Blind Bob the Alligator Wins Broken Spoke Burnout Contest

File this in the “Things You See at Bike Week” category. Now, while seeing a guy in an alligator suit at the Broken Spoke during Bike Week is a peculiar enough sight, seeing him compete in the burnout contest later that night took things to the next level. After they got his buddy’s motorcycle strapped down, Bob was led to the bike where he carefully felt his way up from the back fender to the controls. Soon he was working those controls like a boss, hand-shifting his way to a big, smoky burnout. Bob didn’t stop ’till the back tire blew, endearing himself to the crowd on his way to winning the burnout contest. No small feat considering Bob is blind. Rock on, Bob!

The ONE Moto Show 2017 Video

Thor Drake and the See See Motorcycles team sure know how to throw a party! It’s been a couple weeks since The ONE Moto Show but we can’t stop thinking about all the fun we had. So we put together this little video so we can do more than relive it in our heads.

Keep an eye out for an article on the 2017 ONE Moto Show in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine. Until then, you can check out our 2017 The ONE Moto Show Photo Review and The 1 Pro Stampedes Into Salem for 1st Round of RSD Super Hooligan Championship articles as we bring you full coverage of the premiere Northwest moto-party.

2017 Harley-Davidson Breakout First Ride Review Video

American Iron Editor Bryan Harley on the 2017 Breakout

Sometimes it’s fun to get lost in the desert on a Harley. 

The 2017 Breakout delivers a tried-and-true Harley-Davidson riding experience. Low-slung in a stretched frame, riders straddle a wide tank and reach for the wide drag bars in a punched out riding position. Drop the clutch and there’s an explosion of power, the electronic throttle control dialed and quick to respond. Between the 21” tall front hoop and burly 240mm rear resides an authoritative High Output Twin Cam 103B engine. The front is kicked out at 35-degrees while the bike skirts the ground at 4.3 inches. Straight line hustle is what the Breakout’s all about.

Then there’s those wheels. The 21 spoke Turbine Wheels are some of the finest that come out of the factory. Just the right amount of machining accentuates the highlights on the otherwise black hoops.

We rambled around the edges of the desert on the 2017 Breakout, braving the broken roads around Ocotillo Wells and weathering the winds of the Salton Sea to bring you this first ride video review. Come along for the ride, then be on the lookout for more analysis in a future issue of American Iron Magazine.

2017 Breakout Stats – 39.26 mpg  Weight – 699 lbs. (310.5 front, 388.5 rear)

Vivid Black – $19,299
Color – $19,699
Custom Color – $20,249
Hard Candy Custom – $20,499
ABS Option – Standard
Security Option – Standard
California Emissions – $200
Freight – $390

Length – 95.7 in.
Seat Height, Laden – 24.7 in.
Seat Height, Unladen – 25.8 in.
Ground Clearance – 4.3 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) – 35
Trail – 5.7 in.
Wheelbase – 67.3 in.
Tires, Front Specification – 130/60B21 63H
Tires, Rear Specification – 240/40R18 79V
Fuel Capacity – 5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter)- 3.5 qt.
Weight, As Shipped – 678 lbs.
Weight, In Running Order – 707 lbs.

Engine – Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103B
Bore – 3.87 in.
Stroke – 4.374 in.
Displacement – 103.1 cu. In.
Compression Ratio – 9.6:1
Fuel System – Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Primary Drive – Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) – 1st 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall) – 2nd 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall) – 3rd 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall) – 4th 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall) – 5th 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall) – 6th 2.79

Exhaust – Staggered, straight cut chrome mufflers with gloss black muffler shields
Wheels, Front Type – Gloss Black Turbine with machined highlights
Wheels, Rear Type – Gloss Black Turbine with machined highlights
Brakes, Caliper Type – 4-piston fixed front; 2-piston floating rear

Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque – 99.5 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) – 3,000
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) – 23.4
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) – 23.4
Fuel Economy: Claimed Combined City/Hwy 42 mpg

Bargains, Bros & Brews at Biltwell’s Parking Lot Sale 2017

Biltwell was bustling during its 6th annual Parking Lot Sale.

Biltwell was bustling during its 6th annual Parking Lot Sale.

They swarmed over tables in the warehouse like ants invading a picnic, grabbing for Gringos and Gordos and Kung Fu Grips. Others lined Winchester Street to watch the likes of “localboyclay” and “holden.vs.theworld” leave black streaks of spent rubber on the road or do ride-by’s while hangin’ loose with one wheel pointed to the sky. There were Rusty Butchers and Hippy Killers, the companies’ namesakes Mark Atkins and Kutty Noteboom more amicable than the names imply.

On the surface it was Biltwell’s 6th annual “Parking Lot Sale,” a chance for the company to liquidate scratched or dented products that would otherwise be destined for the trash bin and for fans of the company to ride away with a smokin’ deal. But dig deeper and you see a microcosm of the SoCal riding scene. It was part old school, Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan laying down perfect pinstripes freehand at the Hot Dog Kustoms booth. Just down from Finlan were ambassadors of the “Work Less Ride More” ethos, riders who have helped “Make Sportsters Great Again.” It was a venture into the unknown, UNKNOWN Industries to be exact, a crew that has taken the art of extreme antics on an FXR to new levels. It was an opportunity to talk shop with bros, grab street tacos from the food truck, and enjoy a cold one from 805 while scouting for the latest addition to the project in your garage. Billed as a parking lot sale, Biltwell’s got a solid formula for an entertaining SoCal-style gathering.

Biltwell Chopper 2017 parking lot sale

OK, it’s not American Iron, but it was still a pretty sweet chopper!

2017 Harley Fat Bob First Ride Video Review

It sure looks the part. Thick black chunks of Dunlop rubber front and back, sharp-looking black machined aluminum slotted disc wheels, drag bars, burly Tommy Gun exhaust and a High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. Yup, the 2017 Harley Fat Bob looks the part. But does its get-up-and-go match its hot rod disposition?

During our tenure with the 2017 Fat Bob the Dyna averaged 39.605 gallons. It tipped our scales laden at 701.5 pounds at a front-biased 325 pound front to 376.5 pound back. First gear tops out at 45 mph at just under 5800 rpm while second taps out a hair below 65 mph. In sixth gear, the motorcycle exerts little stress on the engine as it settles into a loping cadence at a paltry 2370 rpm.

The model we tested was equipped with ABS, a $795 option. Harley’s current anti-lock braking system doesn’t have the same disconcerting pulse at the pedal as it did when Harley first launched its ABS. The dual discs on the front are powerful without being grabby, but overall stopping distance is still pretty long.

While a full review is in the works, check out our 2017 Harley Fat Bob First Ride Review video to find out more in the meantime.

2017 Fat Bob Stats – 39.605 mpg.       Weight – 701.5 lbs. (325 front, 376.5 back)


Vivid Black – $16,049
Color – $16,449
Custom Color – $16,999
ABS Option – $795
Security Option – $395
California Emissions – $200
Freight – $390

Length: 94.5 in.
Seat Height, Laden: 26.1 in.
Seat Height, Unladen: 27.2 in.
Ground Clearance: 4.9 in.
Rake: (steering head) (deg) 29
Trail: 4.9 in.
Wheelbase: 63.8 in.
Tires, Front Specification: 130/90B16 67H
Tires, Rear Specification: 180/70B16 77H
Fuel Capacity: 5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 3 qt.
Weight, As Shipped: 673 lb.
Weight, In Running Order: 701.5 lb.

Engine: Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103
Bore: 3.87 in.
Stroke: 4.38 in.
Displacement: 103.1 cu. In.
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall): 1st 9.311
Gear Ratios (overall): 2nd 6.454
Gear Ratios (overall): 3rd 4.793
Gear Ratios (overall): 4th 3.882
Gear Ratios (overall): 5th 3.307
Gear Ratios (overall): 6th 2.79

Exhaust: Chrome, “Tommy Gun” 2-1-2 collector exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Front: Gloss Black Cast Aluminum Wheel w/ Laser Etched Graphics
Wheels, Rear: Gloss Black Cast Aluminum Wheel w/ Laser Etched Graphics
Brakes, Caliper: 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear

Engine Torque: 99.5 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm): 3,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 30
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 31

AIM Video: EFab Lock Baker Interview – Interceptor Mark II

Lock Baker of Eastern Fabrications (EFab) stripped Harley’s Dyna concept to the bones for his Interceptor Mark II. A true craftsman, Baker does as much as he can by hand, a list that includes chassis modifications, body work, metal work, tuning, plumbing, wheels, swingarm, linkages, sprocket, adapters, nuts, triple trees, bars, and more.

After seeing this bike at both the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin and the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, we wanted to talk to Baker and learn more about the Interceptor Mark II. Here’s what he had to say.

4th Annual Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn September 14-17

The fourth annual Motorcycle Film Festival will debut award-winning films from international filmmakers from September 14-17, 2016 at The Gutter, 200 N 14th Street in Brooklyn, New York. The Motorcycle Film Festival celebrates the world’s best dramatic documentary, short narrative, and experimental films created by members of the international motorcycling community. Tickets are available now at A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to address the need for information and newborn screening with respect to Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

Recognized as one of the world’s most important motorcycling events, this annual New York City-based festival will present four days of compelling and engaging films, installations, panel discussions, and more. The Motorcycle Film Festival brings together established and up-and-coming filmmakers, riders, builders, enthusiasts, and industry executives. Past participants and entrants have received international recognition, secured commercial distribution and funding, and have captivated worldwide audiences.

The Motorcycle Film Festival was founded in 2013 by Corinna Mantlo. With 15 years of riding experience, Mantlo has spent almost as much time working in and for the motorcycle community. What started as local outreach in New York City grew into the well-respected Cine Meccanica movie nights; one of the largest and active women’s motorcycle clubs in the United States, The Miss-Fires; and the internationally recognized Motorcycle Film Festival. A published authority on two-wheeled cinema, Mantlo currently owns and operates Via Meccanica, a leatherwork and restoration company that specializes in custom motorcycle seats.

“For me, the Motorcycle Film Festival is like coming home, and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to be a part of it,” says Mantlo.

This year’s Official Selection films include:

Feature documentaries — Take None Give None by Gusmano Cesaretti, Mancini, The Motorcycle Wizard by Jeffrey Zani, Klocked: Women With Horsepower by Michelle Carpenter, Motonomad II: Riders Of The Steppe by Adam Riemann, Now I Will Arrive by Desiderio Sanzi, Arrows Of Fire by Duncan Menge, The Indian Wrecking Crew by John Holman, and That’s All Mine by Stepan Privezentsev.

Feature narratives — Liza Liza Skies Are Grey by Terry Sanders, How to Be Deadly by Nik Sexton, and 21 Days Under The Sky by Michael Schmidt.

Short documentaries — No Highway by Virgil Héroux-Laferté, Janus Motorcycles by Jordan Swartzendruber, Holy Mother Of The Races by Miguel Manso, Today We Ride by Daniil Bondar, The Weekend Pass by Greg Villalobos, Richie Pan Forever by Pete McGill, Virginia’s Harley: A Girl’s Bike by Jay Cagney, Hell Rider – Deadly Barrel by Budi Wasisto, A.K.A Brokentooth – Canada’s Ice Road Biker by Jory Lyons, Ride On United by Riefky Sutedja, Robin’s Road Trip by Simone de Vries, Quake City Rumblers // 50cc Christchurch by Chris ‘Motor’ Rausch, Night Riding by Rupert Jordan, Chasing The Bullett by Chris Zahner, The Monkey And Her Driver by Ned Thanhouser, Built Not Bought – A Motorcycle Story – Cafe Racer Dreams by Fournie Eliott, Sadie Bubble Run by Joe Fleming, and Keino by Evan Dennis.

Short narratives — Tread by Danny Ryan, Lone Rider by Luca Cipolla, Vintage Steele, A Day In The Life by Daniel Schechner, Motorbike Jazz by Tim Scott, and Dream by Alban Terrier.

Experimental films — Wheels by Joe Stucky, Motos In Moab Vol 2 by Max Daines, Boutonniere by Paolo Asuncion, The FN Four by Marco Bakker, and three films by Daniel Tanenbaum: Blue Prints, The Build, and Sparks Fly.

This year’s Motorcycle Film Festival judges include:

Paul D’Orleans, The Vintagent – Paul D’Orleans is co-host and Chief Judge of the 2016 Motorcycle Film Festival. In addition to his regular musings on everything motorcycle related on, D’Orleans is the Custom & Style editor for Cycle World, an editor for At Large, and columnist for Classic Bike Guide and Men’s File. He is the author of the first comprehensive history of custom motorcycles, The Chopper; the Real Story; the best-selling Café Racers; and co-author of The Ride. D’Orleans is currently working on The Ride II.
Paul Cox, Paul Cox Industries – A motorcycle builder, leather craftsman, metalsmith, knife maker and inventor, Paul Cox is, above all, an artist. A one-man operation, his 3 new shop now offers a more intimate look into the life of a true artist and inventor. Functionality, balance and detail continue to be the foundation for all his creations. Cox passionately explores techniques in metalworking, engine building, leather and knife making, with these specialties often fusing to create remarkable, one of a kind motorcycles.

Shinya Kimura, ZERO Shop and Chabott Engineering – Shinya Kimura is one of today’s leading motorcycle designers and builders. His distinctive builds emerge from his 1992-founded ZERO shop where he gained a reputation for his bare metal, minimalist, and vintage looking bikes that combine form and function. Kimura’s creations are described perfectly by the Japanese concept of “wabisabi” (austere refinement) and the beauty of the raw materials. In 2006, Kimura launched Chabott Engineering where he builds custom motorcycles and creates functional works of art.

Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Author – Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of two books on motorcycling: The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing, about the crazy world of extreme long-distance riding. She has written about film, books, and riding for publications ranging from Entertainment Weekly to Harper’s, Motorcyclist to The Daily Beast.

Irene Kotnik, Video Art Channel – Irene Kotnik is the co-founder of Video Art Channel, a platform for curating and exhibiting video art. In 2014, Kotnik co-founded The Curves Motorcycle Club and is currently organizing a Petrolettes event in Berlin which will feature races, live concerts, film screenings, and more. With a passion for the positive and supportive motorcycle community, Kotnik strives to connect women in gasoline culture to pursue courage and self-expression.

Ultan Guilfoyle, Author – Author of the best-selling books Spoon and 1000 Design Classics, Ultan Guilfoyle quintessentially combines motorcycles, art, and film. Guilfoyle co-curated the Guggenheim Museum’s groundbreaking, blockbuster exhibition “The Art of the Motorcycle,” which has been credited with reintroducing motorcycles to the general public as beautiful objects of design, machines with intrinsic artistic qualities ridden, and works to be collected by connoisseurs. Guilfoyle’s award-winning films have been shown on PBS, HBO and Bravo in the U.S., and BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in the UK. He produced the film Sketches of Frank Gehry, which was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was released worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics.

Mark Hoyer, Cycle World – Mark Hoyer is the Editor-in-Chief of Cycle World magazine and has been testing and writing about motorcycles since 1993, when he was first hired as a copy editor at Cycle News. His motojournalist career began at Cycle News in 1993. He’s been testing bikes and writing about them ever since, all around the world on dirt and asphalt. In 1999, Hoyer joined the team at Cycle World, and became Editor-in-Chief in 2009.

Stacie B. London, East Side Moto Babes and Triple Nickel 555 – After a career as an Art Director on film sets in London, Los Angeles native Stacie B. London became LA MOCA’s Exhibition Designer, where she restored and operated Chris Burden’s revolutionary, motorcycle-powered artwork “The Big Wheel.” She went on to found the trailblazing women’s motorcycle club East Side Moto Babes in 2010. Soon after, London raced and wrenched a 1968 Honda CB160 and created the iconic racing brand Triple Nickel 555, which quickly earned her local and national notoriety as a leader and inspirational voice to a new generation of female motorcycle riders.

Marina Cianferoni, Author – Inspired by the vanguard director Charles Dekeukeleire’s film Impatience, Marina Cianferoni took to two wheels in 1997. Shortly after, Cianferoni began writing her book Two Wheels and a Crank Camera as a way to discuss the symbolic value of the motorcycle in European films. Since 2004, she’s worked as a journalist for Italian and Spanish motorcycle magazines, writing mainly about culture, classic bikes, special café racers, and custom builds. In 2010 and 2013, she presented papers at the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, in Colorado Springs and London respectively. Cianferoni is currently working to revise and translate her book which will be published in English soon.

1951 Harley Factory Flathead Race Motorcycle

How much do you know about the 1950s Harley WRTT racers?

Our Buzz Kanter learns more about them from his friend Leo Hulnick, and shares with us.


How To Video: Take A Great Picture of Your Motorcycle

Here’s a quick video about basic photography, with tips and tricks that will help you shoot magazine quality pictures of your motorcycle.

1951 Harley WRTT Daytona Beach Motorcycle Racer

Leo Hulnik shares his insights on this 1951 Harley WRTT racer with Buzz Kanter of American Iron Magazine Amazing and rare factory race flathead handshift racer.