April 26,2011 – (Swainsboro Ga) Sometime in the next twenty four hours, one lucky motorcycle enthusiast will visit the USRiderNews Facebook Fan Page and click “like” and instantly win a lifetime subscription to USRiderNews. Sylvia Cochran, President of Thunderwind Publishing said the magazine remains committed to print but has embraced social media. “We’re excited to reach this milestone” said Cochran. “Social media is another way to engage our readers and USRiderNews has the largest Facebook fan page of any motorcycle specific magazine.” Cochran added, “Connecting motorcycle owners and riders with our advertisers is part of our mission. The other is to educate and entertain our readers and fans.”
About USRiderNews: Founded in 2000 as Dixie Rider National Motorcycle News by Scott & Sylvia Cochran. Dixie Rider quickly grew into the most widely read advertising-based, free publication in the southern United States. In 2004, a unique state insert program was launched to bring local news and ride reports which are unavailable in other national motorcycle publications. In 2005, responding to readers and advertisers request, the name was changed to USRiderNews and distributed nationally. In 2010, a Facebook Fan page was established and quickly grew into the largest online presence for any motorcycle magazine. The print edition of USRiderNews is published monthly by Thunder Wind Publishing and is available free in motorcycle dealerships and at events, rallies and online in flipbook format.
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Has Big Dog declared bankruptcy and closed for good?
It has now been confirmed that Big Dog Motorcycles has closed for good. Cyril Huze first broke the story that Big Dog was closing and later The Wichita Eagle reported that the company has laid another 10 employees off but stopped short of confirming that the remaining 22 have been given pink slips. The company started in 1994.
The company’s official Facebook Fan Page has not responded to inquiries about the closing and company owner Sheldon Coleman has not responded to calls or emails.
Blogger Cyril Huze is saying he was told last week by a source that the company’s closing would happen this week.
Huze speculates that Coleman may negotiate with the bank to regain possession of the company’s stock of parts that he has used as collateral for loans to start a smaller business supplying parts to the past customers of the brand.
*Update April 5, 2011 10:30am – Headline changed
DealerNews is reporting that Rick Fairless, owner of Strokers Dallas has spoken with Sheldon Coleman about Big Dog’s demise. “Sheldon called me and said the bank was taking over operations, and that the bank was shutting down the production line,” he told Dealernews. “So Big Dog Motorcycles as we know it has ceased to exist. It’s a sad, sad day.”
Ok..so there’s no motorcycle in this picture. But, we’ve all been to those “campground” style field rallies where the action is mostly “off” the bike. So, as we gear up for spring, we thought it appropriate we pick this picture for our Caption of the Month contest. Place your guess here, or on our Facebook Fan Page.
uh...is that what I think it is...