Quick Guide To Choosing a Classic Motorcycle

By Buzz Kanter Okay, so you’re at a bike show or bike night or local coffee shop, and you see a classic motorcycle that stands out from all the others. You’re locked on it as you take in all the details. Your heart beats faster. You feel a shortness of breath. You want—no, you need—to […]

Riding Into a New Year

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher I need an epic tour or two, and to do more long weekend rides, something I didn’t manage to do enough last year I’d like to start the new year by welcoming everyone to 2020, and thanking you for supporting our efforts in print and online. No, print is […]

New Riders and Win a New Bobber

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher A growing number of younger riders wrenching, repairing, and riding motorcycles I see a new wave of riders on the horizon. And that’s good news for the industry. A few years ago, most people we saw with or on motorcycles were over 40 years old. That wasn’t good news […]

In Praise of Used Motorcycles

SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher This project is for everyone who enjoys riding but can’t buy a new bike Starting with our last issue, I have been sharing my experience of buying a well-used Harley bagger on the internet some 1,500 miles away from me. I called the experience The Beer Budget Bagger Tour, […]

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 […]

MOTORCYCLE NEWS: Motorcycle Kickstart Classic Spring 2012 Announced

The first Motorcycle Kickstart Classic in 2011 was a huge success. So much so that, in response to the strong demand, we are announcing the next Motorcycle Kickstart Classic in May 2012. Organized by American Iron Magazine, RoadBike magazine and Wheels Through Time, it is a 2-day ride through some of the most stunning roads […]