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 […]

All-American Motorcycle Races

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Riders hard on the throttle, going sideways through the turns, inches away from each other at insane speeds Name an all-American form of motorcycle racing that has historically pitted Harley-Davidson against Indian. While some could make a case for drag racing, I have in mind flat track motorcycle racing, […]

Global Shift at Harley-Davidson

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher For decades, Harley has been highly secretive 
about future products I feel fortunate to have enjoyed working with so many good people at Harley-Davidson since 1991. Even as a total outsider on its management and strategy decisions, I feel I’ve been watching and analyzing its moves from a pretty […]

Looking Forward

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher Evolution Is More Than Just A Harley Engine! Enough already! I am a reasonable guy, but I’m getting tired of hearing that print is dead and that the motorcycle industry is doomed. The fact that you and tens of thousands of other people are paying real money to read […]

Harley Passion and History

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher There are few brands today with as deep and interesting a history as Harley-Davidson Okay, let’s face it. Motorcycling has little to do with transportation. It’s more about our passion, right? And Harley enthusiasts are among the most deeply passionate riders. I mean, how many people feel so connected […]

A Bike At A Car Show?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I have met a lot of great people at car shows, many of them riders like you and me I just got back from a car show. But, being the wild, rebellious biker that I am, I rode over on a motorcycle. I often find that motorcycles are of […]