Friendly Sharks

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor …your riding style changes and you apply the throttle ever so gently when the fuel gage reads LOW… Motorcycle trade shows are fun! I’ve been attending them since even before starting here at American Iron some 15 years ago. Back then, there were several during the year: The Cinci […]

In Praise of Used Motorcycles

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher This project is for everyone who enjoys riding but can’t buy a new bike Starting with our last issue, I have been sharing my experience of buying a well-used Harley bagger on the internet some 1,500 miles away from me. I called the experience The Beer Budget Bagger Tour, […]

22 States in 22 Days

CHARITY RIDE, by Edward Arriaza, Assistant Editor Suicide Prevention Ride With each war waged there emerges a specter that quietly haunts the nation. It is a hushed nightmare veteran communities are all too familiar with: The nightmare of readjustment. Soldiers who engage in combat and witness acts of violence are likely to suffer from post-traumatic […]

The Revenge of Monty Hall

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor Gears, Speed, Metal, and Oxidation You can usually tell when I’m writing an Editor’s Column appealing to a segment of readership “of a certain age.” Those columns would probably begin with the words: Back in the day… I had toyed with the idea of starting this column that way, […]

Harley vs Indian Both Are Winners!

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Both bikes will attract new first-time riders and bring convert riders After 30 years in the motorcycle magazine business, and many years before that as a passionate enthusiast, I’ve become rather jaded. Sure, there are some great bikes, products and services introduced every year. And as the editor in […]

Where The Skies Are So Blue

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor I wonder if there’s time to put together a last minute trip As I once again grappled with writer’s block trying to come up with a topic for this column I figured I’d take a break from staring at a blank word doc on my computer monitor and turn […]

Am I The Only Motorcycle Riding Luddite?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I’m amazed to see people ride past on bikes bristling with cameras, intercoms, external GPS units, and more. Don’t know if it’s my age (don’t ask), my preference for older and simpler machines, or just a mental block, but I often don’t feel comfortable dealing with new (or not […]

Technology Bewilderment

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor …tech that you might see on the next bike you go shopping for… Things are moving fast. Just returned from the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire press launch in Portland, Oregon (check out my full review starting on page 32). I mean, I just returned! The timing of this story was […]

Magazine Darwinism

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher …the battle lines between traditional print and questionable online sources are drawn. Thank you for buying, reading, and supporting our magazine. We appreciate you, and work hard to publish what you want and deserve. The heck with the self-serving “Prophets of the Internet” who call for the death of […]

Present Arms!

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor …there seemed to be much more appreciation and remembrance during this time than I can remember? I conducted a little research while writing this column. The search results for the term salute produced countless pages of information and no less than 9,500 words describing salutes on Wikipedia. Well, we […]