Sturgis Ride-In Motorcycle Show Black Hills Party Plans

I have been to a lot of amazing motorcycle events  over the years — even before I got involved in the motorcycle magazine business back in 1989. When I get to ride, one of my favorite national events is the Black Hills Rally, otherwise known as Sturgis. The roads and vistas of the surrounding countryside are amazing, and I always enjoy exploring the Black Hills and the surrounding area.

For various reasons, I haven’t been to Sturgis in a few years, leaving the responsibility to Chris Maida and other members of our editorial team to cover the action for the magazine. This year, I am looking forward to a pretty full week in Sturgis for lots of reasons. One is that I am honored to be inducted into the Sturgis Hall of Fame at a special induction breakfast on Wednesday, August 8. This event, which still has tickets available as of press time, starts at 9 am at The Lodge in Deadwood. Call 605/347-2001 or for tickets and tell them I promised you a fun time with some pretty amazing people.

The Harley-Davidson Sturgis Ride-In Motorcycle Show is on August 10. I’m pleased to announce American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Bagger are the presenters. I suspect this show will be at least as good as the amazing Harley-Davidson Daytona Ride-In Motorcycle Show in March, which we also presented.

If you weren’t at the Daytona show, you missed a great turnout of amazing machines and lots of great folks. The motorcycles ranged from mild to wild: choppers, bobbers, baggers, rats, racers, and classics. I expect we will get a similar turnout in Sturgis — a show you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar for Friday, August 10, and ride over to meet us at the Harley display area at the intersection of Lazelle and Third streets in downtown Sturgis.

Want to see an example of the bikes that showed up at the Daytona Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show? Check out John Hazle’s clean 2006 custom Buell we found and photographed there. The feature starts on page 100 of this issue. John’s custom is one of three Editors’ Picks in Daytona, and we will be featuring others here soon. We sure hope to see you and your Harley in Sturgis. Who knows, you and your bike might also make it to our pages.

After Chris, Dain, myself, and the rest of the American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, and RoadBike crew pack up after Sturgis, we’ll head east to Aberdeen, South Dakota, for something rather special. I am delighted to announce that Matt Olsen, a regular contributor to our magazine and longtime classic motorcycle enthusiast, is getting married and settling down with the wonderful Bettie Bicycle, aka Miss Brittney, on Monday, August 13. Please join me in congratulating Brittney and Matt on this wonderful occasion.

Digital Subscription & Team American Iron T-Shirts
To the many readers asking us when we will join the modern age and offer a digital version of American Iron Magazine, I mentioned last month that we now do. If you prefer to read our publication in digital format rather than paper, please visit us at to place your order. We are selling one year digital subscriptions at the same low price of $23.99 for delivery anywhere in the world with access to the Internet.

Call me nuts, but later this summer, I plan on riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson across the US on the Motorcycle Cannonball. If you’d like to support my efforts, please visit or call Rosemary at 203/425-8777 x114 to buy a cool Team American Iron Support Staff T-shirt featuring my 1929 Harley on the front and #15 — my competition number — on the back.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter