No More Motorcycle Gas Pains?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I was riding streetbikes in the 1970s when the first gas and oil crisis hit America.  If you’re of a certain age, you probably can recall the OPEC embargo and subsequent gas rationing that followed. Our government decided for us that we had to line up for hours at […]

AI Garage 1930s Harley VL and Sidecar Sneak peak (Video)

The crew at American Iron Magazine recently rescued this 1930s Harley VL and sidecar, which had been sitting in a basement for 10 years, and brought it over to Retrocycle to get her all back up to snuff for a story in a future issue of American Iron Garage, the all-tech, all-DIY Harley magazine special. “It’s over painted, […]

Motorcycle Life Cycles?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Most of us go through what i might call motorcycle life cycles.You know, those times in our life when we are fortunate enough to get another motorcycle. Typically, we go through a similar routine in the lead-up to buying our next motorcycle. Fantasize. Come on, we all do it. […]

Winter Love? Motorcycle Maintenance And Seasonal Bike Prep

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Yeah, you know she’s a looker. and wherever you go with her, she turns heads. Do I need to remind you never to take her for granted? She has real needs, and if you don’t meet those needs, there is a good chance she’ll have to go to someone […]

Motorcycle Cannonball 2014, Part I – Preview

By Buzz Kanter, photos by Michael Lichter, Jim Dohms, and Buzz Kanter Part I: 3,938 Miles of Blood, Sweat & Gears The ride is almost 4,000 miles from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Tacoma, Washington. If the bikes — all 1936 and older machines —have mechanical issues, other riders could help without losing points, but team mechanics […]

More American-Made Motorcycles Hitting The Market

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Halloween is right around the corner, but looking at the latest issue of American Iron Magazine, I don’t feel we have a trick or treat deal going on. I can’t think of any specific trick in the motorcycle world, but lots of treats. Let’s start with the growing assortment […]

Ross Kiwi Tomas Memorial Kickstart Classic Day 1 Video

Here’s a quick look at some of the bikes on the July 2014 Ross Kiwi Tomas Memorial Kickstart Classic. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on netvibes share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Buzz it up Subscribe […]

Old Dog, New Tricks?

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter, Publisher My first time on the track in many years, and I blow up the 1937 Indian Sport Scout racer! After running strong for several laps, I could feel it losing power going out of the bowl and up over the hill in top gear. Rather than risk damage, I eased […]

Classic Harley Update: Buzz Kanter’s Motorcycle Cannonball Harley

The 1936 Harley VLH Buzz Kanter is planning on riding 4,000 miles coast to coast on the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball is totally rebuilt. After breaking in the spare engine Buzz brought the classic Harley back to RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ to swap out the spare engine for the competition one. “As described in the series […]

Don’t Try This At Home

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I’ve long been fascinated by the mechanical workings of old machinery. As a kid, I remember taking apart a broken watch to try to fix it. It never did run again, but I was drawn to all the fine gears, springs, and tiny moving parts. That attraction has never […]