Summer 2012 was looking to be one of my favorites ever. I felt like the luckiest guy I knew as everything motorcycle related in my life was going from good to better for me.
Early in the year, my friend Al offered me a great deal on a rare and wonderful 1929 JDH two-cam Harley. It’s a motorcycle I’ve always admired. Then, I was able to spend quality time with my pals Dale Walksler and his son Matt at Wheels Through Time rebuilding and prepping my 1929 Harley for the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball.
The next wonderful surprise was when the committee from Riding Into History invited Dale and me to be the co-grand marshals for 2013. This is a world-class motorcycle event benefiting worthy charities. Dale and I hope you can join us in St. Augustine, Florida, in May.
A couple of months later, I got another unexpected call, this time from the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame. I was told I had been voted in, would I join them during the Black Hills Rally in August to be inducted? What an honor for me and our entire team here at American Iron Magazine!
My good fortune came to a screeching halt a few weeks before I was scheduled to ride to Sturgis on a new Indian motorcycle. I partially tore the Achilles tendon in my left leg. No motorcycle riding for me for at least six weeks as I had to wear a cast on my ankle and leg 24 hours a day while it heals. I felt terrible calling the Sturgis Hall of Fame director to tell her I could not attend the ceremony. Nor could I participate in Harley-Davidson’s Sturgis Ride-In Show we presented with Harley and American Iron Motorcycle Bagger.
By the time you read this, I will have healed and ridden my 1929 Harley across the US on the Motorcycle Cannonball … or not. Unless my surgeon absolutely forbids it, I plan on competing in this 3,800-plus mile ride seven weeks after tearing my Achilles. Having missed all the fun at Sturgis this year, I sure hope I can make it through this year’s Cannonball. Wish me luck.
Reader Response ( Click Here for the 2012 AIM Readers Survey )
we do a lot of listening to our readers and care about what you tell us. The most common questions and requests we get are:
1. How can I get my bike in your magazine?
2. More tech and DIY articles!
3. More of everything!
4. Digital, please. ( Click Here )
We have good news on all points. Please send us good digital photos of you and your bike to Letters@AmericanIronMag.com so that we can publish them as a feature, Reader’s Ride, My Sweet Hog, Memory, or Letter.
Want more tech? Pick up our new issue of American Iron Garage, our all-tech, newsstand-only issue that went on sale a few weeks ago. Can’t find a copy? Try GreaseRag.com.
Want more of everything we do in these pages? In 2013, we are increasing the frequency of American Iron Magazine from 12 regular issues this year to 13 — on the newsstand and by subscription. That means we will publish a new issue every four weeks. On top of it all, we have been offering the magazine in digital format for a few months now — sign up for it at AIMag.com for delivery anywhere in the world.
Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.