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American Iron Magazine #387

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.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
TAM Communications
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3 Min.
motorcycle plans & magazine updates

Last summer I did something out of the ordinary. Running a magazine business (we publish American Iron Magazine, American Iron Garage, and American Iron Salute) keeps my schedule rather full. Seems we have one deadline or another pretty much every week. Because of this, I rarely take vacation time away. And when I am out of the office for a week or more, it’s usually something magazine related. I’m not complaining; just sharing a bit of my life. So, back to last summer. I had wanted to do more motorcycle touring of this great country of ours for a long time. I have access to plenty of loaner great touring bikes, one of the benefits of publishing this magazine, but wanted my adventure to be something most of our readers could…

3 Min.
we owe flo

Recently I attended a meeting of my state’s motorcycle safety class instructors. It’s at meetings like this that we get updates on the state’s courses, status on how many students attended classes last year, and we cover details on procedures for conducting the classes in the upcoming season. This year we had a guest speaker who came to give a presentation to our group. He facilitated a discussion about rider coaches and the quality of instruction. He had many great topics, but one thing he said, in relation to the US motorcycle industry in general, stuck in my head. At first, we all found it humorous. But after a while I realized that he hit the nail on the head with this one comment. Turns out it’s true that sometimes…

3 Min.
little rick gets bit hard by the motorcycle bug

If y’all have been reading my columns for a while, you know that I like to reminisce about days gone by. Some go so far as to say that Old Man Fairless never left the Seventies. To those people I say, Yeah, that’s right, I do live my life in the past and I’m proud of it! For example, I still wear my hair long like we did in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I still wear a tie-dye shirt pretty much every day and I still wear my Chuck Taylor High Tops just like I did in high school, plus I usually wear military-style camo pants. I don’t listen to any music later than 1979. Mostly I listen to music by The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers,…

8 Min.
quoted & noted

Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2020 Roadmaster Elite THE 2020 INDIAN ROAD-master Elite, powered by the Thunder Stroke 116 engine, makes its much-awaited return this year with a limited production of 225 motorcycles. The new Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Gunmetal Flake paint with off-set red pinstripes and exclusive red elite badging with matching push-rod tubes delivers a meaner and sportier look. The Thunder Stroke 116 features new high-flow cylinder heads and delivers 126 ft-lbs. of torque. Additionally, three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard, and Sport, allow riders to adjust the bike’s throttle response to fit their riding preferences. Indian’s Ride Command system is on board, with a 7" glove-compatible touchscreen featuring turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens, Bluetooth compatibility, and pairs with the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command mobile app for remote accessibility…

5 Min.
letters

Boom! Motorcycle riding is a learned, perishable skill. I believe we become better riders, or we become worse riders. We never stay neutral. This is why I believe consistent, proper training never ends. Thank you, Marjorie, for your positive article (Issue #384) and American Iron Magazine for publishing it. Russell BreningerCollected from social media Great article about a caring team! Thanks, MaryAlice and Russell Breninger, for all you do! Diane BorowskyCollected from social media That is a great article and on point. I wish more people would step up and try to learn to better control their motorcycle. I do the same thing on the first Sunday of the month at our local dealership. Some days I have a crowd and some days crickets. I never know, but will continue as long as I’m allowed…

6 Min.
the future comes from the past

It appears that Indian has won the race with the venerable Harley-Davidson for the first liquid-cooled engine with the release of the 2020 Challenger. H-D’s liquid-cooled offering to leave the air-cooled realm is reportedly two years away. However, AMF/Harley-Davidson handily won this race over forty years ago with its famed and very secretive Nova project designed to bring Harley-Davidson into the latter half of the twentieth century. This fully developed prototype featured a Willie G. design radiator and fan under the seat and liquid cooling with overhead cams in a 60-degree V-Twin engine. It also had the first five-speed transmission and rear belt drive. I saw a prototype Nova stuffed into a dark corner in the Juneau Avenue building in Milwaukee in 1997. I was visiting with the American Iron team…