Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Comfort Food

Rounder Comics

It's 12 degrees out and the snow banks are 3 feet high it's a good time to catch up on my reading. The ON came in today. The “ON” is the BMW Owners News. This is a top flight motorcycle publication, and if you can’t beg borrow or steal one from a BMW owning friend, you may just want to spend the $35 to join BMW Motorcycle Owners of America so that you can get a subscription to the ON. Sure I’m prejudice, not only am I card carrying member, but I’m also on the board of directors. But that is not why I like the ON. You don’t have to be a fan of the Roundel to enjoy the stories in the ON. They are written by members for members and they are primarily about motorcycling; serious motorcycling, not posing. There are always several trip reports, some feel good letters to the editor, technical information and safe rider articles. You don’t have to own a Beemer to appreciate that kind of stuff. And if you like to wrack up your miles in all types of conditions, the ON is home to vendors that serve riders like us.

The ON is a terrific companion to Road Runner Magazine, my second favorite motorcycle publication. I like Road Runner for its glossy color ride reports. These people ride, they tour interesting places, and they tour their back yards. Every issue includes tank bag cards of a trip, offering you route ideas for places you may want to visit. One of the first issues I bought had pull out cards for Vermont, offering me fresh ideas for a place I ride regularly.

To round off my winter reading, because god knows I don’t manage to read these magazines during the summer, is Motorcycle Consumer's News. This is an expensive publication, no glossy pages, its black and white and ad free. This allows them the freedom to review what ever bike or product they want and speak their mind about it. What got me hooked on MCN is the non-sexist language they use in their editorials and articles. It really catches my eye, and gained my loyalty when a magazine can speak to me as a woman rider without so much as a hint of patronization.
Pull the blanket up a little higher and enjoy some light reading!

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