2016 American Iron Kickstart Classic

CLICK HERE to register for the event.

This 3 day event is on public roads and is open to riders of all makes and years of motorcycles. We have some beautiful roads planned staying off the interstate highways. This year’s event offers several excellent organized rides near Maggie Valley, NC. on Friday and going to Chesnee, SC. Saturday.

• $100 pre-registration (each rider and each passenger). After June 28th, registration increases to $150 per person.

• All registered riders and passengers receive passes to the Wheels Through Time museum, the free welcome dinner
Thursday at Wheels Through Time, one event T-shirt as well as parking and sponsored dinner in Chesnee, SC.

Thursday July 28. 5 PM
Free welcome dinner to all registered riders at Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, NC

Friday July 29
Group photo at 9am. All day and half day organized rides from Maggie Valley, NC. ending back in Wheels Through Time.

Saturday July 30 9 am
Group ride to Chesnee, SC (back roads) to join up with the AMCA Legends Chapter “Antique Bikes On Main.” bike show, swapmeet, and hosted free dinner that night. Also Wall of Death, stunt riders, fireworks and more. Riders can stay overnight in Chesnee or ride back to Maggie Valley (3 hours on backroads, less than 2 1/2 hours by highway) Saturday afternoon.

Sunday July 31 (optional)
Various motorcycle events in Chesnee, SC

2016 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Dates Announced

The much awaited Motorcycle Kickstart Classic event is often sold out long before it is held each year. This time the crew at American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Rides & Culture are announcing it early for everyone interested in it to have time to lock in the date.

Based from the world-class Wheels Through Time museum, in Maggie Valley, NC, the 2016 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic will be held July 29 and 30.

The all-make motorcycle event is open to all two and three wheelers – old or new. We prefer older motorcycles with kickstarters, but more modern ones are also welcome. The new ones just have to ride behind the old ones to pick up any parts that fall off.

The two-day event will include a welcome dinner July 28, and free admission to the museum as well as organized rides on some of the best motorcycle roads in the country. Registration has been held at $100 per person (rider and/or passanger) again this year.

Registration forms will be available in February.

Three New 2014 Indian Motorcycles Revealed In Sturgis Video

Here’s a quick video of Indian’s big night in Sturgis, SD. Three all new motorcycles were revealed for the first time, the Chieftain, the Classic Chief, and the Vintage Chief. Was fitting to have AIM’s Editor-In-Chief cover this one.

May 2013 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Wrap-Up

The May 2013 Kickstart Classic was a great success and lots of fun. We want to thank our sponsors – Spectro Oils, GEICO Insurance, Wheels Through Time, and Wrench Ride Repeat, as well as all the Harley dealers who welcomed and fed us along the way. The ride from Charleston, SC to St. Augustine, FL was spectacular, with AIM Editor-In-Chief Buzz Kanter and several other riders leading the pack on their pre-1930 Motorcycle Cannonball bikes. Over 50 riders aboard kickstart motorcycles of all ages and brands took part on the ride.

Look for full coverage of the May event in American Iron’s summer issue going on sale 7/23. For the digital edition, on sale 7/5 click AIM DIGITAL.

The next Kickstart Classic will be in the Northeast at the end of this September. Details and registration info will be available at AIMag.com within the next couple of weeks. We look forward to seeing you there. – Ride Safe.



2013-Daytona-Bike-Week-American-Iron-MagazineBike Week 2013 Offers Demo Rides, Custom Bike Show and More

MILWAUKEE (February 5, 2013) – Harley-Davidson will celebrate Daytona Bike Week 2013 as part of its global 110th Anniversary events with a special display of motorcycles and more at Riverfront Park on Beach Street and at Daytona International Speedway. “Daytona Bike Week is an exciting part of Harley-Davidson tradition,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. “With our 110th Anniversary happening around the world this year, Harley-Davidson wanted to make Daytona Bike Week an important part of that celebration with our riders and customers.”

Harley-Davidson will present a unique 110th Anniversary display at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, including motorcycles, MotorClothes, H-D1 customization, Women’s Area, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) raffle, H-D Insurance, H-D Visa, Willie G. merchandise, beverages and more.

Harley-Davidson has partnered with American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Bagger to host the Ride-In Custom Bike Show on Beach Street Wednesday, March 13. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon with a $10 MDA donation. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. in 11 classes with five Editors’ Pick winners to be featured in American Iron Magazine or Motorcycle Bagger magazines.

Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include pin stops at Beach Street and the Speedway, an area celebrating H.O.G’s 30th Anniversary on Beach Street, and a special event for H.O.G. members Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mikey Luv’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

The 7th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tuesday, March 12 with registration on Beach Street starting at 8 a.m. and the ride landing at Destination Daytona at 10:45 a.m.

Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach March 14-16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events, please visit our website at www.harley-davidson.com/events and there will be online coverage from Daytona at www.harley-davidson.com/110daytona.

Corbin’s 3rd Annual Rider Appreciation Day

Corbin announced today that Two-Time Biker Build-Off Champion Matt Hotch is coming up from Southern California to attend Corbin’s 3rd Annual Rider Appreciation Day as well as the world land speed record holder Rocky Robinson and his twenty-one foot record holding streamliner Ack Attack. In addition to being an author and lifetime member of the 300mph club, Rocky is the current holder of the Unlimited Motorcycle World Land Speed Record… a distinction he’s earned more than once! For those who don’t follow such things, Rocky and Crew upped the ante for the World’s Fastest Motorcycle to over 376mph (two way average) in September of 2010. The effort netted a top speed of 394mph in their race for the record. Rocky will be on hand to answer questions along with the record holding 376+ mph engineering marvel Ack Attack streamliner.

American Legend and founding member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Sonny Barger has canceled his appearance at Corbin’s 3rd Annual Rider Appreciation Day due to personal reasons. Mike Corbin, President and Founder of Corbin stated, “Sonny wishes us well and really wants to be with us, but unfortunately, personal reasons prevent this from happening this year. We at Corbin send him our Love and Respect!”

There will be tons of live entertainment throughout the day including music from The Backyard Blues Band as well as Jay Gordon (formerly Jay Gordon and the Penetrators) Blues / Blues Rock Band. Hollister is the Birthplace of the American Biker…it’s where it all began! Last year, Corbin had thousands of riders show up to help celebrate our country’s birthday and take part in the festivities. This year Corbin, an industry leader, is also having a trade show right on their property and many of the more recognized names in the industry that will be there: Samson Exhaust, Barnett Clutches, Renegade Classics, Mid-USA, Arlen Ness, Custom Chrome Inc., IronWorks Magazine, Ride Wright Wheels, Cycle Gear…And many, many more!

Corbin is working with Bob Warford, also known as Biker Bob to his many radio listening fans, to put on another bike show this year. Biker Bob will emcee the bike show and promises this year will be bigger and better with special goodies being handed out to the winners. Corbin is inviting all of you to enter FREE of charge! You’ve put a lot of work into your bike and here’s your chance to garner a little attention for all of your efforts. Not just attention, but a nifty trophy or award to boot!
Six different classes will be judged:

• Street: Factory custom, non-bagger

• Custom: Chopper or exotic, 2-wheeler

• Sport: Streetfighters and more

• Touring: Baggers of all brands

• Trike: 3-Wheelers of all brands

• Best of Clubs: Patch Clubs’ favorites

This year, there is a special twist to the Corbin Bike Show…The founder and managing editor of IronWorks Magazine, Marilyn Stemp, will be on hand to lend her expert eye to the judging and will personally present the IronWorks Trophy! The Winner will not only receive this special honor, but will also have their bike featured in an upcoming issue of IronWorks Magazine.
Additional “Happenings” at Corbin’s 3rd Annual Rider Appreciation Day Include:

• Event Discount-Take a 10% discount on all Corbin accessories ordered during the weekend! That’s right, just because we don’t have it in stock doesn’t mean you can’t get a discount…begins Monday, June 25th

• Free Installation- In addition to the Discount, all Corbin accessories are eligible for free installation. Get your new saddle and ride home on it!

• Wizard’s Café-Corbin’s on-site `50s style diner will be open for breakfast and lunch all day if you prefer sit-down dining

• Top Hatters Poker Run-Once again, Corbin’s Workshop will be the final stop and destination for the Top Hatters’ annual Poker Run. A very popular event every year that raises funds for the needy of San Benito County

• Factory Tours-Take a self guided stroll around the workshop or join up with any of our guided tours throughout the day (10:00am – 5:00pm)

• Food Court- A lineup of food selections will begin serving around 11:00am through the afternoon. Look for the Elk’s Club Tri-Tip sandwiches again and more

For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 800-538-7035 or online at www.corbin.com. Visit Corbin Headquarters at 2360 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA. 95023 or Corbin Florida at 1433 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Hollister Event information: www.corbin.com/rally/

2012 Honorary Contributor Motorcycle Contest

On the heels of the successful Honorary Contributor Contest in 2011, we have decided to once again team up with Las Vegas BikeFest and Victory Motorcycles to offer one of our lucky readers the opportunity to see what it’s like to cover an event for a major motorcycle magazine.

Just like last year, the winner will join us in Ontario, California, where he will pick up a 2013 Victory motorcycle to use for the duration of this assignment. From there we will hit the road to Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm Valley, Nevada, for a kickoff party and a night filled with entertainment, food, and drinks. On Thursday, our group will take a scenic route to downtown Las Vegas. Upon arriving in town, we will settle in at an official Las Vegas BikeFest hotel and prepare to cover the 12th annual Las Vegas BikeFest, scheduled for September 27-30.

The lucky reader will be treated just as if he were an American Iron Magazine staff member. In return for this status, the honorary contributor will live up to his title by writing a short story of the ride and event. The end result will be published in the pages of AIM as our annual Las Vegas BikeFest event coverage.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to cover this event for us, send in a short essay (300 words) telling us why. All submissions need to be e-mailed to HonoraryContributor@AmericanIronMag.com no later than June 26. Be sure to include your contact info so we can give the winner a heads up before he is announced in the October issue of AIM. Please note that riding experience and a valid motorcycle license will be required to win the Honorary Contributor Contest. Now for the legal stuff: American Iron Magazine and other sponsors are not responsible for misdirected entries or injuries that may occur. The winner will be required to sign liability waivers. Odds of being selected depend on the number of entries. American Iron Magazine is solely responsible for selecting the honorary contributor and all decisions are final. For more information on the parties involved, visit AIMag.com, VictoryMotorcycles.com, or LasVegasBikeFest.com.

Americade, Come On Down!

Booth # 56, Lake George Forum #Americade

It’s the 30th Anniversary of the World’s Largest Touring Rally, and American Iron Magazine, American Iron Motorcycle Bagger, and RoadBike are in the house!

Come by Booth #56 in the Lake George Forum (behind A&W, on Canada St):

• SPIN our prize wheel!
• MEET the staff!
• RIDE our Indian Lake UNGUIDED Mini-Tour!
• HEAR seminars by Lee Kessler and Don Gomo!
• PARTY at the Ranch this Saturday, after the Parade

The 2011 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic

Join American Iron Magazine and our colleagues at RoadBike for the inaugural Kickstart Classic, a two-day, 293-mile tour from the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina to the Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. Sound simple enough? Well, here’s the kicker: all the lead motorcycles must have a functioning kickstarter, and that’s the only starter to be used for the duration of the tour. All makes, models, and years of bikes are welcome — but those that use electric starters will be relegated (not regulated) to the back of the pack.

The party starts with an all-day open house at Wheels Through Time on Wednesday, October 5. At 10 am the next day we ride to Rome, Georgia for a visit to Panhead City, the famous vintage Harley emporium. We’ll get to Barber Motorsports Park by lunchtime on Friday October 7 — just in time for the start of the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Word has it we may also get to do a lap on the track!

Stay tuned to www.RoadBikeMag.com for more details!

2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally

The 2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally takes place July 17, 2010 10 AM – 4 PM at Hilltop Farm, 1608 Mapleton Ave., Rte 159, Suffield CT (1/2 mile south of MA line and Six Flags New England.)

See dozens of vintage Indians, plus the NEW Indians from Kings Mountain, NC, along with lots of food, vendors and entertainment.

Event Donation: Bikes $20 and Cars $25.

Hilltop Farm was built by George Hendee, co-creator of the Indian motorcycle and founder of Hendee Manufacturing Co., later renamed Indian Motorcycle Co., in nearby Springfield, Mass.

Between 1913 and 1925, George bought up 500 acres of farmland in Suffield, Conn., where he established a gentleman’s country estate including a 20,000 sq. ft. Colonial Revival dairy barn. In 1915, George retired to the farm and raised white leghorn chickens and prize-winning Guernsey cows.

A volunteer nonprofit organization formed in 2002, that is dedicated to preserving the barn, rehabilitating the property and creating a learning center where people can reconnect to the land.

The Indian Motorcycle Rally is one of the fundraisers held each year to raise money for this effort.

For more information about The 2010 Indian Motorcycle Rally Click Here.

To learn more about Hilltop Farm and George Hendee Click Here.

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