Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com Harley magazine and Harley motorcycle news Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Riders Protest French Ban On Pre-2000 Motorcycles http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/riders-protest-french-ban-on-pre-2000-motorcycles/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/riders-protest-french-ban-on-pre-2000-motorcycles/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:12:58 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13739 Can you imagine if the US government banned at pre-2000 motorcycles from being registered or ridden here in Ameirca? That is what some politicians in France want to do.

Tens of thousands of riders protested in multiple cities throughout France, expressing their disapproval of the new regulation that restricts access of bikes and scooters deemed as being “old” in large areas of Paris and other large French cities.

Paris riders are the most affected, so it’s easy to understand that the biggest crowds gathered in the capital. It goes without saying that Paris, being the country’s capital and largest city, also hosts the most riders, hence the higher number of riders affected by Mayor Hidalgo’s ban.

The FFMC (Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere, French for French Federation of Angry/Pissed Off Motorcyclists) reports that around 15,000 riders on 10,0000 bikes assembled last Saturday in Ile-de-France and set out for Le Peripherique, or the outer ring road around 3 pm to block the road.

How much these protests will help change the current situation is hard to predict. In the absence of interest from popular media, these protests might have little impact, despite riders in so many French cities responded FFMC’s call to action.

Stubborn as we know the FFMC, we can estimate that such actions will be repeated, aiming to draw attention from the press at a higher level.

Pre-2000 bikes banned, more to follow
This motorcycle ban is not exactly new, and we reported on multiple occasions about how things evolved. In an effort to curb air pollution in the city, Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo sought to restrict the circulation of bikes registered before 2000 in major areas of the French capital between 8 am and 8 pm.

Still, these seem to be only the first restrictions Mme. Hidalgo has in plan, with harsher bans to be enforced. If the FFMC manage to draw enough attention from major media outlets, maybe there is a way to put an end to this silly ban.

We wonder how many diesel VW cars are out on Paris’ streets each day… just wondering…

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Harley Race News: V-Rod Powers Hines To NHRA Lead http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/harley-race-news-v-rod-powers-hines-to-nhra-lead/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/harley-race-news-v-rod-powers-hines-to-nhra-lead/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:08:44 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13388 Charlotte Win Moves Harley Rider to #1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle Standing

Concord, N.C. – Harley-Davidson/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races at zMax Dragway with a final-round win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, the first race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Aboard a Harley V-Rod, Hines scored his third final-round win of the season.

The win boosts Hines past his teammate Ed Krawiec and into the Countdown points lead. Krawiec, the top seed for the Countdown, lost in the second round on Sunday.

“This was a big day to use my V-Rod to capitalize,” said Hines, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “I had a chance to move up and take out some of the other top teams. This Pro Stock Motorcycle class is so tight right now that you need to take advantage of every chance you get.”

After the first of six rounds in the Countdown playoffs, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 2,193 points. Krawiec is second with 2,173 points. Krawiec was the top seed for the event in Charlotte, posting a best Elapsed Time of 6.851 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday. Hines qualified third at 6.869 seconds.

“I had a V-Rod fast enough to take the number one spot,” said Krawiec. “But in round two my rear tire spun due to the track being greasy. Both Screamin’ Eagle bikes are performing well, and I will bounce back.”

Hines advanced with three wins and defeated Matt Smith in the final to claim the 41st event win of his career and his fifth win at the zMax Dragway track.

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Sturgis Full Throttle Saloon Biker Bar Fire Ruled Accidental http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/sturgis-full-throttle-saloon-biker-bar-fire-ruled-accidental/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/sturgis-full-throttle-saloon-biker-bar-fire-ruled-accidental/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:13:18 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13215 STURGIS, SD – Results of an investigation into a devastating fire at the Full Throttle Saloon find the cause was accidental.

Investigators found the fire started in the main part of the bar and was accidental in nature.

Several agencies took part in the investigation including a National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Agents from the ATF St. Paul Field Division, the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Meade County Sheriff’s Office and the Sturgis Police Department all played a role.

Damage to the well-known business is estimated at approximately $10 million.

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Driver Stopped at 112 mph On Way To Pay Other Speeding Ticket http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/driver-stopped-at-112-mph-on-way-to-pay-other-speeding-ticket/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/driver-stopped-at-112-mph-on-way-to-pay-other-speeding-ticket/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:31:02 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13196 ROYALTON, Vt. — A driver clocked at 112 mph on an interstate in Vermont told police he was heading to traffic court to take care of a speeding ticket.

Vermont State Trooper Rich Slusser says the 33-year-old man from West Hartford, Connecticut, was also weaving in and out of traffic in Royalton on Interstate 89 before he was pulled over Wednesday afternoon. The speed limit on the interstate is 65 mph.

The driver has been charged with excessive speeding and negligent operation.

Slusser says the man was given a citation ordering him to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Oct. 27.

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Motorcycle News: Full Throttle Biker Bar in Sturgis Burns To The Ground. http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/motorcycle-news-full-throttle-biker-bar-in-sturgis-burns-to-the-ground/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/motorcycle-news-full-throttle-biker-bar-in-sturgis-burns-to-the-ground/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:11:11 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13110 STURGIS, SD – Flames early Tuesday morning engulfed a popular Sturgis saloon that bills itself as the “world’s largest biker bar.”

Full Throttle bar on fire in Sturgis, SD

Full Throttle Saloon on fire in Sturgis, SD

The Full Throttle Saloon is a total loss after crews battled the blaze throughout the morning.

Sturgis Assistant Fire Chief Sean Barrows says crews tried to get inside but heat and smoke forced firefighters to battle the blaze from the outside in heavy winds. The building was completely on the ground by 3 a.m.

Barrows says there were no injuries.

The bar on South Dakota Highway 34 has been the subject of a reality television series. Its amenities include zip lines, musical stages and rental cabins.

The fire remains under investigation.

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Wall Street Jitters? Invest In Precious Metals – Classic Harley & Indian Motorcycles http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/wall-street-jitters-invest-in-precious-metals-classic-harley-indian-motorcycles/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/wall-street-jitters-invest-in-precious-metals-classic-harley-indian-motorcycles/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:16:46 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=12953 Wall Street and Dow Jones Industrial Average got you worried? How about buying a classic Harley or vintage motorcycle?

This 1930s Harley VL & sidecar were recently pulled out of a basement after 10 years and put back on the road.

This 1930s Harley VL & sidecar were recently pulled out of a basement after sitting there for more than 10 years. It was cleaned up, sorted out and is now back on the road.

While most people think of gold and silver as the presious metals to invest in, we at American Iron Magazine would like to propose this is a great time to invest in a different kind of precious metal – classic motorcycles.

If you bought an original paint or well restored Harley Knucklehead, Indian Scout, or just about any pre-war classic American motorcycle five or ten years ago, your investment would be better than any oil stock. A lot better. And more fun too.

And to all the nay-sayers who say there are no more real barn finds out there, we are pleased to report you wrong. They are there, but you have to dig a bit harder to find them. But the reward is well worth the effort.

Before buying a classic motorcycle, we suggest you do your homework first. There are plenty of places to do this – on-line (try Classic American Iron) and in print (like in American Iron Magazine) and vintage motorcycle clubs.

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Harley News: Overview of New 2016 Harleys http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/harley-news-overview-of-new-2016-harleys/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/harley-news-overview-of-new-2016-harleys/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:20:32 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=12923 Two new Dark Custom models, the most powerful cruiser lineup in company history, and a broad range of performance and styling enhancements throughout the range highlight Harley-Davidson’s new model lineup for 2016.

2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Highlights

  • New Iron 883 and Forty-Eight® models assert Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom leadership with motorcycles updated with modern design and new suspensions that put a little extra smooth in the Harley-Davidson soul.
  • New S series limited-edition cruisers feature big power and cutting-edge style. The Fat Boy® S and Softail Slim® S are powered by Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine to deliver style and performance.
  • Previously only available in Harley-Davidson Touring bikes, the High Output Twin Cam 103™ engines upgrade the power for all Softail® and Dyna® models (except Street Bob).
  • Project RUSHMORE’s touring revolution expands with the return of the Road Glide® Ultra motorcycle.

According to Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re introducing the most powerful collection of cruisers in our history, including the brand-new S series. We’re raising the bar on Dark Custom motorcycles with the new Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models, the purest expression of the design movement we started in 2008. And we’re extending our lead in touring with the return of the Road Glide Ultra and redesign of the popular Heritage Softail Classic.”

Dark Custom Soul

The new Iron 883 is intentionally raw and rough around the edges, with a modern design inspired by garage-built bobbers past and present. All-new front and adjustable rear suspension, lighter-weight mag wheels and improved seating increase comfort and control to smooth the road ahead. The new Forty-Eight achieves its stance with a burly front tire, new mag wheels and a massive front end with new 49mm forks, and also benefits from improved adjustable rear suspension and seating. Retro styling cues of black, color and chrome give this bike a bold visual presence. Riders navigating rough and tumble urban streets on the lean and nimble Harley-Davidson Street® 750 and 500 models will appreciate the improved confidence from new front and rear braking systems.

Most Powerful Cruiser Lineup Ever

Powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, the new Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S cruisers deliver power and performance once reserved for Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models. Both limited-edition models feature dark styling. The Softail Slim S is available in a new Olive Gold Denim color with military-inspired styling, paying homage to the post-war customs that launched the bobber movement. Harley-Davidson gives more riders a dose of Project RUSHMORE performance by making the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine standard in every other 2016 Softail model. The High Output Twin Cam 103 is also the new standard engine for all 2016 Dyna models except the Street Bob® model.

Softail Cruise Control

There’s more cruiser news in 2016; for the first time ever electronic cruise control is available on all Harley-Davidson Softail models. The convenience of Harley-Davidson electronic cruise control, enabled by new electronic throttle control, is standard equipment on 2016 Heritage Softail® Classic, Softail® Deluxe, Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models and available as an accessory for all other 2016 Softail models.

New Sportster Suspension

All 2016 Sportster® models will tame rough roads with all-new front and rear suspension and improved seats to enhance rider comfort and control. The new seats incorporate premium materials and revised shapes to provide more supportive comfort. The re-engineered Sportster suspension pairs emulsion coil-over shocks with new front cartridge forks. Nitrogen gas-charged shocks resist oil aeration and feature an internal valve stack with 36mm pistons and high-performance oil to provide superior compression and rebound damping control that reacts quickly to small bumps and keeps the tires in contact on uneven road surfaces. Progressive-rate spring pre-load is adjustable by a threaded collar using a spanner that stows under the seat. Tuned to complement the shocks, the stout forks feature a calibrated piston and valve stack and progressive rate springs for consistent feel throughout the compression and extension range of the suspension. The triple-rate spring and oil lock allows the forks to resist wheel hop under hard braking.

Road Glide Ultra

A two-year absence from the Harley-Davidson Touring line was time well spent infusing the Road Glide Ultra with enhanced style, outstanding aerodynamics and optimized touring ergonomics for rider and passenger– the full influence of the customer-led Project RUSHMORE product-development effort. Propelled by the performance of the Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain, the new Road Glide Ultra will exceed the expectations of the most demanding touring motorcyclist.

Heritage Softail Classic

Combining nostalgic style with smooth, modern Softail performance, the Heritage Softail Classic receives refreshed styling for 2016 plus the High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrain, standard electronic cruise control, and a new and improved saddlebag support structure.

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Motorcycle Killer? Stop The E15 Misinformation: Get Access To Safe Fuel http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/motorcycle-killer-stop-the-e15-misinformation-protect-your-access-to-safe-fuel/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/motorcycle-killer-stop-the-e15-misinformation-protect-your-access-to-safe-fuel/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:33:29 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=12876 Stop the decade of E15 misinformation: Urge your representative to protect your access to safe fuel.  Act now!
Take Action

The first 10 years under the Renewable Fuel Standard, established in 2005, represent a decade of misinformation from the ethanol lobby concerning safe fuel for your motorcycle.

To protect your access to safe fuel, urge your representative to cosponsor the RFS Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 704). The American Motorcyclist Association needs your help to pass this bill. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to personalize their message by drawing on their own personal riding experiences.

In an effort to prohibit the spread of E15 fuel, which contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, the AMA supports H.R. 704, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Peter Welch’s (D-Vt.). The bipartisan bill would amend the Renewable Fuel Standard to recognize market conditions and realities. It also would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing any station to sell gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume and require those already selling it to stop.

In other words, the sale of E15 will not be permitted if this legislation becomes law.

The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle fuel systems and engines from the inadvertent use of E15. Allowing the higher ethanol blends to become more readily available greatly increases the chance of misfueling.

In October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light duty vehicles to the approved list.

Passing H.R. 704 will help protect the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use on America’s roads and trails that are not approved to use E15, and the riders who depend on safe fuel for their operation.

Preventing inadvertent misfuelings has been one of the AMA’s top priorities, because motorcycles and ATVs are not designed to run on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent, and many older machines favored by vintage enthusiasts have problems with any ethanol at all in the fuel. Using fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol can void the manufacturer’s warranty, potentially leaving motorcyclists with thousands of dollars in additional maintenance costs.

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Compression Ratios III http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/compression-ratios-iii/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/compression-ratios-iii/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:44:29 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=12871 TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

Moderately boosting the compression, like going from 9:1 to 10:1 or 10.25:1, shouldn’t run you afoul of engine knock in a big way. However, a high-compression engine can be unforgiving and difficult to tune, especially a Twin Cam, if you go past 10.5:1. Even stock H-D engines have bouts with knock due to the very lean fuel/air mixture needed to meet EPA regulations. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent engine knock and an easy one is to not let the engine overheat. In case you haven’t noticed, a lean running engine will rattle and ping more often on a hot day, especially in heavy traffic. The combination of a very lean mixture and high engine operating temperatures aggravates the situation and gives engine knock an open invitation to trash your engine.

The method The Motor Company uses in its 2000 and later Softails, and 2002 and later rubber-mount models, is to mess with the ignition timing. All Delphi EFI control modules have a ping sensor, which detects whenever the Big K makes an appearance via a process called ion sensing. If the control module detects engine knock, it retards the ignition timing (moves it to a less aggressive setting) until the knocking stops. In fact, if the engine is not set up correctly for a high compression ratio, this system will retard the timing to the point of engine power loss, which, of course, defeats the purpose of having a high-compression engine in the first place. The fix for this is to have the module remapped for a high-compression engine.

Those with carburetor-equipped bikes can install a fully adjustable, single-fire ignition. This allows you to dial in the initial ignition timing and advance curve that’ll keep the combustion bogeyman away. The goal is to use the most aggressive advance curve possible, while still avoiding knock. Once correctly dialed-in, you’ll get the most power from your engine, while also protecting it from damage.

A word also needs to be said about riding style. Whacking open the throttle when the engine’s rpm is below its powerband will make even a properly tuned engine knock and ping. Down-shifting is the simple fix here.

Another way to eliminate knock is to use long-duration cams, which are camshafts with a lot of valve overlap. Valve overlap is when both the intake and exhaust valves are open briefly at the same time. This allows some of the engine’s compression to bleed off at low rpm, which is where engine knock always occurs. In fact, running the correct set of long-duration cams with a set of high-compression pistons will give you a nice gain in power. Be sure to talk with the cam manufacturer before buying to make sure you get the correct grind for your engine, bike, and riding style. Taking valve overlap too far, and ignoring other cam profile factors, can kill performance.

See you on the road

Chris Maida

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Motorcycle Magazines — Still Cheaper Than A Latte http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/motorcycle-magazines-still-cheaper-than-a-latte/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/08/motorcycle-magazines-still-cheaper-than-a-latte/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:42:09 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=12867 SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter


SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

I’m often asked how we decide which articles to publish in this magazine. Non-riders I talk with are amazed that there are enough motorcycle topics for us to fill a magazine this size every four weeks (we publish 13 issues of American Iron Magazine a year) without running out of material. Many riders often request that we publish articles that are of specific interest to them: like only baggers, Softails, Panheads, or whatever they’re into.

In general, here’s the procedure that Chris Maida (the hardest working editor in our business) and I follow on what seems like a weekly basis. As an enthusiast magazine, our job is to educate and entertain you with informative articles in every issue. Because our 100,000-plus readers’ interests cover a broad spectrum of American motor­cycle-related topics, we spread our coverage as widely as possible to give real value to all readers.

Every issue offers American motorcycles. There are new reviews and as many different types of customs as we can fit; you’ll find everything from backyard builds to pro-built customs, plus at least one classic American bike. Those full-feature articles are joined by a list of departments that include three favorites: Reader’s Ride, Snaps, and Letters. And as you’ve probably noticed, those departments are filled with photos of our readers’ bikes. We love to feature your rides, and we encourage you to send your photos to Letters@AmericanIronMag.com and ReadersRide@AmericanIronMag.com so that you can be part of our magazine family.

American Iron Magazine is also filled with informative and factual new bike and product reviews, plus tours and event coverage. Chris then puts together an assortment of tech and how-to articles for our readers, from novice to skilled mechanic, to complete the editorial package.

Our subtitle has been “For People Who Love Harley-Davidsons” since 1989, and most of our editorial is Harley-specific. But we add Indian, Victory, and other American motorcycles because our readers have asked for that.

If you have specific ideas on how we can make American Iron Magazine a better package or if you have comments, please pass them along at Letters@AmericanIronMag.com. We’d like to hear from you.

In addition to American Iron Magazine, we also publish American Iron Garage, a tech and DIY publication. AIG has no tours, events, or new bike reviews — just real-world tech, do-it-yourself installs, and homebuilt customs. These issues are available on the newsstand or through the mail from GreaseRag.com.

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How do you get American Iron Magazine? We’d like to thank all of our loyal readers for your on-going support in keeping us the best-selling magazine in our field. We work hard to get the best possible product to as many stores as we can. Yet the cost of doing business in the traditional single-copy industry continues to climb, and I don’t see this changing for the better any time soon.

I won’t go into the details here, but I suspect it’s going to become increasingly difficult to find magazines on your local newsstands. With that in mind, I encourage you to subscribe (in print, call 877/693-3572, or digital delivery at Zinio.com) to American Iron Magazine for yourself and as gifts for your riding buddies.

It’s up to you if you want to pay $7 per issue on the newsstand or $2 per issue through a subscription. In fact, you can buy a subscription for yourself and for two friends for less than buying one year’s worth on the newsstand. Something to consider. Regardless of how you buy American Iron Magazine, all of us here appreciate your support.

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