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American Iron Magazine #379

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.
magazine darwinism

Thank you for buying, reading, and supporting our magazine. We appreciate you, and work hard to publish what you want and deserve. The heck with the self-serving “Prophets of the Internet” who call for the death of print! Most of our readers (the great majority believe in print) know better and would disagree. In the world of fake news and deliberate click bait, the battle lines between traditional print and questionable online sources are drawn. Both print and online have value but not always at the exclusion of the other. But I am a print guy. Some magazines could not meet today’s challenges. But I can assure you that print is not dead. Want proof? It’s in your hands right now. Yes, a lot of print magazines we once enjoyed are…

4 Min.
technology bewilderment

Things are moving fast. Just returned from the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire press launch in Portland, Oregon (check out my full review starting on page 32). I mean, I just returned! The timing of this story was cutting it close for appearing in this issue. But we held seven pages and kept our fingers crossed that the pictures would come out great. I literally had only hours to compose my story and art director Tricia had to process the images and lay it all out (along with this issue’s dynamic cover) in a very short time. Because we didn’t want to put it off until next issue, we knew we had to thrash to get the news to you ASAP. Thank goodness we don’t have to wait for someone to develop…

4 Min.
those infamous left turns

The one multivehicle crash that happens most often is when a vehicle turns left in front of us at an intersection. The typical response from the driver of the other vehicle is “I didn’t see him.” As riders, we pretty much are well-informed of this scenario and the information associated with it; yet how many of us use this info to help protect ourselves from such a conflict? Granted, the other vehicle initiated the problem by taking our right of way. But this is a term that can help us in a court procedure but certainly gives us no comfort if we are laying in a hospital bed. Also, the right of way theory is only there if it’s actually given. So what can we do to protect ourselves? To start with;…

8 Min.
quoted & noted

Harley-Davidson to Build Small-Displacement Motorcycle for the Asian Market HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCED ANOTHER STEP IN ITS STRATEGY TO build more riders globally and expand access into Asia through a collaboration with Qianjiang Motorcycle Company Limited to launch a smaller, more accessible Harley-Davidson motorcycle for sale in Harley-Davidson dealerships in China by the end of 2020. This collaboration joins Harley-Davidson’s global motorcycle leadership with the capabilities of Qianjiang to co-develop a premium 338cc displacement Harley-Davidson motorcycle for sale first in the China market with additional Asian markets to follow. Harley-Davidson selected Qianjiang based on its experience developing premium small displacement motorcycles, established supply base, proven capabilities in emerging markets, and ability to meet consumer requirements. This collaboration marks significant progress toward another major milestone in the More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth.…

3 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. Hitting the Mark Sara was spot on in issue #377. We all started riding bikes and moved to small dirt bikes. The motorcycle industry needs to realize that smaller platforms will remain vital to attracting new riders. Don’t forget the emergence of metric bikes in the ’70s. Jim Dohm Franklin, KY Baby on Board I’m writing to see if you would like to print this picture of my 2-month-old grandson sitting on my bike (2011 Road King). When we put him on it the look on his face looked like…

6 Min.
harley brake and clutch fluids

DOT 5 hydraulic brake and clutch fluid does not absorb water. Water absorption by other fluids such as DOT 4 used in current hydraulic brake and clutch units has caused Harley-Davidson safety recalls because of lack of maintenance by some riders. Furthermore, DOT 5 is safe to use around painted motorcycle parts. So why did H-D and other vehicle manufacturers move away from the use of DOT 5 fluid? It is all about the boiling point of each fluid. Modern braking and clutching fluid pressure causes heat. In the world of physics, heat and pressure are the same thing since expanding heat will create pressure and increasing pressure will generate heat. Since DOT 5 does not absorb water from the atmosphere, this means its boiling point will remain relatively stable. However, the…