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American Iron Magazine


American Iron Magazine: Readers know why we are the world's #1 best selling magazine for American motorcycles. Published every 4 weeks (13 big issues a year), we keep you up on everything you need to know about Harley and Indian motorcycles! We cover the entire riding experience for you. Subscribe today for the latest new motorcycle and product reviews, news and views, real world do-it-yourself tech, customs and classics, as well as great tours and event coverage.

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american iron

EDITOR IN CHIEF Buzz Kanter EDITOR Steve Lita SteveL@AmericanIronMag.com ART DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski ASSISTANT EDITOR Stephen Long CLASSICS EDITOR Jim Babchak SKILLS EDITOR Don Gomo WOMEN’S POV EDITOR Cris Sommer Simmons ONLINEMANAGER/DESIGNER Matt Kopec COPY EDITOR Keith Blair Powell CONTRIBUTING Charley Charles, WRITERS Marjorie Kleiman, Chris Maida, Donny Petersen, Greg Williams CONTRIBUTING Don Kates/Shooters Images, PHOTOGRAPHERS Marjorie Kleiman, Alan Magyar, Chris Maida, Siwer Ohlsson, Dino Petrocelli ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Terry O’Brien 203/994-9518 TerryO@TAMcommunications.com Tony Frey 605/645-6875 TonyF@AmericanIronMag.com PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Buzz Kanter SENIOR VICEPRESIDENT/ASSOCIATEPUBLISHER Gail Kanter CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT Claudia Garavito STAFF ACCOUNTANT Kathy Greco ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rosemary Cafarelli…

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am i the only motorcycle riding luddite?

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 so new) technology. Especially when on a motorcycle. I mean, aren’t there enough distractions on the road already? While I am curious about things that interest me and I love to learn, there is something that shuts off my mind: when I need to learn how to use any new technology more advanced than a basic GPS on my bike. When out riding, I’m amazed to see people ride past on bikes bristling with cameras, intercoms, external GPS units, and more. I’m especially startled when riders pause their on-bike intercoms to take a phone call at 50 mph, while looking up…

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where the skies are so blue

As I once again grappled with writer’s block trying to come up with a topic for this column I figured I’d take a break from staring at a blank word doc on my computer monitor and turn on the television for a little diversion. Flicking through the channels, I came upon a compelling film on the SHOWTIME network. A documentary about the famous Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was airing, called If I Leave Here Tomorrow. I think I only missed the first couple of minutes, but I was glued to the couch until the very end. These guys, and girls, played their instruments, and lived life, hard! I highly recommend the film. Starting from humble beginnings, the group played small-time venues, just barely getting by. The bandmates got their big…

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purely passion

This is a question I get frequently when I’m attending a bike event. Funny thing is, years ago, whether I was at the supermarket, the gym, or just walking down the street, I used to get the opposite reaction, more like “Why do you look so angry? Put a smile on that face!” There’s a simple answer to the question of my perpetual smile, though. Riding motorcycles delights me. Even just being around motorcycles eliminates my natural “resting bitch face” expression. Some of you might retort, “Well, duhhh, of course motorcycles make everything better.” And that’s not just your opinion. It’s been scientifically proven, with Harley-Davidson being the latest to commission a study. This one claims that motorcycles improve focus and decrease stress. But I have a theory about where my particular…

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oklahoma city mile to return to 2020 american flat track

American Flat Track (AFT) finalized the contract that will bring back a fan-favorite event to its 2020 schedule. The world’s fastest dirt track motorcycle racing will make its return to Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the 2020 OKC Mile on June 20, 2020. Consistently one of the highest-attended events of the season, the OKC Mile has always been a unique event producing heart-stopping racing for a sellout crowd of devoted flat track fans. “We were sad that a scheduling conflict deprived our fans of an OKC Mile in 2019,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “Since then, we have been working hard with the facility and our man in Oklahoma, Shawn Brassfield, to ensure that we could return to put on another exciting weekend of AFT racing…

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quoted & noted

Andrew Hines Wins Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Aboard FXDR AN ALL-NEW MOTORCYCLE BODY ADDED MOMENTUM TO THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SCREAMIN’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team as riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec stormed through the Pro Stock Motor-cycle field at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway aboard a pair of brand-new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bikes. In the competition debut for the Harley FXDR bikes, Hines defeated Krawiec in an all-Harley final to take his sixth win of the season and extend his points lead in the class. The new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag racing bodywork was a joint development project between Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Product Development Center that began shortly after the street-going Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 model was introduced as a new model for 2019. The FXDR 114…