In my last column, I wrote about my hectic travel schedule for the V-Twin show, the shoots for our upcoming newsstand special American Iron Garage, and Daytona Bike Week. And though that 38-day period is not typical of my travel itinerary, I’m on the road often to shoot and write various technical articles at different shops. As much as I like traveling, I move from shop to shop, both local and all over the country, for a couple of reasons. One is available shop time, as in when a shop has the time to do the build for us. Yes, we have to wait just like you do for an opening! The second is to let you know about quality shops around the country. When we use a shop for a build or tech article, we try to go only to those with a good reputation. This way, you get to know about a quality one in your area, plus you get to watch how a shop’s mechanics do things, which should help you decide if you want to entrust them with your pride and joy.
As for our engine builds, we do one in every issue for the reasons I just stated, plus one more. We want to show you how different engine combinations perform. This way, you can ask the shop we used, or one near you, to use the same components when it’s time to do your engine, since you’ll already know what power outputs you can expect from that combo. And by our doing a complete build every two issues, you can compare several builds that were done on engines like yours to find the parts combination that puts the powerband where you want it.
Since we’re talking tech, I should also tell you a little about our American Iron Garage newsstand-only special, which comes out seven days after this issue hits the stands. Besides being loaded with $1,500 worth of discounts and coupons for motorcycle parts, it’s also chock-full of more than a dozen step-by-step tech articles for the do-it-yourselfer. Yup, these are the tech articles Joe K and I shot during our stay at J&P Cycles. There’s also an article by Buzz on things to keep in mind when buying a used bike, a seat selection guide from Mustang, and three short bike features showing the end result of J&P’s customization of three of the bikes we used for those tech articles.
Is there a tech article we haven’t done in American Iron Magazine that you would like us to cover? Write me a letter or send an e-mail to ChrisM@AmericanIronMag.com and let me know what’s on your mind. I can’t guarantee we’ll do it, but we’ve followed up on reader requests many times in the past.
See you on the road, Chris Maida.
Story as published in the June 2011 issue of American Iron Magazine.