WIN THIS HARLEY! Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes Update IV

This 2009 Fat Boy came to us relatively bone stock and ready to revamp. Now, it leaves our hands a new bike, ready to be ridden by it's a new owner, who can be you!

This 2009 Fat Boy came to us relatively bone stock and ready to revamp. Now, it leaves our hands a new bike, ready to be ridden by it’s a new owner, which can be you!

Centuries of poets, bards, and musicians have long serenaded the masses with the wonders of the world shaking the cold of winter and embracing a rebirth in spring and summer. So, too, are we excited for the changing weather, albeit with less pretty wordification. As we move into the riding season for much of the country, our American Iron Garage Spring issue is in still circulating the newsstands, and Summer will be hitting the shelves at the end of May. There’s still much to be seen on our Dennis Kirk/American Iron Magazine giveaway Fat Boy, with the upcoming issues of AIG rife with installs and how-to guides, and there’s plenty of time for you to enter to win. Head over to Greaserag.com to order any and all back issues of AIG, and keep your eyes peeled for these Fat Boy installs, as well as many others, in the our Summer issue.

We got our hands around some Love Jugs Cool Masters, a pair of external cooling fans that promote efficient air flow over those hot twins while crawling through traffic. It was a fairly straightforward install, and we were even able to complete a Klock Werks project from Spring that required an ignition relocation. The exhaust system also received some TLC in the form of blacked-out 2-into-1 Freedom Exhaust Outlaws, and we noted some tips and tricks to get through this install properly. Lastly, we cleaned up the stock coil and hanging wires with an ACCEL Stealth SuperCoil install, a project that might sound daunting but was actually finished with relative ease. The winner of this sweepstakes will surely be a happy new owner.

The Love Jugs assembly mounted right onto the left side of the Fat Boy, where the horn used to be. Who needs that thing, anyway? (To be relocated!)

The Love Jugs assembly mounted right onto the left side of the Fat Boy, where the horn used to be. Who needs that thing, anyway? (To be relocated!)

Love Jugs Cool Masters will keep the future owner's skivvies a little drier this summer.

Love Jugs Cool Masters will keep the future owner’s skivvies a little drier this summer. Notice the Klock Werks ignition relocation mount, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how can that new owner be you? Be sure to check out our Summer (On sale 5/31) issue to get a peep into the American Iron ossuaries where all the handiwork gets did, and purchase the coming issues to follow along with in-depth articles and close-up photos of the modifications. And how can this Fat Boy be yours? Subscribe to American Iron Magazine(877.693.3572) and you are automatically entered to win. So subscribe today. Or, you can enter with no purchase necessary at denniskirk.com.

Dangling wires be gone, this stock coil setup hits the bricks.

Dangling wires be gone, this stock coil setup hits the bricks.

Off comes the incumbent exhausts! Impeach!

Off comes the incumbent exhausts! Impeach!

Notice anything different? ACCEL Stealth SuperCoils clean up the left side reaaal nice.

Notice anything different? ACCEL Stealth SuperCoils clean up the left side reaaal nice.

On goes the Outlaws. Draw!

On goes the Outlaws. Draw!

WIN THIS HARLEY! Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes Update III

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This 2009 Fat Boy came to us used, but will leave a very different bike, possibly in your hands!

The Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes is still underway, as we continue to modify this beauty of a Fat Boy throughout the rest of this year’s issues. We will continue to tease the modifications and installs we do to the bike on the site, and the full install stories are available for your viewing pleasures in our Winter issue of American Iron Garage, on newsstands until 3/8, and in our Spring issue set to hit newsstands that very same day. As always, all back issues are available for purchase online at GreaseRag.com.

See that stock oval air cleaner up there? You can kiss it goodbye, tell it to suck wind, as we’re cleaning that look right up with a brand new Crusher air cleaner. Crusher, the performance division of Kuryakyn, has parts available in the Dennis Kirk catalog and 12 parts to fit a number of different models. We whole-heartedly approve of the new look, and we’re sure the Fat Boy’s newest owner will, too. And that basic taillight out back? Hit the bricks. We swapped out both the taillight and the standing license plate bracket for a much more pristine look.

Air Cleaner 2So how can that new owner be you? Be sure to check out our Spring (On sale 3/8) issue to witness a visually pleasing upgrade and a sweet mount install on the Fat Boy, and purchase the coming issues to follow along with in-depth articles and close-up photos of the modifications. And how can this Fat Boy be yours? Subscribe to American Iron Magazine(877.693.3572) and you are automatically entered to win. So subscribe today. Or, you can enter with no purchase necessary at denniskirk.com.

 

 

 

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WIN THIS HARLEY! Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes Update II

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This 2009 Fat Boy came to us used, but will leave a very different bike, possibly in your hands!

Back in January, we published the first in a series of post to keep you updated with the Dennis Kirk/American Iron Garage Fat Boy sweepstakes. We revealed a few pictures, spoke briefly about the bike, and gave you instructions on how you could be entered for a chance to win. To see the comprehensive install stories in relation to that post, pick up the Winter issue of American Iron Garage.

The game continues. We’re still going to tease you with suggestive glances at our Dennis Kirk/American Iron 2009 Fat Boy, inviting you in for more. We’ll hike the skirt up a little bit, in a risqué move to show off where the aforementioned Fat Boy started out. We’ve already spoken to the fact that making modifications to this bike felt bittersweet, as it came to us used and almost the perfect bike. So as to give you lot something to oogle, we teamed up with Dennis Kirk to give this bike away. But you may want to know a bit of its past before getting into anything serious. Here’s the chart from its run on the dynamometer, before anything came on or off.

Click the photo to enlarge.

Fat Boy Before Dyno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our Spring (On sale 3/8) issue to witness a visually pleasing upgrade and a sweet mount install on the Fat Boy, and purchase the coming issues to follow along with in-depth articles and close-up photos of the modifications. And how can this Fat Boy be yours? Subscribe to American Iron Magazine (877.693.3572) or Motorcycle Rides & Culture(877.693.3577) and you are automatically entered to win. So subscribe today. Or you can enter with no purchase necessary at denniskirk.com.

Kiss the old floorboards goodbye.

Kiss the old floorboards goodbye.

JayBrake forward controls give the Fat Boy a clean, modernized look.

JayBrake forward controls give the Fat Boy a clean, modernized look.

The Fat Boy ditches these old digs for a serious upgrade.

The Fat Boy ditches these old digs for a serious upgrade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh dash for the Fat Boy. Very fresh.

Fresh Klock Werks dash for the Fat Boy. Very fresh.

WIN THIS HARLEY! Dennis Kirk Sweepstakes Update

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This 2009 Fat Boy came to us used, but will leave a very different bike, possibly in your hands!

 

American Iron Garage and Dennis Kirk have teamed up to give away this Fat Boy.

There’s a reason all of these pawn shop, storage container, and barn picker shows are flooding the television airwaves. People love other people’s stuff. Antiques Roadshow has been doing this schtick for years. We are not free of such covetousness, as we purchased this 2009 Fat Boy used and unseen, and, as Editor Steve Lita noted in his column in the American Iron Garage Winter issue (Winter 2015), “one man’s loss is another man’s gain.” He also noted that it was almost a shame to remove perfectly good parts from this well-maintained, finely built motorcycle. Alas, the cruiser parts have to come off, and the Fat Boy will be treated to a more aggressive, blacked-out look. And best of all: This bike can be yours.

Be sure to check out our Winter issue to see an “enlightening” install on the Fat Boy, and purchase the coming issues to follow along with in-depth articles and close-up photos of the modifications. And how can this Fat Boy be yours? Subscribe to American Iron Magazine (877.693.3572) or Motorcycle Rides & Culture (877.693.3577) and you are automatically entered to win. So subscribe today. Or you can enter with no purchase necessary at denniskirk.com.

Check out just some of parts we added to the Fat Boy, and follow along with this year’s issues of AIG to witness entire installs from start to finish.

Brand-new taillight installed.

Brand-new taillight installed.

The Fat Boy gets an air cleaner upgrade.

Clean air. Fresh, clean air.

Say goodbye to the brick-wall bracket of old.

A new license plate bracket cleans things up.

Sit back and relax.

Some new leather to park yourself on.

 

BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL! Give the Gift of American Iron Magazine and WIN AN INDIAN! And Many More Great Prizes

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Time is running out! Give a gift subscription or subscribe NOW and enter the American Iron Magazine 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes. YOU COULD WIN A BRAND-NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE!

As part of our ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, three lucky new or current subscribers will be chosen at random every issue in 2014 to receive a $1,000 Dennis Kirk gift card, Fix My Hog DVD bundle, or $100 GreaseRag.com gift card.

In addition, at the end of the year we will announce our GRAND PRIZE winner — the new owner of a brand-new Indian motorcycle!! Plus many more prizes from Mustang Seats7Eye/Panoptix, Spectro Oils, Headwinds, Mikuni, and Badlands Motorcycle Products.

Tune in every issue to see if you’re among the lucky winners. Remember, give a gift subscription or subscribe today and you are AUTOMATICALLY entered in the sweepstakes!

Subscribers to our siuster publications Motorcycle Bagger and Motorcycle – Rides & Culture are also eligible!

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Enter today! And GOOD LUCK!!!

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Early Notice – Motorcycle Charity Ride & Show June 20 2015

Yes, we know it is a long way off, but it appears American Iron Magazine (along with our other magazines – Motorcycle Bagger and Motorcycle Rides & Culture) will be actively involved in a wonderful motorcycle ride and bike show June 20, 2015 in the greater Minneapolis, MN area.

Details for The Patriot Ride are still being worked on, but we are honored to join Dennis Kirk and others to be part of this wonderful event next year.

Among the many other classes for motorcycles, there will be a special one for military themed motorcycles.

Special class for military motorcycles.

In addition to the organized charity ride, we will be helping on the bike show and plan to photograph one or more of the motorcycles for features in our magazines.

So, if you live near (or can get to) the greater Minneapolis, MN area in June and want to join the fun mark it in your calendar now.

Made In America?

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter

SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

We at American Iron Magazine join a growing list in the motorcycle industry committed to, no, make that obsessed with, made in America. I recently posted a question on the American Iron  Magazine Facebook page asking “If you ran Harley, what would be the first thing you’d change?” The most consistent response, by a large margin, was to bring Harley’s manufacturing back to America.

Many people replied how much they hated seeing “Made in China” on the labels of Harley goods. When I followed up the Facebook posting by asking how much more would they pay for the same products made in America, I was surprised by the replies. About a third would pay 20 percent more, and about half felt the prices were too high already and should be the same when made in America.

On a separate, but related topic, Harley recently unveiled the new liquid-cooled 500cc and 750cc Street motorcycles. First shown in Italy at a huge European motorcycle trade and consumer show (a first for Harley), we were told these Harley-Davidsons are manufactured in India. Many long-term Harley enthusiasts were shocked. We questioned Harley-Davidson if there are plans to move more manufacturing overseas. We were told the small displacement Harleys built in India are for foreign sales only, and that all Street Harleys sold in America will be made in America.

Thank goodness. As the owner of this magazine, I understand some of the financial pressures Harley must be dealing with. However, I feel that some financial decisions shouldn’t be made just by the accounting department, especially when it comes to an American icon like Harley-Davidson. Know what I mean?

“Orphan” American Motorcycles 

In the early 1900s, there were more than a hundred motorcycle manufacturers in America. How many can you name other than Harley, Indian, Crocker, and Excelsior?

If you find the history and motorcycles of that time interesting, you should check out the Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday, March 9. This world-class car show in Florida will be featuring an invitation-only display of “orphan” American motorcycles. I usually spend the day at this event with some friends, including Arlen Ness, John Parham, Paul Ousey, and Jim Kelsey. For more information, visit AmeliaConcours.org.

Disappearing Magazines

Some will blame the internet. Others the tough economy or lack of time to read print. Whatever the reason, you might have noticed fewer motorcycle magazines in stores. If not, you will soon. For reasons I won’t go into here, the traditional magazine store delivery system is under massive financial pressures. Unfortunately, there is a good chance some of the smaller and independent magazines will disappear from the newsstand, and even the bigger ones will become harder to find. If you enjoy this magazine and want to continue reading it, you should consider signing up for a subscription (print or digital online). In addition to making sure you get every issue of American Iron Magazine (13 times a year, one every four weeks), you will save a lot of money. You can continue to pay $6.99 per issue for more than $90 a year. Or you can pay around $27 a year (less than the cost of four issues) and get all 13 issues delivered to your door.

Plus, all subscribers are automatically entered in our 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes to win a new Indian motorcycle, S&S Cycle engine, or a $1,000 gift card from Dennis Kirk (one given away every four weeks), and more. See page 124 for the details.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz

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This article originally appeared in issue #306 of American Iron Magazine, published in March 2014.

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