News’s #1 and #2 Are Out

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The motorcycle media landscape is rapidly changing, and those changes have hit another publication:

The original gangster of online motorcycle news, has seen its two raking newsmakers make their exits from the publication, Sean Alexander and Kevin Duke.

For those who don’t know, Duke was the Editor-and-Chief of MO since 2007, before losing the position in late-2017, while Alexander served as the Director of Powersports Editorial since November 2013, until about one week ago.

Both men now find themselves no longer part of the company, as Vertical Scope –‘s owner – re-organizes the brand.

This news has been a bit of a shock to the moto-journalist ranks, though perhaps not ultimately that surprising.

In a short span of time, we have seen publications like Sport Rider and Motorcycle-USA close their doors; Cycle World and Motorcyclist have severely changed their format; and RideApart, Canada MotoGuide, and Cycle News have changed ownership.

We also get word that a number content creators at upstart Riders Domain have been let go, as part of a cost-cutting measure for the parent company Jake Wilson.

Its not clear where things will go from here for the folks at, though it is clearly interesting times for the space.

If rumors are true, we will likely hear of more publications closing and reorganizing in the coming months, as the motorcycle industry continues to reset from the depression and adapt to the changing media landscape.

As the Chinese curse says, may you live in interesting times.

Source: Bothan Spies

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.