A 10-Hour Commute

…you need to add time for gas station visits, meals, and a couple of rest stops I just got back from a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, for the annual AIMExpo motorcycle trade show. Being based in Connecticut, I was glad to hear the AIMExpo selected the Columbus Convention Center for this year’s event. The […]

The Future of Motorcycling

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Over the years, the designers and managers in Harley’s PDC have had thick skin What does the future look like for motorcycling? The decision makers and corporate strategists at Harley-Davidson and Indian want—make that need—to know. I can only assume that both companies’ counterparts at Honda, KTM, and Triumph […]

It’s A Cruel, Cruel World Wide Web

…the ultimate tool for negative mob mentality and juvenile rants I hate the haters! There, I said it. It’s amazing how many online haters came out of the woodwork immediately upon Harley-Davidson announcing its new lineup, and are equating the new Softail to the former Softail model. And they think that just because the name […]

One That Got Away

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher It all started with a phone call from “Cousin Gerard,” who is not my cousin I’ve seldom met a classic motorcycle I didn’t like. And that goes double for antique American race bikes. No matter how many old Harleys or Indians I might have—my garage seems to be a […]

Buzz Gotta Brand-New Bag(ger)

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher The last modern bagger in my garage was a Harley Ultra, which I sold years ago As deep as my passion runs for classic Harley and Indian motorcycles, and I can assure you it is deep, I must admit that I am really enjoying the modern motorcycle currently in […]

A Good Man’s Mark

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Ever been to the National Motorcycle Museum or buy parts from J&P Cycles? What is your measure of a good man? There is a real difference between someone who is good and being a good man. No matter how you look at it, my close friend John Parham was […]

History Does Not Repeat

Ride to Work It’s called history for a reason. It’s in the past—done, gone, hope you enjoyed it. We often remember things having been better when we were younger. Some people call it “The good old days.” Perhaps life wasn’t as complicated as it seems now, and responsibilities weren’t as heavy. It was a time […]

Billy Lane Pulled It Off

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher In spite of long odds Las Vegas bookies would never take, in spite of the worst Mother Nature could throw at him, in spite of countless people saying it can’t be done, in spite of struggling to get century-old racing motorcycles to even run, Billy Lane pulled it off. […]

Sacrificial Motorcycling

Ride to Work …making the decision to do without I get lots of e-mails here at American Iron Magazine. Some come from readers, some from vendors and OEMs, and way too many from people who don’t have anything better to do than send out spam. But one just crossed my computer monitor that made me […]

What Do We Ride?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher A car moves the body, but a motorcycle moves the soul Do you consider your motorcycle more a form of transportation or a personal statement? I’m convinced that for most of us it’s a bit of both. Though it’s likely more of a statement, because, let’s face it, most […]