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American Iron Magazine

American Iron Magazine

#385

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
TAM Communications
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
american iron

EDITOR IN CHIEF Buzz Kanter EDITOR Steve Lita SteveL@AmericanIronMag.com ART DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski ASSISTANT EDITOR/COPY EDITOR Edward Arriaza CLASSICS EDITOR Jim Babchak SKILLS EDITOR Don Gomo WOMEN’S POV EDITOR Cris Sommer Simmons ONLINE MANAGER/DESIGNER Matt Kopec CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Frederick Fortune, Dain Gingerelli, Chris Maida, Donny Petersen, Dr. Mark Stanley, Andrew Wiatrak CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Daniel Danbom, Dain Gingerelli, Barry Hathaway, Don Kates/Shooters Images, Chris Maida PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Buzz Kanter SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Gail Kanter CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tricia Szulewski SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT Claudia Garavito STAFF ACCOUNTANT Kathy Greco ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Rosemary Cafarelli…

3 min.
me and my motorcycles

As I celebrate my birthday this month, I think back over my life and experiences. Hard for me to believe it, but I have been riding, wrenching, and restoring motorcycles for more than 45 years. In that time, I have owned close to 500 motorcycles of various manufacturers, ages, styles, and mechanical conditions. But this madness started out very modestly when I bought my first motorcycle in 1974. It was a cheap, clapped out Honda 305 Superhawk, and I learned many lessons with and on it. First real bike (after beating on a minibike in high school), first one I wrenched on, first bike I painted, first one I “upgraded” with cheap JC Whitney mail order parts. You know the drill—a lot of firsts, some I am proud of, others,…

4 min.
catch and release

You’ve heard it all before: What are we going to do about declining motorcycle ridership? And I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty of wailing, whining, and “woe is us.” Thinking about the big picture, there is no single solution to the dilemma. Some folks have come up with great ideas for bringing new, young riders into the fray. That’s great news. The solution will no doubt take some time, but people are thinking, and talking, and someday soon we might see the bar graph column rise in our favor. We ran a guest column in issue 382 by Donald Broadfoot entitled Play The Motorcycle Game. Donald is the man behind a grassroots effort to show motorcycling in a favorable light to kindergarteners. And he’s not dictating a theory from a boardroom; he’s…

4 min.
the anatomy of a guinness world record

On October 5th, I was privileged to take part in a successful attempt to break a motorcycle record for Guinness World Records. It was “The Largest Indian motorcycle Parade” and it was the brainchild of Rob Gregory, owner of Gregory Polaris, an Indian Motorcycle dealership that serves the greater area of Little Rock, Arkansas. The attempt was about a year in the planning and included: • Almost 1,100 riders and passengers• Over 700 Indian motorcycles from every era of Indian, Springfield through Spirit Lake• Four continents, 42 states, and riders from as far away as Canada and the Czech Republic• 150 volunteers• A 3.4-mile parade course that had to be traversed at 10 mph or less Rob Gregory had begun planning this attempt the year before, and it became a massive undertaking…

6 min.
quoted & noted

AMA recognizes Hayley Bell, founder of Women Riders World Relay THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION has named Hayley Bell 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year for calling attention to the needs of women riders and for creating a worldwide connection among them. The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. Bell is the founder and president of global business development for the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR), a movement joined by thousands of motorcyclists from 84 countries to create a “global sisterhood of inspirational women” and to demonstrate to motorcycle manufacturers and makers of riding gear that female riders are a market worthy of their attention. “For her efforts to promote the motorcycle lifestyle around…

5 min.
letters

Don’t Forget Memories! I’m a long-time reader. I still have the April 1989 first copy of American Iron Magazine. It still has the white outer cover on it. Actually, I have a copy of every issue since then. I’ve always enjoyed it and have kept them all. But … I’m missing one of my favorite parts, the Memories page. On arrival of each new magazine, I had a choice; either go directly to the back page for Memories or save it until I finish the magazine. It was like dessert after a meal. I don’t know why it has been dropped, but my vote is for bringing it back. I enjoyed it and miss it. Dana CaldwellLoves Park, IL Thank you for your input, Dana. We have been listening to feedback from you…