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 […]

Battle of the Kings Custom Bike Build Competition

Fans to Help Select Winning Designs by Voting Now For the first time, local trade school students partnered with Harley-Davidson® dealers for a unique, real-world training opportunity: helping build the coolest custom motorcycles in the world in the “Battle of the Kings” competition. Now, Harley-Davidson is calling on the public to help select the winner […]

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, […]

Harley-Davidson Named an Official OEM Partner of American Flat Track for 2019

American Flat Track and Harley-Davidson will continue their long-standing partnership for 2019. Previously the Official Motorcycle of the AFT Twins class, the American motorcycle icon will now join AFT’s existing family of partners as an Official OEM Partner of American Flat Track. “Harley-Davidson has supported the sport of American Flat Track for decades,” said Michael Lock, CEO of […]

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. […]

Harley-Davidson Sales Drop Again in 2018

Harley-Davidson yesterday reported another sales decline for 2018, adding more pressure on the new motorcycle models HOG has announced but not yet released. In 2019, Harley expects to sell between 217,000 and 222,000 motorcycles worldwide – less than the 229,000 motorcycles sold in 2018. This includes a 10% drop in the domestic US market sales. […]

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, […]