The 2011 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic

Join American Iron Magazine and our colleagues at RoadBike for the inaugural Kickstart Classic, a two-day, 293-mile tour from the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina to the Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. Sound simple enough? Well, here’s the kicker: all the lead motorcycles must have a functioning kickstarter, and that’s the only starter to be used for the duration of the tour. All makes, models, and years of bikes are welcome — but those that use electric starters will be relegated (not regulated) to the back of the pack.

The party starts with an all-day open house at Wheels Through Time on Wednesday, October 5. At 10 am the next day we ride to Rome, Georgia for a visit to Panhead City, the famous vintage Harley emporium. We’ll get to Barber Motorsports Park by lunchtime on Friday October 7 — just in time for the start of the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Word has it we may also get to do a lap on the track!

Stay tuned to for more details!


  1. Glad to have you join us. And look forward to seeing the KHK. Check with Wheels Through Time but believe they have free camping on their grounds. Also LOTS of motels in town there. 1st night is in Rome, GA. Free camping on their grounds and some hotels in the area. Then on to Barber in Birmingham. Not sure about camping, but there are hotels.

  2. richard whelsky says:

    grate day to you.I am looking forword to making the kickstart classic run.I whould like some info on parking camping hotels times prices and any info you could 55khk and I have been riding alot of years;but were new to this computer life were on south shore of the grate lake ontario. 23 dietrich road oswego N.Y.13126