Ormond Beach, FL — In this era of declining print media, it’s always exciting to see the launch a new magazine — particularly one for which I write!

American Iron has been a longtime client — I wrote my first “Tour” article for the magazine in 2003. Tam Communications also publishes RoadBike (I’ve written “International Escape” and “American Adventure” stories for them). Now the company has launched Motorcycle Bagger as a bi-monthly, starting with the March/April 2011 issue — to coincide with Daytona Bike Week. My article, “Daytona Coastal Cruising,” starts on page 54 of the issue.

So what better way to officially launch the magazine than a launch party at Bike Week for the readers? Friday, the editors of all three Tam publications gathered at Broken Spoke Saloon for the party and a ride-in motorcycle show. “These events give us a chance to meet our readers,” American Iron editor Chris Maida explained. “It’s one of the fun parts of our job.”

The ride-in show also gives the editors a chance to scout potential feature bikes for the magazines, which feature readers’ rides, not just outrageous customs.  “I like to see what the average guy rides,” Bagger editor Dain Gingerelli told me.

From all indications, the launch party was a success — editors say reader response to the new magazine has been tremendous, and it appears to have a promising future.

In a digital age, it’s good to see there’s still room for print media!

Don Lawton of Paisley, FL with his 2000 Indian Chief. He says it’s the only white Chief ever made by Indian

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Jay Green

    July 7, 2011

    My career depends on print so I’m glad to see ink and paper are still appreciated.
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  2. Dain Gingerelli

    March 14, 2011

    Thanks for mentioning our Custom Bagger Show at The Broken Spoke. It was nice to meet some of our readers and see what kind of baggers they ride. We had about 35 entries, and some of them will be featured in future issues of Motorcycle Bagger as full-feature stories. I’m looking forward to more tales from the Travelin’ Gringo.
    Dain Gingerelli, Editor, Motorcycle Bagger Magazine.

  3. inka

    March 12, 2011

    Am I a faithful follower or what? But then I’m in your friends list and you always tweet my posts. I’m so glad to hear you are the star of the new magazine and yes, it’s good to know that print is surviving. And those bikes…Technical question: who do at the end of the comment only old posst show up? The flight of the angel is more than a week old.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 12, 2011

      Inka, I really appreciate you as a person, and as a faithful follower! I love to read your blog also and retweet it. I don’t know how the “Comment Luv” plugin that I have installed works exactly — what I know is that it is supposed to automatically attach a person’s latest blog post.

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