Motorcycle Events

Bringing Boardtrack Back – Sons of Speed Set for Biketoberfest

Oh, what has Buzz gotten himself into now? Apparently our fearless leader at American Iron is going to strap on his gear, hop aboard a 1915 Harley-Davidson, and duel it out with the likes of Billy Lane, Jay Allen, Rick Petko and others on the paved, banked, half-mile oval of New Smyrna Speedway.

The event in question is called “Sons of Speed,” a turn-of-the-century boardtrack-style race featuring early 20th century motorcycles. The affair is the brainchild of Lane who wanted to bring back the “wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing” of yesteryear to modern audiences. The event will take place Saturday, October 15, during Daytona Beach’s Biketoberfest. The inaugural event was supposed to take place during the 75th anniversary of Daytona Beach Bike Week but was postponed, Lane stating in a press release “We have really high standards, and we worried about meeting them under the time constraints we faced. There has been so much enthusiasm from potential sponsors, fans and participants–we have to get it right.”

Sons of Speed

The “Sons of Speed” races will feature “nine riders in several different heats. Winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.”

Kanter added “Sounds like at least three of the teens racebikes are about ready for some track testing in the next couple of weeks. We will be racing with teens engines, magneto ignitions, rigid frames, no transmissions, no brakes and no clutches. I look forward to this fun in October. I will be competing on a 1915 Harley twin. I know Billy is open to a few more event sponsors if you are looking for a high profile motorcycle event to support.”

Here’s the riders list so far:
* Billy Lane, riding a 1913 Mack or a 1913 Indian
* Rick Petko (Discovery Channel’s American Chopper), riding a 1920 Indian
* Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), riding a 1919 Harley-Davidson
* Jay Allen (motorcycle racer/promoter and proprietor, Broken Spoke Saloons), riding a 1913 Thor
* Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
* Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
* Warren Lane (Atomic Metalsmith), riding a 1919 Indian

For ticket information, go to Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Race.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

New Smyrna Speedway – 3939 Florida 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Dream Show Registration is Now Open

Dream Ride

Registration is now open for the Dream Show judged motorcycle show portion of the 2016 Dream Ride Experience in Connecticut, which benefits the Special Olympics.  American Iron Magazine is the Presenting Sponsor of the Dream Show, and all entrants to the August 28th Dream Show have a chance to win Editor’s Choice and have their bike featured in an issue of American Iron Magazine.  For full registration details, go to:

July American Iron Magazine Motorcycle Rides In WI and MN

American Iron Magazine has two free rides planned for the greater Minneapolis area in July and we invite you and your friends to meet and ride with Editor-in-Chief Buzz Kanter and our team from the magazine.

On Friday, July 8th, we will meet in La Crosse, WI, and leave at noon to ride up the banks of the Mississippi River to St. Paul, MN on the American Iron Magazine Mississippi River Run sponsored by Indian Motorcycles.

This event is free (thanks to Indian Motorcycle sponsorship)  and open to all riders of all makes, models and years.  We meet at Riverside Park in La Crosse and ride to Indian Motorcycle of Twin Cities in St Paul, MN for a reception and free party.

On Saturday morning, July 9th, we will meet at Indian Motorcycles of Twin Cities in St. Paul. At 9 a.m. we will ride to nearby Blaine, MN for the start of the Patriot Ride activities.

You are welcome to join us for one or both rides. They are free (there is a charitable donation for the Patriot Ride) and they are all open to all riders of all makes and models.  Participants in our Saturday morning ride will get special VIP parking at the Patriot Ride.

Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies of the Summer

Bikers at Bike Week 2016

It’s time once again to gear up and hit the open road as motorcycle rally season is upon us. The ride out to one’s favorite rally deepens the overall experience. There’s bike shows to be seen, poker runs to be ridden and hands to be drawn, concerts to bang our heads at and mingling on Main Streets to be had. There’s no shortage of characters at motorcycle rallies so simply people watching is always an entertaining past time. It’s time to get together with your best riding buddies, bump into friends you haven’t seen in ages, and make a new pal or two. Of course, motorcycle racing is still at the core of many rallies, from the Laconia hillclimbs to the drag and dirt track races of Sturgis. People are gravitating to dirt ovals in droves thanks to the run-what-ya-brung SuperHooligan races whose popularity is spreading across the country like wildfire. These days, simply spectating just isn’t enough anymore.

With so many rallies to choose from, we’ve whittled them down to a list of ten to help riders plan out their summer. Admittedly, there’s plenty more that are a hoot too, like the Redwood Run in my neck of the woods or Gettysburg Bike Week which our buddy Ken Conte keeps hyping up. But we did our best to narrow down the list to the biggest, baddest events we know of. If you’ve got a valid argument for one we missed, shoot us an email at and we’ll add it to our events calendar. In the meantime, find out who made our Top 10 list of motorcycle rallies this summer by clicking on the pages below.

Veterans Charity Ride 2015

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2nd Invitational Why We Ride to the Quail May 13 & 14

2nd Invitational Why We Ride to the Quail

With the 8th annual Quail Motorcycle Ride and Gathering quickly approaching, Why We Ride Director Bryan H. Carroll is busily coordinating the 2nd Invitational Why We Ride to the Quail. The two-day event includes a group ride up California’s majestic Highway 1 from Pismo Beach to Monterey with plenty of scenic stops along the way. The first night concludes with The Why We Ride Riders’ Dinner at the Monterey Tides Hotel, the evening filled with guest speakers, a raffle drawing, a gift bag with a commemorative t-shirt, OEM and vendor displays, and a sumptuous meal. Best part is, money raised from the event goes to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

The second day, riders will meet for a private ride to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering where they get VIP parking in an area set aside for WWR guests. At the Quail, you’ll be given credentials to get into the event early, exclusive access to the Why We Ride private lounge, and a catered lunch. There will also be a Why We Ride group picture with the winner of the Why We Ride Trophy, the trophy chosen by children 12 and under and presented to the motorcycle that most inspires them to ride.

Tickets are still available for the 2nd Invitational Why We Ride to the Quail. For more information, go to It’s going to be an incredible experience, from riding up one of the most scenic roads America has to offer to the camaraderie shared to the cause it supports. And the Quail Motorcycle Gathering is simply outstanding, this year’s theme including both Pre-1916 Motorcycles and the 40th Anniversary of Superbike. American Iron is hoping to join Carroll and friends for the ride up Highway 1.

And for anybody who hasn’t yet seen the movie Why We Ride, there’s no better time than the present. The cinematography will compel you to hop on your motorcycle and hit the open road, and the testimonies and personalities in the movie are captivating, including an appearance by our own Editor-in-Chief, Buzz Kanter.

Here’s more info courtesy of Why We Ride:

WHY WE RIDE started as a movie about our passion but it quickly became the catalyst for the largest social gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts to date, and like our title everything we do has to start with WHY:
• To raise money for our only charity; which is The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
• To help promote The Quail Motorcycle Gathering and show what a great place it is for passionate riders to gather and see some of world’s finest and rarest vintage and modern motorcycles.
• To meet new riders and share our amazing weather and scenic views of SoCal.
• To use our rapidly growing social networking reach that Why We Ride has to inspire, educate and celebrate all things we love about our community.
• To put together a fun and easy VIP package for locals and first timers to join us on this adventure and enjoy the camaraderie which only comes from riding a motorcycle.
• To create a neutral environment for all motorcycle OEMs and manufacturers to come and share their products with us.

Last year we had both Indian and Kawasaki as our sponsors among many others. We don’t know of any other event where you can get multiple OEMs to come together like this.

• WE are all about family so WE wanted an event that our family, friends, wives and kids could come along as well.
• WE wanted to RIDE along the most beautiful road in America, The majestic Pacific Coast Highway!

8:00 a.m.- Registration at the Seacrest Hotel in Pismo Beach (We have a discount rate for riders who would like to stay Thursday night)
• Ride 150 miles along the amazing coast line of PCH
• View one of the largest populations of Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas.
• Be surrounded by the majestic Redwoods of Big Sur.
• Arrive at the beaches of Monterey and get ready for the feast. (Our host hotel is the Monterey Tides Hotel – our group will receive special rates)
• The WWR Riders Dinner- Enjoy an amazing local meal and drinks, gift bag and 2nd
Invitational Why We Ride to the Quail 2016 event t-shirt. Sponsors displays of new products and a raffle drawing for prizes from our sponsors with all proceeds going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Special guest speakers including our sponsors, OEMs, WWR Community hosts and listen to the life of the most inspiring man on a motorcycle.

• Early private ride to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
• VIP parking for WWR guests only
• VIP credentials that give WWR guest’s early entry to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering (regular entry is $75)
• 5 star catered lunch included with your VIP credential at the event
• Exclusive access to the Why We Ride private lounge.
• WWR Group picture with the winner of The Why We Ride Trophy. This trophy is chosen by children 12 and under and presented to the motorcycle on the field that most inspires them to ride.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to Host Vintage Motorcycle Classic May 15

The inaugural Thompson Vintage Motorcycle Classic, presented by Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, is quickly approaching!

The event, to be held on Sun., May 15, 2016, will feature a field of historic and antique motorcycles in a Classic Motorcycle Show, a massive swap meet marketplace and manufacturer’s midway vendor area, and a vintage motorcycle track day on Thompson’s 1.7-mile road course. This exciting new event will offer a motorcycle festival atmosphere and is a great way to kick off the riding season across the Northeast.

Gates open at 9 a.m. on the 15th and general gate admission is just $10.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Vintage Motorcycle Classic

Register your pre-1985 motorcycle for FREE in the Classic Motorcycle Show. All brands welcome!

Swap meet vendors can enter at 7 a.m. on Sunday to set up; a 15-foot-by-30 spot is $30 (includes admission for one person), and early set up is available on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., for an additional $10 per person.

Sunday, at noon, Motorcycle Show participants are welcome to take a parade lap around Thompson’s 1.7-mile road course. (Helmet required)

Vintage track day will start immediately after the parade lap. Cost is $200 which includes a barbecue lunch.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is located at exit 50 (formerly exit 99) off I-395, at 205 E. Thompson Road, Thompson, CT 06277. The park is just 50 minutes from downtown Boston, 2.5 hours from New York City and 40 minutes from Hartford and Providence.

For more information, call (860) 923-2280 or visit:

Full Throttle Saloon Relaunching at Former Broken Spoke Sturgis Campground

Courtesy of the Full Throttle Saloon – Full Throttle Saloon proprietors Michael and Angie Ballard and partner Jesse James Dupree will re-build the Full Throttle Saloon months after a fire destroyed the legendary landmark. The new location will be a 600-acre attraction allowing the trio to host RVs and unlimited campers for the first time in the saloon’s history. Honoring the rally’s founder, plans to name the facility “The Pappy Hoel Campground” have been announced.

Ballard shares, “When the purchase was in motion to move the Full Throttle Saloon, it simply felt perfect to honor the family who founded this event. Although I never had the honor to meet Pappy, his wife Pearl was in our life and his son Jack continues to be. We are very proud to have been chosen to manage the brand on behalf of the family. When he began this rally in 1938, his vision impacted motorcycle culture in a profound way.”

FTS Jesse James Dupree and Michael Ballard

Full Throttle Saloon partners Jesse James Dupree and Michael Ballard announced their intentions to rebuild the brand at the 600-acre location of the old Broken Spoke Saloon Campground off Hwy. 79 near Bear Butte. They will also be opening a small venue at the original location “in tribute to the landmark’s history.”

Reservations are available as they break ground this week by calling 605-490-2140 or clicking here: The new location is five miles down the road, formerly the Broken Spoke campground. The property is turn-key, including the ever-popular pool of the old Broken Spoke and a permanent bar bikers can drive through. Over the past two decades, over six million motorcycle enthusiasts have entered the gates of the Full Throttle Saloon.

The Ballards and Dupree have announced initial confirmed headliners for this year’s event. Those performing artists include Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde and Jackyl. Additional artists appearing will be forthcoming in the months to come.

In September, 2015, the establishment burned to the ground in an overnight fire. At the time, Ballard offered, “Over the last two decades, The Full Throttle Saloon has been the epicenter of my life. Walking the grounds following this tragedy is simply devastating. We created a destination that resonated with working class America, and became over time a landmark for this great town which is Sturgis. To everyone who made the Full Throttle become the special destination we all came to love, simply thank you. The support from the local community and those across the globe has been humbling.” Ballard’s best friend, and business partner Jesse James Dupree offered, “Michael created not just a bar but a destination point. People come to see Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Badlands, and the Full Throttle Saloon when visiting South Dakota.”

Prior to the fire, the saloon was renowned as the “World’s Largest Biker Bar,” with 30-acres featuring an enormous indoor/outdoor bar with several large stages, a burn-out pit, a tattoo parlor, zip lines, a wrestling ring, restaurants, dozens of stores, hundreds of cabins for rent and parking for thousands of bikes. The new establishment will afford the developers to deliver a new property with limitless potential, welcoming RVs, unlimited campers, and more cabins for those visitors to Sturgis who want to reside on the grounds for the rally in proximity to the attractions the saloon has to offer.

This year, the location of the original saloon will open with a small build in tribute to the landmark’s history. Just a few miles down the road from the original Full Throttle property on Hwy. 79 at the base of Bear Butte, the new property will open for its inaugural year on Friday, July 29th. Aerial photograph of the new site follows below.

Overhead view of the new Full Throttle Saloon location

2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show Snapshots

While it may have started as a modest gathering of gearheads, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has exploded since its humble beginnings. Motorcycles packed both sides of the street before the doors to the Fair Market even opened. The line to get in stretched down the block nightly as people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder inside the building. Roland Sands stirred the pot with his SuperHooligan races right outside the front door, good old fashioned bar-bangin’ fun a natural fit for the grass roots event. Throw barker Wahl E working the crowd and Charlie Ransom of the American Motor Drome Co. wowing them inside the Wall of Death into the mix and the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show was a true moto-circus.

Forty-Six 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

We could see ourselves cruising up the PCH on the Forty-Six.

It was a showcase of the rare and exotic, handfabricated trumpet pipes on an old Panhead to a knobby-shod 1934 Harley CAC factory racer in its original state. Girard Fox brought his 1922 Henderson Deluxe to the show, a 10-and-a-half year labor of love that started as two broken motors found in a barn in Virginia. While many entries paid tribute to patinas in original states and some stayed period-correct, others blazed new paths, turning the familiar into the innovative, the Indian Scout hillclimber with its monster backside wrapped in chain built by Doug Siddens and Nick Jaquez of  a prime example.

Harley-Davidson Handbuilt Show 2016

Gotta love an old Harley in its original state.

Here’s a few snapshots of the show to tide you over, but keep an eye out for a full story on the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

Chopper 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

There were cool old scoots and choppers inside and out at the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

Jeff Decker Crocker Custom 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Jeff Decker’s 1941 Crocker Custom was one of the first motorcycles you saw walking into the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Adds Pre-1916 Motorcycles Class

(Motor Sports Newswire) – The motorcycle entry list is filling out for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, held at Quail Lodge & Golf Course on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Now in its 8th year, the popular motorcycle event is getting a boost from private collectors from across the country to help celebrate one of this year’s featured classes: Pre-1916 Motorcycles.

Some examples of the Pre-1916 Motorcycles that can be seen at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering are a 1911 Thor, a 1912 Henderson 4, a 1915 Militaire 2 and a 1916 Harley-Davidson Model 17. In addition to the Pre-1916 entries, the event will feature motorcycles and bicycles from at least nine different private collections.

The 2016 Quail Motorcycle Ride & Gathering 1911 Thor

The 2016 Quail Motorcycle Ride & Gathering is celebrating Pre-1916 motorcycles like this 1911 Thor.

This year’s event will feature more than 300 motorcycles on the Quail Lodge Golf Course, with many of those coming from private collections. One of the special features for this year’s event will be the Pre-1916 class. This category is significant in motorcycling as it describes a period of time when the world had hundreds of motorcycle manufacturers, with the birth of the sport starting as early as 1885.

The Quail Gathering 1915 Militaire 2

The 2016 Quail Gathering will have a rare 1915 Militaire 2 on display. 

This event is not just for collectors or motorcycle enthusiasts, it’s just as much for those that appreciate American history. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering creates a venue where people can see these never-before-seen motorcycles, and come to appreciate this important era in motorcycling history.

With live entertainment, lifestyle vendors, a signature beverage pavilion, and a dedicated kids area, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a true celebration of motorcycling. Entry includes a southwestern gourmet barbecue lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event.

The Quail Gathering 1912 Henderson

1912 Henderson

Gettysburg Bike Week 2016 Events Schedule

Gettysburg Bike Week has announced finalization of the 2016 rally’s slate of events in July. Bike runs; bike shows; burn out, tattoo, and bikini contests; and great bands are just a few of the festivities planned for Gettysburg Bike Week 2016.

“We’re packing a ton of motorcycle fun into four days,” says GBW event coordinator Kelly Shue. “We’ve got everything regulars have come to expect from Gettysburg Bike Week, plus a few surprises.”

Jack Schit is back as emcee for the entire event, Gin Gypsies will be slinging the drinks and Quiet Riot, Kix, Mustang Sally and The Marshall Tucker Band are among this year’s musical guests at GBW 2016. A full events schedule follows:

Gettysburg Bike Week 2016

(All festivities held at the ALLSTAR EVENTS COMPLEX)

2 p.m. Gates open
2-10:30 p.m. VENDOR VILLAGE open to rally goers
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. WHISKEY BURN on the Budweiser Stage
4 p.m. PINK JOURNEY OF LIGHTS RIDE at Battlefield Harley-Davidson
5:15 p.m. OPENING CEREMONY with Whiskey Burn performing National Anthem
5:30-6 p.m. In front of the Budweiser Stage: TORCH’S ROCK AND ROLL INFERNO FIRE
6-7:30 p.m. BLIZZARD OF OZZY (Ozzy/Black Sabbath tribute band) on the Budweiser Stage
8 p.m. QUIET RIOT on the Budweiser Stage, presented by Beckley’s Camping Center

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016
10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. VENDOR VILLAGE open to rally goers
10 a.m.-4 p.m. POKER RUN (starts at Allstar Complex, must be back by 4 p.m.) STARS OF HOPE
run to benefit New Hope Ministries
11 a.m. CYCLE SOURCE RIDE through the battlefield registration
NOON-1:30 p.m. MARSHALL’S HIGHWAY on the Budweiser Stage
2 p.m. TATTOO CONTEST on the Budweiser Stage, sponsored by Creative Hands Tattoos and
3 p.m. BIKINI WASH by girls from International Bikini Team
3-4:15 p.m. HOT LIKE MOLLY on the Budweiser Stage
4:15-5:15 p.m. GINGER ROXX on the Budweiser Stage
6-7:30 p.m. JOYRIDE on the Budweiser Stage
8-9:30 p.m. THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND on the Budweiser Stage, presented by Hot Leathers
9:45-11:15 p.m. GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY on the Budweiser Stage

10 a.m.-NOON CYCLE SOURCE RIDE-IN BIKE SHOW, presented by Cycle Source (registration begins at 10 a.m.)
10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. VENDOR VILLAGE open to rally goers
10 a.m.-4 p.m. POKER RUN (Starts at Allstar Complex, must be back by 4 p.m.)–ride benefits
the Pink Journey of Lights for Breast Cancer Awareness
NOON Registration begins for BIKE GAMES and BURN OUT
NOON-1 p.m. VIRAGO on the Budweiser Stage
NOON BIKINI BIKE WASH featuring girls from International Bikini Team
1:15-2:15 p.m. SOUTH OF SOBRIETY on the Budweiser Stage
2 p.m. BIKE GAMES and BIKE BURN OUT CONTEST (registration begins at noon)
3 p.m. TATTOO CONTEST on the Budweiser Stage, sponsored by Creative Hands Tattoos and
4-5 p.m. SOUND OF SILENCE (with drummer Avery Molek) on the Budweiser Stage
4 p.m. PARADE assembles in front of the Allstar Building
5 p.m. PARADE OF CHROME leaves Allstar Events Complex for Gettysburg
5:30 p.m. PARADE OF CHROME returns to Allstar Events Complex
5:30-6:30 p.m. TRILOGY on the Budweiser Stage
6:45-7:45 p.m. BIG JACK (AC/DC tribute band with drummer Avery Molek) on the Budweiser
8-9:30 p.m. MUSTANG SALLY on the Budweiser Stage
9:30-10 p.m. INTERNATIONAL BIKINI TEAM BIKINI CONTEST, final round, on the Budweiser
10-11:30 p.m. KIX on the Budweiser Stage
11:30 p.m. FIREWORKS

Pricing for Gettysburg Bike Week is as follows:
$35 per-person 4-day passes, available online and at the gates.
$25 per-person 2-day passes, available online and at the gates.
$15 per-person 1-day passes, available online and at the gates.

New and returning riders can find updates, the schedule of events, lodging information and anything they ever needed to know about Gettysburg Bike Week by visiting