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Garage Build: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? Garage Build 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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garage build

Editor in Chief Buzz Kanter Executive Editor Steve Lita Art Director Matt Kopec Assistant Editor Stephen Long Copy Editor Keith Blair Powell Contributing Writers Steven Blackburn, John Frank, Chris Maida, Darren Oliverio Contributing Photographers Christopher Henshaw, Cristina Fletcher, Don Kates/Shooters Images, Michael Lichter, John Frank, Fred Lamas Chris Maida, Bob Webster President/Publisher Buzz Kanter Senior VP/Associate Publisher Gail Kanter Creative Director Tricia Szulewski Senior Staff Accountant Claudia Garavito Staff Accountant Kathy Greco Administrative Assistant Rosemary Cafarelli ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT 203/425-8777 • FAX 203/325-2254 Terry O’Brien 203/994-9518 TerryO@TAMcommunications.com Tony Frey 605/645-6875 TonyF@AmericanIronMag.com…

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tis the season

“We like to see what’s going on in your garage” While I’m glad for the extra daylight hours to have fun with family and friends, it then dawns on me that the days will be getting shorter from here on out. Bummer. But the motorcycle riding season is in full swing! Bike shows, rallies, group rides, bring it on! Hopefully your bike wrenching is done, and you can enjoy the ride, or at least until something on your bike breaks. Argh! So keep those back issues of Garage Build Magazine handy. You just might have the directions for the solution to your problem in a pile of old mags. This is issue 419 of Garage Build, designating the fourth and final issue for 2019. Don’t worry, we’ll be plenty busy around the office…

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time for a change

It still makes me cringe to hear a Harley owner belittle a metric owner and vice versa The Industry is not dying—it’s changing. There are many forces at play here. The industry will settle in when it finds its new normal, whatever that is. This is no different than the technology front, the housing industry, the economy, or geopolitical forces. Change or die. When I started my shop, we did a lot of customizing: custom builds, paint, powdercoating. Our biggest seller for the 2011-14 fiscal years was trike conversions. We performed a lot of surgery on a multitude of bikes to convert them to three wheelers. That industry pulled back along with the custom work, as we saw people keeping their bikes, getting saddled with larger payments, and just wanting to maintain their…

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Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com www.garagebuild.com Barter System I traded some labor for an old rusty and broken Honda CB550 and had fun bringing it back to life. Found it in a shed, completely rusted. I did a frame-up restoration and added new electronic ignition, 4-into-1 exhaust, and replaced the disc brake with old-school drum system. Jerome Walen Fircrest, WA Lost ‘n’ Found I bought my 1976 Ironhead Sportster in 2004 and sold it in 2006. I thought it was gone forever. But in 2017 I found the frame and springer front end, and with the help of Grampa’s Sportster, it’s back in the game! I like doing charity poker runs; everyone likes watching the ol’ man kickstart it. We dig your mag. Chopper Dan Kermmoade Lincoln, NE Sweet Like Kandy This 2001 Sportster was built by myself in my single-car garage. I have taken…

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the moose

There’s a reason why Zachary Gallo used the word necessity when referring to his 1985 Harley XLH custom—and with such frequent regularity we found almost alarming. His mods were done “out of necessity,” he tells us. And as though this weren’t enough, Zak resorted to making claims so audacious that they just had to be a shameless attempt at hyperbole: the project itself was “a build of necessity.” But Zak wasn’t exaggerating. It’s absolutely necessary to replace your tank, controls, and bars after getting them busted during an unfortunate altercation with “a defenseless mailbox.” It becomes all the more necessary when your swingarm and strut mounts are ripped from your bike after entering a curve too hot. All this happened to Zak’s Ironhead. “It felt like the right thing to do as it was my…

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hardtail hardships

Too bad this issue comes out in August and not in June. And, no, we aren’t saying this because the venerable Americade motorcycle rally takes place in June, during which time Lake George, New York, becomes so inundated with two- and three-wheeled vehicles that they actually outnumber those with four or more. While a glorious sight to behold (despite clogging up every route in, around, and out of town), it would’ve been serendipitous, indeed, if this issue came out in June because the third Sunday is Father’s Day. You know, the less important of the two holidays honoring parents. Let me explain. Two stories in this issue (including the one you’re reading now) detail the accounts of dutiful sons who selflessly built a bike for their well-deserving dad. In this case, the…