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Old 20 Aug 2011
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Hi Javier, I'll try to get a copy for you if I can persuade a younger person to go into the shop for me and you promise not blame me for the content. Hasta luego y ride safe.
Mike is riding the twisty road in the sky
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Old 22 Aug 2011
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Originally Posted by palace15
Still, If *Touring Ted* starts writing for MCN we may see a picture of Ted NOT wearing an Argentine football shirt!
Dream on!

Javier - I'll bring you a copy - hasta pronto.

Regards, Mick
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Old 25 Aug 2011
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Good stuff for the price.

I've just read through most of it.

Ignoring the mentions/reports/photos of our own ride, I think it is quite a worthwhile read for all of us - whether our aims be as "Starbucks lap-top GSA/TT adventurers" or actual "go out there, give it a try, get dirty, whatever" riders of anything with just about 2 wheels.

I would rate it's content potentially more inspiring, useful and instructive than any single edition so far of the glossy bi-monthly we are reminded about here and costs about double, without MCN thrown in. And the glossy has many more pages of advertising (paid for, I presume).

Apart from agreeing with almost everything I read, I learned a thing or two too, and the reasons for something explained for the first time sufficiently for my understanding.

Good stuff.

What we don't know is, will there be a follow up edition not too far into the future?
Personally, I hope so.
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Old 25 Aug 2011
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I agree that I hope there's more to come, and have emailed MCN to say as much (it might have no baring, but you never know . . .)

As for the suppliment being more informative than the bi-monthly offering, I would have to disagree with that. I would say the other way around. I have a lot of time for ADV spec and David Lomax (who is quite an inspiring speaker), but the suppliment did seem a little like the whole thing was being sponsored by TT / ADV spec. "Look, we've done this . . . and here's where you can buy our gear!". Having said that, the whole of MCN is like that, really, so I shouldn't have been surprised!

Having said all of that, anything that promotes Motorcycle travel, however adventurous you might want to make it, is good in my opinion.
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Old 25 Aug 2011
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MCN - this week only?

Originally Posted by chris View Post
I'm sure it'll be to their usual high editorial standard (cough, splutter, fell off my chair, my dog's been abducted by an alien, this weed tastes good I don't have a dog)
One or two recent posts in this thread prompted me to spend money on the MCN, for this week only, and this supplement is better than the usual stuff from them (in the past they have published some purile stuff about bikes that are outside their normal range of experience. If it doesn't do 0-60 in a micro second then it ain't really worth it).

So, this supplement is a decent read IMO and, yes, it does read like an advertisement at times, but as much for horizonsunlimited as in any other direction. There is even credit to Grant J near the front for some of the photos, and this forum gets a mention along the way.
In fact, the reason it is a better read than the usual stuff from MCN is because it is not written by their journalists!! with due credit given to the authors of the articles including some who contribute to this forum.

As for whether MCN continue to publish simiilarly, I doubt it somehow. They have published a few glossy colour supplements in the past and I have no doubt they will continue in the future, but the themes will vary.
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Old 25 Aug 2011
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Originally Posted by chris View Post
I'm sure it'll be to their usual high editorial standard (cough, splutter, fell off my chair, my dog's been abducted by an alien, this weed tastes good I don't have a dog)
I also purchased said mag and supplement a few hours ago (never purchased it before). I even walked about half a mile around my local town before I found a copy in the 4th newsagent's (the 1st three were sold out...) I went in. I don't regret paying the £1.99.

In most places it's well written (maybe because a lot of non-MCN journos did the writing?) and gives a balance view on things (not just aimed at Starbucks types, but also on ways to do trips on a budget/little bike). As mentioned above, it also seemed to me to be heavily endorsed by T/T and A/S. But if they supply (quite a few of) the words and tour (e.g the Morocco trip), they deserve their pound of flesh, I suppose.

HU got lots of coverage, which is good.

Now, I need to find my dog

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Old 25 Aug 2011
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I hope I didn't sound negative with the TT / ADV spec comment - I have various bits of both on my bike (as well as others)!

Anything that gets others interested in what we love to do can only be a good thing.

I wonder how many people unfamiliar with the HUBB will come for a visit? Hopefully loads!

Off to buy the Morocco DVD at ADV spec (advertising does work!) . . .
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i've had personal experiance with this said mag, last year they ran a "story" about the rise of norton. showing piccys of it flying around a track........complete and uter bull$!&"
the bike never made it round and on trying parts of the engine fell off!!
i know someone who was hired to adapt some machiens in there factory to build engines.
there is no one working there and hasnt been for ages.

sorry i drifted off on a tangent!!

basicly it came down to the reporters lying and the rag publishing it!
i will never buy it agian
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