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Motorcycle Life Cycles?

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Motorcycle Life Cycles?


SHIFTING GEARS by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

Most of us go through what i might call motorcycle life cycles.You know, those times in our life when we are fortunate enough to get another motorcycle. Typically, we go through a similar routine in the lead-up to buying our next motorcycle.

Fantasize. Come on, we all do it. You fantasize about what motorcycle you’d buy if you won the lottery. Inspiration comes from everywhere — magazine articles, riding buddies, or something you saw on the road or Internet. Your fantasy might be a shiny new model, something you’ve lusted after for years, or a cool classic like the one your uncle used to ride.

Research. Okay, so you didn’t win the lottery, but you’re in a position to buy a motorcycle in the near future. I’ve never understood those people who walk in and buy a motorcycle right off the showroom floor just because they like the way it looks. For most of us, a motorcycle purchase is a major event worth researching before we commit that kind of money.

Shop. There are so many ways to shop for a motorcycle. Franchise dealerships, used bike shops, eBay, craigslist, word of mouth, and auctions to name a few. Hopefully, you did your research to know what you like, and roughly how much you should pay for it. This applies to the motorcycle and to the accessories that come with the bike or that you want to add.

Riding. This is my favorite part. If you did your research right you got a great motorcycle that you look forward to riding — a lot. Some people take great pride in cleaning, polishing, and shining their bike. I much prefer to spend that time in the wind.

Customizing. Some riders keep their motorcycles 100 percent bone-stock as they rack up the miles. And that’s fine for them. I prefer to customize my bikes to my taste. I prefer saddlebags on most bikes as I like to carry tools, a rain suit, and extra riding gear when on the road. Others like tall handlebars, wild custom wheels, or powerful sound
systems. To each his own.

More riding. After all is said and done, we do it all for the riding. You decide how much to customize your ride, and, over time and miles, your tastes could change. No matter what, though, motorcycling is all about the riding. And that’s the motorcycle life cycle.

All DIY & Harley Tech Magazine
we get a lot of compliments and requests for more tech and DIY articles. Most riders are natural tinkerers, and our machines are fun and easy to tinker with. In response, we created a magazine called American Iron Garage. We published our first issue, for the newsstand only in 2011, and it sold better than expected.

These all-tech magazines are a lot of hard work to produce, but this year we will publish three issues of the all-tech American Iron Garage and invite you to be a part of it. Did you and your pals do the work customizing or restoring your bike? Is it magazine-worthy? We are looking for garage-built bikes to feature. Before-and-after photos of your bikes are popular, too, so please send well-lit, in-focus photos to us at [email protected] along with a brief description of what you did and how we can reach you.

The next issue of American Iron Garage goes on sale April 7. To keep your costs down, it is not included in your American Iron Magazine subscription. You can buy a print copy at most stores or a digital version at Zinio.com.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.


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