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American Iron Magazine #377

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.
buying a new or classic motorcycle?

I’m amazed by the number of people that I don’t even know who ask me what motorcycle they should buy. It happens all the time. When I ride my Indian Roadmaster Classic to work and post a photo online, I get asked which is better: new Harleys or new Indians? When I post photos of my Harley Knucklehead, I get questioned on what’s the best classic motorcycle to buy. Let me answer this in very general terms. When it comes to new motocycles, almost all of them are good choices for someone. The good news is that many are available at your local dealers for you to check out and throw a leg over—even if only on the showroom floor. Harley vs. Indian, cruiser vs. bagger, feet forward vs. midsets: the…

4 Min.
deal or no deal!

Perhaps you’ve been watching too many home makeover shows and are currently trying to figure out how to secure shiplap to your under-a-rock abode. But in case you didn’t know, American Iron Magazine is one of several publications we produce here at this publishing company. We also publish Garage Build (formerly American Iron Garage) magazine for home-based bike builders and do-it-yourselfers. I mention this because something happened recently that reminded me of a funny story we published in AIG a few years ago. It was a one-page article where we poked fun at terms and jargon that we found in online motorcycle ads. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the terms and figured out for yourself what the true meaning was. Stuff like: Low Miles, actually means it only ran…

4 Min.
all kids bike

It’s no secret the motorcycle industry is desperately trying to figure out how to attract younger riders and increase participation in the sport. These efforts can be seen everywhere: print/web marketing tactics, event activations, and, of course, all over on social media. I’ve been involved in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years with roles consisting of an independent shop owner, author, journalist, and marketer, and over the years I have watched these trends jump from ship to ship. Who is the next top influencer? What is the next cool new trend and style, what are the cool kids doing? In my opinion this approach is “Too little too late.” In 2016 I was asked to take part in a round table discussion lead by Bob Kay. The topic was “How…

5 Min.
quoted & noted

Dale Walksler Honored by AMCA Legends Chapter With Legends Award THE ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE CLUB OF AMERICA, Legends Chapter, will honor Dale Walksler, founder and curator of Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum, with its 2019 Legends Award. Founded in 2016, the Legends Chapter, based in South Carolina, is committed to the love and collection of antique motorcycles. The Legends Award was developed to be given each year to a different person or organization as a way to honor those who have seriously impacted motorcycle history. The trophy is a tribute in and of itself, containing the names of all the previous winners, as well as honoring legendary motorcycle world-record holder Burt Munro. The trophy is topped with a copy of Munro’s connecting rods and a hand-crafted replica of his world-famous streamliner motorcycle. Walksler was selected…

4 Min.

Send us your photos and story Letters@AmericanIronMag.com We welcome letters on any subject, whether we agree with the writer or not. Photos should be high-resolution, JPEG images (at least 300 dpi at 4" x 6"). Please include your name, address, and a brief description. E-mail them to Letters@AmericanIronMag.com. A True Inspiration I just finished issue #375 of AIM, and it was another excellent job with the variety of feature bikes, guest editorials, and travel-adventure stories. Nate Ullrich’s tales from the US Northwest really resonated with me. I am newly retired at age 61 and starting out on my dream, that’s similar yet different to his. I immensely enjoyed that article, same as I always enjoy the guest editorials from Rick Fairless, Jody Perewitz, Jordan Mastagni, Cris Sommer Simmons, and Chris Maida. Thanks for a…

6 Min.
2013-19 hydraulic clutch recalls

In 2017, I rode a new Street Glide from Norway to Greece and back via a different route. The dealer was nervous. He performed a hydraulic clutch service on my bike before I left on my trip, although my particular model was not included in the then current recall. I asked why? I was well aware of the hydraulic clutches screwing up. He told me that if I were just riding locally, he would not have bothered, but who knows what can develop on an 8,000 kilometer (5,000 mile) ride. I picked up the bike and rode away. However, the clutch was not right. The whole purpose of a hydraulic clutch is to make it easier for riders with smaller or weaker hands. The clutch required a lot of strength.…