Happy 25th Birthday To Us & You Can Win Prizes



SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, publisher

Time flies when you’re having fun, and I can’t think of many things that are more fun than riding, writing, or wrenching motorcycles.

Hard to believe it was 25 years ago that a brave new concept for a family-friendly Harley magazine came into focus. The first issue of American Iron Magazine was launched for Daytona Bike Week 1989. It was a huge gamble as it was the first Harley-oriented magazine to “focus on the tin, not the skin.” The first couple of years were tough going for the magazine and the often-changing staff. Exactly two years after its launch in California, our Connecticut-based, family-owned publishing company purchased AIM to save it from folding. We sure had our work cut out for us.

Fast-forward 25 years, and after 23 years at the helm, I look back and appreciate all the hard work by our team and your wonderful support. Thanks to you, we have grown into the bestselling American motorcycle-oriented magazine in the world. While the Internet and a challenging economy have carved into the magazine industry, we’ve managed to grow in print and online. For that, we thank you and want to celebrate our 25th birthday by giving you birthday gifts.

Thanks to the support of our many generous advertisers and industry friends, we’re offering the American Iron Magazine/Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes with lots of great prizes all year. Some prizes we will give away every four weeks (announced in each new issue — 13 times a year) and others at the end of the year, so you have lots of chances to win something cool.

In our American Iron Magazine/Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes, one lucky person will win our grand prize, a brand-new Indian motorcycle, at the end of the year. Another will win our first prize, a new S&S Cycle engine. There are plenty more year-end prizes plus, every four weeks, we will draw winners for a $1,000 gift certificate from Dennis Kirk, a complete library of Fix My Hog discs, an Adventure Power motorcycle battery, and five $50 gift certificates from GreaseRag.com. For the latest list of prizes (we keep adding more), info on how to enter the American Iron Magazine/Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes, and full details, please visit AIMag.com. All subscribers in the US (existing or new) are automatically entered to win. No purchase necessary.

Adventure Power’s Team American Iron

It’s no secret I’ve been an active rider and enthusiast long before I became a magazine editor. Or that I have a deep passion for classic motorcycles. So it should be no surprise that I signed up for the 4,000-mile Motorcycle Cannonball ride from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Tacoma, Washington, in September. I’m joining Paul Ousey, AIM columnist Cris Sommer Simmons and her husband Pat Simmons (of the Doobie Brothers) to form Adventure Power’s Team American Iron. I’d like to thank Adventure Power, an innovative powersports battery manufacturer, for stepping up as our title sponsor. For more info on Adventure Power products, please check out its ad in this magazine.

Motorcycle Magazine

In addition to publishing American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, and our all-tech American Iron Garage, we’re changing the name of what had been RoadBike to Motorcycle magazine. The new Motorcycle magazine is a high- quality bimonthly offering in-depth articles and a different perspective on motorcycle culture and history. It’s unlike any other motorcycle magazine. Check out Motorcycle magazine in print or in digital format on Zinio.com.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.



This article originally ran in issue #306 of American Iron Magazine, published in February 2014. Pick up a back issue of this or any other edition of AIM at www.Greaserag.com.

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Adventure Power® Joins Team American Iron For 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball

Adventure Power®, a Universal Power Group, Inc. brand, has joined forces with TAM Communications’ American Iron Magazine to create Team American Iron, a four-rider team that will compete in the third Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. This is the third Motorcycle Cannonball coast-to-coast ride for vintage motorcycles. Adventure Power is pleased to be the title sponsor of the team that features two Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees, Editor-in-Chief and founder of TAM Communications, Buzz Kanter, and author Cris Sommer Simmons. Kanter and Simmons are joined by Cris’ husband, rock icon Pat Simmons, co-founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the Doobie Brothers, and Paul Ousey, President of Oz Trucking and Rigging and a veteran of the previous two Motorcycle Cannonball events.

The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run will follow a southeast-to-northwest 4,100 mile transcontinental route starting in Daytona Beach, Florida, and ending 17 days later in Tacoma, Washington. More than 100 riders from around the world are expected to participate in the event, which is open to participants riding pre-1937 motorcycles. Riders will average upwards of 300 miles per day, spending more than eight hours each day on the road. The scenic route sticks mostly to America’s back roads and will include planned stops at a variety of motorcycle dealers, museums and other points of interest along the way. The full route and complete schedule of stops is available at www.MotorcycleCannonball.com.

In addition to sponsoring Team American Iron, Adventure Power® will also provide batteries to all registered Motorcycle Cannonball riders. Extra batteries will also be available to riders in need along the way.

“We are excited to partner with TAM Communications and look forward to being part of this incredible, cross country adventure with Team American Iron,” said Ian Edmonds, President and CEO of UPG. “The Motorcycle Cannonball is a grueling test of endurance for both the riders and their machines, and for us it’s an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the power and durability of our products under some of the most challenging conditions.”

“Adventure Power is growing into a leading power sports brand, offering exceptional products and support to industry events and riders everywhere,” said American Iron Magazine publisher Buzz Kanter. They are a welcome partner for Team American Iron, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

American Iron Magazine, the best-selling Harley magazine in the world, will publish articles leading up to and following the actual Motorcycle Cannonball event in print and on-line. For more information, please visit www.aimag.com.

The Adventure Power® brand offers a complete line of batteries for motorcycles, scooters, ATV’s, personal watercrafts, snowmobiles, and American V-Twins. These batteries are designed, engineered and tested in accordance with JASA’s JIS D 5302, the internationally accepted standard for power sports batteries, to meet the needs of the demanding lifestyle of the power sports enthusiasts. The brand offers a full range of options, including batteries that are compatible with virtually every model of power sport vehicle available. The company’s lineup includes everything from modern, high-performance lithium ion options for today’s high-powered vehicles, to more conventional lead acid batteries for early model, vintage machines.

All Adventure Power® products are made using time-tested technology, combined with modern manufacturing processes, to create powerful, reliable and affordable products. Adventure Power® batteries feature a high-impact-resistant case designed to reduce vibration resistance and offer longer life, making them more dependable. The majority of the brand’s products are factory activated and maintenance free, and Adventure Power® offers nationwide support. For helpful tips, product support, or to locate a dealer, visit www.apbatteries.com.

About Universal Power Group, Inc.
Universal Power Group, Inc. is a leading supplier of batteries and power accessories, and a provider of supply chain and other value-added services. UPG’s product offerings include proprietary brands of industrial and consumer batteries of all chemistries, chargers, jump-starters, 12-volt accessories, and solar and security products. UPG’s supply chain services include procurement, warehousing, inventory management, distribution, fulfillment and value-added services such as sourcing, battery pack assembly and coordinating battery recycling efforts, as well as product development. For more information, please visit the UPG website at www.upgi.com.

About TAM Communications, Inc.
TAM Communications, Inc. is the leading American publisher of motorcycle magazines including American Iron Magazine, American Iron Garage, Motorcycle Bagger and the recently repositioned Motorcycle magazine. In addition to the print and digital magazines, TAM owns several motorcycle-related web sites and promotes motorcycle-related events. For more information, please visit the magazines’ Facebook pages or www.AIMag.com, www.MotorcycleBagger.com, www.TheMotorcycleMag.com or www.caimag.com for classic motorcycles.