Barnett’s Magazine To Cease Publication

Barnett’s Magazine will publish on September 15, 2011 its final issue. Founder Mark Barnett published the magazine first issue in the winter of 1997. The magazine targeted the custom bike and modified Harley-Davidson enthusiast. In 2011, the magazine started to be published bi-monthly, six issues a year. The last issue (Dated November/December) will be in newsstands September 15, 2011. My source tells me that Mark Barnett is now thinking of launching a Cafe Racer magazine.

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19 Responses to “Barnett’s Magazine To Cease Publication”


  1. 1 fuji Aug 10th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Those who are flexible and creative are the people that will survive.

  2. 2 steve-o Aug 10th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    That is too bad. they always have good articles and some nicely done Harleys. On another note are they going to refund the subscriptions that they do not fullfill. I would love to get some of the money back that I paid if they arent going to send me anymore issues.

  3. 3 E'VILLE TWIN MOTORSICKLE CO Aug 10th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Well Hell……….That’s news we’re really disapointed in recieving . Barnett’s Magazine , Buck , and all the staff over there did one hell of a job putting out a first class product that we always looked forward to reading and putting on our coffee table for customers and friends to check out .
    Thanks so much to all who were involved for featureing us in one of your magazines and exposeing our shop or bikes and our buisness to all your readers . Both Lorrie and myself will be forever gratefull for giving us a leg up in the industry ,
    We’re Sincerely gonna miss you.
    Best Regards: Miles and Lorrie Brown E’Ville Twin Motorsickle Co. Eckville Alberta Canada .

  4. 4 skulltrain Aug 10th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    OH well ! … time to move on i guess it’s such a shame that magazine was full on with bikes , information , and first class write up’s and pictures …. got to say though i think he’s going in the wrong direction Baggers and softail’s are what dominate the market personally i ain’t in a hurry for a cafe racer

  5. 5 yank Aug 10th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I really enjoyed reading Barnett’s I have subscribed to them for years. Loved their articles and coverage of cool bikes that were both professionally and home built. I was even lucky enough to get my bike in one issue. Good luck in all your ventures.
    Rudy Alba

  6. 6 NVDucati Aug 10th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    If Buck and that crowd are moving over to the possible cafe racer mag – It will be a hit !

  7. 7 fuji Aug 10th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Cafe style bikes have been in the shadows for a number of years. nothing new.

    Maybe now is their time in the light.

    European bike manufactures are setting new trends with naked bike design, more of an upright riding position and I’m not talking cruisers although not left out completely. The Triumph Speed Triple was a big boost toward the trend.

    The shift in Europe is to their own design and manufacturing not as much to Japan.

  8. 8 Mark Barnett Aug 10th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    The new magazine won’t exactly be about Cafe Racers. It will have some in it, but that won’t be the focus. Haven’t decided on the launch date yet, might wait until the economy is a little stronger. Subscribers will get the balance of their money back, a subscription to the new magazine if they want it and we launch quickly, or a gift certificate for a higher amount than is owed which can be used on our ecommerce site, whichever of these options they choose. I’ll send a letter out to subscribers shortly. It was a good run, had a lot fun, got to see some great bikes.

  9. 9 Steve Hog Radio producer Johann Aug 10th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Trends come an go. Cafe style bikes both factory and home built have been something of an item for a while now. Makes sense a publisher would like to follow this trend in order to stay solvent.

    Bike styles are like music and hem lines they go up and they go down. This doesn’t mean one is better than the other just a fact of life. So stay tuned in a few years choppers will once again be all the rave as they have been time and again.

    With one correction, we may never see the high highs of the 90’s and early 2000’s ever again our economic situation is changing and that may mean less money for extra things like $50,000 dollar bikes but a few thousand for a Cafe racer almost everyone can afford one of those.

  10. 10 Tim Hanlon Aug 10th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This makes me sad…. Although….. Mark is one sharp cookie, I suspect something will pop up down the road. Good luck Mark.

  11. 11 You Don't Know Jack Aug 10th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Reality Bites! We at Barnetts are taking a time out until this economy gets it’s shit together and we will keep track of what the motorcycle community is looking for in a magazine. Like so many other businesses that rely on a healthy economy we are not immune to the situation. I am happy to say that our brothers and sisters in the lifestyle have enjoyed our magazine and actually appreciated our dedication to producing a quality magazine with quality photo’s and above average editorial content.
    Let’s all work on improving our own situations in our lives and force our government to realize that the only way to save our businesses and our country is to support the middle class (That’s us) and put politics aside and do the right thing. That’s what Barnetts thrives on.
    It’s up to all of us to get ride of all the bullsh$t that is ruining our country and be the spark that ignites a change in our personal situations. We all know that we cannot rely on our elected politicians to change the state of the economic situation in our country. We need to buck up and make our voices heard.
    We in the motorcycle community are a force. Unfortunately we have never been able to be a viable source for making our feeling felt due to lack of leadership and our inability to unite our masses into a lobbying group that could make a difference.
    Ride hard, ride often and keep two wheels on the ground.

  12. 12 MDSPHOTO Aug 10th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Damn, Barnett’s was my favorite bike rag and I am sad to see it go away. The articles were well written, the quality of the photography was head & shoulders above some of the other rags that looked like they were shot with cell phone cameras. The overall fit and finish of the magazine is also why I liked it so much. They used high quality paper for the cover and internal pages which always made the mag stand out form its flimsy competitors.

  13. 13 Sportster Mike Aug 11th, 2011 at 4:40 am

    What a shame..
    It was about the only US bike mag that I bought over here in England.. all the bikes were well chosen and all the other mags are too flimsy, too many tits.. (if I wanted tits I’d buy a tit mag..)

  14. 14 skulltrain Aug 11th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    This one is for Mark Barnett ……. Will you by going out with a bang one last mega copy sort of best of the past and present ……

  15. 15 Kustoms and Choppers Aug 11th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    To tell you the truth I didn’t get into Barrets much Im a Street Chopper guy.

  16. 16 Buzz Kanter Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Magazine publishing is a tough way to make a living, and motorcycle magazines are even tougher.
    My hat’s off to Mark for having published such a geat magazine for so many years. This economy is taking its toll on all of us in the motorcycle industry. Let’s all hope things get better for us all soon. Good luck to Mark in all your future ventures – in print and elsewhere.
    – Buzz Kanter

  17. 17 brumby Aug 15th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Very sorry to see Barnett’s shutting down. A cool magazine that highlighted all the cool stuff about riding H-D. All the staff here read and enjoyed the magazine. Congrats to Mark on his contribution to quality bike publishing.

    Neale Brumby

    publisher

    HEAVY DUTY MAGAZINE

    AUSTRALIA

  18. 18 skulltrain Aug 16th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Neale ….. That just leaves you in my opinion … have started to get your mag in England as not been on sale before first class read and pictures up there with the now sorry to see you go Barnetts all the rest are rubbish ….. Good luck!

  19. 19 Todd Halterman Sep 6th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    it’s a hard row to hoe in this economy and it sucks to see one more fine publication fall by the wayside. Most people in the business got into it because they love bikes, and for awhile at least, they got to make their living doing something they have a passion for doing.

    Let’s hope it gets better in a hurry and people can find their way back into the game one way or another…

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