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American Iron Magazine

American Iron Magazine


American Iron Magazine: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? American Iron Magazine is jam packed with great do-it-yourself tech and homebuilt custom motorcycles. Plus, easy to follow step by step how-to installs, maintenance tips, home garage tool reviews and safety features. A must read for the weekend wrench.

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3 min.
advice for new riders

I recently heard from a cousin interested in learning how to ride. She wanted to know what advice I had for buying her first motorcycle. This got me thinking about the process and what is needed to approach it in a smart and safe manner. I feel it is worth sharing my conclusions, not only so that you may pass them along, but also to expand my own thoughts on the matter by hearing from you ( The process can be distilled into three major areas: Rider training, riding gear, and the motorcycle. Rider Training: Before all else, the rider needs to understand the basics in learning how to ride a motorcycle. This is not something I can teach you in a magazine column. And, no matter how long your friends or…

3 min.
the travel bug

I’m going to let the cat out of the bag. Once you get to page 18 of this issue, you’re going to be pretty depressed. Our Quoted & Noted section is where we usually list major events and happenings. But this issue’s Q&N is chock-full of event cancellations and postponements. To put a quick, positive spin on the situation, I’m actually happy to see the postponements. Those just mean we’ll all be getting together a little later in the year, that’s all. At the time of this writing, we are still under advice from our local government to shelter in place at home and maintain social distancing practices. And it seems like every other email has had some bad news lately. During these strange times, my mind wanders to memories…

4 min.
tech no

I AM PROUD TO SAY I AM A TECHNOLOGY geek. I think technology is fascinating, and as a result, my life is now hopelessly neck deep in gadgets that whir, beep, and hum throughout the day. Despite this, I take great pleasure each year in attending the swap meets in my area, where every motorcycle and motorcycle related item is devoid of that kind of technology. As it should be. Although, I have succumbed to the reality that the motorcycle industry has embraced technology of all manner: The internet, smartphones, social media, and every facet of “click here” you can shake a leather gloved fist at; there is a part of my brain that woefully objects. I must clarify that the words “Motorcycle Industry” is to include everything that references motorcycles…

7 min.
quoted & noted

The 2020 AMA Board of Directors Awards THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION Board of Directors has selected three recipients for its 2020 national awards. The recipients include Selvaraj Narayana, Wendy Crockett, and the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM). Narayana, executive director of KTM North America, was presented with the 2020 AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. His involvement in motorcycle competition began five decades ago, and his successful career at KTM has included leadership roles in virtually every aspect of the company's international business. Narayana also has served on the Motorcycle Industry Council Board of Directors and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Board of Trustees. Crockett, a longtime AMA member, technician, and endurance rider, is the recipient of the 2020 AMA Bessie Stringfield Award, which recognizes efforts to introduce motorcycling to new or underserved…

8 min.

More Motorcycle Bug Bites My dad was completely against motorcycles of any kind. Just looking at them at the store would get you grounded. A high school buddy had a Honda 350 and took me for a ride when school let out early. I thought for sure my folks would find out, but luckily I got away with it. I was bit. When I went off to my first duty station just north of Pensacola in 1973, I bought a used 350 Honda, and the rest is history. I now own a 2019 Road Glide Ultra. We got our son riding at 15, and it was his life. He passed away last June but rode a lot of miles in his short life. Pete Hayes, Sr.Spring Hill, TN I am in remission right now…

5 min.
the future comes from the past

Indian, which began production in 1901 with a single cylinder engine, built its first 42-degree V-twin engine motorcycle in 1903. The same year, Harley-Davidson produced its first bike with a single cylinder motor. H-D manufactured its first 45-degree V-twin in 1909. Harley has successfully maintained a 45-degree engine configuration to the present. Indian later switched to a 49-degree V-twin with its current air-cooled models and now 60-degree with the 2020 Challengers. I predict H-D will also switch to a 60-degree layout with the introduction of its first fully liquid-cooled Big Twin engine in the coming year(s). How did the Harley 45-degree V-twin and Indian 42-degree V-twin engines come into being? Were these the best designs? Nope! Were there better options in terms of vibration control? Yup! How about a different design…