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Cycle News Folds?
by dean adams
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Numerous sources both at Cycle News and in the close-knit motorcycle publishing industry state that Cycle News closed up shop tonight and the issue printed this week will be the last. Cycle News has been published weekly for nearly 50 years, which makes this news so seemingly improbable or impossible to believe. If accurate, this is truly the end of an era for the motorcycle publishing industry.

Cycle News has been a motorcycle industry news heavyweight since the 1960s. It grew from modest beginnings—the living room of Chuck and Sharon Clayton, it is said—to become the defacto news and information generator for the motorcycle and motorcycle racing industries. At one time it had east and west coast offices and was read, seemingly, by everyone in the industry.
Phone calls to Cycle News were not answered.

There were rumors at Indianapolis that CN was on the verge of closing down, but that drastic development seemed impossible, even when taking into consideration that they split with longtime Editor Paul Carruthers last week. CN has seen desperate times in the past but always managed to pump out issues.

Cycle News has been a motorcycle industry news heavyweight since the 1960s. It grew from modest beginnings—the living room of Chuck and Sharon Clayton, it is said—to become the defacto news and information generator for the motorcycle and motorcycle racing industries. At one time it had east and west coast offices and was read, seemingly, by everyone in the industry.

Their meteoric heights as an industry news kingpin had been tempered in recent years as more enthusiasts turned to the internet for editorial content.

A message to CN's longtime Publisher, Sharon Clayton, has not yet been returned.

ENDS

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