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Cycle News, R.I.P.

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It’s difficult to not be filled with both anger and sadness after getting the news from my former co-workers yesterday afternoon that the plug had been pulled on Cycle News and that its death was imminent. Anger because it shouldn’t have ended like this, sadness because it did.

But the weekly motorcycle publication that has been a part of my life since my family moved to America in 1971 is gone. I read Cycle News as a child, as a teenager my name could be found periodically in its pages for my racing exploits at South Bay Speedway in San Diego, and as a fresh-faced young man I took a job there. And it was within the hallowed walls of the then Cycle News offices on Signal Hill in Long Beach that I grew up and became a man. Up until last week, my two children, now adults at 18 and 21, had never known their father to work anywhere else.

I was told last night that I should feel vindicated with the publication going out of business just a week after they let me go as the editor after a 25-year run, but I don’t. I knew this day was coming. I just didn’t know it would come so quickly. When pushed to the point where I lost my temper on the way out the door last week, I predicted they’d be out of business in three weeks. I guess betting the under would have won someone some money.

I can sit here all day long and tell you how the company could have been saved, but what’s the point. You don’t hear people speak badly of the deceased in a eulogy and I’m not about to start the trend at Cycle News‘ funeral. The publication was like a good friend and the long list of people who worked there over my 25 years were like family members. Most went in different directions as time passed, but we were and always will be connected in some way through the times we spent at the smoky offices in Long Beach and the newer digs in Costa Mesa. And when I sit here and think about my times at CN, the good far outweigh the bad. And it is the memories of the people that still bring a smile to my face.

I wasn’t proud of every Cycle News that we printed, but I was proud of most of them. For the most part, the publication was put together each and every week by a staff that cared, a staff that often went above and beyond the call of duty to produce a newspaper that people liked, wanted and needed. And we normally did so without hearing much from the people above. Along the way we went to each other’s weddings, we saw each other’s children grow up and we even attended funerals together. We fought, we cried, we smiled and we celebrated together and through it all we produced our little publication that fed the needs of an industry. It was a family of people so big that old names and faces keep popping into my head as I sit here.

So where does it go from here? I’m not sure how these things work, but it concerns me. At this point I’m not sure I should give a damn, but I do. There’s a lot of history there… for every photo on a proof sheet that was chosen for publication and circled with a blue grease pencil, there are 35 other photos of equal importance. There are bound volumes of every issue ever printed, file drawers full of photos of heroes past and present. Of motorcycles from then and now. And I worry that whatever vulture that ultimately gets their hands on the remains won’t fully comprehend what it all means. I fret not for the things that will be saved, but for the things that will probably get trashed. I fear someone going through the wreckage who knows nothing of Dick Mann, of Giacomo Agostini, or of Kenny Roberts or Roger DeCoster.

I wanted to be a part of rehabiliating Cycle News, of bringing it back to life in a time much different from when it reached its zenith. But I was ulimately thwarted in my efforts and now it’s time to move on. I do so knowing that I gave it everything I had.

So as I sit here this morning and struggle with the loss of a friend, I know there are several others out there who are feeling the same. No matter how their time at Cycle News ended, and a lot ended badly, the little weekly motorcycle publication that could probably remains a bigger part of their lives than they may want to admit to.

It’s gone now, but it will never be forgotten.

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Written by paulcarruthers1

September 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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  1. Very well said my friend, a huge loss indeed. R

    Rod

    September 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

  2. Sad news indeed. I guess I should have seen it coming as a contributor of local racing. The lack of payment for my work for more than a year was an indication of trouble but I always thought they could re-organize and go in a new direction and keep the history alive.

    scott

    September 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    • Simply no replacement for displacement! Cycle News was a big bore publication. Where is it possible to get regional moto information now? Please get this old girl fired up again so I don’t have to listen to my wife anymore. A man’s future sanity is at stake here………….

      pete boccarossa

      December 16, 2010 at 2:35 am

  3. I am gutted. I’ve been reading Cycle News weekly since I was a 8-year-old kid who loved to ride the dirt roads of my hometown. Cycle News’ writers were my link to the outside world. I can barely recall anything I learned in high school, but I vividly remember Cycle News’ dramatic reporting of battles between the motocross, dirt track and road racing gods. There is a hole in my heart.

    Paul

    September 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  4. Paul –

    Well said. I was at Cycle News East (let’s not forget that office and its contribution to history) from 1979 – 1982. Best darn job I ever had. It allowed a nobody kid from Wisconsin to live a dream – that of traveling the National MX circuit.

    Many of us have been touched and influenced by our sliver of life at Cycle News. So to Mangus and Van Voorhis and the Devers and everyone else who gave me the opportunity…those memories will live forever.

    Tom Mueller

    September 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  5. Pablo –
    What Cycle News always produced was real journalism, and for that I have always admired the publication and the work you and staff turned out week after week. CN was a training ground for so many editors and reporters in the industry. I think it would be great if you could compile a list of those names. For example, I’d forgotten that Mr. Mueller, who I know from his time at Mercury Marine, is an alum.

    I, too, lost a long-time magazine gig in the past year, and it was like being torn from my family. It will hurt for awhile, but I’m sure your reputation and talent will bring fresh opportunities your way. Best of Luck.

    Charles Plueddeman

    September 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

  6. Four things I know for sure about Cycle News: 1) I read it religiously from the age of eight until I was let go, and I think the reading of the paper became most of the education I needed to be a journalist in motocross; 2) I would probably still be wandering aimlessly through the world looking for my calling had I not stumbled upon a job there; 3) What I learned in my five years there has served to be invaluable ever since, not only in my professional life, but my personal life as well; 4) The editorial staff at CN always held themselves to a very high standard, and if only everyone there did the same, this blog may not have been necessary.

    Take care, Paul. I’m sure you’ll be around.

    Steve

    September 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  7. This has been my motorcycle bible since the late 60’s – I even had my picture in the magazine once during my racing days. This was one publication you could depend on racing/information from all over the world. This is a horrible loss for everyone. I am very sadden to hear this news – it really hurts to the core. What will fill this void – NOTHING!!

    Ralph

    September 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

  8. Having also been the victim of a publisher pulling the plug on a monthly slick, I totally understand the sense of loss and the frustration behind losing what had seemed like an old friend. There probably shoulda, woulda, and coulda been a solution to save CN, but the vagaries of the pencil pushers could not make it so. Farewell, my old friend. I shall miss the weekly arrival of my favorite read. -Steve Kassanyi

    Steve Kassanyi

    September 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    • Hey Steve I remember the good ole days too, could’nt wait for it to arrive in the mail ~ we always had some sort of write up from District 37 Dez races!!!

      Linda Adent

      September 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  9. How sad indeed. I will always be grateful to Cycle News for giving me the opportunity to write for them during the 90″s. Like so many of the local contributors, I had absolutely no experience, but hey, that’s what editors were for. I learned and grew during the 5 years I covered the local Dirt Track scene in Michigan, graduating to semi feature articles when the opportunity presented it’s self. For riders, having their names mentioned in CYCLE NEWS was better than winning a race and a picture would insure bragging rights for at least a month. The death of Cycle News not only ends an era of Motorcycle journalism, I think it may signal the end of a way of life.

    Grace DiBenedetto

    September 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  10. Paul, well said, very well said. Cycle News had an amazing impact on the motorcycle industry over many years, and you were, of course, a large part of that. Not sure what can replace a news piece like this – maybe nothing. Thanks for posting these personal reflections, and thanks for dedicating so much to deliver Cycle News so well and for so long. That can NOT be duplicated.

    Best wishes, Glenn

    Glenn Hansen

    September 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  11. Paul, we have spoken in the past, and even had our differences. That’s life, and I hold no ill will. Now, I believe if a company closes, emplyees can collect unemployment benefits, one who is fired cannot (or at least there is a penalty of time and $$$) If one is fired because the company is going out of business, there must be an exemption. Alo, if you were a party to any “non-compete” clause, that would be void if the company is no longer doing business. Lastly, but most importantly, Is it possible that you could find a buyer for Cycle News ? For the name Cycle News if trademarked, for the subscriber and advertiser’s lists??? let me know if there is anyway to help.I’m in the East e-mail: ssstreetracker47@aol.com

    Bob

    September 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm

  12. This is quite sad. Cycle News was a big part of my life in th 70’s and 80’s. I was an active regional contributor from NorCal for many years. Like many who have commented here I remember when there where 3 editions of CN – West, Central, East! I learned about GP motocross from John Huetter’s (sp?) articles and about photography from the great Brooks Institute contributor Steve French. Change is hard but it ca be good. Best of luck to all involved.

    Rex Backman

    September 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  13. Paul,

    you couldnt have put it better. I was one of those who had the chance to start a career under you, and although we never physically met ( most of the time i was scared to pop my head in your office to meet you!) you and the CN crew will be something i never forget.

    Thanks for giving me the chance to try this journalism thing out, and also for your support of D37 over the last few years.

    Hopefully well get to work together in the future. I too have the same feelings of loss, and hope that one day we can all open up the pages of a New Cyclenews, until then ill have to stick to the boxes of old copies that are out in the garage.

    Ryan Sanders

    Ryan Sanders

    September 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  14. I am devastated!I have been reading Cycle News since I moved to Ca. in ’76.I tried to sell Cycle News to the customers in every shop That I worked in over the last 34 years.But even I knew something was wrong because we threw quite few away.Alot of people just don’t read anymore.What a shame.Thank God that I saved almost all of my old issues.Now I have a history of motorcycling and great reading material for the morning constitutional.
    I will truly miss Cycle News.

    Greg P

    September 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

  15. Paul,

    There is no word in the dictionary to describe how I feel today after hearing about CN. I read CN as an amateur, raced hard as a professional motorcycle racer looking each week to see if I made the cover and then used CN to promote hundreds of motorcycle races.

    CN has always been extremely loyal to all sorts of motorcycle racing and activites here in the U.S. and from around the world. Now there is no one to fill our hunger for motorcycle news every week of the year.

    I have always admired your skills and hope you continue to play a role in our industry. No matter what we need to continue our emails to guess how Nicky will do each week at the MotoGP’s.

    Your friend,
    Mike Kidd

    Mike Kidd

    September 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  16. Mr. Carruthers, I wish I could have seen this coming. Hell, I’d have paid twice the cover price to keep CN in print. I feel a sense of loss, like loosing a family member. I didn’t always agree with the comments or story lines but, they were always first rate and straightfoward. I feel honored to have read each issue from cover to cover and that’s not an exageration. I’ll continue to read what ever you write. Thank you from a very greatful fan…Jerry

    Jerry

    September 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  17. Truly a sad day indeed. I remember when my mom (Kandy Thornton) worked feverishly on the AMA District 37 articles, then I was able to read Ryan Sanders articles after she no longer wrote them . . . Cycle News will truly be missed in our household!

    Paul – I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!~

    RIP CN

    Jenn Thornton
    AMA D37

    JENN THORNTON

    September 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  18. Paul, sorry to hear about the debacle at Cycle News. As someone who treasured his start there, with the Central edition, (way back in the mid 70’s!) I too feel your loss. My anger though, is at the mismanagement by the “new” outside overseer. My take on this? Here is “their” new nickname….”The Red Adair of Publishing”…..if you’ve got a hot one, they’ll come in and put it out…… Harsh words? You bet. Deservedly so. I, like a lot of my fellow moto-journalists, were stunned to hear that Cycle News was folding its tent. The history there is just too important to let it fade away or fall into the wrong hands, as you so capably put it. Let’s hope that the Cycle News of old comes back, out of the ashes of this situation, and a newer, better run operation takes its place. Stay in touch, and feel free to contact me whenever you feel like it. Dennis “Ketchup” Cox

    dennis cox

    September 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

  19. Following up on my previous posting: It’s been almost 24 hours since the news spread like wildfire. Nothing about the closure has been posted on Cycle News’ webpage. No “we’re sorry, “thanks for memories” or “we wish our staff the very best” from the owners. Puh-Leaze. It shows a certain amount piss poor planning and quite a bit of disrespect to loyal and paying followers. They could have shown a little class by having a softer closing. [I reckon this means I’m going through the anger stage my grief.]

    Paul

    September 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    • Well said…. once again. Thanks for all you’ve done for the industry and the fire in your gut to speak up! Need more like you in this world! No anger stage… just the truth being released, which is long over due.

      anonymous

      September 2, 2010 at 2:38 am

  20. I hate to see this happen to another good magazine and another good staff and the readers. I hope everyone finds work soon and this damn recession ends soon. And I hope someone manages to save the historic photo archive!!!! Ken Freund, moto-journalist

    Ken Freund

    September 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

  21. Well that’s OK to be angry, sometimes it’s just not OK to go quietly into the night.

    Grace DiBenedetto

    September 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

  22. I learned first-hand about the importance of the upkeep of motorcycling’s past while producing my “BackTrack” DVD. Who will be appointed the sentinel for this invaluable treasure of the history of our beloved sport?

    I was also a longtime subscriber and former contributor. I too, hope that it is revived, under good management (I believe there are a handful of former employees still in the industry, who could come back and properly re-establish CN).

    Kent Taylor

    September 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  23. I know many have speculated that this day might come, but it never really seemed possible. It’s amazing to think that America no longer has a weekly motorcycle print publication.

    I’ll always have many, many fond memories of my decade (off and–thanks mainly to Paul’s indulgence–on) working at CN, and I’m glad that most of the friendships I formed there will continue. The experience is a big part of who I am not only as a journalist, but also as a person.

    It’s sad to think that other aspiring young motojournalists won’t have CN as an avenue for learning their craft, and that after this week, I’ll no longer be able to look forward to opening my mailbox and finding the new issue of CN inside. More to the point, best of luck to the hardworking people whose lives and livelihoods have no doubt been turned upside down by this turn of events.

    Chris Jonnum

    September 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm

  24. The publication that led off with “In The Wind” is now gone with the wind. I am actually surprised it lasted this long. Over the last 5 years print publishing has changed dramatically. Cycle News joins a long list of titles that are no longer produced. The Internet changed the business model and many publishers simply could not remain profitable. CPM’s CPC, CPA and ROI just isn’t a good fit for print. Everything in our society is judged on performance. What have you done for me lately has been replaced by what have you done for me 1 minute ago. It is nice to think that someone will come along and rescue Cycle News and return it to its former glory. That is not going to happen unless 90% of the product is digital. Even then you have to sell a ton of banner ads to make it work.

    tom onter

    September 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm

  25. Paul,

    I just want to say thanks for all the hard work and dedication you and the staff of CN put in over the years. I feel like an old friend has just died. More importantly I wish all of you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. We have known each other for ages and my relationship with Kit goes back even further. It was hard to call him this morning to discuss the matter, but I’m sure no where’s near as hard as it is for all of you. All I can say is hang in there, maybe something we evolve from this. I still see a need for such a publication and under the right management I’m sure it could flourish again. All my best and prayers once again for all of you.

    Scot Harden

    September 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

  26. I met my husband at CN over 6 years ago. And now we have a baby. We have awesome memories from there. It’s a huge shame to see the plug pulled. But I have a feeling something will come about. You can’t just throw away almost 50 years of archives and memorabilia. And I’m sure you’ll have a part in it, somehow. Good luck Paul.

    Kat C.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

  27. Always informative and current, CN has long functioned as the glue that has held together a broad and passionate conglomeration of enthusiasts, conjoined by their singular love of motorcycling and its people. It is a shocking and hugely disappointing revelation to learn that it is all of a sudden, gone. Having been a regular weekly reader since the mid-70s, it’s difficult to imagine the unwelcome void that will be caused by its absence. As a long-time race enthusiast, it’s crushing to know the exploits and accomplishments of so many, amateur and pro alike, will not be presented and explained to an eager audience on an ongoing basis. As a former advertiser (of motorcycle trade shows), it’s sad to know this singularly important ad venue for a specialized and revered industry is just gone. You, along with your various and numerous staff have done an admirable job over the years, Paul, and sadly, one that we can no longer take for granted. You are already missed.

    Dick Hamer

    September 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

  28. I always bought copies of Cycle News whenever I was in the USA as it listed everything On two wheels I may want to see whilst on hols. I later covered the World Ice Racing Championships in Europe for CN which gave me my break as a photo journalist. I’ll miss my American friend.

    Ian Charles

    September 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  29. Paul:
    I was shocked to see that CN bit the dust and your letter captured much of my feeling perfectly. I’m so sorry. Please stay in touch.
    Ross

    Ross H. Liberty

    September 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

  30. Paul, keep in mind that you DID do a good job, and DID provide a relevant paper that had more information than most could comprehend. The added features along the way were awesome, although I thought it was tragic that MX cat was ousted (even with his A200 number plate..hehe). Anyway thanks for the great run and I hope things turn out great for you, you are a talented guy for sure…..

    Don Schopieray

    September 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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  32. I was employed at CN from 1978-2009. My last two years there was comparable to attending a funeral for a loved one.

    August 31,2010 I watched the coffin being lowered into the ground.

    Paul, I am glad to see you still have your great wit.

    I want to wish all my former co-workers well.
    I have many great memories of my time at Cycle News.
    We had a great ride for many years.

    Donna Bryan-Diamond

    Donna Bryan-Diamond

    September 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

  33. Hi Paul,

    I was stunned last night when I received an email from Michelle B. that it was, in fact, true that Cycle News had come to an end.

    As a 31-year contributor to ycle News, covering several thousand local, regional and national events, I gave it my everything, although my losses were tremendous, financially, especially the past few years when I virtually went uncompensated during the lean times.

    I suppose that Cycle News was my identity after an unsuccessful Pro racing career and a degree in journalism. Everybody knew me as “The Cycle News Guy” at MX, flat track and even some off road events in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California, and as far away as South Dakota.

    I loved every minute of every event that I attended and covered since 1979 and was one of the last contributors to use film for photos, until David Holther, another of the many great people I delt with at CN, told me I had to go digital a few years ago. Anyhow, you did a great job at the helm for many, many years.

    My hope is that a similar publication will come to life from the ashes of Cycle News.

    Sincerely,

    Clay Light

    Clay Light

    September 2, 2010 at 12:57 am

    • Clay, I think your dedication to local and regional motorsports helped keep these events strong and vital, even when other areas were seeing declines in attendance.

      The industry has lost so many good companies during this recession, even if it ended tomorrow the landscape of the sport has irrevocably changed.

      I completely agree with you, and hope someone, somewhere, is able to resurrect CN, or start a new publication that fills the void left by the loss of this great magazine.

      Pam Falcioni

      falcioni

      September 2, 2010 at 5:33 am

  34. As one of the many who were influenced, directly and indirectly, for most of their lives by Cycle News, I’m sorry for the loss of the legend as we knew it.

    As someone who remembers you as the young smart ass punk you were when you started, I’m also sorry.

    Last but not least, as one of the many whose lives were turned upside down by the “axe man”, you will survive this.

    My best always to you and your family.

    Denise

    Denise

    September 2, 2010 at 3:01 am

  35. Unfortunately most print media these days have lost their core audience and focus. Cycle News was my only paid magazine subscription that I received simply because I did not enjoy reading other magazines anymore. Guess I’m out of magazines. Thanks for the years CN.

    Sean

    September 2, 2010 at 5:17 am

  36. WOW!!!! I’m sick… My dad introduced me to Cycle News since I was 12yrs and has been my drug of choice ever since… Now I’m going to have to enter rehab cause my life…WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jim Rosa

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 am

  37. Paul,
    When I got the call to join the Cycle News team in 1991, I was equal parts excited, intimidated, and scared; the last because Jack Mangus was such a grumpy fellow. Nate Rauba and Kit Palmer were so easy going and mellow, but I remember you being so full of energy and wit. Though you made fun of me often, it was you who made me feel most at ease after Jack would rip me a new one. I’ll never forget the time you hid fruit in his desk drawer so that it’d smell…I don’t think you counted on the fruit flies that hatched in Mangus’ office!

    By the time Jack got clipped, I had actually grown to appreciate him, and value all that he had taught me. Mangus instilled in me the work ethic I still have today, and I’ve even found myself using his old line, “If I tried hard enough, I could get the President on the phone in an hour,” when scolding my guys for not “getting the scoop.”

    What I learned for you, though, was how to work creativity and humor into my writing. As soon as you took the wheel, Cycle News took on a new, fresher tone, full of great ideas and more variety. I believe that happy employees produce the best work, and compared to the fearful Monday’s under Mangus’ rule, working for you was always enjoyable. As I read through your blog, tons of memories came flooding back.Those were the days…

    I know that I am only one of many who got their start at Cycle News, and like the rest of them, it saddens me to think that America’s Weekly Motorcycle Newspaper is no more.

    Thanks for the memories, but more importantly, thanks for helping me develop my craft. It was an honor working for you.

    Donn

    Donn Maeda

    September 2, 2010 at 6:20 am

    • Man, rippin on Jack just because he held up the “Kill the Japs” sign everytime you screwed up. Donn, hope you are well and miss your critique of every female who ever came in the office. TG

      tom onter

      September 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  38. Paul
    Shocked to hear the news. Reading your heartfelt piece on Cycle News is almost unnervingly like reading about ‘my’ publication Trials and Motocross News in England. Of course I don’t own it, it is part of a large newspaper group, but as editor, only T+MX counts.
    The staff, way too few in number,really care about the product and work many, many long hours when they really should be at home with their families.
    I have occasionally contributed to Cycle News and have been strangely proud to do so. I would just like to tell you that its demise also affects people outside America as it has always been the voice of the sport.
    Good luck to all affected by the closure.

    john dickinson

    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

  39. PC
    Truly a sad day! You should be so proud of the work you did over the years at CN.

    DHS

    September 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

  40. Too bad, my brother Mark Adent and I had the opportunity to Grace the Cover of Cycle News West back in 1974 ~ I could’nt wait to get the mail and see the results page for District 37 Desert races that we had gone to and raced…It will be missed.

    Linda Adent

    September 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  41. As a long time reader and occasional contributor; I feel as if I have lost a very dear friend.

    A big “THANK YOU” to all who contributed to such a wonderful publication.

    Very sad news indeed!

    bobbyd

    September 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  42. Very sad news. CN was my only connection with my Heros. I felt part of a Club.

    james mcclung

    September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

  43. Paul

    It is with great sadness learning of your release and the ultimate demise of Cycle News over the last couple of days.

    As a contributing journalist/photographer with CN since 1993 I can say that the motorcycle world will not be the same without your talents leading such a great publication.

    Good Luck

    Steve

    Steve Berkner

    September 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  44. My goal in life was to get my mug in Cycle News. Almost made it once in 1978. My buddy made the cover! Buggers, another dream shattered.

    End of an era. An icon in moto publishing. Now it really is “In the Wind”.

    Wish there was a way to resurrect it . . . and get it to flourish again.

    – c bob

    cbob

    September 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  45. Very sad day indeed. Paul , I wish you and your family the very best. Please look at this as a future opportunity. I still have an autographed CN cap that your dad signed for me. I’m 51 and I think I was about 9-years old. Great memories.
    GregTysor

    Greg Tysor

    September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

  46. The loss of Cycle News is an example of the times and the times to come if we don’t change the America direction. It’s another loss of one of the things that many of us love. Another piece of the American Dream MIA. If we connect the dots and do the necessary work may be we can restore America and resurrect the dream of many like the good folks at Cycle News.

    Wayne Townsend

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

  47. A great loss to the community, a creation from the efforts of some of the best in the profession.
    My weekly routine is shattered…

    Jim

    September 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

  48. Paul,

    I was saddened to hear about the closing. I always admired the job you did there and the tone you set – not just for Cycle News, but PWI as well. It was always about getting it right. I’d say you’re going to be missed, but you’re too good of an editor and writer to stay on the sidelines for long. Good luck!

    Joel Johnson

    September 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm

  49. Well-written, sir. To encourage you, sometimes the only way we let go of something is when we’re forced to by circumstances. Only then do we have room in our lives for something new. Indeed, it is sad that yet another magazine folds in today’s marketplace. Yet, considering your talent, we will be waiting with bated breath to see what you create next.

    Chrissy

    September 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  50. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working for, working with and even hiring CN alumni. Without a doubt, there was something about the place that instilled a remarkable work ethic in all who passed through there. It’s hard to imagine where aspiring motojournalists will hone their craft without the guiding hand of professionals like Paul and Kit to point them in the right direction. I don’t have high hopes for the future of the motorcycling media.

    Dan Wildhirt

    September 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  51. Not good, but all come to an end it appears…
    “I worry that whatever vulture that ultimately gets their hands on the remains won’t fully comprehend what it all means. I fret not for the things that will be saved, but for the things that will probably get trashed.” could not be said better.

    The trendies of SoCal have cashed in on every other moto-legend relic of the past…Johnson Motors, Bud Ekins, Von Dutch, to name a few.

    Tis a sad day to see the world one grew up with fall to the fray.

    RapidDog

    September 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  52. I’m floored. Like many, I grew up on CN. My dad would bring one home every week for my brothers and I to fight over. As an adult, I’d get my fix on the national offroad racing coverage and get a good laugh (in a laughing with, not at, sort of way)over the regional race reporting from aspiring moto-journos.

    Where else could a regular guy like me go from reading CN as a kid to ending up in race results and even quoted in stories?

    From the outside looking in, in the case of CN, I’m sorry but I can’t accept the simple shrugged-up-shoulders excuse of “hey, it’s the economy.” No way. This pub. was special. We haven’t moved on. Yes, maybe guys like me took the pub for granted, and passed it around a little too much instead of buying a subscription, but I also work and marketing and I get that it’s all about the ad. revenue driving the business and whether or not people buying ads see the value in the medium.

    My message is that we (the readers) have not moved on. The CN format is still a very relevant advertising medium.

    From the outside looking in, my hunch is the product/brand/pub. was mismanaged. I pray that someone can take CN brand and format, get some of the staff back, and bring the pub. back. This isn’t a case of the economy. No way. I call bullshit.

    This pub. is too important. I feel like somebody took something that just needed some TLC, some help, and unceremoniously put a bullet in the back of the head.

    It shouldn’t end like this. My message is these so called “movers and shakers” in the moto industrie…

    If you’re the real deal I challenge you to buy the brand and bring CN back.

    However saves CN and brings it back will have perm. hero status in the motorcycle world.

    Kelly Christensen
    Redlands, Ca.

    Kelly Christensen

    September 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

  53. Kelly, I don’t think most enthusiasts know how really bad it is in the industry right now. Everyone understands the numbers are down, but they don’t realize to what extent.

    While I agree that poor management has led to many M/C-related company deaths, it is a very small part of the current big picture.

    Reading the enthusiast websites and ‘zines will give you a hint of the problem, but a look at Dealernews, Powersports Business, or any of the other industry publications will give you nightmares.

    As to why CN went down so quickly, I’m sure it wasn’t just lack of ad revenue, it was negative revenue from advertisers owning on past-due net accounts. That, paired with mismanagement issues, would kill any business pretty darned fast.

    falcioni

    September 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  54. Paul,

    I want to thank you and your staff for all you’ve done to produce a fantastic weekly that, in my opinion as well as others, was the “bible” of American Motorcycling. As an advertiser over the years, as well as a motorcyclist, getting CN in the mailbox each week was something to look forward to. It will surely be missed in my house.

    Times surely have changed in the media world and I hope that you or others can bring back CN in both print and online forms.

    Thank you
    Lee

    Lee Block

    September 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm

  55. Well said, boss. You finally made this copy editor cry.
    : (
    sniff, sniff

    Michelle Baird

    September 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm

  56. I like everyone else is surprised that they didn’t let their subscribers know this was coming. I can only hope you are involved with the next generation and all the history in the Cycle News fault is not lost.

    Rich VanderMeeden

    September 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  57. Well, it has finally come to pass. I must admit, I was pretty sure that it was coming but somehow, you guys kept the pub. on life support for almost 2 years. Thanks!

    I made my first contribution to CN back in 1997 and have continued ever since. Actually, sent David Holther two regional events stories and photos last Friday. I guess they won’t be going on the web site or the paper now . . .

    I knew there were problems and I kept asking how I could help but I could tell how frustrated my editor was when I asked.

    I also kept asking why the owner wasn’t looking for someone to sell this fantastic publication to! How could they just let all that hard work and history just simply cease to exist?

    As someone said in an earlier comment, how could they do it like this? Some kind of statement on the web site . . . something! Anything!

    Jim Sanderson

    September 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

  58. You are so gifted… Your noted thoughts have touched so many. Thank you 🙂 Good luck with all you do, as you deserve!!!!

    Stacy Ryan

    September 3, 2010 at 6:15 am

  59. I didn’t know it was coming so this has hit pretty hard. Yeah I know the struggles of print media and some of the issues have been thin but times are tough.

    I started subscribing as a teen and I’m now in my mid forties. I looked forward to each new issue and was disappointed when delivery was delayed. Others often read my copies especially during college, as Motocross Cat was popular with my non-motorcycle friends. I started reading Cycle News as a fan of motocross but became a fan of all racing due to the varied coverage. Coverage that I will miss now, as it’s not available in one location.

    Cycle News was a great part of my life that will be missed.

    Sander Avant

    September 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

  60. Paul, we’d love for you to come visit us over at our Biker Bar forum at Ned’s. With your passion, start your own magazine! You had a few followers and they hate to see you leave 😦

    Morgan

    September 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

  61. As a business person I would think a big part of the problem was the Editor didn’t know how bad off they were. Perhaps that was the reason they were so slow to change. He was correcrt in saying “when one door closes another opens” but yol have to be able to recognize the new opportunity and be willing to do business different. As with anything in life you have to change with the times or you fall behind. To bad Cycle News woke up to late!

    Jeff Marrow

    September 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  62. Paul, it was a very sad day when I first heard the news of Cycle News’ demise. And again reading this blog again reminds me of what everyone lost. Although we didn’t talk much when I worked at CN, I have great respect for you and your talent. And your wit is second to none. I looked up to you with admiration. I’m sure you’ll take those talents and do great things during your next career.

    Remember, with all bad comes some good. Just be watchful, and it’ll come.

    Take care,
    Lee

    Lee Bower

    September 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  63. We have all been breathing deep the gathering gloom for more than a year…realizing with each page number removed from the weekly production that it was a countdown we pretended not to watch…but like a ticking bomb, time was not a friend. My name has been linked with CN for four decades, from the Signal Hill offices when I was an editor, to the last years as a contributor; the voyage has taken all my adult life. Cycle News may be gone, but it will continue to live in the memories of all who have been part of it, and in all the past issues that we still have stacked in our rooms. Wives may continue to ask, “Aren’t you ever gonna get rid of those things? What are they good for.” Now I know the answer…thanks for the memories.

    John Bethea

    September 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  64. Well my friend, this is 90 pounds of suck in a 50 pound bag. My best to you, Henny and everybody as I hope great things will rise out of the ashes. In the meantime, thanks for all the great work.

    Bill Heald

    September 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

  65. Wow, I can’t believe that Cycle News is no more. I have been reading it since the beginning when I was 5 years old ( I wanted to be like my dad). Both myself and my dad have had our names in Cycle News. I loved the weekly issues. Around the house here, my husband and I never threw the old one out until the new one arrived, so the last issue may stay around for quite a while. RIP to Cycle News.

    Jenny Lee

    September 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

  66. Paul- I’m sorry to hear about all this and the poor treatment you got.

    I started reading Cycle News in about 1966 or so, and ever since. I remember going to the Signal Hill office and buying my copies from the vending machine outside, in the late hours with my friends.

    I know this doesn’t help you, but this is an example of why I’ve been self-employed for almost 20 years. I too got stuffed on the inside and run up to the wall by a few rats.

    Good luck and best wishes to you and your family.

    Devon Sowell

    Devon Sowell

    September 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  67. This is very sad, Cycle News is a big part of of all our lives. It has a very large following. My mother always told me “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” If some one could get the name, you do not need a printing house any more, publish in e-format, here is a link that thinks different: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa/wa/apply
    Its what they do very well, and how many iphones, ipod touch and ipads do we see at the track?

    Mike Jackson

    September 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm

  68. Paul:

    You contributed greatly to the sport of motorcycle racing and certainly left a positive mark. The paper would have folded long time ago without your good work. Thanks for accepting the profile articles I did back in the 80s on Mike Baldwin, Jimmy Adamo, Jim Allen and others. Times change for all of us and we learn to adapt. All the best to you and your family. Your talent and strong work ethic will get you through!

    John Schiavone

    September 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

  69. Paul,

    A salute to you for giving me 35 yrs of moto-pleasure. I guess I should blame Cycle News for me becoming a utter cycle nut from the wee age of 6. Probably the biggest regret is that my two young sons won’t know what it’s like to anticipate a new issue of Cycle News in the mail box each and every week. The opportunity for me to see my racing exploits in ink sure made me feel like a hero even if it was just a sentence or two over the years. Thank you and the crew for many great years of service. A piece of history has been plundered.

    Best of luck, your contribution to mental sanity is much appreciated.

    Pete Boccarossa
    http://www.superbikeuniverse.com/ga

    pete boccarossa

    September 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

  70. Paul (& the rest of the staff),

    My condolences and thanks for your dedication to reporting on our sport. You did a great job.

    As a museum curator, I sincerely hope that the owners can be persuaded to donate the archives to a motorcycling-related museum. And I hope that there is a museum here in America that has the resources (storage space, staff time to catalog it all, acid-free boxes and tissue to store it in, etc.) to accept the donation. The archives are an irreplaceable history of an era of motorsport in America. As you said, there are probably dozens of unpublished photos for every one that made it into print. They should be preserved, but a museum will need considerable resources just to store them, let alone do a thorough job of scanning/digitizing, indexing and all the other cataloging that makes it possible for people to make use of the collection.

    I hope someone comes forward to help make it happen, because I doubt any motorcycle museum in America except perhaps Barber can do it without a sponsor.

    Adam Zuckerman

    September 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    • The AMA has the resources and the knowledge too. Doubt they will be interested though. Sport doesn’t seem to be there thing anymore.

      Grace DiBenedetto

      September 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

  71. Paul C and all CN staff:
    Thank you for producing the greatest publication in the world. As I read all of these comments on Pauls article, I cant help but to feel the love and energy pouring out of people like myself that have grown up reading Cycle News on a weekly basis. With all of us folks already missing reading the next copy, lets keep it going. Lets take Cycle News back maybe give it a new name and keep going baby. If its the computer generation that has monetarily killed CN then that is a shame on us. We need to all subscribe to the “new” paper and dont look back…whos in???

    Jim Owens

    September 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

  72. Paul,

    I am shocked, but not surprised. I have noticed the ad pack shrinking week after week. I was hoping CN could hold on despite the dismal economy.

    It was my privilege to work with you and Kit Palmer and many others at Cycle News West in the mid-1980s. I have worked at many publications, but CN has always been the closet to my heart.

    To the wonderful staff who consistently, week-after-week, turned out the best publication in the industry I wish you well and hope you bounce back quickly.

    Farren Williams, aka “Farmbo”

    Farren (Farmbo) Williams

    September 5, 2010 at 5:24 am

  73. A very sad day. I will miss scanning the race results of CN to see names of my local heros in print as well as the great reports on every type of motorcycle racing. Nothing will replace this weekly journal.

    Buzz Baldwin

    September 6, 2010 at 4:47 am

  74. Dear Paul,
    Seeing my friends and heroes names
    in CN was a thrill.
    Seeing my name there changed my life.
    I broke into a sweat when I read about this.
    Thank you so very much for keeping a
    rural PA guy informed and entertained
    for all those yrs.
    What a wonderful weekly.

    steve wilson

    September 6, 2010 at 7:04 am

  75. Gone are the days of walking to the mailbox and returning to the house at a faster pace to read my cycle news. At 72 I come from a age of reading about race results three months late but cycle news cured that. I am extremly one dementional when it comes to sports and it has always been nothing but motorcycles for me. I stopped takeing a daily newspaper because I never opened the sports section and couldnt care less about any ball sport. Change is tough but years from now you can look back with pride and will have a new oppertunity that you will love. I have never had a chance to work at something I loved like many of you have,but I never took the chance of something new,So long friend.

    joel haynes

    September 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

  76. WOW, just like that, no more Cycle News—feels like a death in the family—been reading since the late 60s (yeah, I am way old), in fact the last issue just arrived today (late as always). What more can I say? Gonna miss your (and your staff) efforts—good luck in the future and THANKS!!

    joe weinroth

    September 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

  77. Mr. Carruthers. It seems that the comments have started to dwindle. I’ve since become facebook friends with most of the staff members in place at the time of closing (yes facebook is childish but..). I just wanted to let you know that from the flurry of comments from former staffers, I gained a valuable insight in to the work that went into getting the news written, sorted and sent to the printer. I don’t know how you managed but, you did. I hope to meet you someday and buy you a beer buddy….Jerry

    Jerry

    September 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm

  78. They used to State at Cycle News East during the hay days ” We Don’t Care How the Hell They Do It In California ” . Those words of friendly rivalry betwen the coasts and friends through Cycle News. It was a great run if you look at the glass as half full . Wish you all the best and Thanks .

    Nick Piklor

    September 19, 2010 at 2:53 am

  79. They used to State at Cycle News East during the hay days ” We Don’t Care How the Hell They Do It In California ” . Those words of friendly rivalry betwen the coasts and friends through Cycle News marketing made life amusing for many. Truth is we do care out East . It was a great run if you look at the glass as half full . Wish you all the best and Thanks .

    Nick Piklor

    September 19, 2010 at 2:55 am

  80. Paul,
    So much to say; thankfully as I’ve read everyone’s
    comments I know the motorcycle family we are all a part of has a lot of shared memories thanks to Cycle
    News.
    As well as the good news; Cycle News brought us the
    sad news with dignity and respect for those who had
    passed. Magoo, Maely, Camlin, Davis, Graham, Pomeroy
    along with all the readers who needed to say goodbye
    to a friend; Y’all were there for us. Thank you, Michael

    Michael Speh

    September 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

  81. what is the status of the trademark and the photo archive ?? i wonder if something could grow form the ashes of cycle news …??? Grew up reading it since 68.. could a leaner new era weekly survive. a fresh start ???

    jeff

    October 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

  82. Sad to read this. Your mag published my first MC story in the 1970’s. It was a magic time before PC, BLM, and the alphabet soup of bureaucracy that gobbled up the sport in later years.

    dp

    October 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

  83. Paul,I raced flat track in NC growing up 72-77 I read cycle news every week back when names Like Dave Aldana and Kenny Roberts were weekly news. I will never forget Leighton Smith was always at the track writing the results and taking photos for cycle news from the local racetracks.This is indeed sad news for everyone involved in cycling today.There are a lot of old cycle news photos and clippings on http://www.racerreunion.org

    Joe Y

    October 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  84. Paul and all;

    I was hit very, very had by the demise of a mag I have read for so many years. Though I have been hard hit by this recession, the closing of CN just tore me up. Like the suicide of a friend. (I have had way too many of those) Thanks for publishing all my Grand Prix B.S. (or comments about such) over the years. I wish ya all the best, and maybe, someday, a resurection of CN East and West!

    David Bell

    November 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

  85. Well, hell, Paul, how can we miss you if you won’t go away? Seriously, congratulations on the MAG/CN Editor re-post. Try to do it right this time, OK? 😉
    All the best,
    Mark

    Mark Tuttle

    November 25, 2010 at 12:57 am

  86. Dude I am so STOKED you are coming back! STOKED!!! Just a few days on the job and already I’ve noticed a HUGE improvement in the web content. I can’t wait for the 2011 racing season. Gonna be awesome!

    Paul (the third guy on this chain)

    November 25, 2010 at 1:25 am

  87. Wow, It has been around 3 months and I still can’t believe it is gone! I still look for it in every Saturday, hoping this is just a bad dream. It kept me in touch with every facet of the industry. The buyer’s guide would be here in a month. I’d save that issue all year long and drool over all the bikes. Life just isn’t the same!

    Tom H

    December 13, 2010 at 5:41 am

    • As a freelance journo who slogged many miles covering Kawasaki ROC, national arenacross races, and some local D34 events, I was fortunate to be one of the elite who saw his name in the pages as a reporter. I was further blessed with three guest editorials under my bosses Kit Palmer and David Holther. It wasn’t a hassle driving from NY to NC to cover a weekend of AX racing, iut was an honor. The editors and staff at Cycle News were as much my heros as the men & women we wrote about. All are missed but these were our glory days.

      Michael James

      December 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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    R.I.P. Cycle News | CMG News

    December 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

  89. It’s been several months now that I’ve been without my weekly Cycle News, after recieving the paper since its inception. I, like a lot of the motorcycle people, seem a lot emptier each week without this connection.

    Though I’ve saved many a copy with dirt track racing news, being without that anticipation of arrival and the great coverage within leaves my life a lot emptier.
    Now where do we turn to for some of that motorcycle connectivity?
    Willie Gombold

    Bill Gombold

    January 23, 2011 at 3:42 am

  90. Paul I feel your pain. I too was one of the brave freelance souls who braved bad roads, bad batteries and bad nights of sleep to get national arenacross and national motocross articles in on time. My partner in crime Karl Ockert used to laugh when i told him that as a photographer every pic he took I had to go home and write a thousands words…but it’s true. As the former northeast connection to D34 races, the Kawasaki ROC in Englishtown and even the lucky and humbled recipient of three guest editorials on the back page of Cycle News issues, I will never forget what the paper means to me even now. Forever on a writing resume, Cycle News helped me get the gig to write Steve Wise’s upcoming biography, “Run For The Prize.”

    But before all of that, the kid who grew up poor in New Rochelle, NY, only had that paper to keep up on what his heroes were doing. The Thursday night sessions at Hudson Valley MC shop, and the bench racing, Cycle News kept me up to date and in the know. I didn’t have my own bike yet but I sure talked like did. I am forever grateful to “the little paper that could” and to the people who work with and for you, Paul. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors…

    Michael James

    July 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  91. I am looking for an old issue of cycle news from 1982. I was on the front cover,and also had an interview about my winning streak at Ascot park in Gardena Ca.

    arthur huffer

    September 16, 2011 at 5:38 am

  92. Thank you for your article. Really Great.

    Marquise Barton

    April 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

  93. From shoulders down with! Good riddance! The better!

    P.S. Please review icons

    icons library

    September 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

  94. it’s 2014 already but living in italy i’m comin to discover this bad new. in real i’ve stopped read bike magazines since when motosprint fired me in 2001 i’ve started hate bike magazines politics…. and now i got the answer by you that you’ve started again a digital magazine? thank you guys!

    christian

    January 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm


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