“I built it with my dad” it’s cold during the winter where I live, which makes it the perfect time for a ground-up bike project! This year I’m building a 45″ flathead-powered bobber with my youngest daughter. My first chop (back in 1971!) was a handshift 45 flathead. And while this engine is as dependable […]
In past columns I’ve asked for photos of your bikes, Memories, and cool destinations to publish. Now I want your fun photos. Yup, I want fun photos you took for our new photo and caption contest. Here’s how it works. We want to run a reader-supplied photo of a person, place, or thing (that also involves an American-made motorcycle) to feature in the monthly Quoted & Noted section.
Some of our readers are world-class mechanics, others are weekend tinkerers, and some would rather ride than pick up a wrench. I know we still have some great riding season left in most parts of the country. But the early morning chill in the air around here often leads me to start thinking about off-season […]
Our Publisher, Buzz Kanter, is signed up to ride his 1929 Harley on Team American Iron across the US on the second Motorcycle Cannonball. Buzz rode his 1915 Harley Selma on the first Motorcycle Cannonball.
By now, you’ve probably heard that Minnesota’s Polaris Industries, the builder of Victory Motorcycles, has bought the newest incarnation (launched in 2006) of Indian Motorcycle from Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, which are both UK private equity firms. Indian Motorcycle has been manufacturing in North Carolina, but, according to the conference call regarding the […]
When I’m looking to rebuild and/or upgrade a vintage engine — namely a Shovel, Pan, Knuckle, Ironhead Sportster, or flathead — I go to a shop that’s expert at that type of motor. And though I’ve rebuilt many of these engines when I had my shop back in the day, I want someone with more […]
As motorcycle riders, we can choose to focus on our differences or our similarities. We have many choices in what we ride and how we view our riding style. Bagger, chopper, or bobber? Softail, Dyna, or Sportster? Stock or custom? Shiny and new or rusty and old? As the editors of this magazine, every few […]
As I reported last month, in response to the almost 1,000 reader surveys, letters, and e-mails we’ve received, we’re making some changes to American Iron Magazine. This time around, I want to let you know about two new features that start with this issue, as well as bid farewell to a columnist who has been […]