Fans of classic dirt- and streetbikes can finally exhale – Motorcyclist Retro, Source Interlink’s all-new vintage magazine, is now available on newsstands across the country!
Unlike other U.S. classic-bike offerings, MCRetro covers both street and dirt motorcycling. Why? Because, as Malcolm Smith stated so succinctly at MCRetro’s recent launch at the On Any Sunday reunion, “motorcyclists of this era didn’t ride just one type of motorcycle…they rode everything – minis, motocrossers, streetbikes, whatever.”
Malcolm’s right, of course, which is why MCRetro covers such a wide range of on- and off-road material – from production bikes to racebikes, restorers to racers, collectors and collections, event news, interviews, memorabilia, how-to and hands-on stuff, future and affordable classics, and much more.
“I think you guys will have great success with this one,” says Brad Lackey. “There’s a lot of great stuff in [the first issue]!” (Thanks, Brad!)
Issue one, on sale at the outlets listed below (plus at many motorcycle shops), contains a ton of cool material, including features on Honda’s ’69 CB750 and Kawasaki’s Mach III; ace CB750 restorer Vic World; Brad Lackey’s epic ’82 World Championship season (and how he acquired the actual bike he won the ’82 500cc title on!); 500cc World Champ Kevin Schwantz being reunited with the ’85 Yoshimura Suzuki GS750 Superbike that helped make him famous; Yamaha’s kid-friendly and oh-so-classic JT-1 Mini-Enduro; Mid-Ohio’s awesome Vintage Motorcycle Days event; a column by Racer X Editor Davey Coombs, and a whole range of news, event, how-to and hands-on stuff that’s bound to get your vintage-bike riding or restoration juices boiling.
In addition, MCRetro is also available electronically in PDF format at www.zinio.com.
“The enthusiasm for this magazine is definitely there,” says Estes. “We just need to let the vintage community know it’s out there, and where to get it. We’ll do two more issues this year (available in September and December), and if all goes well, our goal is to offer the magazine as a bi-monthly (6x/year) in ’09, with subscriptions.”
“We’re having fun,” says Boehm. “We know we’ve got a highly unique angle – dirt and street, covering years from about ’65 to ’85, with a emphasis on Japanese bikes – and we know folks like the content; we’ve already heard from readers and industry folks, all of whom are jacked-up about the stories! We just need to get the word out, which is why MCRetro is the primary sponsor of this year’s Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet at Mid-Ohio. We know that’s a core constituency, and we want them to know we’re out there and supporting the vintage scene. Folks who want to get in touch with us can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Below is a list of retail outlets carrying Motorcyclist Retro:
Barnes and Nobles
Books A Million
H E Butt
Macs Convenience Stores
About the American Motorcycle Group
The Street Motorcycle Group consists of Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Super Street Bike, Motorcycle Cruiser and the newly announced Motorcyclist Retro magazines, with a combined
circulation of 434,000 and a total audience of 4.1 million. The group is published by Source Interlink Media, a division of Source Interlink Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORC), a media and marketing services company and one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences. Source Interlink is also a leading distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, music CDs, magazines, games, books, and related items.