So Many Rides, So Little Time

The winter of 2010-11 was too much for any rider to deal with considering all that snow we had. This winter was quite the opposite in most parts of the US and Canada.  If you have not yet done your first ride safety check, I hope you can soon. At the very least, check the condition of your tires, set the proper air pressure, and inspect your brakes and lights. You should check or change the oil in your engine and transmission. A bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way toward a fun and safe riding season.

We here at the magazine have a few rides planned in the next couple of months and hope you can join us. The first is our Motorcycle Kickstart Classic on May 17 and 18. This is open to the first 100 riders to register and might be sold out by the time you read this. Call Rosemary at 203/425-8777, ext. 114 for details. If you don’t have a kicker or just want to meet up with us, we leave from Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the morning of May 17 and arrive at Cross Roads Harley-Davidson of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, late that afternoon. It will have an open house and bike show for the general public. The next day, we ride to the AMCA Southern Meet in Denton, North Carolina, and will be there for a few days.
A week later, we move north to join thousands of other Harley riders near Washington, DC, for the annual Rolling Thunder event on May 27. Details are still being worked out, but several motorcycle magazines, including American Iron Magazine, will be involved in a special salute to our military services.

The following month, we’ll hit the road for America’s heartland and the annual J&P Cycles Open House in Anamosa, Iowa. This is one of the biggest and best motorcycle events in the heartland states with tens of thousands of motorcyclists joining the fun. On Saturday, June 23, our three magazines (American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, and RoadBike) are sponsoring the three custom bike shows (American, bagger, and import), and we will have photo­graphers on hand to shoot bikes for features in our magazines. On Sunday, American Iron Magazine is sponsoring the classic motorcycle show. Our photographers will still be on hand there, too. While in Anamosa, be sure to check out the amazing National Motorcycle Museum just down the road from J&P Cycles. It is a world-class
museum well worth a visit.

American Iron Magazine
As I travel around, I meet a lot of our readers and try to ask as many of them  as possible how we can improve this magazine. No matter what we do here, there is always room for improvement. And who would know better how to improve a magazine than our readers? So please consider this me asking you for ideas on how to make American Iron Magazine better. We really do want to hear from you.

One way to freshen up the magazine is this new design for our editorial columns. I felt the old look was getting a bit stale, so our art directors created a new look and feel. Not a big deal, but we hope you agree it’s an improvement.

Another change, starting with this issue, is a new feature called Object of My Desire. Every issue, we will share something motorcycle-related that a staffer or freelancer desires and why. Because of what we do for a living, we get to see and try a lot of products and services most enthusiasts might not be aware of. This new section allows us to tell you what we like for our own use and why. I’m starting it off with a wonderful seat from Heather’s Leathers, a small American manufacturer you might not have heard about.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter
Publisher/Editor-In-Chief,
American Iron Magazine

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