The crew at American Iron Magazine recently rescued this 1930s Harley VL and sidecar, which had been sitting in a basement for 10 years, and brought it over to Retrocycle to get her all back up to snuff for a story in a future issue of American Iron Garage, the all-tech, all-DIY Harley magazine special. “It’s over painted, […]
By Buzz Kanter, photos by Michael Lichter, Jim Dohms, and Buzz Kanter Part I: 3,938 Miles of Blood, Sweat & Gears The ride is almost 4,000 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Tacoma, Washington. If the bikes — all 1936 and older machines —have mechanical issues, other riders could help without losing points, but team mechanics […]
1945 Harley-Davidson 45″ Flathead By Jim Babchak, photos by Don Kates Harley-Davidson’s 45″ flatheads are one of the great mainstays of any antique motorcycle gathering, on any given weekend, in any part of our great country. That’s because these indestructible, rugged, and reliable motorcycles were made in great numbers, were easy to maintain, ran […]
An Easy-to-Install, Easy-to-Start, All-In-One Ignition System By Chris MaidaMention using a magneto ignition and many riders envision a hard-to-start 1960s Ironhead Sportster, the culprit behind many a bad right knee. Being a veteran of many long kickstarting sessions myself (I had a bike shop before the advent of the Evo), I know exactly what they’re […]
The first day started pretty slowly with all the bikes (about 98) all lined up on the sand of Daytona Beach for a fabled “yardlong” photo by Michael Lichter. We arrived at 8 am an were barely finished by 9:30 a half hour before the first riders leave. We had reports of Ormond Beach motorcycle […]
The 1936 Harley VLH Buzz Kanter is planning on riding 4,000 miles coast to coast on the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball is totally rebuilt. After breaking in the spare engine Buzz brought the classic Harley back to RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ to swap out the spare engine for the competition one. “As described in the series […]
On July 11-13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Pickerington, Ohio, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will celebrate the history and modern resurgence of the Indian marque. In addition to grand marshals Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill, representing the Indian Wrecking Crew, as well as new Indian Motorcycles, plenty of classic bikes from the past […]
This show is a must see for motorcycle enthusiasts as they dig through old barns and garages to find old and sometimes forgotten motorcycles, and bring them back to life.
In the early 1950s, three underdog riders were winning AMA Grand Nationals against their better-funded factory rivals out of Europe and Milwaukee, Wis. Whether it was the Springfield Mile, the Charity Newsies or Daytona, Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman put their Indian motorcycles on the top step of the podium.
Known as the Indian Wrecking Crew, Tuman, Hill and Beckman made an indelible mark on the history books and solidified Indian Motocycles’ reputation as one of the 20th Century’s greatest marques.
The Kickstart Classic motorcycle ride in July is more than three quarters filled already, Buzz Kanter of American Iron Magazine reports. “If you are planning on joining us on this fun 3 day event, I’d suggest you get your registration in soon.” The event is open to riders of all makes, years and models of […]