Better than anything America has. But also very boring
with no humor, no babes, no personality, no real depth to the
articles, too perfect graphics, no unsocialable riding behavior.
Staff: Tim Thompson, Hugo Wilson, Steve Westlake,
Coverage: A token 2-page MotoGP, SBK, BSB section.
Contributors: Max Oxley, Julian Ryder, Barry
Babe Content: Non exhistant to the obvious. Probably
a publisher's policy not to even show fully dressed women in
editorial or ads! -1
US Availabality: Major news stands. US subs
Naked bikes (and babes) gone bad! This is the
poor white trash of the British sport market, but with the money
these head bangers spend on their outdated sportbikes to customize,
hop them up, burn up the tires, do wheelies and nose stoppies
into utility poles, they could have bought am MV Agusta or Ducati
998R. But how much fun is that? They'd have to hang with all us
geek wantabes! The Easyriders of sportbike mags.
Hopped up bike features, lots of gratuitous naked breasts,
Staff: Nick Samson, Will Jobins, Dave Green
Event Coverage: Stunt shows, wheelie contests!
Contributors: Test riders Dave Coates, Paul Gower
Babe Content: Really ridden hard. Lots of naked
breasts and thongs, but too cheap to hire attractive pro models,
a good studio photographer.
US Availability: Limited. Some major city news
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