New Blood

…not to worry, the same regulars you know and love will remain with us It’s been an exciting few weeks around here, at least from the point of view from my desk. Not sure you realized it, but we have only four weeks between issues; that’s not a lot of time, and we sometimes can […]

Safety Skills: Don’t Stare

The more we look ahead and consider a possible conflict, the better we are able to avoid it by Don Gomo Ever notice that more often than not, things our parents used to tell us when we were kids seem to come full circle, and we wind up saying the same things? Some we found […]

Beach Bound

Daytona may turn into a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket opportunity As you read this we are all planning our yearly migration to the warmer climate of central Florida and packing our bikes for Daytona Bike Week. But, as I write this, before I came to the office this morning, I had to clear an inch […]

Putting Actions Into Words

…find out what’s going on around the industry to further our cause I know what you’re thinking: Steve got the headline wrong. Usually it’s the other way around, right? While usually true, that’s not the case this time around. Let me explain. Increasing ridership are the buzzwords of the day, and Harley-Davidson’s plan to add […]

Making An Electrical Connection

Why isn’t the classic feet-forward, low-seat chassis layout of typical American cruisers being utilized? At the time of this writing, Tesla’s Elon Musk had just unveiled his latest creation and unleashed it to the public: the Tesla Roadster. While out of reach to the masses, it has captured the attention of many a gearhead with […]

Tradition Revival

I mean, who doesn’t have a desk drawer full of pins? It’s all the rage these days. From the huge OEM manufacturers that produce the bikes to the dealerships that sell the bikes to the magazine staff that writes about the bikes, everyone is trying to figure out how to increase motorcycle ridership. Everyone online […]

American Iron Magazine Content

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor I’ve been getting lots of letters lately from readers concerned that since Motorcycle Bagger has been discontinued, we’re going to flood American Iron with suitcases, as one reader called them. I guess they’re reacting to Buzz’s column in Issue #323, where he stated that we were going to start […]

Increasing Motorcycle Engine Size

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Want more power? Get a bigger engine. It’s as simple as that. And though increasing your engine’s displacement isn’t the only way to get more power, it’s a very effective one. Since an engine’s displacement is the result of two factors — the bore of its cylinders and the […]

How Motorcycle Engine Power Is Produced

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor Whenever you get around a group of riders, compression ratios, cubic inches, and cam lifts, as well as a multitude of other modifications, are discussed and compared, along with the resulting torque and horsepower numbers. But why does increasing an engine’s cubic inches (known as its displacement) result in […]

Neglected Pre-Ride Motorcycle Maintenance Part 2

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor In the last issue, I wrote about how many owners routinely neglect their bike’s tires. This time around, we’ll look at the second important area I see many owners overlooking: their brake systems. Checking the brake pads, brake lines, and rotors takes only a few minutes, since they’re out […]