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 […]

Object of Desire

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher After 40 years of buying and selling motorcycles I sure have met some interesting people… Most Americans buy and ride the bikes we do because we find them fun, exciting, and they often lead to adventures. Each of us has his own idea of what’s cool — chopper, bobber, […]

Deal or no Deal!

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor You really don’t have a clue how to market this item, do you? Perhaps you’ve been watching too many home makeover shows and are currently trying to figure out how to secure shiplap to your under-a-rock abode. But in case you didn’t know, American Iron Magazine is one of […]

Buying a New or Classic Motorcycle?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Be realistic: Don’t even consider a $30,000 motorcycle 
if all you can afford is $12,000 I’m amazed by the number of people that I don’t even know who ask me what motorcycle they should buy. It happens all the time. When I ride my Indian Roadmaster Classic to work […]

Big Wheel Keep on Turning

RIDE TO WORK by Steve Lita, Editor …it was a wise-man-atop-the-mountain moment for me You know the song lyric, I’m sure, but the title of the tune is not Big Wheel. The actual title is Proud Mary, in reference to a riverboat. It was written by John Fogerty and first performed by his band Creedence Clearwater […]

Ride In Peace, Arlen Ness

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher He designed off-the-charts builds with clever names like Ness Cafe, Mach Ness, and Smooth Ness I was very aware of Arlen Ness and his many accomplishments long before we met in the early 1990s. I was honored to introduce him, quoting from Tim Remus’ excellent book about Arlen, at […]