Where Are New Harley Riders Coming From?

Sitting at a recent business lunch, one of the men leaned over and confided that, after a couple of decades of not riding, he rented a Harley Road King for a few days. Admitting, that at “close to sixty years old,” those few days on a Harley reminded him of his long ignored passion for motorcycling. He sold his motorcycle decades ago to start a family, then he dealt with increasing job responsibilities, perhaps a cash crunch, then concerns about his young sons wanting to ride, too. This was hardly the first time I’d heard variations on this story.

Care For Your Harley Motorcycle

Some riders, with advanced technical skills, know each and every nut, bolt, and spring in his or her Harley. A surprising number of our readers can field-strip and reassemble their Harleys wearing a blindfold. OK, maybe not, but I like the idea that there are people out there like this reading the mag. Other readers, who are more into riding than wrenching, don’t care to know anything more technical than how to check and add engine oil and to fill the gas tank. And that’s fine.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally & Harley Baggers

In the last several years it has become apparent to us that baggers are now well accepted and not going away. Quite the opposite – customized motorcycle baggers are now so popular that there are a few magazines dedicated to them. In the early part of this summer we published the first issue of our new American Iron Motorcycle Bagger on the newsstand. We used most of the regular American Iron Magazine team to plan and produce this test issue and we are all quite proud of it.