Originally Posted by Meese
...I'm curious as to what's on the CD...
I opened the CD yesterday. It was in a thin plastic CD envelope covered horizontally with a 2 inch wide theft-deterrent tape. The visible part of the CD label says "Proficient Motorcycling, BONUS CD from Motorcycle Consumer News" and "Subscribe to MCN now at [website]..." and a copyright date.
The theft-deterrent tape cleverly covers the part of the CD label that describes the actual contents, which reads, "3 FREE Full Issues (144 pages) Featuring: * Decisive and informative motorcycle tests * Unbiased product reports, news, and information - much more! * Plus, MCN's latest Performance Index".
The theft-deterrent tape leaves a sticky residue on the outside of the CD envelope and the inside back cover after it is removed. Yuck.
Because the tape covers the essential part of the CD label that shows its contents, the purchaser has no way to know what is really on the CD. In my opinion, it is a deliberate, calculated attempt to mislead a prospective buyer into believing that there is more value to the CD than it genuinely has.
The CD contains the October, November, and December 2007 issues of Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN). Each issue has its own folder with the corresponding PDF files inside. There is one PDF file for each column, feature, or article. In addition, there is a separate PDF file containing the Winter '07/'08 version of their Performance Index from the January 2008 issue. The Performance Index is a large table comparing specifications and tested performance (e.g., horsepower, torque, 0-60 times, etc.) for a long list of consumer motorcycles. That's all.
Others may see value in the CD, but I don't. In my opinion, it fails to live up to the promise on the front cover, which says, "FREE CD! 144 Bonus Pages". I incorrectly assumed that the CD would contain additional articles, commentary, and/or materials written by the author (David L. Hough), and directly related to the book. Instead, all I got was an enticement to subscribe to MCN.
The questionable value of the CD will degrade over time. Three years from now in 2011, who will want to read three 2007 issues of MCN? Oh wait, the purchaser won't know until they get it home...
In my opinion, the CD is a blatant rip off, and makes hollow the sense of integrity and trust that the author conveys to the reader from his excellent text. It is my fervent hope that he was not involved in any of the decisions related its inclusion as a sales enticement for the book.
Hopefully the updated text in this second edition will meet the expectations of added value for those readers who already had copies of the original, but were excited by the idea of a "Bonus CD".