New Year’s Moto Resolutions

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I had the good fortune to buy Butch Baer’s 1937 Indian Sport Scout racer Yes, I know about all the goofy New Year’s resolutions, and it’s that time of year when we get to read or hear about lots of them. But I’m going to make a few here […]

Year End Review & Look Forward

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I have no fear about motorcycling going away This is our last issue of the year, so it’s a good time to look back and reflect on the motorcycle activity of the past year and to consider what we might experience in the new year. As the editor in […]

The Future of Motorcycling

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Over the years, the designers and managers in Harley’s PDC have had thick skin What does the future look like for motorcycling? The decision makers and corporate strategists at Harley-Davidson and Indian want—make that need—to know. I can only assume that both companies’ counterparts at Honda, KTM, and Triumph […]

One That Got Away

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher It all started with a phone call from “Cousin Gerard,” who is not my cousin I’ve seldom met a classic motorcycle I didn’t like. And that goes double for antique American race bikes. No matter how many old Harleys or Indians I might have—my garage seems to be a […]

Buzz Gotta Brand-New Bag(ger)

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher The last modern bagger in my garage was a Harley Ultra, which I sold years ago As deep as my passion runs for classic Harley and Indian motorcycles, and I can assure you it is deep, I must admit that I am really enjoying the modern motorcycle currently in […]

A Good Man’s Mark

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Ever been to the National Motorcycle Museum or buy parts from J&P Cycles? What is your measure of a good man? There is a real difference between someone who is good and being a good man. No matter how you look at it, my close friend John Parham was […]

Billy Lane Pulled It Off

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher In spite of long odds Las Vegas bookies would never take, in spite of the worst Mother Nature could throw at him, in spite of countless people saying it can’t be done, in spite of struggling to get century-old racing motorcycles to even run, Billy Lane pulled it off. […]

What Do We Ride?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher A car moves the body, but a motorcycle moves the soul Do you consider your motorcycle more a form of transportation or a personal statement? I’m convinced that for most of us it’s a bit of both. Though it’s likely more of a statement, because, let’s face it, most […]

Black Leather, Loud Pipes, And Trouble?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Our job is to educate and entertain our readers Hollywood movie makers, a handful of video game programmers, and even some of the media seem to think that all motorcycle riders plow through towns with blaring exhaust notes, stirring up problems, and leaving behind a mess. Does that sum […]

New Faces at American Iron?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Our job is to educate and entertain our readers The life cycles of a magazine must be active and evolving to survive in today’s harsh print environment. We have a new opportunity every four weeks to present this publication in fresh and interesting ways. And as the final decision […]