SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher
Let’s start the new year by thanking our great readers and advertisers
This first issue of the year is a good time to look forward with anticipation. It’s also a good one to take stock and review our past. I founded TAM Communications in a spare bedroom over my small garage, and I launched Old Bike Journal back in 1989. I was working at a crossword puzzle publisher (Penny Press), and my modest goals were to make enough to pay the bills and perhaps have enough left over to buy another classic bike.
A lot has happened in 28 years— more than I can share here. We purchased American Iron Magazine in 1991, and thanks to our amazing team, we grew it far beyond my wildest expectations, becoming the best-selling motorcycle magazine on the newsstand. After trying various ideas, we decided to focus on the American Iron brand. We expanded to include our all-tech American Iron Garage, and last year we published American Iron Salute, a motorcycle magazine to honor our brave men and women in uniform.
So, you might ask, what’s in the works for 2017? I’m glad you asked. We are investing in what you want and expect from the industry leader. While some other magazines are reducing frequency and offering less, we feel our readers and advertisers deserve more. We are again publishing 13 issues of American Iron Magazine this year. We are increasing our all-tech American Iron Garage to six issues. We will publish another annual issue of American Iron Salute. And we are launching American Iron Power, a performance-oriented special issue. That’s a total of 21 print magazines in 2017. Wow!
Plus, we are looking into more events. We will share details on our popular Kickstart Classic ride soon, and we are looking into bringing back our FLASH Races at Sturgis to find out who has the fastest street-legal Harley, Indian, and Victory motorcycles in America. Got an event idea? Please send it to Letters@AmericanIronMag.com.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with so many amazing people in the motorcycle and publishing industries. I’d like to start the new year by saying thanks to all our great readers and advertisers. Also, thanks to our staffers at the magazine and all the people who help us build, print, and distribute our magazines with so little drama. We simply could not do what we do without you.
American Iron Garage—DIY Tech & Home Wrenching
There are lots of great reasons to work on your own motorcycle. You get to better know and understand your bike and how it works. You become better skilled at identifying the issues and possibly fixing them. You get a better running and looking bike for less money by doing it yourself. And it’s a great feeling to be able to maintain and upgrade your bike yourself. Whatever the reason(s), a growing number of riders are reading our American Iron Garage all-tech magazine to become better wrenches. You can, too.
We have increased American Iron Garage to six issues this year and now offer subscriptions. You can get a full year delivered to your home for less than $20 a year in the US. Heck, you will save more than that with your first DIY oil change!
If you like learning more about how your motorcycle works and how you can make it better, then you should be reading American Iron Garage. If you also like to save money (who doesn’t?), subscribe today. Call 877/693-3572, or visit AIMag.com/Garage.
Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.
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