Big Changes at American Iron Magazine – New Editors & Growth

After 18 years on the job of wrenching Harleys and editing American Iron Magazine editor Chris Maida recently retired. We wish him luck in his new life in Virginia working on old vintage airplanes at a museum. In his place is Steve Lita, a long time editor at American Iron Garage and Motorcycle Rides & […]

Winter Motorcycle Repairs

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Here in the northeast, wintertime is when you tackle big projects, or ones that take a lot of time to complete, since the weather is not exactly the best for a motorcycle ride. Things like paint jobs, chroming, powdercoating, engine builds, and major chassis modifications require many steps and […]

Tech Shoots and Road Time

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor I enjoy visiting various shops around the country. It gives me the opportunity to talk with many different mechanics I’m writing this just a few days before Thanksgiving, and about 10 days late. The rest of the issue has already been shipped, working its way through the process that […]

AIM Expo

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Everyone has heard of Biketoberfest, which happens in Daytona during mid-October. But how many of you know about the new trade/consumer show that’s held at the same time in nearby Orlando? Now in its third year, this show is growing into a must-do event. The first two days, Thursday […]

Compression Ratios III

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 […]

Compression Ratios I

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Have you ever been in a pack of bikes and heard one that had an exhaust note that crackled with power when the rider blipped the throttle? That, my friend, is the sound of a high-compression engine! And though some try to imitate it with real short drag pipes […]

American Iron Magazine Content

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor I’ve been getting lots of letters lately from readers concerned that since Motorcycle Bagger has been discontinued, we’re going to flood American Iron with suitcases, as one reader called them. I guess they’re reacting to Buzz’s column in Issue #323, where he stated that we were going to start […]

Increasing Motorcycle Engine Size

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Want more power? Get a bigger engine. It’s as simple as that. And though increasing your engine’s displacement isn’t the only way to get more power, it’s a very effective one. Since an engine’s displacement is the result of two factors — the bore of its cylinders and the […]

How Motorcycle Engine Power Is Produced

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Whenever you get around a group of riders, compression ratios, cubic inches, and cam lifts, as well as a multitude of other modifications, are discussed and compared, along with the resulting torque and horsepower numbers. But why does increasing an engine’s cubic inches (known as its displacement) result in […]

Neglected Pre-Ride Motorcycle Maintenance Part 2

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor In the last issue, I wrote about how many owners routinely neglect their bike’s tires. This time around, we’ll look at the second important area I see many owners overlooking: their brake systems. Checking the brake pads, brake lines, and rotors takes only a few minutes, since they’re out […]