Three Decades and Counting

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher American Iron Magazine was created for riders more interested in the tin and not the skin It’s hard for me to believe, but 1989 was 30 years ago. The Berlin Wall came down, the World Wide Web was invented, the first episode of The Simpsons aired on TV, and […]

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 […]

Video: Surviving a Motorcycle Crash at over 360 mph

What’s to like to crash a motorcycle at 360mph? Buzz recently interviewed motorcycle Hall of Famer and pro racer Valerie Thompson to find out. Valerie recounts her 360mph crash with a smile and surprising details. Great interview and amazing rider with nerves of steal. Check it out. For more interviews and great American motorcycle videos […]

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 […]

Barn Find Treasures?

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher These rare antique motorcycles were even more exciting in person… Have you heard the urban legend about some lucky guy who stumbles onto an amazing antique bike? It’s usually stashed away in a barn, shed, or basement, hidden away from the world for decades. It’s usually pretty complete, rare, […]