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When Grant and I first set out to make Hell For Leather a little more than three years ago, we had one goal in mind: to give you, the motorcycle-loving public, the bike magazine you always deserved. We’re pushing intelligent, entertaining content that puts you, not the motorcycle makers, first. Now, we’re putting a premium on real journalism, in-depth feature content and timely news and analysis all wrapped up in a package that fits into the way you consume media in this century. From here on out, you’ll be able to subscribe to Hell For Leather for $1.99 a month.

Gasp! You mean, you’re going to charge for content on the Internet? But that’s unpossible! That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and it’s entirely possible because we’re going to be doing it in an entirely new way.

Having said that, this isn’t an entirely new idea. The Wall Street Journal already asks subscribers to pay to read its website, and The New York Times will be joining it in charging for online content early next year when it initiates a new system rumored to cost about the same as a paper subscription. Current publishing industry wisdom suggests that subscriptions are the future of online content.

What we’re doing isn’t just new because it’s an easier pill to swallow — $1.99 a month — or because we’re applying it to a niche publication. It’s new because we think we’ve found a way to remain open to the Internet while offering you significant value as a subscriber.

How this is going to work is everyone will always be able to read the front page and search for content. When we publish a new story, it’ll remain open to non-subscribers for a short period of time. Initially, we’re setting that time at 24 hours to give all of you time to sign up; we’ll be decreasing that open time over the coming weeks. Additional content like photo galleries and comments (both participating in discussions and reading them) will be available to subscribers only.

Does that change the way Hell For Leather works for you? Not really. Subscribe, log in and use HFL the same way you always have. You’ll still be able to share stories on Facebook, you’ll still be able to drop a link to a neat new bike or a controversial story into your favorite forum. You’ll still be able to email your mom a link to photos of your winning Scar Off entry or argue in the comments with that guy that doesn’t realize pre-unit Triumphs were the pinnacle of motorcycle design. The nerve of it!

What will be changing is the quality, frequency and amount of content. We won’t just be spending your subscription money on fur coats and ivory canes, we’ll be using it to help us reach our goal of making you the best motorcycle publication in the world. That means more writers, more stories, more adventures, more journalism. Watch out for a surprise new writer later today.

Everything you’ve read on Hell For Leather to-date has been created on essentially zero budget. Grant and I have devoted ourselves to the cause of making you a better bike magazine with no financial reward and have funded things like Expedition: Labrador or getting the exclusive on the MotoCzysz E1pc out of our own, shallow, pockets. Not only will your subscription allow us to devote ourselves full time to Hell For Leather, but it will give us the budget to give you bigger, better, more exciting, more in-depth content. You’ll be investing in growing a full-funded motorcycle magazine that has serving you as its primary motivation. You’ll be making Hell For Leather yours.

Subscribe to Hell For Leather.

  • Charles

    Ok cool. I’m down.

    Just one question by the by: AS A SUBSCRIBER will I still be able to view the HFL content through a web-based feed reader like google reader?

    • incon

      Would like to know this also

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Right now, there will be a partial feed as we currently lack the ability to publish a full feed only for subscribers, but hopefully that’s something we can work out in the future.

  • GuessWho

    I should get this for free but……I better get my $24 worth.

  • Cameron

    First of all, really love the blog. Definitely a great place for timely bike information served with some snark. The bike version of Jalopnik.

    But HFL is a great blog, not a great magazine. Your features typically don’t tell me diddly squat about the bikes being featured. I don’t particularly care about helping to fund your trip to discover yourselves in Labrador, either.

    People don’t play for blogs, even big well funded ones like Autoblog or Gizmodo. Those sites seem to be able to make the economics work without subscriptions.

    Here’s my subscription for a couple months. I hope I’m wrong and you start coming out with some rocking content. Less fluffy features or a podcast might be a good start.

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      Have you read motorcycle magazines lately? They aren’t good. They don’t feel honest. The reviews are a joke and the news is a month or two late.

      Autoblog and Gizmodo have a much larger available market. Motorcycling is a niche. Fewer eyes, fewer ad dollars.

      While I’d like HFL to remain free, it is 100% worth it to me. Their industry coverage is faster, more honest, and delivered with more snark than anywhere else.

      As a bigger issue, why would you tell people to not pay for blogs? Would you tell them to also steal whatever magazines they want from the stands at Borders? It’s the content and the creation that costs time and money. The medium is often inconsequential in the overall costs of a creative product. The sooner the internet realises this, the better off we’ll be. Quality costs.

      • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

        Hit the nail on the head. Those who want completely free info can still hit up any of the many blogs that play “follow the leader” with HFL.

        The timing of this move couldn’t have been much better. I had a fit over Motorcyclist mag pulling some of their favorite BS in the latest issue, all of which is especially damning when it’s the editor pulling that crap.

        Today, I’m paying for a blog and getting Motorcyclist’s print mag for free.

        • Cameron

          I’ve never subscribed to a bike mag, I don’t really see the point of getting your news and reviews months late.

          I’m not telling people to not pay for blogs, I’m just pointing out that people DON’T. Know of any successful subscription blogs?

          If motorcycling isn’t a big enough market to keep a single blog going on ad revenue, then we’re all in deep shit.

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Well with awesome features, every scoop in motorcycling, professional journalists and David Motherfucking Edwards, we’re not really just a blog are we?

            The big picture here is that advertising has died a painful death and every publisher out there, print online, galaxy guides, etc. is looking for a new model.

            Look at it this way: for the same price as an iTunes app or a song or a can of shitty beer you can have a full month of outstanding, exciting motorcycle stories.

            • Cameron

              Theres nothing wrong with being a blog. Engadget is one of the most respected blogs in my industry, and they have some great journalists, a damn TV show, and one of the most entertaining podcasts around.

              I’ve bought in to HFL, but my worry is that many won’t. The internet is surprisingly unforgiving of new monetization models. For example, people want to buy their music like they always did, and subscribe to their TV content (not pay al-la-carte).

              Best of luck to you HFL, it just makes me worried about the moto industry as a whole when the only blog worth anything can’t get any ads. Its not like the ad market is down for the non-moto industry, internet ad sales are through the roof.

              • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                Well, it’s going pretty well so far :)

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      No way I would call HFL a blog. My site is a blog.

      HFL is so much more than a blog – that’s gotta be obvious to anyone!

  • http://pics.zenerves.net/index.php?gallery=vehicules tropical ice cube

    Done, paid; as help-you-guys-get-started gesture, took the ‘full’ 1-year subscription;

    Would’ve actually choose ‘renewable’ but that’s paypal-only: wtf?

    And I would’ve enjoyed a last post (this un’ could have) where everybody is free to discuss it. But hey, I guess that Fur bill to cope with Labrador temperatures can’t wait anymore. The Ivory Canes where written down as Bear Repellant, right?

    In my field, you don’t say good luck; before you enter the real stage of news publishing, I say: brake a leg!
    Jean-Philippe

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      My understanding is that due to both security reasons and the legal requirements involved for recurring payments, there needs to be a standing relationship with PayPal. That way, if users want to withdraw from the payments or whatnot, PayPal steps in to make sure business is officially finalized.

  • Ducky

    I’m going to give this thing a try for a month, but considering there’s a ton of free content on the internet I certainly hope you guys come out with some awesome content. Not saying you won’t, I’m quite hopeful =D

    Though question: Are you guys not getting enough advertising revenue to continue running this thing for free? What are the chances that this whole thing will backfire on you and you will lose a ton of readers?

  • Darren

    I’m in – can’t stand reading the tripe that most moto mags spit out, and the blogs are even worse (except when they are stealing from HFL)…

    Way to go Wes – can’t wait to see where this goes.

  • Nick

    This is an interesting move and I hope it works out for everyone. I’m more than happy to pay for an ad-free site.

  • BN.

    I’m happy to pay as long as you don’t feed me advertising and tell me it’s a review. You guys have done great so far, so keep up the good work.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Hasn’t been a problem yet, has it?

      • BN.

        Not at all. It’s just something that makes me cringe.

  • François

    I just can’t wait for the fiefd test of the fur-motorcycle jacket.
    you got me.
    I’m thankfull.

  • incon

    I’ll give it a go.
    Signed up for 6months…

  • Penguin

    About damn time!

    You guys are churning out quality piece after quality piece that trumps just about every other print bike mag. I have absolutely no qualms paying to keep you guys doing what you do.

    Hey, who knows with enough backing you might get to make a trip over the pond sometime in June next year and see some real road racing – I’m sure there will be plenty of Brits willing to show you round some Douglas drinking establishments.

  • http://www.techno-obscura.com/~delgado/ Jonathan Delgado

    I used to pay to be ad-free on motorcycle.com ages ago, back when they had real reviewers and editors before they were bought out. So consider yourselves to be inheriting that faith that I once had in them.

    Your content it certainly worth it. I think it is mainly a matter now of if you can keep it up without changing the model any further.

  • phil_schneider

    I’m in! Bring on the road trips and the great coverage of same. $1.99 – more than fair – been following you guys from the start and enjoyed every mile of it. Keep it up and more.

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

    Bold move and pretty sudden, but it makes sense. I’m in, lest I be forced to start paying attention to work for a change. I’m looking forward to more of the best.

    • http://mdynamic.tumblr.com Mdynamic

      Agreed I’d gladly pay $24 for the best motorcycle coverage around. I’m actually surprised they didn’t do it sooner.

      • motoguru

        Precisely. I’ll pay $2 a month for this goodness over $5 for some shitty rag any day of the week.

  • Mason

    Thanks for the great product. HFL was a bargain before this decision, an improved HFL is a bargain now.

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    I support the move. I have a Google Reader account with over 100 motorcycle blog subscriptions, and I cannot tell you how many diluted reposts there are from HFL. Now a few of them are complaining of your decision (I’m looking at you, BubbleVisor). Fuck ‘em, there’s no other site that brings the quality and originality like HFL. Looking forward to the new content!

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      To be fair to the blogs like BubbleVisor, it is a hassle to have to pay money so you can copy content.

  • Kevin

    I had a hunch this move was coming soon. To be honest I have been blocking the ads on your site with Firefox AdBlock. I agree with the rest of the comments that your content is of a much higher quality than most other blogs and all magazines, except maybe for Bike UK. Considering that you’re more timely and more accessible, it’s fair to pay for the content. Keep up the good work and I will keep my subscription. That’s a fair deal. Good luck to you guys, I hope this works. This world is in desperate need for quality motorcycle journalism? Any chance your new contributor will be the former editor in chief of a formerly well respected print magazine?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Well we haven’t had ANY banner ads since the redesign in August, so you can turn that AdBlock off if you’d like.

      Good guess, you’ll see at noon.

  • Dan

    This is the first magazine/blog/anything not on an iPad that I’m going to pay for. Good for you guys, hope it pans out. Media industry needs people to pay for content, simple as that (unless you want hackneyed crap).

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Seeing as, being a young person, I think I’ve bought maybe a grand total of 10 magazines in my whole life (usually copies of the Economist or National Geographic in airports), I might as well subscribe to the one I read pretty much daily.

    This is a really bold, ballsy move guys. I wish you the best of luck. Its nearly impossible to get people to pay for anything on the internet (fuck you, Radiohead, for making your “pay what you feel like” model for music the norm!) Keep up the good work, and I’m sure you’ll buck the trend.

  • jwinter

    I’m on board for a year but I can’t help realizing that I would have saved 11 cents had I chosen to renew each month.

    • Grive

      Ah, yes. I was going to comment on that.

      It was an interesting method. Apparently, the less time you commit to, the greater the savings!

      Fun times with the ubiquitous $X.99 pricing scheme!

  • hooligan317

    You have my support. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys do with this in the future.

  • Nick

    Woohoo, HFL = the PBS of moto blogs (in a good way.) IMO, as long as we aren’t bombarded with intrusive ads, people should definitely pay for the content they use and love. Can’t wait to see what cool stuff y’all have planned. Thanks for the hard work. Oh, and no pledge drives please.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, I promise no HFL tote bags.

      • http://mdynamic.tumblr.com Mdynamic

        Aw, I was really looking forward to the tote bags…

      • Kelly

        No HFL subscriber license plate holders either?

    • Adrian

      Just like PBS, only I’m actually giving these guys money. Take that, Elmo!

  • hedrives

    Now on a monthly payment. HFL is one of my favorite blogs, but there goes productivity at my office…

  • Cheese302

    I’m in, i paid for 6 months now, but i have a feeling i’ll stick with it. Good Luck, and keep it coming.

  • robotribe

    Okay. You’ve got my $24. Better not suck!

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      HFL: taking the long con to “marrying an old billionaire” levels.

  • Steve

    You have earned a shot at my subscription money. I’m in for a year. Consider me another refuge for motorcycle.com (paid subscription) when they were good.

    One hiccup. I didn’t realize I was not logged in to HFL when I clicked to subscribe for a year, so I apparently got locked out of using my old login and email address. Another name isn’t a big deal, and I have lots of email addresses, but other people might be more attached to one or the other of those things.

    Good luck, hope this works for you.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks Steve. It’s a new system so there’ll be a bug or two to work out in the next couple of days. Any problems at all, just email feedback@hellforleathermagazine.com and we’ll fix them for you.

    • Harry

      I had this same problem… now I’m “Brammofan1″ the subscriber and “Brammofan” the cheapskate.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Ha. Seriously, email us and we can fix it. We’re doing pretty well, but it’s a brand new system that we built from scratch so there’s a bug or two we hadn’t anticipated.

  • boxofbits

    I’ve gone for six months at £7.62. Seeing as there’s a much higher standard of news and debate in a typical week of HFL compared to say, MCN (£40.50 for the equivalent six months), I reckon that’s a pretty fair deal. I’m looking forward to seeing even more of the same now you’ve got hold of some of my hard-earned.

  • Francois

    All in ! Glad I can pay for your awesome work. bonne chance !

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Count my ass in! Best bargain in town.

  • MT

    Srsly, where else do the news dudes regularly pipe up in the comments? I think this is the Radiohead/In Rainbows-type event in moto-journo world.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Hopefully its the *opposite* of the Radiohead affect!

  • Ray

    Alright. I’m in, proud to be an inaugural subscriber, love to support a local journalistic outfit, putting my money where my mouth is regarding journalistic objectivity. A place whose allegiance is owed to its subscribers.

    Godspeed, you guys. This has definitely been a community and a two-way street, like to see it stay that way. Hope I can continue to contribute substantively, and I do trust you will continue to pioneer this form and speak in an unorthodox manner, as you have consistently done to this point!

    You might want to show these comments to demonstrate you have subscribers and supporters, might be a good incentive to get others to sign on… Or snip quotes and do a subscriber count to demonstrate there is a critical mass leaning your way.

    Best Wishes,

    Ray Sapirstein
    Carroill Gardens, USA

  • Ray

    Now get us some swag. I’ll put a sticker on the back of the Ural.

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    When I am out travelling I always look for a good motorcycling magazine at the airport but the selection is always bad. I just don’t get it. I have subscribed to several magazines during the last 10 years, Motorrad, Swedish Bike, Cycle World, Motorcyclist, TWO magazine and Bike. They have gradually become less and less relevant as good internet sites (like HFL) give me the news faster, better written and better presented than any of these magazines offer. Why these magazines fail to attract me is also that they don’t offer anything else.
    I currenly subscribe to two motorcycling magazines, Sideburn and Benzina, both niche, but both made with passion, excitement and real interest in the subject matter. Exactly what’s lacking from the other «mainstream» magazines. Hell For Leather fills this gap.

  • Charlie

    Wes, good plan on the financial roll-out. You deserve to be paid for your good work. Let the market decide and support you. I look forward to more from your new contributor. When you mentioned someone was going to be introduced I was worried it was going to be an ignoramus from the “worlds fatest” posse. As an avid motorcyclist and collector, I hope you succeed. The magazines are virtually unreadable these days (6 months behind the times), and nuts (right wing and otherwise) seem to take over the forums. Cheers

    • http://mdynamic.tumblr.com Mdynamic

      Hahaha that would be interesting, one of the world’s fastest posse being the contributor that is.

  • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

    I’m in. How could I not tune into the full show?

    One side benefit to subscription is you will probably get better quality comments and more of them… which you already had anyway. Nice work, hope your raking in some $! You guys deserve it. I remember how starved I was for online motorcycle content the decade before HFL showed up. Keep it coming.

  • slowestGSXRever

    If I didn’t waste 30 minute of my lunch break on this site every darn day…

  • BMW11GS

    Im in! Hell for leather is worth two bucks a month easy!-Owen Lloyd

  • Tim

    Why not? HFL is my daily fix, I never fail to log on 6 times a day, so a subscription seems only fair. Keep up the fearless reporting and attitude and I’ll keep sending those checks.

  • Joseph

    I just bought a six month subscription. The password I was given is impossible to remember and I don’t see a way to change it to something I can remember. I’m going to end up accessing the site much less due to this. I love HFL but there is no way I’ll renew in six months if I can’t change the password to something of my choosing. (please tell me it’s my fault, I’m an IT idiot, and password changes are simple!)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      [EDIT] When you’re logged in, you should now be able to click your username in the welcome message at top left to get a quick pop-up window for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

      It’s not tough, but not easy to spot where to do it. I had to poke around awhile earlier today. Follow Grant’s link for now and, for future reference, you can click on your name where it says “Logged in as (Name)” by the comment/reply box.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

        Yep. You can now click your name in the welcome message near top. It’ll pop a small window so you can get at all your info.

        • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

          Awesome. Thanks, Grant.

  • Joseph

    I’m in! Thank you – I was hoping it was my fault.

  • seanslides

    Rather than giving Motorcyclist my money for another year of lame press releases, poorly edited articles, and bad design, I’ll gladly pony up 24 bucks for HFL. I can’t wait to see what you guys do with a real budget.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

    Andy and I are in, the best of luck from London,

    Will.

  • john

    I’m curious why you haven’t gone for advertising revenue and kept it free? Surely the money you make from a cheap subscription like this will be small change, and now that it’s a user pay site with potentially fewer readers, won’t advertisers be less interested?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s exactly the opposite. Advertising as a whole is effectively dead even before you factor in that the bike industry is about to go out of business. Advertising is no longer a viable business model even for the largest publishers, witness NYTimes et al.

      We’ll make more money doing this than we ever would have with ads and we won’t have advertisers getting upset every time they perceive a tiny slight. We can use that money to build you a bigger, better publication.

      This is simply a better solution for everyone.

      • john

        looks like you’ve done the math then! good luck with it, seems like a very positive response so far.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          We’re very happy with the response, thanks everyone.

          And we didn’t just decide to do this last night, it’s been a year in the making. Grant and our developer basically had to re-invent the internet based on some barmy idea I had at a bar.

  • Andre

    just signed up for 6 month … keep up the good work!
    best from Sydney,Australia

  • Ed

    Ok, having worked as a publisher and editor on the bleeding edge of web magazines in the late 1990s, I know how hard it is to pay the light bills on something like this … and how hard the decision must have been to put up that paywall. Been there, done that. The fact that you two have been doing this for free for this long blows my mind. I’m in. Nothing else out there comes close.

  • isambard

    I’m signed up for 12 months. Good luck!

  • Andrew

    Since I started reading HFL recently it’s been head and shoulders above other weblogs and is sourced at several of them as well as numerous forums. I’m paid up, keep up the good work fellas!

  • boxofbits

    As a new minority shareholder in HFL Corp., can I request some Dan Walsh for a future editorial feature?
    It’s funny. I’ve probably spent more than a couple of thousand pounds on bike mags over the past 35 years but I feel the six month HFL subs I’ve just signed up for is going to be the best £7.62 of them all.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We’re working on that. Dan’s game, gotta see if we can afford him.

  • david

    Long time reader, first time poster. Best motorcycle journalism available anywhere. 2 bucks a month is tiny potatoes :D
    Keep up the good work guys

  • Robert

    Followed you from the beginning. You are the best!!!!! You’re magazine is worth every penny of my $24. Best of LUCK$$$

  • Raymond

    Even if you guys go broke next month, I’ve already got my $24 out of your site. Other than the NY Times, it’s the only journalism site I look forward to going to almost every day.

  • RpM

    Wes and Grant – I appreciate your efforts to “make the best motorcycle publication in the world.” I’m in and I’m excited.
    I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. “Cycle” was my favorite, and I was stunned when “they” killed it.
    I still search high and low for good moto-journalism and I find a lot to like at HFL.
    Keep the throttle pinned!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    Question – can you pay up more in advance? Say I want to do two years, for example, will the additional payment automatically extend a subscription?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Right now it’s max one year. We appreciate the enthusiasm though!

  • http://kanai.net/weblog/ gkanai

    HFL is clearly the best new website for motorcyclists in a long, long time. Happy to be a subscriber. Keep me happy and I’ll be back each month with my $2 in hand. Paper magazines are horrible. Have you seen a US-based motorcycle magazine recently with their 10-page Tire Retailer pullouts and 8 page car floor mat ads? Never again. Those paper mags lost me in the 90s.

    One thing that should become more successful in the future is the Japanese “mook” or cross between motorcycle and book. If you’ve ever seen one (they’re usually bike-specific) they’re tremendously worthwhile although very niche.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      When is the HFL coffee table book coming out? It’d be a big hit at Urban Outfitters! Seriously, I saw a 120-page coffee table book dedicated to fixies there. FIXIES. Wrap your minds around that one.

      • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

        David Beckham rides a fixie. :)

  • gregorbean

    You got me. Love getting something good for free, and don’t mind paying for something great. I don’t shell out $23.99 to just anyone! Keep up the good work!

  • Mykola

    Leading up to this you’ve been making a strong case that you’re ahead of the game; I’ll happily pay the $2/mo subscription to keep reading this site. Just so long as The Kneeslider doesn’t get any ideas!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oh, you noticed! ;)

  • noone1569

    I gladly plunked down for a year subscription. I enjoy the content and respect the writers.

    Intrusive advertising hasn’t been a problem here before, and I’ve been following as long as there has been an HFL.

    Now. Since I dropped a year and had to e-mail Grant to get my account fixed, I get a free sticker right ;)

    Good luck, HFL. I suspect I will easily get my $24 of entertainment value out of here, that’s two tickets to a movie these days.

  • Devin

    I was looking for months for a good motorcycle site. I was tickled pink when I found your site linked through Autoblog.

    I automatically put you guys on renewable subscription. The only place I can get news and stories. Looking forward to getting a little more bike reviews and this site would be perfect.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks Devin. We’re working on the bike review thing. Your subscription will help with that.

  • Abhorred

    I’m in! Just keep away from flash so I can use my iPad which works great with your format. I hate big blank spaces where flash videos are supposed to be.

    I browse through MO, webbikeworld, motonewsdaily, regurtitatedpressreleasesdotcom, etc and usually scan and say meh. Your site, daily, sucks me into reading at least two articles and their comments. Don’t change anything. I love the horizontal scroll photo features.

    Good luck!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Thanks!

      We’ve gone so far as to convert our Vimeo files to be iPad friendly. We have one too.

      Have you bookmarked HFL on your home screen yet? You get a custom button when you do.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    I was a bit surprised when I saw the site had gone subscription, albeit momentarily. But then I was glad because I knew it would allow you guys to keep doing what you have been and put out even more great features and content. Right on.

    The only other site I subscribe to is MotoMatters.com for all my racing news and info, that was a no-brainer when they went subscription. HFL was the same – keep up the fantastic work & I will spread the word wherever I can!

  • mcfaite

    Ok, then. I’ll be subscribing to you and Bike magazine (Bike, because they always say the Speed Triple is nicer than it really is – until this past issue, anyways…)

    Good luck, guys. I’m in for a year. Happy to support something I really enjoy (and always happy to support the home team in NYC.)

  • jbm

    I’m in for a year. First subscription content I’ve signed up to pay for on the web.

    Have to say though, some forewarning and discussion would have been a much appreciated move, particularly if you’re continuing mantra is a mag for ‘us’. An understandable move and I’m sure your seeing that people are willing to pay, but keep us in the loop!

    Cheers, and consider all of our expectations of this great site raised.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      How could we have made the transition easier?

      The idea with having an open-to-the-public article time of 24hrs from publishing is meant to make it easy for everyone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

        By keeping comments open for a few days or saying, “Here’s what’s coming next week,” etc. For someone who just reads the site, the 24 hour window is great. For those of us who were used to commenting, taking that away felt like an ultimatum. Like when dad came out of nowhere and said, “You don’t get to use my car ever again, starting now. No discussion.” I’m sure that wasn’t your intent.

        On the bright side, I ended up spending money the same day in both cases.

        • jbm

          Couldn’t have said it any better.
          The doors to comments, one of the best features of the site, were closed behind a paywall overnight. You have no obligation to give a heads up, but it would have been a nice gesture and allow some discussion beforehand. Anyways, here we are and keep the good stuff flowing!

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Well the idea of not promoting it ahead of time was to allow people to see the product and make up their own minds.

            We value our community and, as you can see here, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re always available to answer questions and I think we make the case for premium content pretty strongly in the article above.

  • guy

    Good luck Wes & Grant I’m in for a year.

    Since the 1970′s I have had a subscription to the Aviation Consumer. This is a magazine that evaluates general aviation equipment and issues. It has no advertisers so they speak their minds on everything, truth rules. You pay for this information and ultimately you save. Wes, Grant keep calling it as you see it.