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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nasty Knucklehead

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher It’s only $40,000 away from being a $35,000 bike The weather is finally breaking—the riding season is here for most of us. As a motorcycle rider living in the Northeast, I have often wondered what it might be like to live where it is warmer year-round. Places like Florida, […]

Recognizing Women Riders

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Today more women are buying and riding motorcycles than any time in history The headline of my column gives it away, so I won’t ask you what’s the fastest growing segment of motorcycle owners and riders. Yes, women are taking to motorcycling at a greater pace than any other […]

30 Years On

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher In 1989, when American Iron Magazine was launched, you could buy a new Harley FXR or Sportster for a few thousand dollars This is my last column in our 29th year of publication. That’s because our next issue marks the start of American Iron Magazine’s third decade in publication. […]

Motorcycle Buy and Hold or Sample and Sell?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher If that was mine, I’d love it forever and never sell it I feel so lucky to have owned and enjoyed so many great motorcycles in my life. I never won a lottery to pay for them, and I don’t have a motorcycle museum to store them. So, I […]