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TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Though I’ve had a Facebook page for a couple of years, I haven’t been there with any regularity. What I have been putting up, on those rare occasions, are photos from some of my motorcycle adventures that have also been featured as tours in American Iron. And while I’m still […]

Arm & Numbered Issues

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Okay, I guess I shouldn’t have opened my big mouth and said in my column in Issue #305, “Personally, I think I’ve had enough surgeries for one year!” Guess not, since I had to have another one the middle of December. As I write this, I still have to […]

#1 Reader Question

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor The one question i get most often from our readers is, “Do I have to use a fuel tuner if I install a new air cleaner or exhaust system?” If you have a pre- 2007 EFI machine, one that does not have oxygen (O2) sensors in the exhaust system, […]

Time of the Season

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, editor As I write this, it’s about two weeks before Thanksgiving, and, as per many of the suggestions and tips given in last’s issue’s Storage Strategies by John Frank, I’m preparing my bikes for a hopefully not-too-long winter’s nap. Whether it’s due to global warming or just the constantly changing […]

Family 45 Bobber Project

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor A lot of you expressed interest in the 45 flathead bobber project I was building with my two daughters, Chelsea and Elayne. Judging by the letters I got, many readers liked the idea of doing a project like this with their kids. Some readers were also doing a similar build […]

Summer Motorcycle Travel Tips

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I often see three dangerous patterns when cars interact with a long line of bikes. One scenario is when a car driver wants to get onto a four-lane highway. Though the driver should wait until the bikes have passed, he rarely does. What usually happens is the driver tries to blend into a small gap […]

Winter Motorcycle Projects

“I built it with my dad” it’s cold during the winter where I live, which makes it the perfect time for a ground-up bike project! This year I’m building a 45″ flathead-powered bobber with my youngest daughter. My first chop (back in 1971!) was a handshift 45 flathead. And while this engine is as dependable […]

Indian, Victory & Big Dog Motorcycles

By now, you’ve probably heard that Minnesota’s Polaris Industries, the builder of Victory Motorcycles, has bought the newest incarnation (launched in 2006) of Indian Motorcycle from Stellican Limited and Novator Partners LLP, which are both UK private equity firms. Indian Motorcycle has been manufacturing in North Carolina, but, according to the conference call regarding the […]

Harley Engine Experts, To Rebuild Or Upgrade A Vintage Engine

When I’m looking to rebuild and/or upgrade a vintage engine — namely a Shovel, Pan, Knuckle, Ironhead Sportster, or flathead — I go to a shop that’s expert at that type of motor. And though I’ve rebuilt many of these engines when I had my shop back in the day, I want someone with more […]

More Harley Changes To American Iron Magazine

As I reported last month, in response to the almost 1,000 reader surveys, letters, and e-mails we’ve received, we’re making some changes to American Iron Magazine. This time around, I want to let you know about two new features that start with this issue, as well as bid farewell to a columnist who has been […]