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American Iron Magazine

American Iron Magazine #383

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.
new riders & win a new bobber

I see a new wave of riders on the horizon. And that’s good news for the industry. A few years ago, most people we saw with or on motorcycles were over 40 years old. That wasn’t good news for the future of the motorcycle industry as too many riders are graying out and moving on. We need to replace them with the next generation of younger riders. Granted, we older riders tend to have higher disposable income for new motorcycles and parts than younger ones, but the future belongs to the youth. We are seeing a growing number of younger riders wrenching, repairing, and riding motorcycles. Think low-dollar Sportsters, custom Dynas, and the strong resurgence of popularity of FXRs. I recently attended the Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival (TMMR) in Hurricane…

4 Min.
give the gift

Once again, I have been afflicted with writer’s block. So, I turned to my staff for inspiration and Art Director Tricia said, “Why don’t you write about gift giving for the holidays? We have that huge Holiday Widgets section starting on page 70.” At first, I thought, “Nah, I got nothin’. I’m not gonna shill.” Then some other things happened to influence this column. Recently, my wife and I attended a birthday celebration for her niece. One of the gifts she received had us all scratching our heads, but it was the one she was most excited about receiving. It was an acupressure mat and pillow. If you’ve never seen one of these, go search online. It’s a mat and pillow you lay on that features hundreds of sharp plastic discs…

4 Min.
avoiding simple road traps

With a reported 40% or higher of motorcycle crashes being related to single vehicle incidents (i.e., motorcycle only), it is obvious that we as riders are making mistakes we shouldn’t be. A large portion of those crashes are related to speed and—though hard to believe in this day and age—alcohol. The simplest solutions to these two problems would be to ride at a reasonable speed in all conditions and instances (road surface, traffic, weather, skill level, etc.) and to ride sober. Besides these more than obvious tips, what else can we do? As discussed and reviewed here multiple times, becoming more proficient with skills and situational awareness through education is a major key to preventing unwanted scenarios that develop into crash situations. Most of us already know that drivers do not…

6 Min.
quoted & noted

AMA Honors Genevieve Schmitt with Bessie Stringfield Award MANY OF YOU MAY remember Genevieve Schmitt from her time as a columnist at American Iron Magazine and will be interested to know that American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has recognized her efforts in introducing motorcycling to new or underserved markets by bestowing her the Bessie Stringfield Award. AMA Chairman of the Board Maggie McNally presented Genevieve the steel and glass engraved award during a reception at the AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio. Genevieve is a motorcycle journalist and spokesperson in her own right with a focus on women’s motorcycling, bringing relevant and timely content to the growing population of female riders. Aside from American Iron Magazine, she has written for nearly every other motorcycle magazine and worked as a reporter for Speed Channel and Outdoor…

6 Min.

Dear Motorcycle Industry… Just read Rick Fairless’ latest column about Dr. Pepper and Beer Nuts. I've been reading that the motorcycle industry is racking their brains trying to get a younger audience to try/start riding. I am 61 and like Rick have been riding many years. The difference between Rick and myself is that as a young teenager I was not lucky enough to have an entry-level bike of my own to ride. But an awful lot of my neighbors and friends did. They were kind enough to let me try riding their bikes. I became hooked and, after many nights busing tables and washing dishes, saved enough money for my first bike: A used Honda CB175. Needless to say, I’ve had many bikes over the years. My question to all the motorcycle manufacturers is:…

5 Min.
cv keihin carburetor function

Carburetion on a Harley-Davidson, or any engine for that matter, is all about compromise. It is rarely perfect because of the weather’s barometric influences and the overlapping of carburetor slow-speed, mid-range, and high-speed fuel circuits where each has a specific, primary function. Barometric pressure is important to carburetor function because in the earth’s atmosphere, high-pressure air flows continuously into low-pressure areas. The sun’s heat or lack thereof creates these pressure zones. Heat causes air to expand, lessening oxygen levels, and cold causes air to contract, thus becoming denser with oxygen. Thinning air complicates this with a steady decrease in oxygen as altitude increases. Air density and related oxygen levels affect engine function. Furthermore, air’s moisture content muddles consistent smooth running since warm air is capable of holding more water evaporation while…