When I started getting into bikes in the mid 70's, I was hooked on Bike mag, some great writers such as Mark Williams, LJK Setright, Zed Zwada (who metamorphed into RP McMurphy, since he was selling advertising, it was a bit difficult after having slagged off the latest offering of a particular maker). Personal,ly I blame Zed for my addiction to bevel Ducatis! Ogri was also fantastic.
One of t he first issues I bought had a road test of a special using a Suzuki 750 triple engine in a Nico Bakker frame, the cover photo was the bike propped u against a wall (no stands!) and a very young girl standing next to it, with the caption "Jailbait", referring (I think) to the rather raw character of the bike rather than the tester
I don't think that would make it into print these days!
Motorcycle Mechanics was very good at the oily hands stuff, it helped a lot. Cycle magazine was also very good, but more analytical and fact based, fantastic photos though.
I used to be religious about buying the mags, that lasted up to about the late 80's when I basically stopped. The journalists became less interesting, the bikes less exciting , the Brit bike industry was dead, the Italians were actually making practical daily riders, what's the point?
I do have a small collection of early Bike rags, some from FleaBay, some donated by a good friend, including the Giant test with a MkIII Commando and a T160 Trident, as well as a couple of Norton tests.
My newest bike is a T160 from 1975 and I've not yet managed to get it registered yet! Perhaps this year though. Which is actually a bit embarrassing since for some reason my name is in the TR3OC club magazine as one of the Danish contact persons.
I do remember a wonderful article in one of the US mags from the mid-70's I think. He wrote of how riding his Commando after work really helped remove the stresses and problems of work. Something about riding along the Pacific coast, then meeting a girl on a Honda and having a short dice, then each going their own way. I remembering of the closing lines as being something like "other people pay a shrink to sort out their problems, I take the Norton for a ride". Always wanted to find a copy of that.